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The Dead Have a Tale to Tell – Part II

I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura

The Drug Known as Thrill Seeking

He may have life insurance, but he may not have life assurance.

He may have life insurance, but he may not have life assurance.

Escapism is not Confined to the Thrill Seekers

First things first; there is nothing glorious in the death of one without Christ. At times, the outward evidence of one about to die is anything but glorious. Every one of us who has been present with one passing from this life without hope, has both seen and heard the terror consuming the one dying to this world. Again, they know at that moment that eternity is beckoning ... and they are not ready. Also, a strange phenomenon appears quite often when one passes in terror … the word ‘God’ is uttered both passionately and sometimes often. Now, what about those who seemingly pass with an air of confidence?

Isaac Asimov, author, humanist, evolutionary biologist, and an enemy of Christianity; ergo, God made a very telling statement just prior to death. He is to have said concerning his approaching death was one of ridicule of God and eternity. He was pleased that there was no god, being that he was a staunch evolutionist and that he could think of nothing more boring than to sit around all day on a cloud, playing a harp. He was a perfect example of one whose heart was hardened by his belief in evolution. We cannot hold evolution itself as being the source of his hardened heart, for it is God that hardens the heart of whom he so chooses. [Romans 9:18] Do you realize that likely 90% of Christendom does not believe or know that the Word teaches that God hardens hearts as he sees fit. Fellow evolutionists were emboldened by Asimov’s last words for ... hardening of the heart can be contagious. As Ken Ham once stated, evolution is an attempt to scientifically justify rebellion against God. The vast majority of those whose hearts have been hardened by God are the result of religion; cultic or mainstream, it makes no difference.

Easy Worship?

How exciting and how unbiblical is the majority of 'religious' gatherings.

How exciting and how unbiblical is the majority of 'religious' gatherings.

The Religious Enigma

Religion is a strange beast as it comes in more forms than one could imagine and is found virtually in every corner of the world. Many religions are based upon the love of nature, philosophies of specific individuals or cultures and of course, the worship of demons. A common doctrine with many of these are that the dead are significant to their lives and worship in the here and now. Only Christendom, Judaism, and Islam are centered upon the God of creation and common among these is that there are great disagreements among themselves as individual groups. For discussion, I will only address Christendom.

Years ago, I remember a quote from J. Vernon Mcgee in that he thanked God for the cults as it got the riffraff out of the Church. Sadly, what he did not address was the fact that the ‘cult less’ churches still included many hard-hearted unbelievers. Fake Christians are just as contagious as those who have followed a life of thrill seeking, science is the answer, fame, power, drugs, mammon, or the cults. When Jesus stated that when two agree or two or three gather, they have the Father’s full attention. [Matthew 18:19-20] Today’s churches have changed the formula to be hundreds or thousands which has opened the door for religious converts to both attend and lead the gatherings. Very akin to having the prisoners run the prison.

The problem is that true disciples of our Lord are being dumbed down by association. When the Word in 2 Corinthians 6:17 commands, yes, it is a command to come out from among being unequally yoked with unbelievers [see verse 14]. Those churches which invite the world into their midst are directly disobeying God’s command. They have replaced the Word with man’s logic and today’s churches have become nearly powerless. They have become 501(c)3 corporations with the leadership being the executives, all with an attitude that bigger is better. Most attendees are comfortable with it being a social club that comes with the ‘Get Out of Hell’ card for those faithful to the organization.

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Missing in Action, Sound Doctrine

Who needs a bible, when what is being proffered is not supported by Sound Doctrine!

Who needs a bible, when what is being proffered is not supported by Sound Doctrine!

The Problems Within Christendom and a Solution

Heresy is the first of the problems. Anyone teaching that which is contrary to the Word of God, technically is practicing heresy. Many of today’s preaching and doctrinal statements that govern most gatherings and denominations are not deliberate, unforgiveable heresy, but error produced by teaching and preaching what they have been taught. It is not what they have learned from personal diligent study of the Word. Today’s seminaries are a major reason that which is being proffered in most churches is shallow and worldly. It is not aimed at equipping the saints ‘for the work of the ministry’ [Ephesians 4:12] but to not offend the worldly who have been invited into their gatherings. The work of the Gospel has been taken from the disciples and given to the professional holy men who themselves are no more than converts. Seminaries have become ‘pastor’ factories, unleashing upon the world young men, contrary to 1 Timothy 3:6, trained to think and reason like their favorite professors. Too many of today’s churches are not about the Gospel but about being in the business of religion. Many of those who attend are depending upon their association with the church of their choice, as their ticket to heaven. Many will hear our Saviour’s reply when they cry out Lord, Lord on the last day … I never knew you.

Heretics are a dime a dozen and to the watchful eye, are easy to discern. Those who have been blinded by the God of this world [2 Corinthians 4:3-4] search for the ones who tickle their ears; telling them exacting what they want to hear. Even many converts know a heretic when they see one, but many excel in hiding their true nature and thus capture the simpleton into their web of deceit. These wolves are those who presume upon the Word, both adding and taking away from scriptures for their personal benefit. Whether it be for fame, fortune, or both, their eternal estate is settled, for they have committed the unforgivable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Word we have before us today and Revelation 22:18-19 describes both the offense and the punishment.

The solution is simple – come out from among – but old habits die hard. The relaxed atmosphere, the pleasant fellowship of the crowds and in many respects, no accountability. Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together ...but exhorting one another … as ye see the day approaching.” Jesus stated, where two or three gather, not hundreds, for he knew that unsaved company corrupts that which God has given to his own. As we see the day of the Lord coming, the need for the company of other true believers will grow exponentially. Stop playing church and seek out those of like mind who love the Word of God and above all else, desire to please our God in everything.

The Spiritually Dead Cannot Raise Themselves from the Dead

The spiritually dead need a resurrection of their spirit by God alone.

The spiritually dead need a resurrection of their spirit by God alone.

A Final Note from the Dead

All of mankind was born spiritually dead, meaning that there is nothing you can do to resurrect yourself from the dead. It is God and God alone that can take one who is spiritually dead and make them alive in Christ. Church attendance, following the dictates of the doctrines of one’s denomination or gathering, water baptism, good works, abstinence, and anything else one might think as being important to their eternal destination are worthless without God’s transforming work within one’s life. God must remove your stony cold dead heart and replace it with a heart of flesh and place a new Spirit within you. [Ezekiel 11:19] For as it is written in 2 Corinthians 5:17 we are a new creation; whatever we were before does not exist in God’s eyes. No one born into this world has any desire for God [Romans 3:10-12] therefore the Father changes our hellbent direction by drawing us to the Savior. [John 6:44,65] Our Lord makes us accepted in the beloved and seals us with the Holy Spirit of promise. [Ephesians 1:6,13-14] Those of us who know him intimately as Savior, also know that Jesus is more than able to keep us from falling and present us with great joy, to himself, faultless. [Jude 24]

The dead in hell who once depended on their own righteousness know this to be the Truth. As the rich man in hell desired a warning to his brothers but was rebuked by Abraham when he said, if they do not believe what Moses and the prophets said of Christ, no one will ever believe ‘though one rose from the dead.’ When judgment comes, every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

May God richly bless the reader and encourage us to seek one another that we may truly provoke one another to love and good works as the return of Christ for his bride draws ever so near.

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