Why Be Lost?

Why Be Lost? Part 6

One of the most dangerous developments of the present charismatic movement is the trend to recognize any person as a bona-fide Christian on the basis of his experience with tongues. Some consider this phenomenon to be an essential mark of a Christian. A person’s doctrine is of little concern, the only thing they want to know is if ‘you can speak in an unknown tongue”!!
Interesting, but not much noticed, is that when our Lord first mentioned such dramatic proofs of His Message, He used these gifts as a proof that the user was a believer OR THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE USED THEM!! “These signs shall follow them that BELIEVE (emphasis mine). If we can read, we know this says something we should listen to! The apostles had been commissioned to “preach the gospel to every creature”. Mark 16:16 What is NOT mentioned is how they were to attend this commission. They, the apostles, were known as “unlearned and ignorant men”, YET, they were to take the New Covenant of Jesus Christ to ALL the world. Let me remind you, there were plenty of smart men in this old world at that time!! How would the Lord Jesus have fared IF the purveyors of His Covenant were confronted with mistakes in their dates, places, and events?? One of the valid proofs that Joseph Smith (the originator of the Mormon lies and religion) is a false prophet is that he wrote that Jesus was born in Jerusalem!!, not Bethlehem!! What if the language they spoke was SO grammatically incorrect, so out of agreement in voice, tense, mood, etc, that any person hearing them would be insulted by the verbage, not the message?? Would the God of all Eternity have sent unlearned and ignorant men to defend His Only Begotten Son?? One of the purposes of inspiration was that God would NOT trust any man to defend His Only Begotten Son to this world by any other THAN HIMSELF!! “Great is the mystery of godliness: God (Christ) was manifest in the flesh, justified (defended) by the Spirit (this is inspiration), seen of angels (these angels were/are the apostles, the messengers of the Good News), preached unto the Gentiles (let me introduce you to the apostle Paul), and received up in glory (read Daniel 7:13, Psalms 24:7-8, Acts 2:28-30, Hebrews chapter 1, and Philippians 2:8-11).” 1 Timothy 3:15, Acts 2:22-32. Peter would later state, by inspiration, “ “Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as He did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God?” Acts 11:17 Paul would later by the Spirit write: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery…..God hath revealed this unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth the deep things of God…Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might KNOW the things that are freely given to us of God….for the natural (any man who knew by a natural means such as study or hearing) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God”. 1 Corinthians 2:7-14 “Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man should be found faithful…..For I know NOTHING by myself…., I bring to light the counsels of the heart.” 1 Corinthians 4:2-5 You want to do one better?? Try speaking in an unknown tongue, knowing nothing of it, understanding none of it, and if asked a question in that language, how would you answer?? It would be not secret that Christ would have His apostle speak in other, unknown tongues; it was prophesied!! “In the law it is written, ‘With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people” 1 Corinthians 14:21, Isaiah 28:11 What good were tongues unless they profited? We would be as barbarians, a foreigner, not understanding his language!! 1Corinthians 14:6-11.

