Guest Post: When God Isn't Enough by John Paul Ortiz

I’ve always wanted to be a blogger. Secretly I’ve been thinking of catchy titles that would capture the readers attention; only to realize I had neither the ability to finish said thoughts in a form of more than 140 characters or a blog to attempt to post them on. That has changed for a time, times, and half a time. (Eh?)

My dear friend Mathew has given me the privilege of guest posting in his stead and that has left me rejoicing in my heart of hearts! Now I have cause to order a big fluffy bean bag! Yay! On that note, let’s tarry not and head back to the title: “When God isn’t enough.” There are many ways one could go with this thought, but initially my mind wrestled with the fact that so many people, unbelievers and even “professing Christians” I’ve met (either personally or evangelistically) seem content with “god.”

By now I hope you are catching I mean they heed not the God of Scripture or His Christ (Titus 1:16). They live their lives almost as the pagans of Greece did! Or to put into modern term: Nothing more than “moralistic therapeutic deism.” The “divine butler in the sky,” or the one who alone will judge them. Meaning, we have no right to point out anyone’s sin or claim absolute truth against others’s false religions and gods. Most of it, I’m persuaded, comes thanks to the likes of many of today’s leading mega-church evangelicals, who spew confusion, and their own ignorance or cowardice of the Word. Or spiritually dead goats attempting to portray a “religious life.”

We have no grounds to plead ignorance in light of Scripture, the God of the Universe has revealed His thoughts to all humanity. “Believing in A God” isn’t enough (James 2:19); at best: it’s a little better than demonic. Holding onto this “vague” deism does nothing for your eternal state. Many a deist souls believe like that all the way to Hell. (You need the eternal God, and His blessed Son, and thy Holy Spirit. I pulled a KJV right there!). The notion of the day seems to be turning The “Only Begotten Son,” namely, into the only forgotten Son.

Clinging to this pluralistic ecumenical notion of God, all is lost. Scripture is clearly denied (Isa. 45:5, John 10:30, Titus 2:13) and eternities are gravely altered all for false peace and tolerance. Let us not turn our backs on the words of our Lord (Mark 8:38). He is Lord of all (Acts 10:36). A God isn’t enough. A God doesn’t cause persecution. It wasn’t a problem with the Romans and not much even for the times of our days. “We will accept your God” they say aloud in one voice, “the crucified Jewish carpenter you Christians foolishly claim to be God, some savior of the world. But world to us means everyone else BUT Us. We don’t need saving. He’s not our Christ. That’s true for you but not for me.” We’ve all heard these famous lines. But when you state unapologetically the need for repenting of your sins unto the only living, triune God (Acts 20:21) (Acts 17:30).

By grace alone, through faith alone in the blood bought salvation purchased by His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. (Rom. 3:24-25, Rev. 1:6, Rom. 3:28, Eph. 2:8-9) and that He alone is worthy of all praise and worship (Rev. 4:9, Gal. 1:3-5). To love and fully obey. Clearly, they refuse such nonsense and boil at such words. The world utterly hates Christ (John 15:18) and Christians for loving our Master--our Lord and God. A God isn’t enough. How foolish it is to think the fleeting trinkets and idols of this world compares greater to the Creator! Or to claim to partake in the portion of the redeemed and yet wallow in sins, irreverence, and a lack of knowledge of our great God and Savior. Thinking all is well with you because you “know God.” Heaven would surely be a miserable place for such as they are.

Eternal life is first and foremost the blessedness of knowing and being with the one true God (John 14:3). And The only way to Heaven, is through His blessed Son (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). This idol-ish “god” the world makes isn’t enough. Away with such dumb and deaf pieces of wood the world continues to carve out (Isa. 42:8)! Let us boldly go out and gladly take the reproach of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us herald to all men, women, children, and even Christians (who should never tire from hearing such glorious truths), “You need The Gospel of God” (1 Thess. 5:9-11, Col. 1:17-20, Romans 1:1, 2 Thess. 1:8-11)--who alone is enough.

John Paul Ortiz is a slave to the living Christ (and occasional guest blogger). Acoustic singer/songwriter currently residing in Corpus Christi, Texas. Using the gifts given me to work up hymns and spiritual songs to make much of our Maker. Lover of the church, reading books, cats, and theology. Deserving every flame of Hell, but through Christ receiving every grace of Heaven.You can follow him on twitter @LoveMeLastBand.