Pride is a serious and pervasive problem. It was because of pride that Satan rebelled and attempted to usurp God as ruler of the universe. It is because of pride that Satan was cast from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15). Pride is often the root of our sin as well.
The Bible tells us that God’s law is written on every person’s heart (Romans 2:14-15), and through common grace God has revealed Himself plainly in the external creation around us and the internal gift of conscience to each individual (Romans 1:18-20; Romans 2:14-15). The Bible also says that in our natural state, we suppress that truth in unrighteousness. When you take all of the previous (law on our hearts; we know there is a God & we suppress that truth), and combine it with the universal sin of pride you get some serious fist-shaking rebellion in the guise of progressive/emergent Christianity. Because that is what progressive or emergent Christianity is all about: rebellion and usurping God so as to justify one’s sin. It is the pinnacle of hard heartedness.
Today I want to point out some examples of this that I have recently observed. Just this morning, there was a comment I read on a Facebook post announcing that Glennon Doyle-Melton (a “christian” mommy blogger with a huge following) is now a lesbian. The commenter asked why people like Glennon bother calling themselves Christians. That is a great question. There are multitudes of people who are in open rebellion to everything the Bible teaches about God and His moral law, yet they classify themselves ‘Christians’. It is a perfect example of the sin of pride combined with suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. You see, these folks know there is a God, but they are too savvy to just out and out deny Him. Just like the case with Satan, their pride drives them to try and usurp God by redefining who God is and what He declares as truth. This is the definition of grievous sin; the word ‘woe’ comes to mind.
Another example of where I see this manifesting is the insistence of evolution being compatible with Christianity. It is not. The problem with evolution, aside from the outright denial of clear scriptural teaching to the contrary, is that evolution by definition would place death before the fall. Yet God says in His Word that death is the consequence and result of the fall (the rebellion of Adam and Eve in the garden). I’m sorry, but it is simply absurd to insist on something so diametrically opposed to Biblical truth. There can be no other explanation for this insistance than the sin-trifecta of pride, suppression of truth, and drive to usurp God in one’s own life. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools (Romans 1:22).
A third example has again reared its head in the aftermath of our presidential election: the misrepresentation of God’s sovereignty over His creation. I have observed this particular rebellion many times before, but the most recent instance was this past week in relation to whether or not God controls who is appointed to leadership positions. There were some loud voices that were saying that He does not control the outcome of elections. The Bible says otherwise: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1).
To be fair, some people truly do not know what the Bible teaches about this issue, and they are wrong out of ignorance, not rebellion. What I am addressing today is those who purposefully misrepresent God’s sovereignty for their own sinful purposes. Attacking and intentionally misunderstanding God’s sovereignty is another out working of the sin-trifecta of pride, rebellion through suppression and usurping God. It is my opinion that people chose to question the sovereignty of God because they do not want God to be sovereign. Their hackles are raised at the thought of a God who is in absolute control. Nothing provokes our inborn rebellion, nor offends our pride quite like the doctrine of sovereignty. Whether or not Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or Snoopy were elected president, you can be sure that it was God who placed that person in that position for His eternal purposes. I think where some get confused on this is when they see someone appointed who is contrary to everything the Bible deems truth. They wrongly assume that God would only chose people who are in line with what He deems as good. No, sometimes God allows or appoints things that are contrary to His desired will to bring about His eternal purposes. But bottom line, the only reason to willfully reject His sovereign control is because WE want to be in control.
An article from the Got Questions website sums up the sin of pride well:
Why is pride so sinful? Pride is giving ourselves the credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone and keeping it for ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship.
That is the crux of it: we want to worship ourselves, we want to sit on God’s throne, and we want to answer to no one other than ourselves. That is grave sin; serious and grievous sin. Praise God that He has made a way for us to be reconciled to Him. He will forgive the sins of hypocritically claiming to be His follower all the while rebelling, suppressing the truth and aiming to usurp Him as ruler over all. He is a mighty and merciful God. If there are those in your sphere whose hearts are hard and are following after this sort of rebellion, pray for them. Pray for their repentance. Perhaps God will have mercy and grant them saving faith in keeping with repentance. Because but for the grace of God, so would we go too.
Soli Deo Gloria!