Why Be Lost? Part 5

A continual feeling of guilt, or of uncertainty, or of inferiority, can cause individuals to seek after other assurances from God. Because the written Word of God is hard for some to understand, they want more. Some want miraculous things badly enough to self-invent them. When men of letters and degrees see this outrageous display of emotion in religion they think it is “time for men to wake up and act like adults”. In the 5th and 6th centuries BC the rise of the scientific method met the affront of super-emotionalism. The intellectuals made fun of the religious. It causes a sharp polarity between the intellectual and the common people. Intellectuals were persecuted on religious grounds. Trials of heresy were conducted. It introduced wide-spread immorality based upon the freedom of the self. They would cry; “nature wills it, and it pays no heed to rules”. “Nothing is shameful but thinking it is shameful makes it shameful” Finally, “the body is made for immorality.” It introduced Satan-worship. It left man to his own passions. It initiated a reaction which stressed the subjective over the objective. How the ‘FELT ABOUT SOMETHING’ was the only standard that mattered. You see, the intellectuals were demanding PROOF and the super-emotionalists were producing “feelings better felt than told”. The same thing is happening, today. It seems to me that super-emotionalism is the direct reaction against the liberal philosophy and theology of our period of the super-intellect. In our human attempt to verify the existence of God in a time when God is being widely questioned, the way some seek a return to God is to return to the miraculous of the past. .
Christians must take the Bible as the Word of God and believe it!! When the Bible tells us “miracles have “ceased, stopped, no longer exist”, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, we need no other assurances!! In Christ, God has promised forgiveness, cleansing, the Holy Spirit, endurance, communion, and acceptance—there are NO OTHER proofs necessary than HIS WORD!! Speaking in tongues, casting out demons, or healing the sick are NOT problematic activities; we have God’s Word on the subject. We know that nothing lives in sinners or saints today, except by their invitation. We also know that demons cannot exist side-by-side with the Holy Spirit (which also comes into the lives of sinners saved by the blood of Christ, by invitation). The one who is in Christ becomes the temple of God, 1 Corinthians 6:19. He has been transferred into a new kingdom, Colossians 1:13, and in that Kingdom he has entered into a battle against the demonic which is in the world, but not in the Christian!! The weapons pf the Christians in this warfare are different from that used in exorcism, Ephesians 6:10. Prayer, fellowship, worship, and education based upon God’s Word—these are our supplied weapons to win, not some silly exercise of the Catholic Church! A Christian is involved in activities which will abolish whatever stands between himself and God. This is our success package designed by the great Provider. The early Christians understood this and up-rooted sin in any fashion it presented itself, the only weapon they used was the Word of God, preaching the crucified Christ, and sharing with the world the “crucified life”!
If we begin to doubt our Christianity, if our assurance becomes shaky, we may add assurance, security, and trust by not quenching the Spirit, utilize EVERY OPPORTUNITY for study, fellowship, and prayer that is allowed; we may “be not filled with wine wherein there is excess, but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking one to another (addressing one another) in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs”. Ephesians 5:18-19
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS LIBERTY. 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

Why Be Lost? Part 4

If a place is so horrible that God described it only using similes and metaphors. No man could begin to understand, it defied language man can comprehend. It is too terrible for anyone to even consider as an alternative to the place so wonderful God chose not to describe not trying to unduly sway we who are eternal!! The place is called Hell. I know some try to use the 21st and 22nd chapters of Revelations to attempt a description of Heaven, but if they would read in context, these chapters describe what has been on the earth for almost 2,000years, the Church of Christ!! There is NO description of Heaven in the scriptures!! But then, how could you describe to a physical being a spiritual place?? If God could not woo us to Heaven with the story as tender as Calvary, described by Christ, Himself as the greatest expression of love, possible; what would an accurate description of Heaven do to help?? Denominationalism would just call Him a liar again as they plagiarized His description!! “Greater love hath no man than this, than that He lay down His life for His friends”!! Sin did not make man mortal and salvation will not make us eternal; we were created eternal, that will never change, but we were not born sinners that we have to become, in spite of God, to go to Hell!!
Being eternal, our minds have only thought about life, here. We are use to man living and dieing, being born and growing old, being the epitome of health and the desperation of degradation. We are mind-conditioned by these events, never thinking of the soul and spirit that resides in the mortal frame called the body. Most of us think only on earthly things, never considering that which cries out within us that grows better, wiser, and more god-like as we grow older. We cannot deny the reality of the soul and spirit anymore that we can deny a dream, hope, a headache, or pain-although we have never seen them, either!! This likeness of Him from whom we came is not in a physical body, it is spiritual —for Heaven will be as different as the physical body is unlike the spiritual. Sometimes things are just too difficult to explain to those who have no way to comprehend the explanation. An example you ask? Have a woman who has never had a child to explain the love a woman who has lost one, has had!! Explain to a man who has never shared his world with a son, to explain the total devastation he feels when he has been betrayed by one son, when by his other son has honored him!! You see, there are just some things that will not allow explanation, communication, and cannot be shared. There is pain too deep, a hurt too hurtful, a fear that has never been reached and therefore cannot be explained to someone who has never begun to know the depth of feeling some have reached. Even among men there are some things words cannot be used to express, imagine God explaining Heaven to us physically-minded-midget-brained-Earth-bound humans!! And again, the uncontrollable mind-defying amazement realized would be lost by we who are granted entrance through the gates into the un-ending, deathless, never ceasing city of eternal fellowship with the God “whom we have never seen, yet, we love”!! Denominationalism tries to read our mail now; imagine being treated to a description of what they never will know!! Sometimes the anguish of not knowing is like the torture of Hell.
So, to re-phrase the question; “what would a man give in exchange for his soul?” We have heard all the excuses Satan has filled your head with, the lies that sound reasonable, the fears that have mounted up in your brain. None of them can convince the thinking, sane, intelligent person who always chooses life!! In a life or death situation like a car accident, operation, battlefield, etc., all of us would choose life!! Why be lost?

