The Authority of Self vs the Truth of God - A Message from Your Deacons
Updated: Apr 8
The secular world thinks faith is what you use when you have no good reason to believe something. In Christians, faith is trust and there is evidence for trust. (Greg Koukl)
The Folly of Following Your Heart
Adam didn’t have a chance. 100% of men would eat fruit given to them by a naked woman. With that statement, Frank Turek is saying; you can’t follow your heart. If your heart is led by sex, money, or power, and you are led by your heart, where will that lead you?
The Authority of the Self
Christian author, Natasha Crain says that the current secular world view is the “Authority of the Self”:
1) Feelings are your guide (follow your heart) – it is your own truth.
2) Happiness is the ultimate goal.
3) Judging is the ultimate sin. And
4) God is the ultimate guess (“I hope He exists”).
To follow your heart is saying you follow the feelings of your own authority. It means you get to choose reality, not God. Virtue signaling is used as people change what they call “moral”. They use an old method of “Redefine”, Normalize”, and “Celebrate”. When you don’t agree with the new definitions, like equality for example (social justice, gender identity, and so on), you are immoral. The new meaning is now the truth from the perspective of feelings (the heart), or from those four rules governed by the “Authority of Self” and truth is no longer sourced from God’s perspective of right and wrong.
Happiness requires restraint. You must make decisions against your desires. Hearts change and that change is often driven by social media. You are not here to achieve your identity. You are here to receive your identity.
John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.”
Thomas Sowell said, “When you want to help people you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”