There is nothing more upsetting to me than when deceived Christians use platitudes and clichés to defend their unbiblical viewpoints. I can almost hear some defenses: “Don’t be divisive!”; “Touch not God’s anointed!” Lately, the unproductive rejoinder “Don’t put God in a box!” has become a favorite in defending false prophecies and supernatural experiences, and as mystical practices in the church rise in popularity, I can’t foresee this particular defense and its accompaniments going away anytime soon. No, I have not received a vision on the matter, nor has God whispered something to me; however, it’s clear that many, who ought to know better, are questioning the sufficiency of Scripture. When people don’t believe the Word of God is enough, they will start to rely on experiences, feelings, and hunches; consequently, their spiritual walk will become nothing but groping around in the dark. Sadly, as they seek second blessings, or a slaying in the Spirit, these deceived Christians are more often than not left disappointed when they realize they did not receive fresh fire at the latest revival.
Tragically, it is not only seeking experiences over the Word of God that lands people in trouble; there’s also the reality that people don’t listen to sound biblical teachers anymore. I don’t recall Beth Moore proclaiming that we are not to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6), and I’m certainly not going to hear the Copelands teach that the miraculous gifts were only for the early church. Today we often hear (even from the pulpit) that experiences are more relevant than the Word of God.
My heart is heavy for our captive sisters and brothers. While I was following false teachers, I didn’t have peace or rest; I was continually waiting for the next ‘Christian’ best seller that would make my life better (guaranteed!) or one that would enable me to ‘tap into’ the ‘presence’ of God…or one that would ‘unleash’ His storehouse of blessings. Recently, I had a conversation with a nice Christian friend who said that she believed the blood moon prophecies because she didn’t want to miss anything. Oh, how I wanted her to know the truth of Scripture – that it is sufficient and all we need! (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4). No one should be chasing false prophecies, experiences, and ‘fire’. Jesus is found in God’s Word; the scriptures testify about Him (John 5:39). We will not miss anything while we are in the Word of God.
Yes, God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient
The insinuation is that we who call out these unbiblical teachings are ‘limiting God’ or placing boundaries on His power. I don’t know one person who defends the sufficiency of Scripture and who simultaneously denies that God is sovereign and all-powerful. We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, that He was raised from the dead, and that His sacrifice atoned for our sins. Those are miraculous events! We believe that God mercifully made us alive although we were dead in our sin (Ephesians 2:5). He grants saving repentance (2 Timothy 2:25) – that is a miracle! Can anyone really claim that we are putting God in a box because we do not believe that Benny Hinn has raised the dead, or that the incomprehensible babblings of those who claim to speak in a heavenly language really aren’t speaking a language at all? And where and when does this accusation of putting God in boxes stop? Are we putting God in a box when we call Todd Bentley to repentance after he has yet again kicked another person in the face?
In boxes made of ticky tacky … and they all look just the same
To reject the belief that God has granted us everything–through His Word, through Jesus, through the Holy Spirit–pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) is calling God a liar; furthermore, this rejection has put God in various boxes of idolatry, by no means a one-size-fits-all box. False Christian movements have created various worldly, man-made boxes to fit their false teachings, as their teachings and practices are not found in Scripture. So, where are these teachings found? In attractive packages that seduce the itching-eared masses (2 Timothy 4:3). For instance, there are claims that if we recite certain words, or think a certain way, then God is obligated to bless us. Talk about putting God in a box! Or is it a genie in a bottle?
I imagine this to be God’s prosperity gospel box:
This is God’s faith-healing box:
This is God’s Christian Mystic box:
And, finally, God’s John Crowder box:
Naturally, we know this is the real box behind many false teachings:
God is not in a box; He is revealed to us in a book that we should be studying under the tutelage of sound pastors and teachers, and as we assiduously study this book, the Holy Spirit will open up the wonderful truths found within its pages. It’s time that we believe that when God says Scripture is sufficient, that He means it. It’s time to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), and it’s time to repent of the demonic fun and games and deliver these boxes back to where they came from.
Soli Deo Gloria,