The god of Nice

Voddie Baucham speaking at Moody Founder’s Week 2015

Though his topic of reference is homosexuality, in the first 10 minutes, he puts his finger on how Christianity’s acceptance of homosexuality and gay “marriage” has crept into the church.  If we ignore the “how” then we are on a sure path of relinquishing all that is true.  The god of Nice is at the core of the “how”.  It is the means and the force behind the destruction.

Niceness is the culprit that brought homosexuality into the church and is also bringing all sorts of doctrines of demons into the church.  Niceness has been allowed to shut down truth about sin, error, and holiness.

Watch this video for the HOW.  Only his introduction (1:05 minute mark to 9:57 minute mark) is sufficient to understand the danger and what is the thing that is “normalizing” error and sin.  If we allow ourselves to believe that the issue is only homosexuality, then all the other ways of demons will destroy the church.  His warning is powerfully capsulized in the segment (3:15 to   6:38)


Niceness is one of the cruelest and most ruthless of destroyers because it is used to silence truth or righteousness.  It IS the 11th commandment as Voddie has said.

Hopefully, by now, we should realize that the God of Love is not the god of Nice (nice as defined by humanism, psychology, culture, or the secular world).

How much damage has been done by the god of Nice? Let us consider a description of the ideal Christian today. Most would agree that adjectives like loving, communicator, relational, supportive, helpful, nurturing, sensitive to feelings of others, sharing, harmonious, community oriented, cooperative all describe that ideal Christian. Now, go to the scriptures and find people who exemplify those qualities. While there may be instances, especially among the women of the bible, the examples among men are rare and only part of the picture.

Now, consider another series of adjectives: Powerful, efficient, competent, skillful, result oriented, successful, competitive, finisher, conqueror, killer. Now, go to the scriptures and find people who exemplify those qualities. Which list is longer? Which list represent the heroes of the bible? It is the second list that is the longest, and those on the first list, will also be candidates for the second list. The god of Nice has radically redefined most everything essential about Christianity.

The god of Nicedoes not allow God nor His agents to be like they always have been as demonstrated in the bible. Rather, they are now to be model citizens that do the world proud. How many of God’s servants in the bible would be concerned with the opinions of man? How many of God’s agents in the bible would be described as nice? There may be some, but even for those, nice would not be the first word that came to your mind. Most of the wayward people that had to interact with them thought them rude, traitorous, troublers, not saying nice things, obnoxious, confrontational and stubborn. Even Jesus amid all His good works was confrontational. The one who is described as meek and mild had His face set like a flint. He was gentle to the weak, seeking and ignorant but hard as nails toward the wayward and those who misrepresented God.

More than fifty years ago, A. W. Tozer clearly saw that the religion of Nice and the god of Nice was ruling and needed to be replaced. He saw that the present Christian leader needed to be replaced.

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.
A.W. Tozer – from ‘Of God and Men’.

In other words, he will not be welcomed by most Christians. He will be seen as a heretic, a preacher of another gospel (and he will be because the gospel at present is not a true gospel though it has true elements in it). He will be denounced and excluded from popular Christian circles and meetings

Let me restate his quote according to the desire of current Christianity and Humanism

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the new compassionate type, a man who has seen the complexities of various religions and focuses on how we all can be one. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many) he will take us into the next phase in our influence of civilization, making note of all the ways that civilization and Christianity are compatible. He will contradict, denounce and protest for the sake of unity all those who take a stand on any issue without embracing the opinions of others. He will earn the appreciation and acceptance of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be congenial, temperate, well-spoken and soft spoken and not angry with the world or with sin. He will claim to love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the salvation of the other. But he will claim to honor with consideration every opinion and everyone that breathes with mortal breath.

This sounds more like the anti-christ than a servant of the Most High God. But it is what Christianity now wants and looks for in those they follow.

Art Katz understood well the problem of understanding the prophetic messenger.

We need to ask what the essential differences are in, for example, Ezekiel or Jeremiah’s message? If we can come to some understanding there, then we are cutting right into the truth of what the prophetic call is. Is it the soothing and benign comforting of a false kind, which is generally what people want? Their souls cry out for it, particularly in time of distress and consternation. The true prophet, however, is rubbing salt into their wounds. He deepens the dilemma and makes more clear the painful contradictions of the age, and he says, “There is no peace.” He is bringing the dilemma into yet a deeper focus and saying, “You are not going to find peace until there is a judgment for this.” He brings an unwelcome message that the flesh wants to shrink from, and the most common way to nullify the message is to kill or render null and void the man who brings it.   Read it all

When we discuss opinions, later, we will see the primary weapon that is used to nullify the prophetic message.
This is how A. W. Tozer characterized Christianity in his time. He saw the god of Nice and he hated it.

