You may think that the Grey god is a facet of modern theology that is found only in the liberal-leaning churches, but I submit to you that this view has crept into almost all modern churches in some form or another, especially in the youth programs.
But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me first explain what I mean by the expression “a grey God.” This is the view that God isn’t entrenched and immovable in His views and tolerances. It is the idea that the Lord doesn’t always see things in black and white, but is tolerant, and embraces the in-between. The suggested notion that He is in-between black and white on most issues, thus He is “grey”. In these modern times, tolerance has become elevated not only to being a virtue, but to being the chief virtue above all others. In fact, our “enlightened” culture is now convinced that the only thing that shouldn’t be tolerated is intolerance! It’s ironic, but true.
For many, it is easy to fall into this trap when discussing Christianity and religion. For example, when a topic such as homosexuality, creation, or the exclusivity of salvation through Christ is brought up, many want to “round out the corners” a little. Instead of boldly proclaiming the true God of the Bible, they introduce a “softer” God. Why? Because they want to make the truths presented in God’s Word a little less offensive, a little less pointed. They feel as the archaic “black and white” God and His “this is right & that is wrong” teachings found in Scripture are just a little too offensive for an “enlightened” society such as the one we now find ourselves.
Folks, let’s be clear. The God of the bible is patient, but He is not tolerant. I know of no teachings in Scripture that show the Lord deciding certain sins are semi-okay, or that false teaching is no longer false. He may exercise patience, He may give extended calls to repentance, but never does He change His mind on what is sin and what is righteousness. He does not waver on how men must be saved, or what the judgment toward the unrighteous will be on that final day. Simply put, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is not a tolerant God! To present Him as such is to preach a false message about a fictitious god. The final result is that the unbeliever (often a professing believer who in truth is lost) goes away with an even stronger belief in this god they have imagined for themselves, this god who is tolerant of their favorite sins and a casual attitude toward all things holy.
When discussing God the Father, Jesus Christ, salvation, or religion, the true believer must have a backbone. The faithful follower must have a sound and biblical understanding as to what sin truly is, and who the holy and perfect God he serves truly is. The evangelist (for that is what all believers are) must be black and white, with no sign of grey except in those few areas our Lord intentionally left without full explanation. Was Elijah grey? How about John the Baptist or Moses? The more someone is sanctified, set apart from sin as holy unto the Lord, the more they will become black and white, just like their Master. Great care must be taken to be sure that we are entrenched in the same positions as our black and white God, but once we are, let us never become “grey” to accommodate the comfort of the lost, or to avoid discomfort in a conversation. Should we be friendly? Yes. Generous? Yes. Patient? Yes. Grey? Never!