By Curtis Pugh
By Curtis Pugh
Seldom is the word blasphemy used today. To claim to be God or to speak ill of Him is blasphemy. Paul confessed that prior to being born again he was a blasphemer. But he obtained mercy saying, “because I did it ignorantly in unbelief,” (1 Timothy 1:13). In Matthew 7:23 the Lord Jesus identified blasphemy as one of several “evil things [which] come from within, and defile the man.” Blasphemy, then, is a sin with serious consequences.
Would any believer slander God or speak ill of Him? Would any professing Christian belittle Him or say anything to make Him appear weak or powerless? Sad to say, but a great many professing Christians do such things quite regularly. How many times have you heard someone tell a lost person the following: “God loves you and wants to save you if you will let Him.” Or, perhaps, “won't you let Jesus come into your heart and save you?” Let God? Where did anyone ever read anything in the Bible about God needing permission or needing to be allowed to do anything?
The Bible refutes such a blasphemous idea many places. Consider: “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased,” (Psalm 115:3). Also: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35). God has the ability to work within men causing them both to want to do what He wants and to do what He wants. Paul wrote, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” (Philippians 2:13). Again we read: “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee,” (Jeremiah 32:17). In verse 27 of that chapter are these words: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”
How dare anyone slander God by making Him subject to the whims and will of His creatures? Is it not logical to understand that the things created must of necessity be subject to the Creator? If God has power to create, does He also not have power to control what He has created? “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” (Romans 9:21). God made each person for His purpose and will get glory from His actions both in the vessels of honor and the vessels of dishonor. Let us not speak ill of God and His power by telling people they need to “let God” do this or that? How dare we say what nobody in the Bible ever said? We need to say what the Bible says!
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Denham Springs, LA 70726