Leaders Who Tolerate Sin

Even when many who call themselves Christians are living like the world, and there is no much difference between them and the wicked, many are looking for true Christian leaders.

In the Bible, we find the example of ancient Israel. God chose these people, descendants of Abraham, to be holy and to separate themselves from the rest of the world. In order to do that, God gave them specific commandments and a service that they were to observe to give glory and honor to Jehova.

God also chose specific leaders to call on, instruct, and reprove these ancient nation to keep them away from sin and guide them in the way of righteousness.

These leaders failed, because for the most part, the Israelites were “a stiff necked people; rebellious, and always doing their own will.”

It is a clear example of the world we are living in, now. Many in this nation, call themselves Christians, but they do not honor God or give glory to His Name.

America has become a leader in bad things if we see what is portrayed in the media. There are no true Christian leaders, showing a good example and speaking out about sin and its consequences. They keep silent to get advantage for themselves, but do nothing for the people of God. Billy Graham, among many,  is a good example of this kind.

That’s why true believers have to speak up, and take a stand against sin, and not let their homes to be wrecked. True believers are the true leaders, and if we do a good job in our own lives and homes, others will see the light, because the Lord said, “You are the light of the world”.

So, stop tolerating sin and take your light out from under the bed, and shine in this dark, wicked world. We have Christ, our leader, in our side. He overcame the world.

Leadership

Christians in this country are looking for a godly leader. Unfortunately, they forget that this is an ungodly world that is under the curse and under the rule of Satan.

The biggest problem though is that Christians are tolerant of sin. Where are the so-called Christian leaders fighting for righteousness and against sin? For more than fifty years, especially with the advent of television, the moral compass of many in our nation has gone down.

There is no more awareness of sin. Sinful practices are called by fancy names like “lifestyles”. Greed has become an accepted way of doing business, and fraud is commonplace.

Many are trying to revive the ways of the Puritans and forefathers, citing that they were “Calvinists” who adhered to obey the law, and subscribed to high morals and work ethics.

They are right in the sense that the law has to be respected and obeyed to accomplished a civilized society, but they fail to see that it cannot be done through religion.

The main problem of America leaders is spiritual. Most political, financial, and religious leaders in this country are corrupt. They have no knowledge of the fear of God. They may profess to be religious, but they don’t know the living God.

True believers should stop looking for a leader in this world, and focus on becoming leaders in their homes by teaching and guiding their families in the way of righteousness.

The Christian World

Today, we have millions of Christians in the world. The sad thing is that they profess religions that differ from true Christianity, the Christianity of the Bible.

There are “Christians” who don’t even believe the Bible. There are those who don’t believe in Christ. There are even those who do not believe in God, and still call themselves Christians.

What has happened in this world with Christianity? We can trace back this history to the very beginning. We can go to the very moment when Christ told His disciples that there will be false teachers who will deceive many even the elect, if that were possible.

Public Christianity today is a farce. Most Christians all over this world do not know or understand the Scriptures. Pastors, and theologians have written their opinions and personal views in an attempt to interpret the Scriptures. They create confusion and division, because these men are unsaved and do not have the Spirit of God.

It is very sad that after two thousand years, Christianity has changed so much that it does not reflect the truth of the Scriptures anymore. The message of the Gospel has been changed; it has become accursed. There is no truth to be found in the midst of the so called Christian churches.

The disciples were called “Christians” for the first time in Antioch. People in this city, still in existence, have never heard the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Most of the churches addressed in the letters of Revelation were located in Asia.

Today, these nations are under the spell of the false religion of Islam. They have never heard the truth of the Bible. They will never hear it, because the very people who should be qualified to bring the message of salvation are all corrupted and don’t even know the truth.

Only God can bring His truth up again. But, it is written that the apostasy would come and it would trample the truth to the ground. This is what has happened. It was prophesied and it is being fulfilled.

May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, grant us His Grace, still, that we may see and hear the truth again, at least in this land.

The Wicked Attempts to Contradict God

Many people (theologians, religious false Christians) want to deny the truth of God. They engage in debates about doctrines that they do not know, understand or believe. Still, they communicate their views and feelings, and many ignorant people consider their thoughts as true.

Among those false teachers, we find the ones that do not believe hell is real. They rationalize thinking that “a loving God” would not send anybody to hell.

The fact is that the doctrine of eternal damnation is very clearly written in the Scriptures. As soon as God created man, He gave the man a warning, “do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because the day you eat of it, you shall surely die, dying”.

The man disobeyed God, because he believed Satan’s lie and did not trust God’s Word. Man fell into sin, death, and damnation, as God has said. He became subject of Satan’s kingdom and separated from God in life and after death.

