I cringe whenever I hear anyone refer to the whole human race as the children of God. Such as the snippet below taken from here:
The new pope concluded the audience — which did not include questions — with a blessing for all the journalists present and their families.
He acknowledged that not all those present were Catholic, saying he gave them his blessing “knowing that you are of different religions, because all of you are children of God.”
Why should it bother me so? Because it is not true. Not all are the children of God. There is a distinction. But most people do not want to see it. After all, it feels good to passively sit back and believe you are a child of God, that He is your Father, when in fact, you may not be. This mind set is a lie, it is false assurance and will lead many to hell.
Jesus Himself clearly saw a distinction when He spoke to the religious Jews of His day. He told them:
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” — John 842-47
Image if you will, someone knocking on your front door and telling you, “Hey there, I’m your family. Let me in.” You are to automatically believe they are family members because they say so? Who would be so stupid to allow them in? Yet, that is exactly what Christians do when they allow any force/teaching, both from without and from within, make them feel/think/believe they have to accept everything on the basis of common peace/acceptance/tolerance.
To say that all are children of God is a lie. God is Creator of all, but that does not make Him Father of all.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. — Romans 8:15
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. — 1 John3:1,3 —
In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. — 1 John 3:10 —
Notice that Jesus even went as far as to call some, “the children of the devil.” He is our plumbline by which we look to. Not a pope, nor anyone else who would twist the Word of God.
This kind of mindset, that we all are one, that we all could hold hands and somehow sing Kumbaya as one big happy family, is a lie.
The Church is going to have to stand her ground in not accepting this New Age doctrine. Not everyone is God’s child. If Jesus made a distinction, then who is man or any other institution to teach differently? Now it does not mean, that we as Christians are to shun those who as of yet, to become children of God. God forbid. But neither are we to give anyone the false notion that they are ok with God as His child, when they are not. It is clear that some people live like devils. They talk like devils, they lie like devils, they walk like devils, they run about to and fro planning evil and deceptions. Don’t believe me? Just look at those in government. They would have us to believe they are children of the Most High, when they speak great smooth swelling words that tickle the ears of their followers. We are to say these are children of God? What about those who appear good on the outside; moral people, who happen to be decent and honest individuals. Does this automatically make them children of God? No. They are no more the children of God than the devils running amuck. The key is this:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. — John 1:12,13 —
It is a spirit of anti-christ to make people believe/feel/think that all are God’s children. Satan is a liar, there is no truth in him. He is a thief. He desires to steal everything that is good and corrupt it into his image. That is especially true for the Word of God — the truth.
Bride of Christ, if you can not discern who is a real child of God or not, if you go along with the flow of seeing the whole human race as your brother and sister, if you are willing to hold hands and sing some cutesy ditty that gives you have the warm fuzzies, if you look to any pope/man/institution to lay the ground work of what you believe, instead of the Word of God, there will come a day when you just may find yourself caught up in the newest and latest thing. Which will be on the level of a one world religion where everyone worships the same thing. But it will not be the One True God.
take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. — Exodus 34:12 —
But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; … — Psalm 4:3 —