I was recently told that we must look at the world in multi-colors not black and white since people are complex beings and not all sin is washed away immediately. Yet that is not what the Bible teaches. More than once in the New Testament statements are made not only by the writers of the books within it but by Jesus Christ Himself that it must be black and white.
Why is this? In my opinion it is due to the fact that we are surrounded by a multi-colored world. Where people in power can lie and they are still allowed to stay in power. It is because the world is imperfect that we must try and reach a level of black and white. It is the ultimate goal that all must aspire to reach. In Revelation 3 the glorified Christ made it perfectly clear. He said He would rather see you cold toward Him than to be lukewarm.
Do you understand the importance of that statement? It is not when Jesus is walking amongst us but after He has risen into heaven that He makes this clear for all to know and read. You cannot be lukewarm or grey or multicolored. It is this mentality that is not only going throughout the world but the church itself that is causing an unclear message to grow which allows church groups to embrace that which is called a sin within the Bible.
It is imperative that we return to the true dichotomy system of you either follow God or you deny Him. You deny Him when you place all else before God. For we are told to place God first and everyone else second and then we can look to ourselves. It is of all import that we do not coddle those that choose to live in sin. Yes by all mean love them as the saying goes: “Hate the sin love the sinner.” Proverbs also say “Spare the rod hate the child.”
We need to make people uncomfortable again. We need to make them feel guilt again, and if they don’t feel guilt then they wish to be in the cold or the black. That is their choice, but as long as we teach there is only grey or multi-colored or lukewarm then we are teaching them to be rejected by God.
Revelation 3: 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth
This is one of those things that just amaze me. The other day I ran a post and I got a reply stating that something in the Bible was “unfair.”
This says two things to me. First and foremost, they have no true understanding of God, and second they wish to humanize God, by saying that He is capable of error. Let’s look at the first and hopefully it will address the second issue, but I doubt it so I will expound on that a little as well.
God is the creator of everything, with Him by His side Christ has always been present. God caused the Big Bang and the universe became real. God created all life throughout His creation. This is stated in Genesis. God is all knowing and all perfect. From Him comes order to the universe, and this order has a truly natural order. Certain elements do certain things. New life from that which was created must do certain things to continue on. With the merest thought He can cause an earthquake, a volcanic eruption and the rain to fall. He causes a cricket to sing with its legs and a bird to fly through the air. From Him ALL is ordained. God is not “unfair.” In fact the mere fact that we breathe, think, and walk is due to Him being fair. God could never be “unfair,” and so anything that comes from God is for His glory and perfection, even the fall of man from grace is fair. Why? Because He doesn’t want puppets on strings but people that freely and willingly accept Him as who He really is even though because humans have free will all that is horrid and horrible takes place. Why, because humans are imperfect and corrupt and only imperfection and corruption can come from them at this time. But still this is what God wants to take place so only those that truly love and honor Him will do so, for He is the Creator of ALL!
There are those that either do not know this or don’t care to know this. They think and believe that men made the Bible. Yes men penned the Bible, but per 2 Timothy 3:16 God inspired their words though the Holy Spirit. Men are the tools of God, not the other way around and so to say something written in the Bible is “unfair” is saying God is unfair. If God were unfair he would not have given humans a way to commune with him through the blood sacrifices given to the Jewish nation. If God were unfair then He would not have allowed His Son to come into this reality through Mary. If God were unfair He would not have let His only child suffer torture, pain and anguish, but He did. Is this something that someone that is unfair would do? By all means NO!
Then if God is not unfair who is? Those that would rather live in sin and parade about as if they are a children of God. That is who is unfair. They are unfair because they care more for themselves then God or their fellow human beings. Those that are truly unfair force their way of life in the face of others not caring what damage they do. That is not only unfair, but it is hatred, for they not only hate other humans but they in reality hate God. Now that is truly unfair.
Colossians 4: 1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
We are told to seek out the kingdom of heaven and to seek out righteousness. In multiple commentaries it places emphasis that we are to seek out God first. That we should strive to be righteous in all that we do. Will we stumble and fall? Yes, but as long as we pick ourselves up and return to seeking to place God over all we do then we are heading down the right path.
It is a path that will be rough, you will find that not all wish to follow it for they will say that it is too hard and many times you will find that you are shunned, hated and even rejected by those that you once thought were your friends and allies.
They may even ostracize you and call you unworthy, a fanatic and even crazy. These are all things we are warned will happen to us once we go down the narrow road, for most would rather take the wide and easy path, not realizing they are, but they do anyway. It will be painful at times and even lonely, but if you know you are grounded correctly and properly within the teachings of the Bible you have nothing to fear.
