Tuesday, 24 May 2016

What is a Reprobate Mind?

Here's another reason why people can't understand how wondrous and beneficial salvation from sin, which leads to hell, actually is. Advanced sinners can't think straight. It's as simple as that.

The first chapter of the Apostle Paul's letter to the church at Rome explains this quite clearly. After the preliminary greetings, he gets into the reason why people are so stuck in their sins.

The dichotomy between those who live by their righteous faith is then set against the habitual wickedness of sinners. Verses eighteen and nineteen in the Bible in Basic English read, "For there is a revelation of the wrath of God from heaven against all the wrongdoing and evil thoughts of men who keep down what is true by wrongdoing; Because the knowledge of God may be seen in them, God having made it clear to them."

Verses twenty to twenty-three explain how God revealed himself through nature but people suppressed this knowledge with their lamebrain philosophies. "For from the first making of the world, those things of God which the eye is unable to see, that is, his eternal power and existence, are fully made clear, he having given the knowledge of them through the things which he has made, so that men have no reason for wrongdoing: Because, having the knowledge of God, they did not give glory to God as God, and did not give praise, but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark. Seeming to be wise, they were in fact foolish, And by them the glory of the eternal God was changed and made into the image of man who is not eternal, and of birds and beasts and things which go on the earth."

Instead of zapping them with lightning or fire from heaven, this is what the Lord did. Verses twenty-four to twenty-eight explain what resulted from humanity's errant cravings. "For this reason God gave them up to the evil desires of their hearts, working shame in their bodies with one another: Because by them the true word of God was changed into that which is false, and they gave worship and honour to the thing which is made, and not to him who made it, to whom be blessing for ever. So be it. For this reason God gave them up to evil passions, and their women were changing the natural use into one which is unnatural: And in the same way the men gave up the natural use of the woman and were burning in their desire for one another, men doing shame with men, and getting in their bodies the right reward of their evil-doing. And because they had not the mind to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them up to an evil mind, to do those things which are not right;"

Paul names the sins of these wicked individuals from verses twenty-nine to thirty-one. He ends the chapter by showing how these reprobates want others to sink to the same level of depravity that they've sunk to. "Who, though they have knowledge of the law of God, that the fate of those who do these things is death, not only go on doing these things themselves, but give approval to those who do them."

We see this going on in the world today through the LGBTQ movement as well as the rejection of traditional values and even physical gender. Sexually-transmitted diseases such as AIDS have taken many lives and ruined others, all for the sake of momentary human pleasure. These deluded people, along with their backers, are too dense to see what they're doing to themselves and others.

If you are rebelling against God and refusing his generous offer of eternal life in heaven, consider what you're giving up. Genuine Christians have satisfaction in this life and an eternity of bliss to look forward to. Those who reject Christ's rule have only dissatisfaction and eternal agony in hell awaiting them. Please be in the former group, not the latter.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

When will people listen?

As I've pointed out before, people refuse to listen to God. They do so because they don't want to obey the Lord. God spoke in Jeremiah 32:33 (KJV) "And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them,  yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction."

The Lord clearly wants to teach us but some don't want to learn. Scripture calls them fools. Psalm 53:1 (KJV) reads, "To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.' Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."

In fact, it's human stubbornness which makes people reject God and his wisdom. Look at what Proverbs 1:7 (KJV)says.  "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

But what happens to those who reject God in this life? They damage themselves with their folly. Job 5:2 (KJV) reads, "For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one." A search for words like "fool" and "foolish" brings up many verses regarding the dichotomy between the unwise and the wise. Foolishness is always related to rejecting God in the Bible.

Since this is so, we need not fret when people reject the gospel that we preach. God has given humanity the astonishing privilege of accepting or rejecting his reign. It's for this reason that I'm writing a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? I hope to change people's minds, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that they may be saved from an agonizing eternity apart from God.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Why Did Fort McMurray Burn?

 This might not sound like it's related to the theme of this blog but it does. Amid all the feel-good stories on the news, reports arose about Facebook posts from environmentalists rejoicing that this oil sands city is receiving "karmic justice."  Those individuals don't realize how easily their homes and lives can be snuffed out.

In my previous posts, I noted how people refused to believe the evidence in nature. They are like the foolish farmer in Christ's parable. Here's what he said of those who care only for wealth and their own personal security in Luke 12:15-21 (Bible in Basic English).

"And he said to them, 'Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man's life is not made up of the number of things which he has.' And he said to them, in a story, 'The land of a certain man of great wealth was very fertile: And he said to himself, "What is to be done? for I have no place in which to put all my fruit".And he said, "This I will do: I will take down my store-houses and make greater ones, and there I will put all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have a great amount of goods in store, enough for a number of years; be at rest, take food and wine and be happy.'" But God said to him, "You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together?" So that is what comes to the man who gets wealth for himself, and has not wealth in the eyes of God."'

Our souls could be required of us in an instant. We don't know the time of our deaths so to live like we're made of gold and can't be sold is the height of hubris.

So is the idea that we can guess the intents of the Lord. Apparently, some folks think these disasters are the wrath of God. How presumptive and rash can people be? Look at what the Lord said in Deuteronomy 18:20 (KJV) "But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die." Though God doesn't strike dead presumptive preachers and fool hearty Christians today, it's still a dangerous thing to say "thus sayeth the Lord" when he didn't say it at all.

To those who don't believe in the Lord and those who do, I warn you not to get cocky and figure that you're immune to tragedy. The folks in Fort McMurray woke up on May third thinking the fire had been largely extinguished. By one o'clock, the flames roared into the city and everybody was ordered by the Alberta government to evacuate immediately. Life can change so quickly and we can't presume that we'll even be here tomorrow.

