August 21, 2011
How long has it been that you have considered the fact that God has enemies? It is a fact that there are many people who are not friends of God. The sacred writings clearly teach that our heavenly Father has enemies.
Atheists are enemies of God. They deny that God even exists. Yet, they continue breathing God’s air, eating his food, drinking his water, and are sustained on God’s earth. God does exist and his providence gives life and sustenance to all. One cannot deny the fact of God’s existence and be God’s friend. “And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing to him; for the one who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder to those who seek him.” (Hebrews. 11:6) Paul argues that a person can know that God exists. (Romans 1:19-21; Acts 17:22-29)
Worldly people are enemies of God. “You adultresses, do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore would be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4). The word “adultresses” in the text refers to those who commit spiritual adultery, that is, they leave God and are committed to worldliness. They, like Demas love this present world. (2 Timothy 4:9) They do not hesitate to attend secular affairs when they could be with their brothers and sisters. (Hebrews 10:25). They do not hesitate to be with their worldly friends when they could be with fellow-believers encouraging and receiving strength. (Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14).
False teachers are enemies of God. This is something that many people, even some who are in Christ, seem not to understand. False teachers destroy souls. They lead people astray. Their doctrines are destructive and they make merchandise of people. They pervert the way of truth. (2 Peter 2:1-3) Consider this: no apostle ever befriended false teachers as if they are harmless! The apostles spent much of their lives opposing multiple erroneous doctrines, and strengthening brothers and sisters in the truth. (Acts 13:6-12; Philippians 3:18-19) Denominational preachers teach doctrines that lead people to perdition and they are fighting a losing battle against God. Preachers among God’s people who teach error or who will not oppose those who teach false doctrine are God’s enemies (Jude 3; I Timothy 6:12).
Morning Scripture: Philippians 3:17-21
Evening Scripture: Philippians 4:8-9