Sure You’re Not Walking The Broad Road?

Friends,
I hadn’t planned to, but being it was a gorgeous day today, I just had to get to the downtown bus stops for a couple of hours to remind everyone to be reading the Bible. The reason I mention that I hadn’t planned my day for this initially is because I also think it is important that we make it a practice to always be able to switch plans if the Lord tells us to do so. We are to always be ready to “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season.” (2 Tim. 4:2) Of course, in order to do this, we must be “thoroughly equipped” with the Scripture as 2 Tim. 3:16 says. And in order to be so equipped, we must be feeding ourselves with it daily.

Well, as usual, it is “a breath of fresh air” to talk with people downtown about God and His Word. So many just seem famished to hear Truth, to have someone encourage them with the powerful, life-changing Word of God, and to have someone pray for them. So many do seem to believe, say they have faith, and do give God the praise for the blessings they gratefully acknowledge. Those who are in sin, which is the majority, are at least honest about it, and either say they aren’t ready today, or they humbly admit their need to repent. The honesty (from most) is at least a good starting point. Because if a person won’t admit he has a real heart problem, then there’s no sense in discussing Jesus with him. He won’t believe he needs Christ or needs to meditate on the Word, because he simply doesn’t believe he needs to change. But, since there’s plenty of people who do want to talk frankly about their need, then the foolish can be left until their heart’s ground has been plowed up a little better.

Anyway, I want to compare and contrast what I see and hear on the streets, with what I see and hear in the church and Christian “circles” I encounter. First of all, the comparison: There are many that I meet downtown who are church-goers. They are similar to most other “Christians” I know. They believe Jesus died to free them, no, not from sin, but from guilt. They enjoy quoting Rom. 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Hmmm…. the problem with a “Christian sinner” quoting that, is that they obviously do not know what it means to be “in Christ.” Because, matched with other Scripture, we know that to be “in Christ” means to be abiding in the Vine and obeying His Words (John 15:1-8), and walking just as Jesus did (1 John 2:6) –which was in complete obedience to the Father. (John 14:31) And it also means that we have DIED (Col. 3:3 & Rom. 6:6), thus becoming new creations (2 Cor. 5:17) who are controlled by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:9), and who now participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3.4) –that divine nature of God we’ve been born anew into that keeps us from sinning! (1 John 3:9)

So, yes, I sure do meet those downtown who live according to the same cult-teaching versions of Christianity that are prevalent everywhere. The churches which should hang signs on their doors such as, “Come in here. We’ll take your money and then help you feel –feel –FEEL good about it, about yourself, about your sin, and about your waltz to Heaven.”

Well, so what about the contrast I see..? It’s this: Many sinners on the street, those who don’t get indoctrinated by church, do know they are wretched sinners. If you tell them to repent, they may not, but at least they admit that they do need to! That, is the main difference I find between proclaiming God’s Word to “the unregenerate”, and proclaiming God’s Word to “Christians”. The former do not get angry. They just say they have other beliefs –or they admit their great guilt. “Christians”, on the other hand… get furious. They rant, they rave, they spit, they deny. They deny they need to repent.

That’s the simple contrast… but oh, how huge it will be on that Final Day. The Day we all will stand before a perfectly pure holy God –the Judge who absolutely hates sin and who cannot tolerate or abide with even one spot of it. And there before Him, will stand all those hoards of “Christians” who denied their need to repent… who denied Jesus’ words when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”

They are SO far from doing His will! They gaze at adultery almost every day, they lust after the sexy-dressed on the ads, they use up valuable time for their own pleasure, their talk is foul, their hearts are envious –unable to commend or encourage another who is more blessed than they are in certain areas (especially spiritually), they wallow in possessions they’ve heaped to themselves, they speak harshly to their family members while slopping on syrup-talk to those who will spread word of their “good” reputation, they do nothing about Jesus’ command to go and spread the Gospel, they treat sin as “no big deal”, they refuse to read God’s Word daily –much less obey it, they listen for hours to song lyrics and have many memorized –yet say they can’t memorize Scripture… Well… it’s called: “Walking the Broad Road.”

But Jesus said, “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide and easy is the road that leads to Hell and there are many who travel it. But the gate is narrow, and the road is narrow, that leads to life and only a few find it.” (Matt. 7:13,14)

I do wonder what part of that verse is not understood…

So, though there are hoards of church-goers who refuse to look at their own hideous sins and repent of them, may those of us who do promote holiness and who do walk in the Spirit, ignore those who want to “kill” or persecute us. We aren’t behind bars. So just leave! As Titus 3:10,11 say, “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”

For truly, a “divisive person” is a “Christian” who will not uphold and obey God’s Word, yet says, “I know Him.” Such a person is a liar. (1 John 2:3,4) Such a person pollutes Christ’s bride. Such a person will be thrown into Hell.

For remember, only “the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17) “Does the will of God…” –“Does the will of God…”

And that doesn’t mean once a week. –Or even 15 minutes a day. It means ALL of the time.

The unregenerate, unchurched seem to know this. But most IN the church..? –They refuse to believe it.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 21, 2009.

 
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