Why Be Lost? Part 3

The final judgment and “perdition of ungodly men” is set forth by the Lord Himself, as well as by His apostles, in the clearest and strongest terms, and in the boldest and most appalling imagery which human speech and human knowledge can afford. Indeed, to place this awfully sublime and glorious day in full array before the perceptive powers of man is impossible. The best efforts have exhausted the powers of communication in all her vaunted energies. John, in his sublime visions of the last acts of the great drama of human existence, says, “we know not what we shall be like, but we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” From that point forward, time, existence as we know it, relationships that were comfortable here, and life in general will not be the same for any one—the lost and the saved. There are those who think this to be a bad nightmare given to scare the lost into submission while for the we who are trying to wake up from the haze and daze Satan has over their eyes, to warn them of their impending situation, pleading with them—why be lost??
If nothing else, a trip to the grave yards of this land should waken those hiding in the shroud of non-commitment. None in that place can rise and testify, but neither do they need to tell the story that Satan has perpetrated for the doomed—they soon will join their number!! There lie the young that cannot die, there lie the drunks who thought that they could never have been caught, drunk, there lies the winner of ‘Miss Morality’ who thought she surely had enough time to “get right” with God—but she never got around to getting her sins under the blood of the Son of God!! Look around you when there, my friend, every person who ever has lived is in a place of waiting. For what are they waiting? How many teeming years will they wait? They are waiting on the results. They no longer DO anything for or against themselves. They can never act in any capacity that would allow them salvation or damnation. Their time of DOING is gone—now they await the RESULTS!! There in that shallow grave lies the “I intended to,” “I will get around to being baptized, someday,” “I have lived a good moral life,” “I cannot have any fun and become a Christian,” or “I did not think God this serious so I never tried to make sure I was saved.” The joke will then be on you, my friend, for the time God gave you so you could prepare to meet Him in peace, you have used up and there is none left!! Why BE LOST??
I can cite you many reasons why you should not be lost—just do us both a favor—name me one reason you should reject the mercy and grace of the Lord of Glory!! Do you just want to be stubborn? Well, stubbornly decide to make Heaven your eternal home and let nothing deter you from your goal!! Do you want to be noticed? Well, you have been noticed, now notice the time clock has been running and your time is less than ever—better hurry up and obey the gospel, remember time is running out!! Are you trying to be spiteful? Well, in spite of your own selfish, childish mind, can reason–find an excuse—all the spite of a lifetime is not worthy of an eternity of misery, darkness, and loathing pain–are you sure you have enough spite in you to “gut it out” for eternity and feel vindicated for denying the God who loved you and gave Himself for you?? You are not acting rational, eternity is never-ending, are you sure you can afford such a loss?? Satan can not benefit you—he has nothing to offer you—don’t let your tirade for a life’s moment cost you your soul for eternity—wake up and see what you are doing and where you are heading—Hell is an awful place to go!! You have always bragged about getting your just dues for efforts you have been involved in—are you sure you want Satan’s??