Placing your whole-hearted trust in Jesus and the forgiveness he purchased for you on the cross is what will get you into paradise. This is why I'm working on a new book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? This is the most important question you must answer since death is the cut-off point. Please choose wisely since eternity is endless.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Why Didn't They Believe?

Doesn't it seem strange to you that those who saw Jesus do his miracles and heard his teaching still didn't believe? I certainly am amazed, though I know the answer.

Only Jesus of Nazareth could fulfill the more than 109 Bible prophecies about him in the Old Testament. Only he could raise Lazarus who was dead for four days. Only he could have grown missing fingers and other body parts on lepers. And only Christ could rise from the dead after such a brutal crucifixion.

Jesus knew who and what he was. Matthew 12:41 (KJV) reads, "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here."

Worst of all, the Pharisees knew their scriptures and yet they couldn't believe that Jesus was the long-awaited messiah. The Lord's harshest words weren't against sinners such as tax collectors and prostitutes but the religious leaders of Israel.

The reason most people then, as well as today, refuse to believe in Christ is because they don't want to. Look at what he said to the Pharisees, supposedly the representatives of God Almighty, in John 8:44 )KJV.) "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

Sad to say, that's the position in which all who won't surrender to Christ are in. This is also why I'm writing a book, warning people who think they're Christians but haven't given their very lives to the Lord. Watch this space for more Bible-based teaching.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Is God Hiding From Us?



 In light of my previous post, I'm sure somebody will ask me why God seems to be so hard to hear from. After all, he doesn't speak audibly to people as he did in the Old Testament days. Neither can we speak to his son in person as the first century people in Israel did.

Did you know that God communicates with us through the Bible? He did this for an excellent reason too. Since personal experiences are subjective, God had his words written down by dedicated and trustworthy believers. These words were meticulously copied and fragments of unearthed parchments were compared for commonalities by scholars. This prevents misunderstandings and embellishments of his message by us fallible humans.

Jesus himself said in John 5:46 (KJV), "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me." And so did other Old Testament scribes write about Christ. But I'll write more about this another time.

God, through his prophets and kings, wrote that he can be found if, and only if, people seek him with pure motives. Proverbs 8:17 (KJV) says, "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me." By the way, the last part of this verse doesn't mean that whoever sleeps in won't find him. It means that our prime directive is to seek him first.

I could point out many more scripture verses regarding seeking the Lord but this blog would become too long. Suffice it to say that God wants people to seek him rather than them searching for reasons to deny his existence.

There was a time in my life when I rejected the Lord. Eventually, I realized that the malarkey I learned at an errant house church was wrong. Now I know God for who he really is. I wrote about this joyous discovery in my How I Was Razed book which is available through Amazon.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Is God Hiding From Us?



In light of my previous post, I'm sure somebody will ask me why God seems to be so hard to hear from. After all, he doesn't speak audibly to people as he did in the Old Testament days. Neither can we speak to his son in person as the first century people in Israel did.

Did you know that God communicates with us through the Bible? He did this for an excellent reason too. Since personal experiences are subjective, God had his words written down by dedicated and trustworthy believers. These words were meticulously copied and fragments of unearthed parchments were compared for commonalities by scholars. This prevents misunderstandings and embellishments of his message by us fallible humans.

Jesus himself said in John 5:46 (KJV), "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me." And so did other Old Testament scribes write about Christ. But I'll write more about this another time.

God, through his prophets and kings, wrote that he can be found if, and only if, people seek him with pure motives. Proverbs 8:17 (KJV) says, "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me." By the way, the last part of this verse doesn't mean that whoever sleeps in won't find him. It means that our prime directive is to seek him first.

I could point out many more scripture verses regarding seeking the Lord but this blog would become too long. Suffice it to say that God wants people to seek him rather than them searching for reasons to deny his existence.

There was a time in my life when I rejected the Lord. Eventually, I realized that the malarkey I learned at an errant house church was wrong. Now I know God for who he really is. I wrote about this joyous discovery in How I Was Razed, my book which is available through Amazon.com.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

What About Those Who Never Heard of Christ?

I wrote previously regarding Old Testament saints and how they were saved by placing their trust in God. But what of those people groups in distant lands who never heard of Jesus or even the Old Testament patriarchs? Isn't it unfair for God to expect that they place their faith in some one they never heard of?

The Apostle Paul made it quite clear to the Epicureans and Stoics that every group of people had enough information to know that God exists. One proof of this is humanity's propensity to worship. The Athenians even had an altar to an unknown god, just in case they missed a deity who would be offended by being overlooked.

Read what Luke recorded in Acts 17:26-27 (Bible in Basic English). "And he has made of one blood all the nations of men living on all the face of the earth, ordering their times and the limits of their lands, So that they might make search for God, in order, if possible, to get knowledge of him and make discovery of him, though he is not far from every one of us:"

Since this is so, everybody has the light of conscience. Creation also demonstrates that it was designed by an astonishingly wise creator.  Psalm 19:1-3 declares, ""The heavens are sounding the glory of God; the arch of the sky makes clear the work of his hands. Day after day it sends out its word, and night after night it gives knowledge. There are no words or language; their voice makes no sound."

Therefore, people are without an excuse.  As Paul noted in Acts 17:30-31, "Those times when men had no knowledge were overlooked by God; but now he gives orders to all men in every place to undergo a change of heart: Because a day has been fixed in which all the world will be judged in righteousness by the man who has been marked out by him for this work; of which he has given a sign to all men by giving him back from the dead. By "know knowledge," Paul meant scriptural revelation.

In light of what these verses teach, I'm writing a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? This is THEE most important question facing humanity and there's no going back after death to do life over again. I'm currently writing chapter two and hope to get it finished soon.