One and But One- Part 6
If, as we are declaring, Christ has but one Bride, why does God allow the others to continue to exist?? God never stopped man from killing His only begotten Son!! Just because God does not reach down from the Heavens and snatch denominational preachers out of their pulpits does not mean He is not aware of their mis-deeds!! Many “feel” that since God has not stopped them, their religion must be alright if for not other reason than there are so many people that are members of their denomination. I had my dentist tell me the other day; “why, there are 19,000 members of our church,” as if to prove that that makes error alright and disdain for God’s authority acceptable!! “What if some do not believe, will that make the faith of God of without effect?” Romans 3:3 What if the WHOLE world does not believe, will that stop God from condemning man who has not obeyed His precepts?? When you deny the Law of God, you deny His right to rule over you and diminish His importance as the Law Maker!! MOCKING GOD is not going to win you any points when you face Him at death!! Telling Christ that your wife did not agree with His words the apostles wrote down for your learning will not lessen the punishment that on you will be imposed!!
Earth’s existence became a reality to test and try man, find out which among us is worthy of eternity with God. We cannot expect to spend eternity with a Being whose Word we cannot respect enough to obey that Word!! We cannot expect God to reach down from Heaven and pluck denominational preachers out of the pulpit and then God claim impartiality and fairness to those who made the hard choice and “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered you” which cost them their lives, or maybe their jobs, wife, child, mother or father. They who loved God enough to “give that last measure of devotion” will stand in the Judgment and demand your destruction, and they will have every right to do so!! If it made no difference what is taught or believed you will have to get around the complaints of EVERY apostle of Jesus Christ—for it cost everyone of them their lives!! When God demanded the Israelites to march through the Red Sea, He did not mean it was alright for them to go out and rent a barge to take them across nor cross the Sea 15 miles to the north of the Red Sea at a place known as the Reed Sea!! If you do not plan on obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ just exactly as He had it written, don’t worry about the curtains in your new home in Heaven!!
It is what we have all been use to knowing, a kind and benevolent God, think what “without God” will mean!! We have all fellowshipped and lived in the sunshine of His love all our lives—what will be worth losing all He has promised?? You think groping in spiritual darkness is hard and unfair—wait till you begin groping in the darkness of eternal Hell!! He who promised to turn brother against brother, a daughter against her mother, and a child against his or her father will not think twice about condemning they who hold His word in contempt.
The hatred God has for sin is seen in the price He was willing to pay to remove it. Pain and a broken heart for 4,000 years will not allow Him to brush aside His Word in any capricious fashion. In Genesis 22 we read of the sacrifice of Isaac. ABRAHAM WAS SPARED, GOD WAS NOT, HE PAID DOWN TO THE LAST MEASURE OF DEVOTION. Man has never fully been able to appreciate the price God paid, nor will he ever be able to deny the planning and preparation that was demanded of God to bring the Church of Christ into existence. Denying this did not happen will not Hell comforting!!