You, Christian, Hurtle Toward Hell

Friends,
I believe the Lord has been impressing on me some very sobering things… and maybe the sum of them all is this: That MANY who think they are definitely going to make it into Heaven, are definitely NOT going to be allowed entrance.

God is utterly holy. I don’t know how heavily this can be stressed. Yes, He has graciously provided a way to be reconciled to Him… we who are pathetically unholy have been given a way to have peace with the Holy Most High Creator King of the universe. But that does not give license to sin.

God preserved the Old Testament for us for a reason. One reason was that we might understand how filthy sin is to Him. He wants us to understand that He demands absolute purity when we come to Him. Look at all those purification rites, those detailed instructions, those laws and commands. The New Testament tells us that “the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ” or “–until Christ came.” (Gal. 3:24) What did Christ Jesus do in coming? He extended a pardon… forgiveness… But how do we appropriate that pardon to ourselves? It is by faith.

Is that all? That is what many preachers and “Christians” are saying. That we are justified by faith. In fact, that IS what the rest of Gal. 3:24 says. So they are right. But is it right, even in a court of law, to present partial truth? Isn’t there an oath to swear that says, “I promise to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth”? Doesn’t that sound a bit like Prov. 30:6 which says, “Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar”? Or similar to what Rev. 22:18,19 warns concerning not adding to –or omitting– any words from that book of prophecy?

The Bible is full of exhortations. And even though the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand, it cannot be broken down to one short phrase. There is ONE exact narrow door of salvation –who is Jesus– and the WAY is also an exact narrow road. As Jesus Himself says in Matt. 7:14, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Does that sound like it is safe to believe preachers (or friends or others) when they say, “Many paths lead to God”? Or even when they say, “Okay, so you believe that doctrine, I believe this. But we are still all in the family of God”? No. There are some disputable matters (Rom. 14:1), but not nearly as many as Christians want to pretend. Doctrine is to be examined closely (1 Tim. 4:16), for many false doctrines are going forth, causing others to abandon the true faith (4:1) and shipwreck their faith. (1:19)

God’s Word, for those who diligently read it, will reveal that there is indeed ONE character of God (–who does not change, nor is He schizophrenic), and He has given us instructions as to ONE way of salvation. And this one way entails several things. One right up front is belief and faith in, no not just anything, but belief in THE good news. “Repent and believe the good news!” says Jesus in Mark 1:15. And besides commanding one to believe, what else does He say there? He says to repent. And repentance means a complete and total change. –Change of thinking and of lifestyle.

Does Jesus say in that statement what the good news is? No. One has to stop, decide if he or she wants to listen further, and must find out what the good news is that He is proclaiming. That is why one must follow Him, read His Word, and obey.

So, even though the Gospel is simple to understand, it also must be THE Gospel. But the whole Gospel is not being taught from the pulpits. Therefore, we must get into the Word of God for ourselves and find out what is expected of us. Because what is expected is not just belief. We must believe, repent, abide in the Vine (Jesus), abide in His words, walk according to the law of the Spirit and not according to the sinful nature; we must crucify ourselves daily, take up our cross daily, follow Him constantly, flee sin, take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and DO the will of the Father –just as Jesus did.

That is the whole truth –in a nutshell– and one must read His Word to be abiding in Him and His words. Why is that a difficult concept? Why would someone think they can do the opposite and still get to Heaven? They are not even obeying step one. Because Jesus says in John 15:6 that those who do not abide will be “thrown into the fire and burned.”

Please, friends… read the Word of God. It is saying many things that the false “proclaimers of truth” are not saying. Don’t be shut out of Heaven along with them.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 5, 2009.

 
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