Remember whitewashing is Satan’s ploy to keep us from God’s Truth, which prevents us from knowing Christ, who is the source of our salvation. In order to overcome whitewashing it is important that we are able to identify it. Here are a few ways the word is whitewashed.
1. The Forever Fundamental Word
This occurs when we dwell only on the fundaments of the gospel. This type of word never leads to an advanced understanding of the word. You’ll hear constant messages about topics such as love, repentance, marriage, and basic faith in God. Nothing spiritually mature is ever conveyed in this type of word. Meaning there is no spiritual growth. Spiritual growth and faith have a direct correlation. It is important that we get past fundamental teachings in order to increase our faith. It is our faith in Christ that will keep us in times to come. In Paul’s letter to the Hebrews he stresses the importance of maturing in the faith. Here is a portion of that message:
1Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,2instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
2. The Out of Season Word
This a word that is true, most times, to the gospel but it is delivered in the wrong season. God’s word is reconfigured to fit a situation but it is delivered in the wrong season. This causes us to be in confident opposition of the Lord. Taking an opposite standpoint when he has already instructed against or for something. All of this is done with the use of scripture. An example would be the preaching of peace as the return of Christ draws closer. This does not align with the word. While it is possible to have peace during the destruction to come, that peace will not be visible in this world but will come from within, based on our relationships with Christ. This idea also keeps up from preparing for Christ return.
1 Thessalonians 5:12
2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded
3. The Twisted Word
This a word that has elements of truth but it is no where near true. It adds and takes away from God’s word. One of the greatest examples of this as mentioned in part 2 occurred in Genesis 3. When Satan convinces Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. There were elements of truth to Satan’s argument but it wasn’t the entire truth. Making it all a lie. Would she surely die? Yes, but not at that exact moment. Would she gain wisdom? Well, yes but who could ever be as wise as God. He gave just enough “insight” to invite confusion and persuasion. Thus, getting Eve to do exactly what he wanted her to do. Which was eat the fruit that God had forbidden her to eat. It is so important to be careful for this type of whitewashing because it will often be supported with scripture but this scripture will be manipulated in such a way that it negates what God has actually said. It is a word based on lies that may appear as truth supported by scripture, but is only deceit used to get us off track.
Another example of this is when scripture is partially used causing one to think salvation is attainable by following certain rules. Instead of having faith in Christ and doing the things that actually count, the focus is to follow certain rules so that we can “earn our way” into the kingdom of heaven . (Ephesians 2:8)
23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
4. The Unaided Word
This occurs when a word has absolutely no support. There’s no scripture no Holy Spirit, nothing. Yet, it is presented as truth. It normally begins with “God told me” or “God spoke to me” when he actually hasn’t. This word comes completely from within a person and is normally based solely on feeling and personal wisdom. Jeremiah prophesying to Judah is an example of this. For years he told them that judgment was coming to them as a nation, as a result of them disregarding their covenant with God. He also told them that they should surrender to Babylon to live. At that very same time there were many false prophets telling the same people the exact opposite. They told them to stay in Judah and that everything would be fine. This was God’s response to them:
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what these prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.”
5. The Feel Good Word
Normally given by those that claim themselves to be ministers but they are actually just motivational speakers. In their teachings there is never a consequence for sin, it is okay to abuse God’s grace because he will forgive us, and all things will be well… you will have a nice house, great car, great job… all things prosperity. This type of word never allows us to stop and consider ourselves. It never provides correction which means it never allows for growth. It also leaves a person in denial when it comes to suffering for Christ as he has suffered for us. Please know that the word of God is a two edged sword that works continually to correct and prune us.
2 Timothy 3:16
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
There are so many issues with each of these forms of whitewashing but all in all they wreck the same havoc. They keep us from knowing the truth about Christ by hindering faith and growth. If we don’t truthfully know Christ and understand his purpose in and for our lives, there is no way that we can be made acceptable to the Father. There is also no hope for salvation. They also lead to an appearance of what the world calls righteousness but in actuality there is no internal sign of righteous within the individual.
Can you think of any other forms of whitewashing God’s word? If so, feel free to write them in the comments. We will finish up this series next week. Look out for the last post on whitewashing.