"Every man did that which was right in his own eyes."
by Sandy Simpson, 1/1/06
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but
man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The state of Christianity today has returned to the same condition that Israel was in during the time of the judges. This statement in Judges 17:6 and 21:25 is not a positive statement about Israel, but a negative one. This sin of "doing that which was right in (their) own eyes" was what accounted for the sin of Micah in continuing in idol worship. There were no judges in the land to point out this sin or restrain the people from it. The law of God had been forsaken and replaced with subjectivism. This is exactly what we are seeing today in our postmodern, relativist culture. It is to be expected that the world will act like this, but this attitude has also entered and almost overwhelmed Christendom as we know it. Christianity is being remade in the image of imaginations of men (Rom. 1:21). The rules are being set by false teachers, and the Christian masses are quick to follow. Only those who listen to the judges of today, those with Holy Spirit and biblical discernment, will be saved in this age of apostasy.
Let me give you just a few examples of ways in which Christianity is
being remade in the image of what seems right to men. For corroboration
of the facts of what is going on, click on the links provided.
|(1) Postmodernism is good and even in the nature of God (2) Christians can mix New Age Eastern Mysticism with Christianity||Emerging Church: Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball, Richard Foster and many others.|
|(1) Cultures were created by God and are being redeemed by Him (2) Pagans can go back to worship of their former gods because they were really worshipping the true God all along||Indigenous People's Movement/New Apostolic Reformation (NAR): YWAM, John Dawson, Don Richardson, Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc and many others.|
|(1) Anything to get more people into churches (2) Compromise of the Gospel and truth because the end justifies the means||Church Growth Movement: Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Robert Schuller, C. Peter Wagner, Paul Yongii Cho and many others.|
|(1) Our mandate is to take over the world, the governments, the businesses for Christ, thereby ushering in the return of Christ (2) Whole cities and nations can be saved and transformed||Dominionism: NAR, Transformations movement, C. Peter Wagner, Ed Silvoso, George Otis, Jr., YWAM, Bill Hamon, Paul Cain, Francis Frangipane, and the majority of Christians and Christian teachers.|
|(1) Promises of "healing in the atonement" are made in order to fleece the flock (2) Wild claims and stories are told with no proof in order to build a following and secure fame and fortune for those who teach these things (3) We are all little gods who can create reality by what we confess with out mouths||Word-Faith: Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, and almost every teacher on TBN, Daystar, and other TV networks|
|(1) Psychology mixed with Christianity (2) I'm ok, you're ok (3) Positive thinking, positive confession (4) Suppression of the hard facts of the Gospel (5) Talkstory with Scripture twisting||Positive Thinking/Schullerism: Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Joel Osteen and a host of others.|
|(1) Heavy shepherding control of churches and all Christendom (2) Agenda based on false prophecy and implemented by false apostles (3) False Latter Rain/Dominionist teachings||New Apostolic Reformation (NAR): C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Mike Bickle, YWAM and many others.|
|(1) Legalism, adding works to salvation
||Hyper-Fundamentalists, Hyper-Pentecostals: Many denominations on both sides of this extreme.|
|(1) Antinomianism, holding that it is not necessary to exhibit moral behavior as a Christian as we are saved by faith alone (2) a denial of the importance of sanctification because "once saved, always saved" (3) Easy believism||Hyper-Calvinists: Many denominations.|
|(1) Holding that there is good in all men and the Holy Spirit is just looking for that good (2) The fall of man was not complete and he is able to choose to be saved because he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil||Hyper-Arminianism/Pelegianism: Rick Joyner, Francis Frangipane, many denominations.|
These are just a few examples of the redefinition of Christianity in the image and imaginations of men. But the Bible clearly teaches against these concepts. Yet in an age where everyone does what is right in their own eyes it is not surprising to see the Bible redefined or simply ignored. But there are consequences to doing what is right in our own eyes. It is "the way of death" (Prov. 14:12). Those who teach these things are bringing strange fire before the Lord Jesus Christ and will be judged for it. They will not simply lose their rewards in heaven. They will suffer eternal death. You cannot just make up Christianity. As Larry Norman once sang "The rules were set down long ago when the spikes went in the wood". The truth of this world is not that it is subjective, but that the objective God set down His objective rules and agenda and we either accept it, commit to it, and follow it or we die. We can claim we are "born again" all day long but if we choose to live by "Minnesota make-em-as-you-go rules" instead of the "law of Christ" we prove we do not love the Lord, and He in turn will not love us (John 15:10). This article is a warning to all those who think they can rewrite Christianity in their own image. Think again!