19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;
Isaiah 1:19 (NIV)
The topic of discussion here is obedience. I am sure even the theologians and doctrine worshippers from religious churches are familiar with this topic. However, there is a huge difference between obedience according to the theologians and the true Christian obedience according to the Bible.
When the term “obedience” is preached in religious churches, it always means this: If you obey God, nothing will happen but if you disobey God, something bad will happen.
In other words, obedience has become an instrument of blackmail in religious churches. Church members are constantly blackmailed into obeying their church leaders in the name of “obeying God”. You better do what your pastors tell you to do if you do not want God to do bad things to you. However, another problem here is the term “good” and “bad” can be interchangeable in theology.
For example, according to the doctrine worshippers, God can make you poor and sick as a part of his “good” will for you. I have came across a doctrine worshipper praying for God to make him sick and poor if being sick and poor can make him closer to God. Another infamous example is God can give you a special disease called “thorn in the flesh” to show you his sufficient grace. I don’t think I need to elaborate further on how perverse theology is.
So, if you happen to be under the bondage of theology, you are really caught in a confused state. Should you obey God? If you disobey God, he will do bad things to you to punish you. If you obey him, he will also do bad things to you to show you his sufficient grace. Either way, bad things will always happen. There is only one solution to this problem. Reject theology and turn to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, let us look at the true obedience according to the Bible. According to the above verse, if we obey God, we will eat the best from the land. Please note that the verse does not say we will have enough to eat. It says we will eat the best. Having enough to eat is good for us to live on. Being able to eat the best refers to a life of luxury. In other words, God promised prosperity to those who obey him. The choice is yours. If you want to be rich, obey God. If you want to be poor, don’t obey God.
In case some people may ask whether God still punish Christians for disobey him and sin, the answer is absolutely not. God will never punish us for our sins. Jesus has taken all the punishments that are due to us. So, while we can sin all we want without having to worry about the punishments from God, we need to be aware that we are still not immune from the side effects of sin itself. In other words, God will never punish us for our sins, our sins will.
Let me give you some examples. If you choose to commit crimes like stealing and killing, the law of your country will punish you. Being a Christian will not make you above the law of your country. If you constantly tell lies, no one will ever believe you. It is not God’s fault. God will never tell your friends not to believe you. They choose not to believe in you because they get fed up with your lies. So, we should not disobey God and sin because sin is bad for us, not because we are afraid God will punish us for disobedience.
In conclusion, Perfect love drives out fear. We obey God because we want the prosperity that comes with it, not because we are being blackmailed into it.