Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Biblical Definition of “Friend” Versus Protestantism

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 16, 2017

In light of the new birth gospel, referring to the saved as “friends of God” seems to fall way short of what you would call a literal family member. So, as ones here at PPT who strive to think biblically by properly defining Bible words, let’s take a look at what the Bible means by the word, “friend.”

For the most part, “friend” is set against a major gospel theme in the Bible; a call to be reconciled with God because the unsaved are His enemies. A “friend of God” speaks to one who has been reconciled with God. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a friend is defined as, “one that is not hostile | Is he a friend or an enemy?”

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4 NIV).

Merriam-Webster also notes that this word has multiple levels of relationship that happen to fit with the Bible definition as well: “one attached to another by affection or esteem” and “one that is of the same nation, party, or group” and “one that favors or promotes something” and “a favored companion.”

All biblical ideas.

Actually, in many instances, the biblical idea of “friend” is a deeper relationship than family: “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV). In life, you may have friends who are closer to you than family members in every way. Hence, blood is not always thicker than water.

We may also want to ponder, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13 NIV).

The biblical idea of “friend,” in some respects, is a deeper relationship than family because it covers all levels of relationships. However, our family relationship with God through the new birth makes us righteous while our friendship displays our changed nature.

But Houston we have a huuuuge problem. As the present-day Protestant resurgence reveals true orthodoxy more and more, we find that authentic Protestant orthodoxy actually declares so-called believers…”enemies of God.” Truly, the core problem with church is too simple and on display in broad daylight.

The whole Protestant God hates believers and believers hate God and Jesus therefore covers us and saves us from God can be pondered here, and here.

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  1. John said, on July 16, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    They simply don’t get the New Birth (because Protestantism is an evil cult). End of story. Sick of ’em; sick to death. God creates you and then hates you? Huh?

    1 John 4:19 (the Protestant way): “We hate because he first hated us.” Oh, now it makes sense. . . silly, stupid, unfriendly me.

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