3 Ways to Deny God

Have you denied the God of the Universe? Believe it or not, this is an important question for all of us to think about. It’s clear in Scripture that eternal life is freely given to those who trust God and believe His Good News, and just judgment is carried out on those who deny Him. But there is more than one way to deny God. Here are three that I found in the New Testament.

1. Denying that Jesus is Who He said He Was
“Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? That is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.”

1 John 2:22-23

There are many people in our world today who think of themselves as spiritual or even religious people. They believe that God exists, and they attempt to worship him in their own way. Maybe they even see Jesus as a great teacher or a prophet from God. But if they don’t believe that Jesus is who HE said He is, they are denying Him.

Seeing Jesus merely as a great moral teacher is still rejecting Him and therefore rejecting God. God directs our attention to Jesus as the Savior of the world and He doesn’t offer us any alternative paths (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).

So rejecting Jesus is rejecting God. But, as John 1:12 says, “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Anyone can be a child of God, if they would believe upon Jesus.

2. Not Acknowledging Jesus Before Others
“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my father who is in Heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I will also deny before my Father who is in Heaven.”

Matthew 10:32-33

So maybe we do confess that Jesus is Lord in our hearts. But we can still deny Him by being ashamed of Him before others. Now, we have all been slow to admit our faith before others. We live in a culture that is increasingly hostile towards religion and specifically Christianity. Christians are painted as morons who believe in stupid, harmful, and bigoted fairy tales. This can sometimes lead us to shrink back, and refuse to acknowledge Jesus before those who we think will mock us.

This is tragic. It makes Jesus look small and it’s a denial of everything that He is. But be warned, if we decide to deny Jesus before men, He will also deny us before the Father. And when we stand in the presence of God unless Jesus says, “He’s with me,” we’re not getting in. The proper response to the Christ is not shame or fear, but boldness and an eagerness to share Him before others.

3. Hypocrisy
“They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works.”

Titus 1:16

So maybe at this point you feel like you’re doing pretty good. You confess Jesus as Christ, and you are proud to say that you are a Christian. My next question for you is, “What does your life say?” It is possible for us to shout from the roof tops “Jesus is Lord and I am His disciple!” yet have such messy lives that our words are drowned out.

In Titus 1, Paul speaks about false teachers denying God by their works. But any of us can live in a way that contradicts what we say. Faith in Jesus will always change the way we live. So if your life looks like nothing has changed, something’s not right. Our lust is a denial of God’s good plan for sexual desire. Our pride is a denial of God’s place as center of all things. All of our disobedience is a denial of God’s role as rightful Lord of all Creation.

You words may acknowledge Jesus, but do your works deny Him? Are you loving others (John 15)? Are you obeying Him (John 14:15)? Are you bearing fruit (Galatians 5:22-23)? Are you sacrificially giving yourself and your resources to others (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)? Are you seeking God in His Word?

Many of us will look at these points and see some of ourselves in one or all of them. If you do feel shame because of the ways you’ve denied Him, there is Good News. Even denial of God was paid for at the cross by Jesus, as we see so clearly with Peter. If you turn from that sin of denial, and receive Jesus by faith, that sin will be forgiven.

Keep trusting Christ fam.

SHARES

37 comments

  1. Thomas StewartReply

    Wonderful post! It definitely moved me to reflect on my own actions. Small digression…the verse referenced in Titus should be 1:16, not 2:16. May God continue to use you powerfully man of God!

  2. GuestReply

    I truly believe Jesus is God’s son sent to this earth to redeem every one who is lost. But that being said, I am kind of a shy person around other people, and I get awkward in social occasions that don’t involve conversation about Jesus and the Gospel, let alone the conversations that do involve talking about Jesus because I guess I am afraid of the consequences. How can I overcome this fear? Some verses that will help?

