The observance of a religious ideal of your choosing is not enough…
Nicodemus was a teacher of the Pentateuch. His life was the observance of Jewish law. If anyone had the right to think of themselves as righteous, Nicodemus did. Of all of Israel’s religious leaders, he was the only Pharisee who gave reverence to Jesus. But, Scripture reveals that Jesus rebuked him openly to penetrate his ideology, and cause him to realize that apart from GODs involvement in His divine work of salvation, Nicodemus would be damned.
Fast-forward to 2010. Many evangelical church pastors, theologians and seminary professors, leaders of the Emergent Movement, and the proponents of today’s liberal Christian psychology, have grossly misinterpreted the intended meaning of 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom: Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.
Where in this exhortation can it be assumed that Christianity is to be the weak and morally compromised, all-inclusive emergent dialogue, that doesn’t dare offend today’s postmodern/anti-Christian culture? IT DOES’NT.
There is no reference in all of Scripture, where Christians, the disciple of Jesus Christ, are commanded to or encouraged to listen to what people think and how people feel, to determine how the Gospel is to be presented. Christians do not share the Gospel; they are to preach the Gospel. Boldly!
Truth presented within the cloak of compassion, is the example given by Jesus and the Apostles, towards those who are sincere and truly repentant.
Truth accompanied by the pronouncement of judgment, is the evidence given by Jesus and the Apostles, towards false teachers and those who are hardened to the Gospel’s message of repentance.
This world is fallen, and separated from GOD because of sin. Nor can fallen humanity approach GOD on their terms. GOD, in His infinite wisdom, has determined how what was created will come into His presence. Your help in the dialogue of popular opinion is not needed. What about this don’t you understand?
GOD can be no clearer than the statement He made in John 6:44:
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.
And affirmed by the Apostle Paul in Acts 4:10-12:
Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
The regeneration of humanity cost GOD His deity, and His sinless life, through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, upon the cross of Calvary. The person’s life, that has been truly transformed by the Gospel of GOD, realizes that salvation is not a collective effort. Salvation is GODs free gift to humanity, and only by the divine work of GODs Spirit indwelling the regenerated spirit and the renewed mind of that person, can salvation be obtained.
It needs to be said again: “GOD is not concerned with nor persuaded by your perception of how things should be done.” The rule of law we are to live by is revealed in the Bible and to deviate from what Scripture teaches in any way, is to practice a false religion.
The churches, synagogues, temples and mosques encompassing all religious beliefs and meditations, consciences or practices are full of people who think they’re safe, but are in danger of busting hell wide open. When, to their shock, as they stand before an angry GOD with no atonement for their sins, they realize the Bible has been correct all this time.
The preaching of GODs wrath is a subject ministers of today’s easy gospel avoid because of its offensiveness to the hearer. The one common thought among every class of people is that if GOD is a GOD of love, then why would He condemn people to such a terrible place as hell? The truth revealed in Scripture proves GOD doesn’t: you condemn yourself.
There is a price to be paid for the atrocities committed against GOD. This is why the Bible teaches Jesus became the atonement for sin and by doing so, the wrath of GOD has been turned away from the sinner who repents and cries out to Jesus for salvation. But for those of you who choose not to, the day is coming when you will stand alone before GOD to give an account for what you have done. As you find yourself on the other side of GODs grace. There will be no compassion for your cries, no mercy or pity, but only the fierce execution of GODs eternal wrath upon your rebellion of His Sovereignty.
Can we even begin to imagine just how frustrated with humanity GOD must be? The arrogance of people, and the flaunting of their sin in the face of GOD, is leading up to that terrible day of reckoning. But there is still hope. Like GOD has done in times past before His judgment comes, He is warning people of the consequences of their behavior.
This is not the time for friendly dialogue between people of different faiths. Those who claim to be Christian, who then will not defend the inerrancy of Scripture, are liars, and do not know the truth. Evidenced by the secular humanist world-view that dominates world-religions, and the reason why world societies are anti-Christian, and therefore, are anti-GOD.
“IT IS FINISHED”, ends all discussion. The preaching of the uncompromised Gospel of GOD, which has within itself, the power to convict people of their sin and to transform one’s life, is the only hope for today’s depraved and dying humanity.
Herein is the difference between the false apostate church and the elect of GOD. And is the reason why the world is so messed up. The blind cannot lead the blind. But, GOD is moving upon the hearts of His true disciples, to begin again, to preach the awesome fear of creations holy and sovereign Judge.
Watch what I say come to pass.
“GOD chooses not milktops destitute of backbone, to wear His glory upon their faces. We have plenty of men made of sugar, nowadays, that melt into the stream of popular opinion; but these shall never ascend into the hill of the Lord, nor stand in His holy place, nor wear the tokens of His glory.”
CHARLES H. SPURGEON