I just heard a new Matthew West song for the first time today. It is called, “The God Who Stays” Yes it shows how God’s love for us will never fail, but the theology is so far off. Like so much other music these days, it is all about what God does and nothing about our response to that love. It’s all about remaining in your horrible state rather then overcoming your burdens. As theologians, we know that what he says has certain truth, but to the normal person hearing the lyrics, it paints a picture of a God who is OK with sin in your life. Just don’t worry about it because God loves you… This is not the love of God.
God came to save us from sin, not to let us remain in our sin and live whatever life we want. In the bridge of this song Matthew West writes, “My sin Can’t separate”. This is great news for everyone who wants to keep on sinning yet claim to be in Christ. Yet what does scripture tell us? 1 john 3:7 says, “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin…”
Accepting Christ is not just a logical decision to punch our ticket to heaven by believing that there was this guy named Jesus that died for us. It is about surrendering your life and desires to allow Christ to literally indwell you with His holiness. Sin can’t be in the same place as Christ. Therefore, you can’t be a sinning Christian. In Christ, we are perfect. Yes we make mistakes and yes we fall to the flesh and are still tempted, but when we do we hit our knees. To God active rebellion or intentional sin is the only thing that separates us from God. And that is the open rebellion or shaking your fist at God and saying I know the Truth yet want to sin anyway.
Yes, sin separates us from God. And yes, if we know the truth and sin anyway, we are punished more severely. This is another great example of a song that everyone is going to sing at church as it continues to erode sound doctrine. Matthew West has some great songs, so I am not writing this artist off. But songs like this need to be left out of the sanctuary. For why would our children strive to resist the devil if there is no penalty for sin as a Christian? Acts chapter 5 should remind us what God felt about sin in the lives of those who knew Truth and chose to sin anyway. Do we not love our children enough to instill a proper fear of the Lord? Is that not the beginning of all wisdom?