Tuesday, October 29, 2019

These ARE those days!

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers,
disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." 2 Timothy 3

These indeed are those times. You, my dear reader are living in those times. 

Paul goes on in that chapter to talk about evil men and impostors.  He isn't referring to those outside the Church. This is about so-called pastors who are leading flocks. Men who claim to speak for God yet don't believe the Bible as being inerrant. Who preach from a heart bent on sordid gain. Who are doing what they do with worldly interests and intentions. They don't truly care about people, it's a paycheck. 

Sadly, very profoundly it saddens me that we have been to churches here where I have shook hands with so-called pastors who indeed were these evil men and impostors. 

Men who preach but are devoid of the real truth of God.  Nobody needs any further teaching material than the Word of God.  Nobody is to rely on anyone but the Spirit of God to be their teacher.  If the man before you on a Sunday is preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God then indeed he is being used by the Spirit to preach and teach.  It's a wholly different thing to me to suggest a book to support a message from God. But to require the book to follow along with the sermon offered is a worldly copout and is laziness on the part of the speaker. Shows you right away they are a hired hand and not called of God.  Jesus taught us the difference between the two.  

In this life, we will face persecutions for following Christ.  Nobody who is a believer should expect anything less.  We are the only ones safe in the arms of God and the world would rather try to rip us from there to join them in Hell. 

Here's more truth for you. Hell is as real as Heaven.  In Hell there is no party. There is no celebration.  Jesus gave testimony as to how it is down there. People are in agony, in torment.  People are dead physically, wishing they were dead spiritually.  It's full of people separated from their physical bodies. Recieving their wages for sin. But the rest is yet to come.  In the near future they will indeed get a slight respite.  The brief moment they stand before Christ in judgment.  When he then casts them, in a perfect physical body, into the Lake of Fire.  Sin. The horrific power of sin. It was atoned for in Christ but trillions and trillions have rejected what Christ did to save them from this fate. Hell has been getting filled since Cain killed his brother.  

But for those in Christ there is no condemnation.  Our only time before Christ will be a reward or loss for what we did in the body of Christ for Him. We too will be granted a perfect body, and will forever spend eternity with Jesus as mankind was meant to be.

Your choice is simple.  You can be saved my dear reader.  You can be with Jesus for all eternity too. You can have your sins washed away.  You can't clean the stain of sin from you. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. 

I am reminded of a hymn. At the Cross. 

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Jesus weeps for you, did you know that?

Jesus wept for the unbelieving as he approached Jerusalem.  He sees all of History.  He saw the Holocaust before it happened.  He sees our lives in an instant. 

Jesus loved you so much that when judgement was pronounced against you, He offered to take your place.  But you have to ask for it. You have to be the one to ask Him to come into your heart and life to save you. The gift is free. But it's a limited time offer. Soon He is returning.  What Timothy was told, what the Church in Thessolonica was told...we are living in those days.  

Jesus desperately wants to save you. To share His love for you with you.  The healing He can bring to your anxious heart, your grieving heart. Your worried heart. It's there for the asking. But it's a decision you have to make.  

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