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Self Love vs Savior Love [podcast]

Here’s Who Jesus Commanded Us to Love

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these TWO commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

On what “TWO commandments hang all the law and the prophets?” Can you re-read the above text and count the number of commands our LORD gave upon which the whole message of the Law and Prophets (whole Word of God) hang?

Jesus told us specifically that He gave “TWO commandments” here – not three.

1) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God” (v37)
2) “Thou shalt love thy neighbour” (v39)

Does Jesus tell us to love ourselves here? If so, please show us where. Does God’s Word anywhere teach that men should learn to love themselves more?

We first must love God with our all our hearts, soul, and mind. That is the first and greatest commandment. Then we can love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22: 37-40). In that order. We love with God’s love, not out of ourselves. Love comes from God (1 John 4:7).

The love chapter is 1 Corinthians 13. If we do all these things but have not Charity we are nothing and it profitteth us nothing. Because they are not done for God but self. Even Jesus said, ‘I can of mine own self do nothing’ (John 5:30).

Matthew 7: 22-23 Many will claim to have done good works in the name of Jesus. But all done in vain because they did them for self and not for Jesus. And he will say, ‘I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’ Self must be vanquished at the cross.” Karen Cochran

Deny Self – Don’t Try to Love Self Even More

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up his cross (implement of death) daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save (love) his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24

Here the Son of God told us clearly that “any man” who would be His must “deny himself” not elevate or learn to love himself. To “deny” one’s self is to refuse to think upon or do anything that violates the holiness of God as defined by His Word. Self-love is certainly one of those things the LORD identifies as sin and condemns.

If the Almighty wanted us to believe that we are to love ourselves, why didn’t He just come out and tell us? If Jesus Christ and His apostles and prophets didn’t teach it, by what authority do we dare teach such?

Here is the single verse this love thyself (self-love) teaching is based upon:

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:39

To get to the point, there is NOT ONE supporting verse or text for this self-love message and this one above (Matthew 22:39) has been clearly twisted/perverted (2 Corinthians 2:17). I think it should be more than obvious that Matthew 22:39 carries the same import as Matthew 7:12 (Golden Rule), when the Master instructed:

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

The Pride of Lucifer

“The LORD will destroy the house of the proud.” Proverbs 15:25

From where does any self-serving message originate? Who is the author of the self-love teaching and behind all false prophets who are teaching this message? The five “I”’s of Lucifer in Isaiah 14 should reveal the answer to this important question. Can you find the five “I’’’s?

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; 
I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:12-15

The motto and pride anthem of Satan is I, I, I, I, I – and this is true for anyone who is not in the love of God. The self-love message is clearly Luciferian. As with Lucifer who became Satan and the devil in his state of eternal condemnation, Hell will be the result of all who teach and buy into the self-love message that is being taught in “Christian” books, pulpits and media.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments  of the world (self-serving thinking), and not after Christ…And ye are complete in him (Jesus Christ)…” Colossians 2:8-9

The age-old and classic message of the pied piper solicits saints to forsake the Savior for temporary, self-serving comforts and earthly gain. Concerning this prevalent love of self message, Oswald Chambers said:

“Self-realization is anti-Christian. All this is vigorous paganism, it is not Christianity. Jesus Christ’s attitude is always that of anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of man at all; His purpose is to make man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is not self-realization but self-expenditure.”

Self-love is sinful pride. Since the Garden of Eden, self-love has caused every sin ever committed against the one and true holy God in 6,000 years of history. This doctrine of devils is now being taught on an epidemic level within the church world by men who are deceived and even claim that this diabolical message is a Bible doctrine. Astounding!

“Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” Proverbs 19:27 

The Mind of Christ

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:3-11

“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isaiah 66:2

YOUR PRAYER: Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I present this life You gave to You afresh. I lay my life into Your holy hands here and now, asking that You forgive and cleanse and wash away all my sins. Thank You for forgiving my sins of idolatry, of spiritual adultery, of not being committed unto Thee dear LORD. Forgive my utter rebellion, unbelief, and pride. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and bless this life to be conformed to the holy image of Jesus Christ, crucified with Christ. Please use me dear LORD in this final hour as we look for Your soon return. In Jesus’ name, amen LORD.

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