Why Be Lost? Part 2

Then the King will say to them on His left hand, “Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” They are the allies of Satan in his rebellion against God, and have spent all their energies and fortunes on his side of the question; and therefore it is reasonable that they should have their ultimate portion with him!! Many times the Lord has warned all who will listen to Him about the foolish pursuit of sin, its consequences, and its reward; of these times the foolish turn a deaf ear—SURE it will not happen to them. As sure as there is a God as sure there will be a judgment of all who have lived before and after us. Of this judgment, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Before the Christian era—from the foundation of the world, God had appointed a day in which Christ will execute judgment on all the world. This is the day of execution-when eternal judgment will have begun as Jesus changes roles—no longer being Savior—He turns the kingdom back to God the Father. This is not the day of death. This is not the judgment of the entire world. It is a fact that the day of death is a day of judgment, but it is not the day Christ will parade His faithful before all mankind, honoring them for their faithfulness. 2 Thess 1:8-10 This is THE day when Christ will judge the Church of Christ, not reach a verdict, but announce the glorification of His Bride !! This prophecy precluded and announced the coming of the Lord’s Church before man even knew the Church existed!! At this point, the world of mankind has been judged ALREADY, John 3:18, “because it believes (obeys) not the name (authority) of the only begotten Son of God.” These are damned—as our Lord told His disciples when He sent them on the great commission; “he that believes (obeys what Christ commands) and is baptized, will be saved; but he that believes not (obeys not the commands of the only begotten Son), shall be damned.” Mark 16:16 The first Psalm teaches us: “therefore the ungodly (those who refuse to obey the commands of Jesus Christ) shall not stand in the judgment.” Those who have not “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered them,” who “heard the Word preached and it did not profit them (because their hearts did not receive it-that is obey it),” who “rejected and received not the Words of the Lord Jesus;” will not be judged by THAT Word, having already rejected it, it would be useless and make no sense to judge them by something they had previously rejected!! Only the Church will be judged by the gospel they obeyed!! Paul writes: “Now to Him that is of power to stablish you (Jude said ‘present you faultless) according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”
“It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27 The judgment, consequently, coming after the separation of the body and spirit from flesh, is not the general judgment but the individual judgment, as spirits, returning to God are judged and instantly rewarded or punished. All will and are waiting for this general judgment. Christ will show it could have been lived—and we are His proof!!

Why Be Lost?

There are two classes of men in this world. They are often and in various manners compared and contrasted with each other. They are called the righteous and the wicked, the saints and the sinners, the holy and the unholy, the good and the bad, he that fears God, and he that fears no one. Of the one class many things are predicated which are not predicated of the other. Of the one it is said, that they are “in Christ”, justified, sanctified, saved, children of God, heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ, an elect race, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people. Of the other class, these things are never mentioned. They are not in Christ, not justified, not sanctified, not saved. They are children of the devil, “children of wrath,” they are not an elect race, not a royal priesthood, and not a peculiar people—yet most think they will spend eternity with each other!! The contrast is not often shown because someone is afraid of hurting the feelings of another or being accused of being thought, judgmental!!
These have not been reconciled to God through the propitiation of His Son. They are still enemies of God in heart even though they might think they are lovers of God. For them that love darkness rather than light and would not have God’s Son to be their Savior, He has appointed a day of judgment; a day for the ultimate perdition of ungodly men. Man does not understand this: they have kidded themselves into thinking God is love and love cannot commit anyone to eternal damnation—the day of glory for the Church is simultaneously a day of damnation and retribution for man who has rejected ‘Christ and His words.” John 12:48 Then they shall perish “with an everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power, “when He shall come to be glorified in all His saints, and to be admired by all those who believe in that day.” There, those who expect to present their case before the great I AM will find themselves not even allowed in the throng who are going before His presence!! They will be hurt and surprised when not allowed near the one they called their “Savior” for they have spent all their preparation time teaching and preaching a doctrine contradictory to that of the King’s doctrine and those who would have loved and obeyed Him have followed them instead of Him!! They are the allies of Satan, not Christ, they have joined him in their rebellion, consciously or unconsciously and spent all their energies and fortunes on his side of the question. It is not then reasonable they should have their ultimate portion with Satan, who they have followed??
As tragic as it may seem, there will not be a court of reprieve, no room of second opinions, no intercessors or confessors defending their “feeling religions” or their “experience or grace” salvation stories; none will arise in the post-second coming period that will defend their religious brethren—because the teeming angels of glory are standing ready to protect the gospel (that they were never allowed to preach to men of Earth) of their Creator—should or if He or His gospel were to be tried!! No ACLU, NAACP, Friends of My Denominational Preference (FMDP), See of the Holy Roman Church, Mullah of Islam, Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking, Healing Pastor, nor un-named and un-known pastor of the smallest denomination will countermand the Judge that day on His Judgment Seat”!! “And hereby we do know that we know Him, IF we have kept, continued keeping until the end of life, His commandments. He that says, ‘I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4 “What if some do not believe? God forbid!!, let God be true and everyman a liar.” Romans 2:3-4.