    • FlacoReply

      I truly do understand what you mean when it comes to those times when the conversations seems to turn anti Christian or religious because I tend to get that a lot being in the military. In fact just the other day it happend… A captain spoke to me about Aliens creating humans on earth and his belief about them. If you’r not familiar with this view it comes on the History Channel a lot (Ancient Aliens). Though this view is very interesting to me, I do not believe it myself. Anyway, I tend to do ok jobs when it comes to speaking for our Lord. Sometimes I’m nervous, sometimes I’m not, but the important thing is to speak. Let it be known what you believe. Courage is doing something even though we are afraid. To be totally honest, in the end this guy made me look pretty stupid. I choked a lot, I forgot a lot of information I have in the back of my head, and went totally blank. I felt stupid and I’m sure I looked stupid. However, I did my best and he knows exactly what I believe despite me being able to make a great case for it. This I believe is part of being a Christian; Persecution. I felt harassed and rediculous, but if the chance came again to speak about God I would do it all over again for the Kingdoms sake, but i’ll be ready next time no doubt lol… hopefully. It’s all about living for God, and in Christ we see that in living for God we will be persecuted and harrased. The important thing is to stand up for God. I imagin God loves to see a scared little boy attemt to speak for God in a confrontational situation, then see a major theologan shut down every one in his path. I wonder what Jesus looked like to others when he was on the cross. I think stupid would fit right, because he claimed to be God, yet others saw that he couldnt even help himself off the cross. He looked stupid to others just as I had looked stupid to others in my conversation with the Captian, but I wonder what the Father thought of Jesus on the cross… proud I assume.

      Matthew 10:28
      “Do not be affraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be affraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

      • AleishaReply

        Hi this comment really ministered to me here in December of 2014. I just asked God to forgive me and to help me to not deny Him and if I ever have to prove He is LLord I don’t care how stupid I look as long as my Father is proud, I LOVE YOU JESUS.

  3. JacobPReply

    Thank you very much for this post! It was very encouraging and uplifting. I enjoyed the insight from the comments too! God bless you all! Praise Christ King of Kings Lord of Lords! <3 Honestly I have been struggling allot. A lot of times I feel like I'm too bad I won't get any better and I don't really believe with all my heart all my soul and all my mind. I get upset cause I don't put him first a lot. If I did I wouldn't give in to lust. I know I love him tho. I am thankful! I know he loves me! I know he forgives even my sins. I don't understand why. I'm very shy and fearful. It's very hard to talk and show that I'm proud of believing in God I already feel like I'm gonna be ridiculed or they won't care to hear or talk about God. Sometimes I think because I get ashamed. I'm not ashamed of Christ. I'm ashamed that I don't have all the answers and I can't explain all the details that I don't know enough. And I'm ashamed I'm not going to represent Christ well. So I get scared and get quiet. I'm sorry I'm making such a long comment. But I guess I'm just saying I needed the encouragement! That I'm not alone! Christ forgives! I honestly think I am a bad Christian and sometimes doubt I'm saved. A lot lately cause I have been using drugs and been lusting alot and I feel like I have fallen. Like because I'm using drugs again and lusting even tho I want to stop truly, does that mean I'm not saved anymore?

  4. RitaReply

    I couldnt stop My tears when i read whats written because i might have denied Jesus without meaning it and iam truly sorry Cuz i love Jesus and i believe truely in Jesus and God and i Will never again deny or be ashamed in anyway. I have never been ashamed of Jesus its just that à LOT of people make me look stupid when i talk about My belive in God and make me feel iam dum or something and that make me not wanting to talk about My belive in Jesus. Thats wrong i Will never do that again i prayed to God and Jesus for forgivness and from now i Will change and i wont deny him in anyway. I love you Jesus and God thank you for iam Christian and iam so proud. Thank you Flaco and jacobp what you both wrote touched my heart deeply. Rita

