“I Love Jesus But Hate His Words”

Friends,
Today I received an email from some other evangelists who’d been down to Austin’s 6th Street (famous for bars), and they wrote about how many drunk “Christians” they encountered there, many who were mad that they were being reminded of the Gospel of Jesus AND HIS EXPECTATIONS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS at such an inconvenient time. These evangelists noticed that Jesus is quite popular, but that it is His WORDS that seem to grate on people, annoying them considerably. This is definitely what I also find. But more grievous than hearing on the streets this, “Sure, I love Jesus” talk alongside unashamed talk of sinful lifestyles, is realizing that those in the church –even in ministry– seem to get quite offended when Jesus’ expectations of us are mentioned. In fact, some church-goers just bristle.

Why is this? Why would those who say they uphold, respect, or even teach the Bible, not want to hear words from the Bible? One reason is because there’s a church culture –one these “Christians” have become comfortable with it– and to actually have to hear God’s Word shines light on their not-so-righteous church-culture –their religious behavior, practices, and attitudes– that really are not even close to what Jesus commands. Thus, in preferring to hold onto their sin and tradition, they try to block the sound, try to hide their hearts from the blinding light (John 3:19,20), by using the “self-righteous” name-calling card. What they actually are saying though, is, “Who are you to remind me of God’s Word?”

If a person truly loves the Lord and His Word, then we will want to hear Scripture. We will want to sharpen each other… and we will feel grateful for other servants of Christ that God brings across our path. See, the cross is an offense to the heathen (and many in the church too), but speak of Hell, and you’ll really ignite a fury! Yet Jesus spoke much about Hell. He warned of it over and over. And He let it be known that Hell was not a place anyone would want to end up.

Here’s just one sample of some words from the lips of Jesus that should frighten us: “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him… But suppose that servant is wicked and says, to himself, “My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to [live sinfully]… The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 24:44-51)

Friends, no one who gets incinerated in a lake of fire has any time to weep. So those who believe in “annihilation” have merely been listening to deceivers teaching them “what they want to hear”, rather than listening to (reading) Jesus’ words. Also, those who say we shouldn’t frighten people, need to get out from that religious culture of “sweet-talk”, because they too are deceiving others into a false sense of security. In Luke 12:5 Jesus blatantly tells us, “Fear Him [God] who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into Hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.”

Also, if someone in church-culture wants to say Hell is only for the extremely wicked, think again. Or rather, read again. All through God’s Word, He tells us that both unbelief and disobedience will land a person in Hell.

So, Christians, don’t let “love for Jesus” talk deceive you. The only thing that saves is adherence to God’s Word. As Isa. 8:20 says, “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak [or teach or live] according to this Word, they have no light of dawn.” And the next two verses describe their cursed fate. Indeed, verse 22 ends with, “…and they will be thrust into utter darkness.”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on January 9, 2010.

 
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