Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The False Doctrine of Face Wash

So I'm going through the motions of my daily routine of skincare the other night when I look up at my cleanser bottle and read it's label;


Purity is natural. We come into this world with all the right instincts. We are innocent, and therefore perceive things as they should be, rather than how they are. Our conscience is clear, our hands are clean, and the world at large is truly beautiful...

And it just went on to talk about how to feel young again by staying clean.

I read this several times in disbelief. Something so small as a bottle of face wash (expensive face wash, at that) can teach such horrible doctrine about man. Sure, it's tiny, and I guarantee a lot of people don't even read it. I sure hadn't until just the other night. But it really got me to thinking about what a deceived society we live in, with such false notions and ideas. We like to blame our schools and textbooks, Hollywood and government for our distorted view of man and God, when even our soap is feeding the same lies. It baffles me as I look into a disfigured world, and I just can't find Jesus anywhere. He's clouded by false teachings and overestimation of the ability of man and his condition apart from Christ. I can't even cleanse my face without being bombarded with lies and deceit from the enemy himself. What's sad is you won't get away from it, no matter how hard you try. You can take your children out of public schools, keep them from watching bad movies, listening to bad music, have them socializing in church rather than other places. Even with all of those good things keeping them from being entangled in the world, the world still seeps in through the smallest most subtle things. And sometimes we don't even see it coming.

It breaks my heart, the world we're in. The condition my country is in. The people walking around me every day with the wrong ideas and misunderstandings about themselves and about our God. The bumper stickers on the backs of the cars at stop lights that tell me all about higher powers and human rights and the ability of man. I see it everywhere I go. I cannot walk outside my front door without being so abundantly exposed to the world. Shoot, I can't even wash my face without it being so.

I'm distraught as I look upon a world underestimating their need for a savior, and overestimating their own ability to save themselves.


Joelseph said...

The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies. Psalms 58:3

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. Isaiah 64:6-7

No one understands; no one seeks for God...There is no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:11,18

We all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:3

Joelseph said...

It's everywhere. I don't know how people don't see it. Well, I do know. They choose not to.

If there's one doctrine I know I can backup 100% from scripture, it's the depravity of mankind.