Do you want to know the truth and nothing more?
By Jim Allen
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Didn't Jesus say to count the cost (Luke 14:28-30)? But the troubling part about the blue pill message is you never hear the whole truth, which is its failure to contain the "whole plan" of God. God's plan can only be in Christ and only on His terms (John 3:3, John 11:25). As John Hagee once said, "Jesus didn't come to say let's make a deal; he came to say this is the deal!" Jesus didn't come to help us be the best person we can be for the glory of God. He came to explain you cannot keep your old life if you hope to have his life (Luke 17:33).
So then, the question is not what's in the pill but what's been taken out. This particular blue pill deception is a watered-down version of the Gospel. Giving up your life to save it has been taken out of the message because it's offensive. The seeker-friendly crowd does not want to hear it.
As a result, the blue pill has been reformulated to a smaller, more convenient size so it is easier to swallow. The blue pill contains the gospel-lite version of the Word of God that says you can make a deal with God on your terms and still live in His holy presence. But David Hunt, founder of Berean Call, disagrees with a gospel that makes a deal with God. Hunt writes,
The entire Word of God, of course, is foundational to the faith. The Bible is one book, and it is all interrelated — each part to every other. Sadly, the church and the world are being robbed of the pure Word of God — and by those who claim to be evangelical Christians! (Source)Evangelicals without a solid, foundational view of the Bible are vulnerable to the blue pill message. The Apostle Paul, filled with passion and resolve, wrote uncompromising epistles warning of a time as this when believers would give up the truth and gather themselves around teachers eager to bring in damnable heresies to satisfy corrupt passions (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
False teachers and careless believers live, seemingly, unaware that Jesus died a painful death for them. They have hard hearts encased in worldliness suggesting the Word of God has not broken them down to receive the good seed of eternal life. They have not been broken down by the digestive action of the Word to flow within the blood stream of the Savior.
These unbroken vessels are exercising their freewill to ignore the warnings of the New Testament. As a result, they swallow the blue pill with ease, unware of its calming effect. This pill takes the unsuspecting soul gently by the hand through a dark portal to unimaginable deception; and when fully digested, enables the recipient to slumber and dream away the day of grace.
The red pill
Unlike the blue pill, the red pill is a stimulant. It stirs the soul. It wakes you up. It makes you think about your life and relationship to God. The red pill contains the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Nothing is left out. Everything is brought into the light. It brings forward all truths including the difficult truths that open our eyes to see things differently. And, what do we see differently?
We see and identify with the tax collector's shame and plea for mercy (Luke 18:13); we see and share the thief's confession of unworthiness and heart-felt call for remembrance (Luke 23: 41-42); we see and hear the word of God until the gift of faith flows from the Savior's heart into ours (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:17); we see and know ourselves crucified, dead, and risen in newness of life (Galatians 2:20); and, we see and believe we are born again, justified, and empowered to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
Fortunately, the red pill enables you to see the matrix for yourself. You do not need to be told. The red pill leads to an encounter with a new reality never imagined or thought possible (1 Corinthians 2:7-9). Without the seeing of the whole truth, there is no escape from the matrix (John 3:13).
In closing and unlike the actors in the movie, we are not a fabrication of human thinking. We are not part of a make-believe world. We are not shining stars in the theatrical sense. We are a fabrication of a divine thinking. We are new creations that shine as lights in the world to help others see (Philippians 2:15). Furthermore, we are not on a quest to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. We are instead on a quest to see how far the high call of God in Christ Jesus will take us into His holy presence (Philippians 3:14; John 1:14).
*Seeker-Friendly is a term used to describe churches that avoid using biblical terms that make people feel uncomfortable, and teach a Gospel has been stripped of foundational truths. A seeker-friendly church desires the visitor to feel welcomed and not intimidated. Words like sinner, depraved, condemned, fallen, repent, blood atonement, and many others dealing with human depravity and condemnation make people feel uncomfortable. As a result, church leadership woefully sanctions the "all positive approach" that guts the Gospel of these foundational Bible verses that are necessary for convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-8).
More notably, seeker-friendly leadership fails to realize that by casting away parts of Scripture (Romans 3:23) they are also throwing out any need for personal salvation; and, if no need for salvation then no need for the Savior (Luke 5:32).
1,2 Narrative from a scene in the 1999 movie entitled, The Matrix.
Index Image Credit: Philip Taylor; "Red Pill Blue Pill The Matrix"; Creative Commons
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