God Tells People What To Do, Not You!

The degree that you desire to dictate another person’s beliefs and actions is the degree to which you do not trust God.

Telling other people what to do, then punishing them if they don’t do it, which can be as subtle as getting mad at them, is dangerous.

If you are telling other people what to do and believe, then you have put yourself in the place of God.

Furthermore, you have become responsible for their actions. If they do what you say, it’s kind of your fault!

Cults and man-made religion are heavy on telling people what to do and believe. They use peer-pressure, intimidation, punishment, conformity, and shame to get obedience.

They do not allow any thinking or diverting from the path. The leader of the cult or man-made religion will become god-like. They may even tell you they are infallible, or speak for God.

Because telling people what to do and then judging what is done is God’s job. People who get used to doing this view themselves as God.

Alas, I’m not just warning you about Jim Jones and L. Ron Hubbard. I’m talking about you and me.

When you get mad because people don’t vote like you, dress like you, eat like you, identify with every little weird thing you identify with, you are getting close to Jim Jones status.

In fact, the difference between you and Jim Jones is only the number of people who listen to you. It always starts with just one listener though!

You better watch out!

Then again, I aint telling you to do anything. Do whatever you want. But what I can do is quote God:

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
–Romans 14:10-12

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
–Philippians 3:14-15

2 thoughts on “God Tells People What To Do, Not You!”

  1. One question: Does God then tell people what to do, then use fear, intimidation and shame to get them to obey, or to punish them when they don’t obey?

  2. Fear, intimidation and shame play a part. Preferably He’d like you to obey out of joy, thanksgiving, and love, but He knows us better than that. So sometimes He holds judgment over our heads. The battle against sin requires many weapons.

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