This is a Calvinist or perhaps just Biblical, as opposed to outright Pelagian, rewrite of Joel Osteen’s creed. I didn’t write this, though I wish I had.
Whosoever, therefore, gives heed to those teachers, who merely employ us in contemplating our good qualities, so far from making progress in self knowledge, will be plunged into the most pernicious ignorance. – Calvin, Institutes 2.1.2
“You just gotta follow your heart”, says a Houston Texas pastor, who knows nothing of God, the Bible, or the heart of man. Though, I have no doubt that he is following his own heart.
Yesterday Joel Osteen, or more likely his intern who tweets on his behalf, tweeted this:
To fulfill your destiny, stay true to your heart. Don’t let anyone squeeze you into a mold.
Maybe it would be a good idea to compare what Osteen seems to think about the heart with what God has said about the heart of man.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? – Jeremiah 17:9
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ – Matthew 13:15
For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. – Mark 7:21-22
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. – Romans 1:21
The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. – Genesis 8:21
This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. – Ecclesiastes 9:3
Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. – Isaiah 1:5
“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” – Romans 3:10-18
Still want to trust your heart? The actions your heart lead to will earn you death. (Romans 6:23) Rather than trusting your heart, repent and trust in Christ and you will be saved.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23