Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell‘s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The words doublespeak, doublethink, and thoughtcrimes were coined by Orwell. He was writing about a deliberately impoverished language which the state used to reduce the thinking capacity, and thus the choices, of its people. A “thoughtcrime” would be an act of thinking outside the box which the state had constructed.
A modern understanding of this newspeak might be political correctness. Surely, we see much of that today in our politics and media. Nonetheless, today’s newspeak goes far beyond political correctness and is far more sinister. It even invades our churches. Yet it did not come in overnight. It has been continually seeping in over an extended period of time. Let us examine it, shall we?
In a parent teacher conference a certain mother did not like the way I grade her daughters report card. She said that I had not made a positive confession over her daughter and, thus, was handicapping her spiritually. I tried to explain to her that the word “confession” meat telling the truth. She was not interested in that. She was only interested in improving the grade of her daughter without her daughter having to make any more effort. God alone would make the effort if we said the right incantation. In other words – we should use witchcraft.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)
Christians will sometime say: “I am believing for” whatever they might want. Does our believing make God believe the same thing for us? God is not bound by our thoughts.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
You ask and don’t receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure. (James 4:3)
True confession is agreeing with God. True belief is acting on our agreement with Him. Believing is keeping covenant with God. A little sarcasm from James might be in order:
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! (James 2:19)
What about the word “election.” In a democracy we like to believe that we have free elections. Free elections should mean free choices. Nevertheless, election for many Christians does not mean free choice. In may very well mean the opposite for them. The theology is that God has chosen certain people for salvation. He has elected them they are called His elect. He has predestined certain people to be saved from damnation. If so, then logically He has also predestined other people for damnation. How diabolical is that?
Is this thinking scriptural? He might be construed to be that way if we read God’s Word the way Satan wants us to read it. We know that Satan quoted scripture to Jesus in the wilderness to tempt Him. Of course, he took the scripture out of context. He twisted the scripture as he twists everything else.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matthew 4:5-7)
What does the word election mean in the context of scripture? We may start by what it does not mean. It does not mean that God’s mercy is arbitrary:
For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. (Romans 11:32)
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
The biblical interpretation of God’s election is that the children of Israel were chosen or elected by God as He promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. Israel was chosen to by a nation of priests and to be a missionary nation in accordance with God’s purpose. They were chosen as instruments for the purpose of saving the whole world, not for excluding other peoples and nations.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
“And now the LORD says,
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
So that Israel is gathered to Him
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD,
And My God shall be My strength),
Indeed He says,
‘ It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Isaiah 49:5-6)
Let us remove this newspeak from the Church. It is nothing more than Satan’s lies.
Deliver us Lord from the way of sin and death. Give us discernment so that we might not judge amiss. Let the words of our mouth ad the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable unto you, for you alone are our rock and our redeemer. Amen.