“Unfortunately, the ten-cent-store Jesus being preached now by many men is not the Jesus that will come to judge the world. This plastic, painted Christ who has no spine and no justice, but is a soft and pliant friend to everybody, if He is the only Christ, then we might as well close our books, bar our doors and make a bakery or garage out of our church buildings. The popular Christ being preached now is not the Christ of God nor the Christ of the Bible nor the Christ we must deal with finally. For the Christ that we deal with has eyes as a flame of fire. And His feet are like burnished brass; and out of His mouth cometh a sharp two-edged sword (see Rev. 1:14-16). He will be the judge of humanity. … Jesus Christ our Lord, the judge with the flaming eyes, is the one with whom we must deal. We cannot escape it.”
A.W. Tozer, And He Dwelt Among Us: Teachings from the Gospel of John

Why is it that we no longer hear or talk about the Jesus Who has eyes as a flame of fire and Whose feet are like burnished brass; and out of His mouth cometh a sharp two-edged sword — the judge of humanity – Jesus Christ our Lord, the judge with the flaming eyes, is the one with whom we must deal? Why do we no longer want or prefer Him. Why do we prefer the god of Nice? We have even convinced ourselves that such an expression of Jesus must not be allowed to exist amidst meetings and among Christians.

While there was commendation for the seven churches of Revelation, there was also strong warning and the reminder that He was inflexible and would not have anything to do with that which was born out of human compassion and twisted scriptures or error. He speaks of His hatred of error in the strongest terms and warns without compromise. God’s compassion surpasses that of human compassion. His compassion is founded on eternal considerations, and the foundations of truth. Even His mercy and grace are due to His judgment being satisfied by Christ.

The God of scriptures knows no companionship with the god of Nice. The god of Nice was born out of human compassion and twisted scriptures. God’s compassion surpasses that of human compassion. His compassion is founded on eternal considerations, and His focus is always on the eternal, whereas human compassion is founded on the temporal.

His compassion is focused on eternal rights and privileges and gifts, and turning our backs on the things of this world (reputation, goods, rights). Secular compassion and the god of Nice is focused on the now, on the me, on my rights, my reputation.

This god of Nice and non judgment is not the God of our salvation, it is not the God who rules in eternity, it is but a god of the popular secular mind. A god that exists only in the imagination. That god is easily found to be false when you look at the actions of the True God of Love throughout the old and new testaments.

Secular minded people clearly see that that God does not match their god of Nice and that is why they reject Him. The true God is only “nice” when people are obedient to Him and serve only Him. His mercy is only extended to those who turn to Him and away from ways that are not His. The true God was and is continually judging with an eye toward redemption.

There can be no call to repentance if the wrong act is not judged. In Christianity today, truth for its own sake is no longer as important as is how truth is presented the tone of voice, the choice of words, etc. It would be well if Christians would re-read the pronounments of the prophets against wickedness and discover what the love of God looks like toward sin. We see both in the OT and NT that it was always about truth. Allowing someone to remain in error was and is Unloving and Unkind, and does not lead to peace with God but to enmity with God. All that is gone when the god of Nice is in charge. All that takes a back seat to being nice and affirming of the person. Unfortunately, it is the affirmation of everything a person is in the flesh is opposed to everything he is as a new man in Christ Jesus.

It is thought good to allow a person to nurse their hurts when God says we are to put our hurts aside and forgive. It promotes their right to nurse and reinforce their hurts and to seek emotional support. And Christians validate that error and bondage by entering into and sympathizing with the hurt.

Does someone’s hurt emotions and pride (because of words) prove that the words were mean spirited? Very often the same words spoken or written in the same way to different persons have different effects. Gospel preaching bears that out. The same words that offend and turn away some bring others to repentance. The same was true when God spoke by Jesus and the apostles and by His prophets in the OT. Offense is a heart issue with the hearer usually more so than with the speaker, though both persons may be in error and bondage.

The god of Nice feeds on yesterday’s manna. It nurses hurts of the flesh and lets them fester and be magnified. The True God gives fresh manna every morning. He is ever breathing new life into dry sticks and dead men’s bones. The god of Nice is focused on man’s relationships with man (the time and energy and concern is spent there), the true God is focused on man’s relationships with Himself. Men who are right with God are right in their relationships with their fellow man.

True Comfort

Some may argue that the true God is the God of all comfort, and He is. But let us not buy into the humanistic perversion of what “comfort” means. It has little or nothing to do with emotional comfort or physical comfort – or the comforts of this world. It is the comfort that the truth provides and the assurances of God’s promises and faithfulness in the midst of our trials and tribulations.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort ; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted  of God.  2Cor 2:3, 4

Let us consider the orginal Greek words used.  They mean something more than what is thought today.

3870
παρακαλέω parakaleo par-ak-al-eh’-o

from
3844 and 2564; v; TDNT-5:773,778; {See TDNT 592 }

AV-beseech
43, comfort 23, exhort 21, desire 8, pray 6, intreat 3, misc 4, vr
besought 1; 109

1) to call to one’s side, call for, summon

2) to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the
way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.

