“If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth.”
We walk in the darkness when we walk by the false light of our own viewpoint. Those who take the name of God and call themselves Christians, yet disbelieve and undermine the truths revealed in Holy Scripture are not honest. There are plenty around who puff themselves up in academic posturing and pick holes and scoff at the Word of God, denigrating the idea that it is the perfect Word and suitable for all faith and godly living. There are many who say they know God, but refute His Word and encourage others to have a low view of it, preferring to live by “the spirit” which is really just living as they see fit in their own judgement.
If we undermine the truth of God as revealed to us, we have no other guide to help us and cut ourselves off from all holy guidance and the unchanging statutes of the living God. We are truly walking in darkness and have never actually seen the light or humbled ourselves to walk in its ways.
Even if we should claim the knowledge of God, but do not accept His Word, His truth, we still are floundering in the dark and telling lies to ourselves, duping ourselves that we are somehow part of the household of faith when in reality we know nothing about it. We have become judges of the Lord with filthy hearts that infect the minds of other people. We talk and practice falsehoods and spread false doctrine everywhere, contaminating the faith of other people and leading many astray.
“The Lord said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn’t send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart.”
Beloved, let us be honest and upright and embrace the Word of the Lord that He has made open to us, that we will not be led astray and cast into the darkness of unbelief. If we say we know God, yet are not keeping the commands of the Word, we still walk in the darkness of our own thought patterns. Let us trust in the Lord our light and not in foolish people or the folly of our own psyche.