“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12, See also 16:25)
How often do we hear it said in the “New Age” we supposedly have entered, “Just follow your heart… follow your bliss… follow your passion… satisfy yourself… do your thing… make yourself happy.” That sounds good at first. After all God is in your heart (oh, really?) so you can trust it. We are all one (is that so?). Be who you are. Find your self; it’s why you’re here.
When did we forget to switch on the discernment-ometer? Even writing these words tends to upset my stomach! It’s embarrassing to admit to having fallen for it at one time. Be forewarned, brothers and sisters, this planet is a spiritual minefield. Or is it mind field?
Fact is… “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
Drawn back to Christ (long story, but praise God!), when I hear people spewing out these unsound bites, I now usually counter with, “Jack the Ripper followed his bliss as he stalked his next victim; Bonnie and Clyde followed their hearts every time they held up a bank. You mean to tell me their hearts were reliable guides to positive lifestyles and godly living?” Usually this gets at least a raised eyebrow, or a puzzled look… Did she really say that? It does not compute!
The more indoctrinated will respond with blank stares and that Dalai Lama smile, “Certainly we’re all here to just experience various roles; there’s no good or evil; this isn’t real anyway.”
It becomes clear about the current times: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron…” (1 Timothy 4:1,2)
Eventually when you wake up and realize that these “spiritual” people live lives characterized by lack of spiritual understanding and moral crop failure, then the New Age dogmas are finally recognized for what they are – as coming from the “lips of a strange woman.“ They “drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.” (Proverbs 5:3-5)
No, thank you.
We’ve fallen down the rabbit hole (or is it the event horizon of a spiritual, moral, and ethical black hole?!) with the current anything goes culture. There is no Holy Ghost guidance with Luciferian dogma and programming infiltrating and dominating in churches with individuals “…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:25-28)
And to top it off, the political climate demands that we “sanctify” all this with “inclusivity”, with even litigation against pastors and priests who refuse to bless the mess with “marriage”? It’s just the tip of the depravity iceberg.
Not on my watch. Whatever happened to repentance? I thought Jesus came teaching repentance and the kingdom, and that this was also to be taught in the Church, as the Bride and Body of Christ.
The Pulpit Commentary defines this “way that seemeth right” as the “blinding effects of passion and self-will; for these make a man think his own way best and most desirable”. Or it can also mean “a warning against following a perverted or uninstructed conscience.” The commentary goes on to consider something we don’t often hear these days, but we ought to – that our “conscience needs to be informed by God’s Word and ruled by God’s will to make it a safe guide”.
So much for, “Just follow your heart and you’ll know what’s right for you.”
How do we get from there to a reliable conscience or “heart”?
King David “followed his heart” once. Remember? Bathsheba. Adultery. Unexpected pregnancy (oops!). Inconvenient truth. Uriah the Hittite. Set-up. Murder. Nathan the prophet.. (See 2 Samuel 11 & 12) The chickens came home to roost.
Politics hasn’t changed much, has it? However, there was a change of heart in this case. How?
Repentant, David cried out, “…according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest… Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom…Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit… For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51, various portions)
Let us consider carefully and prayerfully every part of that in the quiet of our prayer closets!
When we come under the Holy Spirit of conviction, finally the spiritually numb, anesthetized conscience wakes up. We realize we can’t trust our hearts, doing what comes naturally – or unnaturally. We then go from standing up for the me, myself, and I doctrines of demons, to falling often and continually on our knees in contrition and repentance, entreating God for His mercy, forgiveness, cleansing from sin, inner truth and integrity, knowledge of His Wisdom, the creation of a clean heart and a right spirit by the power of the Holy Spirit!
This is humility, repentance, and the beginning of putting on the Mind of Christ for believer-sinners. There must be a clean heart and a right spirit trained in the Lord’s written word and the Holy Spirit, through the multitude of His tender mercies.
It also begins with the realization that the old black magic, unreliable, unregenerate heart and mind are crucified with Christ. The rest of the “training” is to see it become a reality in day to day living. (See Galatians 2:20) “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:14)
This is the beginning of the Way that actually is right, not that which only “seemeth right” to the heart and will un-surrendered to and uninformed by the will of God.