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06/27/2013

Deceived

I don’t hate anyone. That needs to be said at the start because that’s what myself and other Bible believing Christians are called these days. It’s ridiculous really. We stake our eternities on a book we believe to be the Word of God because it says it is.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Written by men, authored by God. That shouldn’t be too hard to understand considering we have the majority of Americans believing that humans came from apes with absolutely no evidence. Ever hear of another book said to be authored by God? No, you haven’t. Strange.

This book says that we are to love. Love our God and love our neighbor as ourselves. The following verse was spoken by Jesus while He walked among us on earth.

Matthew 22:37-40
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

An interesting side note to this verse is that Jesus was telling this to a lawyer who was trying to trick him. Seems as lawyers have been in the business for a while. They even tried to trick God himself!

So why all the talk about us hating people? We hate homosexuals. We hate women who get abortions. We hate Muslims. We hate anyone and everyone that doesn’t believe what we do. So they say. They are wrong.

We want simply to know Jesus and make Him known. Did you hear that? Know Jesus and make Him known. There is no “I” in Biblical Christianity. OK, there’s five of them, but I think you know what I mean. True Christians are focused on dying to self. When John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”, HE GOT IT RIGHT! How else is one to respond to the Creator of the earth and everything else that ever existed?

We live in fallen, sinful world that has turned to narcissism as its mistress, among others. What I mean is that people are so focused on themselves these days and they are never wrong. It’s where we get pluralism, universalism, relativism and humanism from. Pluralism is the idea that there is no truth and everything is basically true if you believe it to be. Universalism states that everyone goes to heaven. Relativism says there are no absolutes, absolutely. Humanism makes me the most sick to my stomach and you see it everywhere. It is man, center stage, worshiping man. A high self-esteem and taking away God from every facet of human life are the bigger goals of humanism. As you can see pride and selfishness are the creators of the “big -ism’s”. Certainly not what John the Baptist was talking about when he stated “I must decrease.” Every one of these “-ism’s” are completely contrary to what the Bible says.

Christians are called to love. Love our God and love our neighbor. Jesus stated in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus tell Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Sort of offensive isn’t it? Especially if you love your sin. Whatever sin that may be, homosexual sin, heterosexual sin, idolatry, murder, name it. If you love your sin, you certainly don’t want to hear you are the responsible party for that sin and there are consequences to sin. You’d much rather prefer to hear someone tell you that no matter how you live your life, you’re sure to go to heaven, if there is one. It’s truly insane.

That’s where the hating comes into the conversation. Instead of seeing sin as sin, those that call sin what it is are hating them. Actually, we’re trying to love them. Now, granted, there are people out there that call themselves “Christians” that don’t understand how to admonish with love and understanding. They don’t allow the Holy Spirit to do the work that only the Holy Spirit can do and think beating someone over the head with a Bible is a good idea. Not so much. Preach the Word and get out of the way.

Christ gave all Christians a command before he ascended into heaven after his resurrection. Matthew 28:19-20a, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Making Christ known.

If you saw a blind man walking near the edge of the Grand Canyon what would you do? Do you continue to allow him to walk closer to the edge without stopping him to say, “Hey, you’re getting closer to the edge of this 1500′ drop and you will die if you fall.”? Absolutely not! You’d be yelling at the top of your lungs all the way to him and would more than likely grab on to him and pull him back.

We are all sinners. From the first man, Adam, to now. Our hearts are evil and without a Savior, we would be doomed to spend an eternity in hell. BUT. God, through His mercy and grace loves us in a way only He can. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Redeemer. We can’t pay the price of our sin in any way to a holy God, so He paid it for us. Our account- paid in full with the precious blood of Christ. Jesus endured the wrath of God on our behalf so we may live with our Creator for all of eternity as adopted sons and daughters of the Most High.

I’m yelling here. REPENT!!! Acknowledge Christ as the King of kings and The Lord of lords. He is Savior and He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! He is the great I AM. Turn from your sin and run to Jesus. Read your Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into a relationship with your King. PRAY for God’s forgiveness and that He would open your eyes to the Truth that is only found through Him. There is nothing that this world offers which is greater than what God offers. Nothing even close. You must lose yourself and become a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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One Comment on “These Days”

  1. jeffuelmen Says:

    Preach it

    Reply

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