  5. Latoyah AustinReply

    @JacobP: I’m not sure if anybody else answered your ending question there or not. However, I felt led to respond: doing drugs, lusting, pride, etc are habits that come from our sinful nature. They are sins and sin, simply put, is anything that separates us from God. When Jesus died on the cross, He saved our souls. John 3:16 comes to my spirit. So, you are saved Jacob. However, the work is not done b/c now we must invite the Holy Spirit to re-birth us –as Jesus told Nicodemus, we must be born again. Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. And Galatians 5:16 says that if we abide in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. So, Jacob, we are saved; however, we must now allow God to change our old sinful habits, desires, and mindsets through His Spirit– through His Word. We are sanctified, cleansed, and washed by Christ (the living Word)- reference to Ephesians 5:25-26. Moral of the story is JacobP: Yes, you are saved. And Jesus loves you deeply. However, the sin in your life/our lives separate us from Him in those areas. We must allow His Word to renew our minds daily and to transform us into His image. We want to be followers of Christ, not just through word and deed–from our hearts. Can God clearly see you hunger and thirst for righteousness –do we truly want Him? …I really hope this helps one of my brothers or sisters.

  6. KerryReply

    My dear friends in Christ,
    I pray things are going well for all of you. It brings me joy to see many express the difficulties of life and the daily struggles to overcome. I am also happy to see others encourage with scripture and love to aid those who struggle. I’ve thought of several points one can use while in a group to maybe help out the insecurity we all share. Look at it this way: we all have a belief system inside us all. To express what is really “in you” takes courage but when it comes to people slandering you for “what makes us unique”, is not truly your problem. Do not be afraid to say that your speech offends the God I love. Keep it simple. We can not all be like Paul, but we can be like Andrew. I’ve found the source of love, Jesus. I’ve found what makes me have peace: Jesus! Maybe when others see you at peace and not participating in “gossip” will change even one person. Remember that the praise we really seek is Jesus’, not mans> Keep up the fight, it never gets easier. Lets all of us walk together , fighting the good fight. To God be the Glory!

  7. KatieReply

    @latoyah Austin what you wrote is very true! God does love us and we are saved. @jacobp But we must first confess with our mouth our sins to Christ (this is done through repentance) and then turn from our wicked ways (Ezekiel 14:6). Change does not happen over night and repentance is daily/constantly ,but when we open our hearts and make ourselves available to God to change us He will. I pray that the Lord will meet you right where you are in this walk and that you will begin to hate sin as Christ does. I declare boldness over you that when the test of defending Christ comes around again you will be empowered by His spirit to speak boldly! And help others around you to come to know Christ (you can related to those who have been where you were). God is a strategic God and he does not make mistakes, where things go wrong is when we think we are god and try to make our own decisions/choices in life. I hope you see this and are in a better place now. Also read the bible, God gave us instructions on how to live The New Testament (everything after Matthew) is a great place to start; let it sink in and get understanding before moving on to the next thing.

  8. JaniceMNewtonReply

    I have to ask Jesus to forgive me , i have rejected him in more ways than one out of ignorance, feeling unworthy for forgiveness when it’s not about how good i am, but the blood that Jesus shed was more than enough.

  9. TimmieReply

    Thanks for this. I am always looking for new ways to deny god and this article was a big help in providing me with new blasphemous options. The whole “God is just another ridiculous myth born of a bronze age society that had no clue as to how the universe actually works.” speech gets old after a while. For a time I mixed it up with the “There is no evidence outside of biblical texts for the historical existence of Jesus Christ despite the exceptional job the Roman Empire did at keeping records.” and the “No one has to go back to the city they were born in for a census and to pay their taxes. The Romans would have wanted to know where people were living now and wanted the tax revenue there. The trip to Bethlehem is a literary device developed after the fact so that Jesus’ birth site lined up with previous prophecy. Also, the Romans have no records of any such census or taxation.” speeches but even those get tired after several dozen times of repeating them to people who can’t be bothered to think for themselves for ten seconds. So once again, thank you for providing me with new and inventive ways to deny the existence of you invisible sky daddy. I fully appreciate it!

  10. LamarHayesReply

    Timmie : “The trip to Bethlehem is a literary device developed after the fact” … Really ? You really believe this ? Just one question, 4 words … “what if you’re wrong”.