One of the hugest misconceptions plaguing the world and even the church is the belief that all there is, is this world we now live within in. This is the furthest thing from the truth. For Christ has promised us an eternal life, yet many still mourn the passing of a loved one more than they should. In all actuality it should be a time for rejoicing for they have been called home unto God if they have tried to live a good and righteous life and avoided sin as best they could through the glory of Christ.
Now I can understand there being sorrow and weeping if they did not, for they may not make it passed the Great White Throne Judgment.
This is why it is so important to strive to place God first in all we do. So when we are called up into heaven we know it will be because we have finished our commission for Christ and we have been a good and righteous servant unto God, His Son and the world and we will have left it at least slightly better than when we first entered into it.
It is then that we will know without a doubt that the life we just left was nothing more than a proofing ground. A short test to see if we would stay loyal to the Creator of all and everything by turning from sin.
In Matthew 6:33 we are told to seek out the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Mathew 22:37 says to love God with all our heart soul and mind. This tells me one thing. To place God first is everything that I do and this is how it should be for all Christians.
Why I mention this is the other day I was told that we must keep religion and politics separate. I say if you place God first above all else how can you keep God out? You can’t.
This is a tool that has been thrown out by those that wish us to not place God first. To deny God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. But as Christ said if you deny Him he will deny you to His Father, which leaves only one true recourse. We must place God in every aspect of our life and that includes politics. So any group or person that denies God is a person or group that Christians should not associate with. Why? Because we are not placing God first in all we do if we do give them support.
Too many say we need to bring people to God. Why do I say too many? Because they don’t follow through.
So you lead someone to Jesus. They accept Him as their Savior and wish to learn how to be a good and honorable “Christian.”
I left the line blank for a reason. For those within the “Church” that just lead people to God and then nothing else is actually walking a dangerous path.
When someone come to accept God they are truly born again. They become a newborn babe to a faith they have no true understand of how it works. Most of the time they are left at this point alone and wondering. How do I know this? This is what happened to me in 1986. I was left to fend for myself. No one was there to lead me down the right path. No one was there to teach me the correct things I needed to do to grow in my faith.
First and foremost no one told me to read the Bible nor taught me how to read it and learn from it correctly. God does not instill this knowledge automatically to you it is the job of someone within the Body to tell you this. Yet most of the time what happens is people are left to try and learn all they need to know on their own.
This is something that needs to change immediately. When people are asked if they wish to have Jesus as their savior the pastor, preacher, priest needs to then say this.
“For those that just asked Jesus into your heart if you could please stay behind so that we can help you in your next steps toward servanthood as a child of God.”
Then a group within the church go one on one with those that did. They offer them a Bible and suggest they get a concordance and other tools that will help them grow. They should at this time also offer a Bible study class for the newly saved so they can learn as a group about their faith.
I have NEVER heard of this ever being done and all I can say is: Why not???
All people wish to hear is the good news. They do not want to hear that they may be making mistakes. They wish to live in a fantasy world of their own making. If you say it is not all perfect and wonderful then they shut you down and reject you out of hand for you are a threat to their dream.
Well it is time for folks to stop reading then, because here comes reality as best we know it is going to be within the Bible itself. First off those that say they follow Christ yet brazenly live in sin aren’t making it into heaven. Many times the Bible makes it clear either God or the sin not both in fact it is better for those that reject God then for those that live “lukewarm” life’s. That says a lot yet most would rather live in their “lukewarm” world then to face the truth.
Not everyone will make the Rapture, to be honest I don’t even know if I would qualify for that honor and by the way that is exactly what it is to be chosen to be included within the Rapture, an honor. What is worse is those that will be left behind will only have two choices martyrdom to God or servitude to the antichrist and his master Satan. And from what we are now seeing the martyrdom would most likely include a dull knife sawing your head off as many Christians in the Middle East have already found out.
We are told that we shall suffer for our faith this is truer than it has ever been before. Thousands are already dying in the Middle East or tortured or raped. Our very culture is under attack in the United States of America. Now it is cool and popular to live a life of sin and if you are Christian and disagree you are attacked on multiple levels even to be told you cannot practice your given right of free speech just because they are hurtful to those that wish to live in sin.
This is the total opposite of what it was just two decades ago.
The Supreme Court has sealed the fate for this nation if those that do honor and serve God do not act in His defense not only though the ballot box but through peaceful demonstrations. It is time to say either you are for God or against Him, there is no middle ground. It is time to tell those that are killing babies and then cutting them up like pigs to the slaughter that God will stand no more and it will stop. It is time to either live for God or join the walking dead that are willing and waiting to have the microchip injected into them and say that they serve the antichrist and his master.
So which is it… God or Satan?
Now let me start by saying this. Jesus Christ went to the cross for all humanity. He did so to be the last sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice. Even those that have embraced Christ as their savior have learned that not all sin is washed away even though Christ and His father do not see it does not mean it does not need to be addressed by us. As you grow in your salvation you will willingly cast aside sins that still remain within you. Major sins though if not cast out right away need to be acknowledged and addressed as soon as possible. Why? Because you wish to say that God is first and above all else especially your own desires.
