OCALA, FLORIDA- A man who has decided to spend his life "loving on people" felt convicted for being convicted about being obedient. "I have been so focused on keeping the commandments of God lately. I have been asking my Heavenly Father to help me stop sinning and help me be obedient to his will. It was than that the Spirit spoke to me and said, 'Your obedience is an idol'", the man said.
"I stopped dead in my tracks. I thought all this time that God was pleased when I loved him and kept his commandments, but the Spirit just told me my obedience is an idol. Wow, I never even thought of that. That must be the Holy Spirit that said that."
We asked if he believed salvation was by grace through faith alone and he said yes. We asked if he was trusting in his works for salvation and he said no. He told us he is trusting in Christ alone and his righteousness alone. So we asked why he thought the Spirit would ever tell him that his obedience is an idol and sinful, when Jesus said "If you love me, keep my commandments."
"I'm not sure. I just know that the Spirit spoke to me and told me so. I am no longer going to focus on being obedient to God's commandments since he told me that is an idol, instead I will just focus on loving God and loving others."