At the time, which was before the cross, God revealed that all who died went to a place called Sheol. The Bible describes this place as dark, and silent. A place of consciousness where the souls remained until the time when they would be resurrected.

Daniel spoke about that resurrection. He said that some will be resurrected to live forever, and others will be resurrected to be condemned forever, too.

Christ gave a more detailed description of the place, called Hades in Greek, as a place of darkness, weeping, and gnashing of teeth. There, the souls of the unsaved will remain until the end of time when Christ will come to judge the world.

The final destination of the unbelievers will be the Lake of Fire. God also describes this place as a place where “the worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched”. Revelation 14:11 depicts the end of the unbelievers in unequivocal terms, “The smoke of their torment ascended up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night…”

In contrast, the believers have rest forever and ever, “they will rest from their labors”.

So, there are those who denied Hell because they do not like the idea of a just God, who exercise justice upon the ungodly, but that is the truth. God glorifies His Name when He saves His people, and also when He damns the unbelievers to be in torment forever and ever.

The Apostasy

Many theologians have written about the apostasy as if it were an end-of-the-world event. They say that before the return of Christ, there will be a departure from the faith in the churches. That many will leave the churches and will become as the world.

The truth is that the Apostasy started at the cross. Christ warned His disciples about false Christs, and all the apostles in their letters also admonished the believers to beware of false teachers that would come into their circle unawares and would try to deceive them.

The apostasy was prophesied by Daniel in chapter 9. Christ told His disciples to go and read Daniel. He opened the book of Daniel that had been sealed for almost 500 years, so they could understand the reality of the Messiah coming and establishing His kingdom, and also the warfare that would follow afterwards.

Damiel said that the truth was going to be trampled down under foot by the enemies of Christ led by Satan, and that they would prosper. John in his first letter said that the apostasy was already at work.

The apostasy has been on earth since the death of Christ, because Satan was loosed from his prison at the cross. The accounts in Revelation that talk about Satan being defeated and being freed from prison occurred at the same time, at the cross.

Christ destroyed the power of the Devil, but He also let him loose to continue deceiving a wicked and cursed world that wants nothing to do with God. That’s the reason why evil prospers in this world without apparent restrain. God has allowed it, to test His people like gold is tested.

Believers do not dispair, because we know that Christ has overcome Satan and the world, even when the world seems to have the upper hand.

Did Christ Die for the Sins of the Whole World?

The gospel preached today gives the idea that Christ died for the sins of the whole human race. Many so called Christian churches teach that “the world” in John 3:16 means every human being.

Many Christians have been taught to believe that Christ died for the sins of everybody. Unfortunately, this is a false notion created by false ministers who do not know how to interpret the Bible correctly.

In the Gospel of John, we find the greatest evidence of the distinction that God makes between those who are His people and those who are not. He declares in John 6, 10, 15, 16, 17 and many other places that He calls His people and they hear His voice.

The people of God do not hear the voice of strangers, or hirelings, or the enemy of Christ (Satan). The saints of God follow the Good Shepherd and love Him and obey His voice, because the precious blood of Christ was shed to redeem them from sin and death.

There are many people in the world today who think they are Christians because they belong to a church and do good things to “serve the Lord”. They have been led to believe that they were saved by reciting the “sinner’s prayer” and by letting Christ enter their hearts.

This is simply impossible, because no one can come to Christ unless the Father draws him. And no one has the ability to accept Christ and let him in their hearts. The natural man’s heart is corrupted, and man is dead in trespasses and sin, how can he accept Christ?

The truth is every one in this cursed world is far away from God. If God doesn’t take the initiative to rescue us and deliver us from our darkness, all will likewise perish.

Christ shed His blood for His people only. They hear and understand His voice, because He has given them ears to hear. He has made them pass from death to life, and He has translated them from the kingdom of darkness unto the Kingdom of God. Christ did not pay for the sins of all. That’s why the corruption of this world is ongoing and it’s no wonder.

 

Hell is Real

There are many religions that want to make people believe that the afterlife is a blessed state for every one. Some even go as far as to say that God will annihilate all that will go to hell.

The truth is: God expresses many times in the Scriptures that the place called hell, or hades, or Gehenna, is a place of torment for all eternity. He also says that many people will be there forever.

We need to understand that God is righteous. He created the world, and man on it, to serve Him and glorify Him. Man chose to serve himself, and God threw him out of His Paradise. After the fall, every human being comes into this world enslaved to Satan and sin. We all come short of the glory of God.

If God wouldn’t have taken the initiative in selecting some of us according to His election of Grace, nobody would be saved. We all deserve to die and go to hell, because there is no good deed that we can do to get right with God, being, as we are, in the state of corruption that Adam left us.