Within the book of Leviticus is the tools given to the Jews after their Exodus from Egypt to allow them to commune and be seen by God. We Christians through the blood of Christ need to acknowledge that these sins exist, if they do, within us and then to pray for Christ to give us His strength to cast it from us. Will it be easy? In some cases yes in other cases no it will be difficult, for if we do not acknowledge the sins Christ died for upon the cross then we deny the fact that He even went to the cross.
So I do find it extremely important to know what sins Christ took upon Himself and suffered for me so that I will do my best to cast that sin from me. On a personal note I wish you to know just how difficult it is to cast some sins away. I have dealt with one sin that first hit me at the age of twelve. It was not until just over two months ago that I finally cast that sin aside and it has no part of me due to the glory of Christ. By the way I am now fifty-five. So for forty-three years I was plagued by a sin over and over until I finally turned it fully over to Christ and I have not looked back upon it once. This is the very thing Jesus is referring to in John 15.
So it is important that you go to the book of Leviticus. Read and especially read those things that are called sins, in particular when they require a blood sacrifice to become clean, for it is Christ own blood that cast this from you. It is extremely important that you also understand, that when you cast off a sin and truly turn from it you will never desire to do that sin ever again. It is of the utmost importance that you understand what I am saying here. Too many have this image just because they have asked Christ into their life that they can continue to live in sin. This is the furthest thing from the truth. You are placing the sin before God and so you are saying you would rather live in the sin then with God. God first, all others second and yourself including your sins last. If you place God first the sin will mean nothing to you.
I had mentioned in another post an encounter I had with someone that had twisted the Bible to suite his own image of the world and thus his believe in God. What I had left out was that it was someone that attended the church I had called home for over three years. I also left out that one of the church leaders was a part of the conversation and had witnessed the same misuse of the Bible. I mentioned this later to the church leader and he gave me an excuse for the man’s misuse of the Bible. I must also add that he did nothing in the conversation to support my endeavor to help correct this man’s misstep as I approached it with love wishing to help the man grow in his faith in the correct manner. Today I read Galatians 1:7-10 and I felt compelled to write this post. Here are the verses:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Later that week in another venue the same man that had misquoted the Bible I assume, feeling empowered but the lack of support I was given by the church leadership, found it necessary to belittle and degrade me in another issue. Since I could not count on those in church leadership to support me I decided to pray and think upon what it is I should do. I took three days to think and pray upon it and reached my point where I felt God wanted me to go. I contacted the church leader and informed him that I would be resigning my membership for my church home I had loved so much.
Now why did I do this? It was not the church I had come to three years ago. Somewhere along the lines it become more important to appease then to confront. It became more important to entertain then to aspire to reach God.
I was married for the last time in this church and I so wanted to be there and help the church achieve new and wondrous goals, but that is not the church I had come to three years ago. I do not even know what to say.
It is something that just astounds me. Those that listen to others that try and tell them that “Through God you can become wealthy.” This is not what the Bible teaches. In fact Christ said this about being rich:
Mark 10: 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
So if it is harder to enter into heaven, why do so many seek to run away from God? The answer is symbol, they really don’t know Him because they have not read the Bible. They listen to these false prophets that say God will grant you riches all you have to do is tell Him to give it to you.
Humans are not the boss or master of God. We are His servants. We are His tools. We are not meant to have wealth here, for our reward is promised us in our eternal life, which is not going to be spent lounging about on some cloud by the way, but exploring all of God creations doing tasks that He has set before us to fulfill.
So the next time someone says they can promise to make you rich, remember that if you do listen, you will be further away from God.
Too long has those within the “church” gone about thinking they are saved and blessed and going to heaven. To long has this belief been handed down to the next generation to the point that these generations see the hypocrisies and so turn away from God. Not truly understanding that it is not God they are turning away but from man-made doctrines.
It is these same type of doctrines and behavior that faced the Jewish religion two thousand years ago when Christ came to fulfill prophecy. The religious leadership was so blinded by their lust for power and control that they failed to recognize the true Messiah.
This is how the “church” is today. Too few are truly “Christian” and most of these struggle to maintain their beliefs. Bombarded from inside the “church” as well as from outside it. Many that were “Christian” have fallen away back into a life of sin. Many that think they are “Christian” live on day to day not realizing that they are actors in a play and in reality are hypocrites.
But who will be the leader to come forward and challenge all to set forward and change not only for their own good, but for the sake of the children and their children’s children? I have no answer. For I am but a voice in the wilderness of the internet. A voice upon the wind that some will hear and others will ignore, but this is my destiny, this is my calling, and I will not shirk it, for I know it is what God wishes me to do.