Love the Sinner – Hate the Sin
I have a message from God in my heartPsalm 36:1-2
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God before their eyes.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The greatest security against sin is to be shocked at its presence.Thomas Carlyle
We are as a society, less and less shocked. We are the proverbial frog in a pan of heating water, unaware of our danger. What would Jesus do about the lack of concern over sin? Wouldn’t He want to restore sight to those who are blinded by the deceitfulness of sin? A healthy fear of God is a good way to restore our sense of right and wrong, sin and righteousness.
God, who is enthroned from of old,Psalm 55:19
who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
because they have no fear of God.
Why do we condone what goes on in society? As Christians, we cannot keep the blinders on. We must speak out when we are bombarded by immoral and offensive advertising, TV shows, radio shows, movies and other forms of so-called “entertainment.”
We Christians can Change the World.
I remember growing up Catholic, everything being very robotic. Confessions, every Saturday, would start with…
“Bless me, father, for I have sinned. I has been ____ since my last confession.”
I remember lying to the priest several times — making up sins because I didn’t think I had any or enough to confess! Then I’d have to rattle off a penance of so many Hail Marys, Our Fathers and Acts of Contrition — very robotic.
In Mass, you’d sit, stand up, kneel, sit, kneel, stand up, rinse, repeat. At communion time, everyone would line up to receive the wafer (and that’s all it is — a wafer — NOT the body of Jesus). We’d sit through boring sermons, look around at everyone who was there. The ladies with hats or kerchiefs on their heads. It was hard as a little kid to keep still for so long.
The problem was the whole confessing to a priest every week ritual. You figure if you do sin, you can confess and you’ll be OK. All that does is make sin acceptable during the week. It’s alright to commit a sin as long as you confess it on Saturday.
Do you see how that messes up our culture? That and taking prayer out of our schools. I’m surprised the churches didn’t stand up stronger against that.
180 – Degree Repentance
What the Catholic Church fails to teach of Jesus’ true Gospel or Good News of Salvation, is that once you believe that Jesus died taking all our sins away, it’s done. It’s over.
He took our guilt away!
That’s a HUGE burden off our shoulders!
In the process, Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit (or Ghost) stays with us to help us resist the temptations of the devil who rules in this world.
What is Repentance?
Repentance is admitting that we are sinners and that once we accept the fact that Jesus took ALL our sins away, we are NEVER to sin again. We must strive to be Christ-like.
That’s not easy. Especially in this culture that condones all sorts of sins.
That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in….
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7
And one of the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5, is “self-control”.
Both are there for the asking. We just have to ask the Spirit. We don’t get them automatically.
And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.Romans 8:10
Have you “been made right with God?”
Catholicism is a Man-made Religion Based on Guilt
If find it really sad that so many people have been duped — I was one of them — into thinking that I was going to Heaven when I died when I really wasn’t. I thank God for leading me in the right direction.
Looking back, I think it was around the turn of the century, 1999-2000, when I became interested in Bible Prophecy. At that time, we all thought the world would end with Y2K and the failing of millions of computers. When nothing happened, there was a relief and that’s when Internet use really took off.
My reading books on Bible Prophecy and especially seeing the movie, “Left Behind” got me wondering…
“Am I going to be left behind when Jesus comes back for His church?”
I’ll be talking about the Rapture in a future post. Watch for it.
For now, I want you to ask yourself…
— Am I absolutely sure that I’m going to Heaven? —
Until next time…
Soli Deo Gloria