Updated: Jul 19, 2019
Revelation 3:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV) 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither [a]cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— Matthew 7:21-23 New King James Version (NKJV) I Never Knew You 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
“We act more like the widow of Christ than the bride of Christ” Leonard Ravenhill
So the other day I am at a church family get together. You know that I just think that everyone that goes to good bible believing churches have the same biblical world view that I have. The things that the bible clearly teaches about sin and salvation. But my world was about to be shaken!! While talking to few brothers the subject of accepting the sinner came up. Well of course I say that we accept the sinner and love them, but we do not condone the sin. In fact we are to hate the sin! Well as if they were of one accord, they turned to me and said, “You know they are born this way, and we cannot judge them” So I was so startled that these men used the worlds argument to accept the sinning person. It took me back to a time maybe 20 years ago, when I heard many warnings about how the world is slowly seeping into the church. How one day many in the church will accept world views on such topics. I never really thought it would happen at churches that actually teach the word of God. You know, I expect it in some of those “seeker” churches. Where they do not really open the word, but usually just give soft candy coded messages about the Love of God and none of the harsh realities that the word actually addresses. But these and others lately that I have heard from. All have the same ideas. So now I need to be careful, I guess. But my heart is kind of broken about it. Because I guess that the Bible is right when it says Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
It stems from a twisted view of and I believe from a lack of individual study of God’s word. Matthew 7:1 “Judge[a] not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what [b]judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
This does not mean that we are not to discern the sin in others, that those in the world who blatantly and with no remorse or repentance continue in their sin. It simple means in the context of the chapter, that we should carefully consider our own sin, before we look at those around us. The entire New Testament is full of scripture that tells me to discern the sin of those around me.
By the way, I am truly a despicable sinner, saved by grace. I am not better and probably worse than many of you. I know from what pit I come, and I know how easily I can fall back.
OK so any of you believers that think this is all legalistic, I just want to ask you one question. Imagine you are in the line of the saved on the Day of the Lord. You are waiting to face the Bema Seat Judgement, not for salvation but the things you have done in this life are judged to burn up or to be brought into eternity. And there next to you is a line of those that are going before the White Throne judgement, where they will be thrown into the lake of fire, and some that were involved in a un-repented sinful lives style (as defined by scripture) and that you had accepted as OK, and NEVER told them that Jesus would want them to repent of their sins, so they are not saved. They look at you and ask “Why? Why did you not tell me to repent and accept Jesus Christ so that I too could be saved?” Because you follow the weak and soft accepting ways of the world. Because you did not want them to feel bad, so instead you let them continue on the wrong path….God did not come to the world to save those involved in OK life style, but to save sinners from hell. As such were some of you
PS: don’t watch this video, if you think that the church in America (or most of the world) is doing great and there are no things that need to happen. That we just wait for the rapture, happily enjoying the comforts and forget about the GREAT NEED in the world today.. It is pretty powerful