The Bible reveals to us who God is, and also who man is. God is holy, and righteous. Man is wicked and born in sin. Man is corrupted, blind and spiritually dead. Man can do nothing to get out of his condemnation; he is bound for hades and then, the lake of fire, the second death.

This picture is terrifying and it would be hopeless if God wouldn’t have sent Christ to die on the cross for the sins of some people. So, there is hope for some, who God loved in Jesus Christ.

Those are the ones who love God above all things, because God loved them first. Those are Christ’s sheep who hear His Voice and follow Him. Those are who believe the truth and shun away from Satan’s lies.

God’s people are the only ones who benefit from the sacrifice of Christ. He prayed for His people; He did not pray for the world. He told His people that all who believe in Him have everlasting life, but those who do not believe are condemned already and will not see life, but the Wrath of God abides on them. (John 3:36)

These unbelievers will know one day that hell is real.

 

 

Unquenchable Fire

The Lord describes the final destination of the wicked as a place of unquenchable fire. This place was created for the devil and his ministers, and also for the reprobate, who know not Christ.

The image of fire is continuously present in the Bible. It is associated with judgment and in the case of hell, it is also eternal.

Many religions try to downplay the fire of Hades, like those who want to preach that God is loving and will never send “good” people to hell. But the Bible is clear to point out the nature and manifestation of the “just judgment of God”.

When the Lord Jesus Christ described the eternal punishment of the reprobate, He said it was a place of darkness, and weeping and gnashing of teeth. He also added that its fire never quenched and its worm never died.

We read in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which is the last book of the Bible, that the men that are punished by God clenched their teeth at Him because of their torment.

That is the key word: torment. There are several places where this torment is described. The rich man in Luke 16 was tormented in Hades. We also read in Revelation that the wicked, Satan and his ministers will be tormented in hell (lake of fire) forever and ever.

This final punishment is the manifestation of the just judgment of God: His justice and His glory. That is the unquenchable torment of fire. Contrary to those who preach annihilation, hell is forever and its fire shall never quench.

 

Saved from What?

Judging by the way Christianity operates today, we could think that everybody knows that he is saved, and everybody knows what salvation is.

There is a pernicious belief among Christians that all who belong in a church or profess to be “born again” are saved for sure. Many proclaim that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”, meaning that by reciting or “affirming” words, people are automatically saved.

Few ponder about the reality of sin and death, and inquire, “saved from what?”

True Christianity, the one that emanates from the Bible, clearly explains from what we need to be saved. As usual, we always have to start from the beginning.

When Adam fell into sin, he left the human race in complete corruption. Now, we are born in sin, and the wrath of God abides in us. We are subjected to the bondage of sin and death.

“There is no righteous, no, not one. There is none that does good, no, not one. There is none that seeks after God…There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3

We are all dead in trespasses and sin. We are spiritually dead. We, by nature, are children of wrath.

In this hopeless condition, there is no man on earth who can cry out to God for mercy, because we are all dead. Dead people do not cry out.

The only hope is that God will bestow His Grace upon us, like He did upon Noah, who “found Grace before the Lord” and God saved him and his family from the wrath that He poured upon the ancient world with the flood.

That is what we have to be saved from. We have to be saved from the wrath of God that is to come upon this corrupted world.

That’s why we preach Christ. He is the only hope, because He only can save us from the wrath to come. But, no one can come to Christ unless the Father draws him.

We hope in the Grace of God, that He will reveal Christ, the Saviour,  in us and that He will save us from the wrath of God which is to come.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36

 

 

God, the Creator

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”… Gen. 1:1

In eternity past, something we can only speculate about, God was.

Then, God decided to create this world, the universe and humankind. He says in Revelation 4:12 that He created all these things for His own pleasure.

God created man. He created man perfect. He created man and woman to rule and have dominion over the rest of His creation. He created the animals and the vegetation of the whole world. God saw that everything He had created was good.

He created good… and He also created evil.

God planned the fall of man with the sole purpose of redeeming a people for Himself. He planned this in eternity and He brought it to fulfillment in time.

There are many today, who deny God’s existence. They believe in unproven theories of the world’s cataclismic beginnings. They don’t know that the Creator laughs at them and He has prepared a place where they will be for eternity lamenting their foolishness: Hades.

God, the Creator, saves His people everyday, but He also damns those who He did not choose to salvation. He is the potter and we are the clay. He makes vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor; vessels of mercy and vessels of wrath.

“Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”  Rom. 9:21

So, what pitiful man should say before the Creator of the universe?

When Job, who was a just man, was justifying himself before God, and God spoke to him and said, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?…”

Job could only respond, “I have heard of you…but know my eyes see you. Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.”  Job 38-42

That’s the reaction of a man who recognizes how helpless he really is. That’s the saving faith attitude that everyone should have…but…all have no faith, because faith is a gift of God, also.