  11. Emily OReply

    what if someone who has been a Christian their whole lives, been baptized, seen miracles happen, and so much more then tell a lie to someone by saying “I wouldn’t say I’m Christian but I believe in a higher power”.. will God forgive them?? if they truly feel horrible about it and repent?

    • SeanReply

      Yes he will. God understands our weaknesses. That person just needs to become unashamed of the Gospel. God looks for steady growth, not instant perfection.

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  13. MarshaReply

    I was Christian and my mind took over to where I started to think wrong of God and thought he was sending me to he’ll and he’ll thought would not stop so I thought it was from him to point I accepted going there and threatened God destroy business and self and then hardened heart against God and left faith. Thenot God to me out of family and Jesus said thru minister separation from God now and eternity. I want to receive them back as lord of life but they are not willing to take me back. Help please

  14. JaketaFennerReply

    Hi ladies! Jesus is Lord! Jesus has turned my life around, I am no longer a masturbater, cutter(self-harm), bully, hater, and everything I disliked of myself. It takes a lot for some people to say about what I said, Fortunately, for me It didn’t because God have forgiven me of these sins and I am not ashamed to tell anyone because it didn’t take anything at all for me to say it and I don’t want my secrets to be a stumbling block to someone. I would like for people to continue with the Lord no matter what it takes and ask him to deliver you from any sins and that you will become the will of the Lord! Thank you, God for your mercy and grace! This topic (3 ways to deny God) was very helpful because I searched up on google on “how can I acknowledge Jesus more” because I want people to know Jesus is Lord over everything and I want to do more and more for the Lord and this is one of the best ways. I am not ashamed of the Lord and I will serve him for the rest or my life until I turn back to dust. Have a great day and I hope this post helps someone out there! There is power in the name of Jesus, thank you Lord!

  15. NormanBerryReply

    In response to Jacob. I just want to say and I don’t have the written scripture available to me at this moment. But it seems as if you are torn between the Holy Spirit and the things of this world. I’m not picking on you this is just what is mortal beings of Gods creation all experience. There is a passage of scripture where a man ask Jesus of what he must do to be saved and Jesus told him to “deny yourself, take up your cross , and follow me.” Brother, that is heavy! I do know somewhere in the book of Mark Jesus also said “that if you do not take up your cross and follow me that you are not worthy of me”. Do I feel like doing that? In my mortal nature I do not. As I have learned of the scriptures and have a clearer picture about the love of God and the sacrifice he made in creating us and then allowing us a freedom of choice of choosing Him and his way or not and then having his Son that lived a mortal life with us for atone only to have him tortured to death because of those times when we don’t follow God, then I believe it is worth it for me to follow what He commanded. Since I have taken the instruction from Jesus and applied it to my daily living I no longer feel a victim of this world and life. I feel I have purpose in living and that I am an important part of this life though it may seem small. God has blessed me with learning and I’d like to say to the intellectuals that science DOES prove a divine Creator. This Creator is not limited to the limitations of a mortal body as we are nor is God creation itself. Let’s take a look at Einstein. Sadly he could not conceive that a divine being could create everything that exist, yet Einsteins findings proved that all matter is made from energy. Energy is not a substance but it is a force. So how then can a force be uniquely be formed into substances and some of those substances become a living creation. There is the proof that there is a God of the universe and we are not alone left to suffer and die in vain glory. God has high expectations of us. This life is a test and we must pass the test with the instructions He has given us.

  16. MathewReply

    Thank you brothers and sisters for this post. Whenever I am persecuted/abused(this started happening childhood onwards) I started hating the Name JESUS. So even after born again , I am denying Him either through one of the three mentioned in the posts. Even after confession, in my heart there is hatred towards Name Jesus though I want to follow Him and love Him. I am struggling. That is why I started searching for how to acknowledge the Name Jesus or how to come out from denying Him. I saw this blog in the website. Thank you for sharing. Can you please pray me to restore my first love to Jesus Christ and abide in His love even through body, spirit, soul and emotions so that I will not deny Him till my death or His second coming ?