2a) to admonish, exhort

2b) to beg, entreat, beseech

2b1) to strive to appease by entreaty

2c) to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort

2c1) to receive consolation, be comforted

2d) to encourage, strengthen

2e) exhorting and comforting and encouraging

2f) to instruct, teach

3874
παράκλησις paraklesis par-ak’-lay-sis
from
3870; n f; TDNT-5:773,778; {See TDNT 592 }
AV-consolation
14, exhortation 8, comfort 6, intreaty 1; 29

1) a calling near, summons, (esp. for help)

2) importation, supplication, entreaty

3) exhortation, admonition, encouragement

4) consolation, comfort, solace; that which affords comfort or refreshment

4a) thus of the Messianic salvation (so the Rabbis call the Messiah the
consoler, the comforter)

5) persuasive discourse, stirring address

5a) instructive, admonitory, conciliatory, powerful hortatory discourse

The context of those verses only further bears out that it is not speaking of nursing our emotional hurts.

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.  6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation  7  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation .  2Cor 2:5-7

And the verses following in that passage also do not speak to the type of comfort and consolation that the god of Nice would have us believe. It is time to toss off all the definitions and perspectives that the god of Nice have poisoned Christianity with over the past centuries, especially in the latter days. We can only find comport and consolation in God’s truth, it will sustain us through all trials and tribulations as we enter the kingdom of God.
Christians must be challenged to discard the counterfeit definitions of nice, and kind, and comfort. They define a Christianity that is false.

The god of Nice is not nice.

The God we refuse to know

John 21:20  Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper …

That disciple was John.  And that is the Jesus that is promoted by Christianity.  However, another aspect of Jesus was revealed to John in the book of Revelation.  Instead of leaning on His comforting breast, he fell at his feet as dead.

Revelation 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

This is the Jesus that we refuse to know, the One we pretend does not exist.  This is the Jesus Who has come to finish His work and bring to an end the kingdom of darkness among men.  And His word to believers in this time is, “Fear not”.  He would not say that if there was no reason to fear.  This is the end of the latter days, the time when His most common activity in the world will be judgement and destruction.  The Jesus of the latter days, the end of time.  The bible gives us no other rimary picture of God in the end of days other than the God of vengeance and judgment.  While He has not abandoned being a comfort to His people, it seems that Christians should get used to Him in this role – He is here to stay.

Our meetings,. our churches, our messages have promoted His face of grace to the exclusion of His face of wrath.  They are not in oppositon to each other, and that “face” will not disappear.  As Paul Washer has said, the most frightening thing about God is that He is good.  As a good God, He can not allow sin to triumph or to continue in the people He loves or the creation He created.  His destruction of the wicked is not wicked, as the god of Nice would deem it, but it is His righteous dealings with sin and sinful man who He has demonstrated much forbearance, mercy, and grace toward.  

Everyone is used to the Jesus on Whose breast we lay our head, showing up in meetings.  He is welcomed and known and we have made rules about what a “proper” meeting should look like.  But what happens when He shows up as the God of Righteousness and wrath and deals with sin in the church as He did when He turned over tables and killed Ananias and Sapphira?  What will He look like then?  I think He will first be rejected and those who are His mouthpieces will be rebuked and maybe disfellowshipped because of their unseemly behavior.

Would this Jesus be welcomed or embraced in your group, your fellowship, your church?  It is foolish and contrary to scripture to not expect this face of God to show up and most likely, predominate.  He will show up as the Judge, jury, and executioner.  The time of a spotted and wrinkled bride has ceased.  His rebuke will be harsh just as it was to the churches in Revelation.  Christians will be called to account for their immaturity, their tolerance for sin, their excuses for lack of devotion, and for their neglect and disdain for truth.  Those who serve the god of Nice will separate themselves from those who serve the God of truthand condemn them as unloving, ungracious, and unmerciful. But, the church will be purified and be without spot or wrinkle as it was meant to be.

Maybe a reminder of God’s workings in the end of days is needed.  
  • Malachi 3:2  But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:
  • Malachi 4:1 ¶ For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
  • Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.  19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.  20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
  • Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
  • Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Only the most foolish of virgins are not seeing it or preparing for it.  

But, fear not, it is also when He will rally His army of saints to overcome the wicked one (Revelation 12:11).  This overcoming lasts for a season, until:

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Revelation 17:14

This is the time where the church is to start training soldiers with faces like flint, who follow the Lamb wherever He goes and are able to endure hardness as His good soldier (2 Timothy 2:3 ).  Even if you have been duped into believing the pre-trib rapture hoax, such soldiers need to be trained, and we are to be those trainers.  Time to sober up and get our head out of the sand .  

The King IS coming

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It is suggested that you read them in this order because some thoughts and themes are based thoughts developed in previous articles.

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