…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Although the GCM shut down will likely not result in resolving any of the issues I have spoken out about on this website, my hope and prayer is that everyone will take this time to reevaluate GCM. I pray that moms will be asking themselves if they have spent too much time online instead of with their kids (and husbands too). I have been praying that since many have left on a bad note, maybe now the head honchos of GCM will waken up to the problems that are on the site. Although I hope and pray for the best, it might stay the same. And so I continue on although I wouldn’t mind if they closed their doors completely and put me out of a job!!! I have been working on several posts about the bad theology running rampant on GCM and what a great time to finally get them finished. This is the first of many.
Parents are the ones who should be the main teachers of Scripture to their children (morning, noon, and night! see Deut 6:7). We are to teach them about sin and our sinful nature, repentance, grace, mercy, forgiveness through Christ’s death on the cross, sanctification and bringing glory and honor to our God. We can not just teach grace because without the others, what does grace mean? We need to teach the law and the gospel so they will be broken-hearted over their sins and run to the Savior for grace, mercy and forgiveness.
“Psalm 51 is the photograph of a contrite spirit. Oh, let us seek after the like brokenness of heart, for however excellent our words may be, yet if the heart is not conscious of the blackness and hell-deservingness of sin, we cannot expect to find mercy with the Judge of all the earth. If the Lord will break your heart, consent to have it broken; asking that he may sanctify that brokenness of spirit to bring you in earnest to a savior, that you may yet be numbered with the righteous ones.” – C. H. Spurgeon
“We rob the gospel of its power if we leave out its threatenings of punishment.” – C.H. Spurgeon
Many GCMers have a problem with calling anything they do as sin. They and their children just have, “big feelings”. That is all. Just feelings. Nothing wrong with feelings. Except the problem when our feelings can lead us to sin when we aren’t going to God’s word for the truth.
James 1:14-15 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Number One “Big Feeling”: Anger
Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry and do not sin.” Anger in and of itself is NOT sin. What we do with that anger can be sin. If our child is acting out in anger by hurting others, he is sinning. He needs to be taught that it is sin and that God hates sin and God punishes sin, but that there is forgiveness if we humbly confess our sins. If we aren’t teaching these things to our children, we are teaching them to be indifferent towards sin. Indifference to sin will lead us further from our wonderful Savior and down that broad and wide path that many find themselves on, the path that leads to destruction. Let us be realistic and honest, most of our anger does not show forth in righteousness but in sinful ways and those need to be called sin.
To show you why “big feelings” is a bad idea, I will use me as an example. I am sure GCMers will be able to see my sin! I have gotten called many horrible names by GCMers who had “big feelings” about my blog. I have been called sad, pathetic, rude, angry, bitter, blind and so many things. When I get comments like this, you know what my first reaction is? “You stupidhead.” Not exactly, but my first thoughts are usually not good thoughts. I get angry. Now in my anger, I could comment back a lot of hatred filled rhetoric too. I know this would be sin and not bring glory to God. So, when I get these types of comments, I often have to walk away for a day or two until I can respond in an appropriate manner i.e. defend truth and not attack the person. GCMers, I know how easily it is for me to sin. I know I still have my sinful nature, but I also know I am no longer a slave to that sinful nature. I know I don’t have to sin in my anger. But according to your theology (actually pop psychology), since I just have “big feelings”, why does it matter if I would write back to you and call you all the names you call me? We both are just having “big feelings”. You express yours and I express mine back to you. But if we take the time to use Biblical language (and use it correctly), we should call our name calling sin. We should then repent and call others who do the same to repent. We should stop calling each other names and forgive one another. If we are quick to say, “I am having big feelings about this.”, which GCMers often write, without acknowledging our temptation to sin, we really aren’t doing ourselves a service. You are having sinful thoughts and want to respond in a sinful manner. How much better to acknowledge that fact instead of trying to whitewash it by making it sound better than it actually is.
I have written about this problem as well as the lack of sin in children (or so they say) before HERE. Since the doctrine of original sin is often attacked, I linked to two articles below on the subject.
Before the Throne of God (sung by Lou Fellingham)
A great High Priest whose name is love, who ever lives and pleads for me
When Satan temps me to despair and tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me
My soul is purchased by His blood