Sin and Christian Reality

Christian Reality: What Doses God Say

There are many today including Christians that believe one can embrace sin and continue to have Gods acceptance, because they believe Jesus came to abolish Gods Laws and replace it with love and understanding. This may be true to a point but let us look at what Jesus had to say, please turn to Matt 5:17 and read aloud “17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil it. “Jesus stated in clear language that He did not come to destroy the law. God has always condemned sin from the beginning when Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of life, God’s response was not one of well Adam you have disobeyed Me and that is alright. No His response was one of punishment please turn to Genesis 3:17 and read a loud “And unto Adam he said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” This was the first sin of man the one through all mankind under Gods condemnation. God looked down and judges all sin. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of fornication and homosexuality. Please turn to your bibles and read with me Jude 1:7 “”Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange (Greek: different, other) flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of sin. He did not hold back His judgment. Now some say that because Jesus came God has changed His mind about sin, but once again let us turn to our Bibles and read aloud the following Scriptures first Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore, ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” and then let us turn to the following passages Psalm 102: 25-27 testifies that “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.” It therefore goes that God has never condoned sin and He never will, He is unchanging. He cannot tell a lie nor can He say one thing and do another. What of this New Covenant how does it change things for Christians? The New Covenant that was spoke of in Jeremiah 31:31-34 is the New Covenant that God will give, it was ushered in with Jesus When He said “this cup is the New Covenant of My blood” Luke 22-20. What was this New Covenant, was an abandonment of the Laws God created or was it a New Way for Christians to be able to abide in the Law? God said He would wright His laws upon our hearts. We would know right from wrong and we would want to keep His commandments. Please read Jerimiah 31:31-34 “”Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” Now let us take a quick look how Jesus treated sin. Turn in your Bible to John 8:11 as we read the passage ask yourself if Jesus is saying that it is ok to continue to sin or must there be a change. The scene opens on the town and the people gathered around to stone a whore to death. Jesus asks a question of those who are ready to stone her. Let the one without sin cast the first stone John 8:7. after the crowd had left Jesus spoke to the whore, He said is any left to condemn you Marry responded by saying no not one man, and Jesus said then neither do I, but He did not stop there. He commanded her to go and sin some more, Ok He did not command her to go and sin some more, though some people truly believe that they can continue in habitual sin and not suffer the consequences. There is a new gay slogan that reads “we are going to hell and proud of it” I wonder if they will be so proud upon Judgement day. Jesus instructed this whore Known as Mary Magdalene to go and Sin no more. From our Bible verses We know that God is unchanging, He condemns sin and Jesus tells us to not sin. but what did God say of homosexuality. Please turn to Leviticus 20-13. This will be my final passage and my complete answer to weather God will accept homosexual behavior as a norm and accept those who practice into the Kingdom of Heaven. Now let us read aloud “If a man also lies with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. God calls homosexuality what it is, He does not sugar coat it, He does not show forgiveness for it. He destroyed nations because of it. He is unchanging and He did not send Jesus to destroy the law. As Christians it is sinful to think that it is ok to accept homosexuality as a God ordained right. It is my opinion backed up by Scripture that those churches that allow homosexual marriage and even ordain homosexuals as pastors are under Gods condemnation and will face His judgement. They will not be standing with the sheep but be on the left with the goats. Their fates will be of gnashing teeth as their eternal souls are committed to fire and brimstone.

Do not be fooled by false teachers that say you can live your life anyway you wish and there is no punishment, if you do you will also stand in judgement on the left side with the goats. We must all realize that we are sinners by nature and God can and will forgive us us transgresses, but we must try to walk as Christ did in righteousness. We cannot expect God to accept us in to His Kingdom if we continue in sin without remorse or a change of heart.

God bless all who have read this post. Remember we are the watchmen and if we do not sound the alarm, the blood of those who have not heard the word is upon our hands, but those who have heard or word and chose to ignore the warning the blood be upon their own hands. Ezekiel 33:6.

Salvation

Our first topic for the Pastors thoughts is on salvation.
We will look at a few questions and then use the bible to answer those questions.
(1) What is salvation?
(2) What did Jesus say about who he could save?
(3) Where do we find Salvation?
(4) Have you committed to much sin to be saved?

The Hebrew word for salvation from the old testament is yeshuwah and literally means something saved
The Greek word is Soteria and literally means the act of physical and moral rescue.
Websters defines Salvation as: deliverance from the power and effects of sin
We will simply say that salvation is a redemption, as a salvage company can redeem or reclaim something damaged. Salvation can redeem our sinful life and make it possible to enter into eternal life in Heaven. The next question to be addressed is Why do I need salvation in my life? I live a good life and try not to sin. The fact is that all mankind is under a state of condemnation , it is our nature because of Adam, when Adam ate of the fruit of knowledge (Genesis 3:1-7) he brought sin into the world Condemning all people to death. This applies to everyone weather you believe you have committed great sin or weather you believe you have committed no sin, sin is our nature and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). We are sinners by nature and therefore condemned to death but (Romans 6:23) goes onto tell us that (But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yes we were condemned to death but (John 3:16) Because God Loved us he sent his only begotten son to redeem us from our sin and give us eternal life. Jesus paid the ultimate ransom for our sins when he died on the cross at Calvary He shed his blood so that we may have eternal life with him in Heaven. When we get into our bible study class you will learn through scripture about Jesus life on earth how he lived a sinless life how he had been tempted and the true gift that was bestowed upon all mankind because of his great sacrifice, but for the purpose of this article it is only important to know that Jesus paid for the sin of man through the shedding of his blood on the cross,
The next question to answer is who can receive salvation?
This is a great question there are those who believe that some peoples sins are so great that God can never forgive them an example might be Hitler or some of the most evil people that we know in history or in the world today, but what did Jesus say about salvation and who can be saved, we only need look at the bible and a particular passage of scripture for the answer to this question. Let us look at (John 17:12) KJV (While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, “but the son of perdition” that the scripture might be fulfilled. In this verse it is clear that Jesus has been able to save all but one and that was Judas the man that betrayed him, This may alarm some and outrage others when they think about the crimes and atrocities that some people commit and think that they may still be able to have eternal life, but Jesus promised eternal life to all those who seek him and believe in him, Let us look at (Romans 10:9) for the answer to who can claim salvation That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, It is simple and straight forward in this passage anyone no matter how big or how litter there sin weather they be a mass murderer or a thief or a liar no matter what there sin they have the opportunity to be saved, The key is that the door is open to all for salvation, an good example of this is found again in scripture (Luke 23:41-43) as you may recall when Jesus was crucified there were two others crucified along with him and one of them was mocking Jesus and the other said v41 And we indeed justly for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing amiss.42 And he said unto Jesus Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shall thou be with me in paradise. The thief that had been condemned to death for his sins repented and believed upon Jesus and was granted eternal life, no matter how big our sin we can ask and believe on Jesus Christ and be redeemed, this is the great gift God gave to us when he sent his only begotten son to die on the cross.
The final question has been answered and the question of where we find salvation has been answered we find it in our belief in Jesus Christ our belief that he died on the cross and shed his precious blood for us and that he arose on that third day. You do not need to pray for salvation, praying will do no good , if you truly wish to be saved just simply believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. If you have not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior, today may be a good day for tomorrow is not promised to us and if you wait it may be to late. Jesus is waiting the door is open will you walk through and secure your eternal future? God promised salvation for all, but you must ask him for it.