DENYING THE LORD
DEFINITION: To deny someone or something is to be ashamed of them, fail to acknowledge them, or claim they do not exist. Biblically, denying the Lord is a failure to acknowledge Him and the truth of His Word. People who deny the existence of God are called atheists.
FACTS ABOUT DENYING THE LORD:
If you deny the existence of God, you are a fool. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 14:1).
Denying the Lord includes denying there is a God; denying the deity of Jesus Christ; denying the inspiration of God’s Word; denying the work of God; denying the saving work of Christ; denying your faith; and denial by your sinful actions.
What you say and do are both important. If you confess Christ and then live like a sinner, you are denying God’s work in your life.
Denying the Lord is not the unpardonable sin. It can be forgiven through confession and repentance. If you do not repent, however, God also will deny you (Matthew 10:32-33).
DEALING WITH DENYING THE LORD:
Confess your sin to God and ask forgiveness. Denying the Lord is sin, and as in the case of all sin, you must confess and repent of it.
Make a positive confession based on the Word. Confess the existence of God, your belief in Him and His Word, and in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
Confess the Lord before others. If you have previously denied God, His Word, or His work in your life before certain people or groups, make it a point to go back and confess the Lord in front of these people.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT DENYING THE LORD:
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. (Psalm 40:10)
Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38)
He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me. (Luke 10:16)
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. (Luke 11:23)
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27)
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. (John 12:48)
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:19-20)
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. (Philippians 1:20)
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. (2 Peter 2:1-2)
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2:23)
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. (1 John 4:15)