Our language is continuously evolving, and new words keep being added to our dictionary. Merriam-Webster added 455 words in October of last year. Though our language seems to be growing, God’s word is eternal and doesn’t change.

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower faded, but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”

Malachi 3:6 “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”

Though God’s word is unchanging, linguistic theft is prevalent in our culture, changing the meaning of things that have eternal value, and turning them into something that doesn’t even come close to resembling truth. There are many areas that we see this, but there are three that I came across recently, not just in culture, but within teachings of churches, and this is deeply concerning.

The first has been seeping into the church for quite some time. It is the redefining of the meaning of love. The culture has defined love as acceptance and approval and far too many churches are taking on this definition as well.

On the outside, it seems good, talking about making space for everyone, but to make this space and make sure everyone feels welcome, they neglect to talk about sin, even apologizing in some cases for how the Church has taken a stand against some sins that are prevalent in today’s culture. “Everyone is welcome into the kingdom of God” is their declaration, and this is how they define love.

The Bible, though, says God is love (1 John 4:16). If God is love, then He therefore gets to define love and His definition is quite opposite of what the culture says. His word even gives us great pictures of what love is and what it isn’t.

One such place is a passage that is familiar to many and is often read at weddings – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Most are familiar with the first part of it, at least. We know that love is patient and kind, it doesn’t envy or boast or behave rudely. But it also “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). Iniquity is sin, unrighteousness and not how the culture defines it, but as God defines it through His word. To truly love someone is to be patient and kind with them, but it also is to not accept and approve of what God defines as sin.

Another passage that many are familiar with is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loved the world so much that He didn’t accept and approve of their sin. He loved the world so much that He made a way for them to turn their sin and be saved. That’s real love.

This, however, leads us to the second area that is concerning. There are teachings in far too many churches that are redefining what sin is. All definitions I have heard say that sin is “missing the mark”, which is correct. The issue lies in what is being defined as “the mark”.

I heard a sermon from a church recently that God’s laws were meant to be intuitive knowledge about what each of us needs and desires and a call to ensure that for other. Sin, therefore, is missing the mark of being true to ourselves and others. We are the mark in this definition.

In God’s definition, though, He is the mark. His laws, His commandments. (1 John 3:4). Removing God’s commands and replacing it with self sounds very familiar… it happened at the beginning of time, in the Garden of Eden. This isn’t new deception, yet it is infiltrating many churches today.

And it leads to the third area of concern. First comes the redefinition of love to allow in sin. Then comes the redefinition of sin to relate it to self instead of God and that leads to redefining what repentance is. I heard it preached that repentance meant to expand your mind in order to participate in the world that God desires, His kingdom here on earth. That is not even close to the biblical definition, which is a turning away from sin as defined by God, a transformative change of the heart.

The enemy is cunning and seeks those he can devour (Genesis 3:1, 1 Peter 5:8). He is after those in the church, and do you see how taking just these three words and changing their meaning has allowed a distorted false gospel to be preached in churches today? It takes the whole focus off God and His holiness and puts us at the center of it all.

The true gospel is that we are all sinners. We continually break God’s laws. We continually elevate self above God. God’s word tells us that the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23). However, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (John 3:16-17), if we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us of unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Do not be deceived, the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9). Truly repent and turn from your sin. Study what the word of God truly says. Find a church that preaches the true gospel.

Rachel Guest



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