How many who are called by His name are on the true road to righteousness? Is it possible that many of us have believed the lie of the enemy and are, indeed, on a path called "MY way, MY truth and MY life? Jesus did not come to bring a message that was easy on our ears. As Elizabeth at The End Time pointed out in her blog post just the other day, the gospel of Christ can incite people to the point of murder because it is so hateful to those who hear it.
The gospel of this world says that this is our best life now, but the gospel of Christ says that our best life is yet to come. 1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Go here for more information on what heaven will be like.
The gospel of today says that alcoholism is a "disease". But Ephesians 5:18 says: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit... I know two someones right now who are alcoholics and their lives are miserable. They love to drink, they hate to drink. Their health is compromised, and last but most importantly, their families are compromised. Because the word "disease" has been applied to alcoholism, it looks better, sounds better; is easier to "swallow" (pun intended), so to speak.
The gospel of today tells us that God does not judge or punish His children and there is no hell. But scripture tells us: Psalm 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God [is] judge himself. Proverbs 3:12 For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child [fn] in whom he delights. 2 Peter 2:4 For God did not spare even the angels when they sinned; he threw them into hell, in gloomy caves and darkness until the judgment day. Look around you, do you see disrespectful children, parents who are harried and worn and stressed out from dealing with their children, schools who have lost control of the children? Why do you suppose that's happening? Could it be lack of punishment, correction, and poor judgment on the part of parents and authorities?
The gospel of today says that there are many ways to God, but Jesus was very explicit in saying that HE was THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE (John 14:6 Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.) Like it or not, the government of America was indeed, based upon Biblical concepts of the Judeo-Christian religion. It was a sound foundation. God did bless America and the world hated us for our way of life which has historically been so different from the rest of the world. Now, it seems that it is the desire of our government and (from what I can see/hear) many of the citizens, our need to be liked and appease others is bringing about its downfall. There is one way, one truth and one life and the one who leads us down that path is as hated today as He was 2000 years ago when He was crucified on the cross in Jerusalem. No one, ever, has affected the world like Jesus Christ did when He came and dwelt among us, and He is coming again, soon, to finish what He started.
The gospel of today says that it is okay for men to marry men and women to marry women. Scripture tells us in Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. It was God's original plan for the family to be made up of a father, a mother and their children which resulted from/in their being one flesh.
Further, the Word of God says in Jude 1:4-7 that false teachers have crept into the church and turned the grace of God into "lasciviousness" and further deny the only Lord God, our Lord Jesus Christ....
I believe this chapter of Jude is saying that satan is deceiving many people by planting false teachers in churches (and other places where spirtual guidance is given), and telling people what they want to hear concerning things they take part in and embrace despite knowing within themselves that it is wrong.
That's right, that's what I said. I think there are wolves in sheeps clothing located throughout the church, telling people what they want to hear in order to get them into their church and keep them there and out of the reach of the truth.
Today's gospel tells people that God does not want them to suffer or deny themselves anything. They are entitled to happiness because they believe in God. But the Word of God tells us that Christ told those who would follow Him to DENY THEMSELVES, take up THEIR cross and follow Him (read: live as I lived). Jesus did not exercise His will at any time during His life. He ALWAYS did as His Father directed Him and never acted on His intiative. We are to do the same.
I recently started hearing the word "negative" associated with my name, by people I care a lot about. Never have I been told before that I am negative, and this only began when I started pointing out (to these people that I care a lot about) what was happening all around us and that I thought Christ would be coming soon to judge the world. That's what happens when people want you to tell them what they want to hear. The problem becomes yours, not theirs.
If this post has hit a nerve with you, know that you are not alone. We ALL want to live according to our wants and desires. We are all intent on getting our way. We are ALL sinners in need of God's grace, mercy and forgiveness. It is not possible for us to live up to God's expectations of holiness, sinlessness and perfection. THAT is where Jesus comes in. He, alone, led a perfect life, without sin, completely dependent upon His Father. If we ask Him to forgive our selfishness, our rebellion against God's laws, our desire to live according to our own will and ask Him to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Every day it becomes more and more clear to me that I can't do it on my own and that I have no righteousness of my own. I have put myself up against the Ten Commandments, and I have failed them all. Who knows what other dastardly deeds I am capable of doing?
But, if we are truly repentent and truly want Jesus to effect change in our lives, He will send His holy spirit (the comforter) to live within us and help us live "the way, the truth and the life" that He has planned for us. The only REAL advice I have to offer you is this: Don't believe me. Don't believe anyone. Find out for yourself, and the only way to do that is sit down, pray that God will reveal himself and his word to you, and then READ IT ALL (not just the parts that make you feel good about yourself) for yourself.
May God bless you with a greater revelation of who He is today.