Ever heard any of the following?
Do we have any respect for what God actually did for us?
Do we really think He doesn't care if we stop sinning or not?
Do we really think He made us the way we are and wants us to go with our fleshly lusts and just do what feels good?
If we think that way; have we ever actually read the Bible? And if we have, how do we justify ignoring so many places in scripture that prove this attitude is wrong?
If we really believe that, then what would be the reason for God having to die in our place, as the penalty for our sin?
I mean, if He can just ignore sin and doesn't even really have a problem with it, then He wouldn't have had to die at all. He could just take us all to heaven and "love us as we are" without having to do that.
Isn't that logical? Doesn't that sound true?
So why, then, did He become a man and die in our place?
Yes, He did make you that way for a reason. He made us with free will and put us in this "Matrix movie" like environment where we can't see anything but this material existence so He could find those who are willing to give up pride, lust, etc., and turn to Him in obedience and love.
He did it so He could separate us and make a people for Himself that will love Him for eternity.
He did it so those that don't love Him won't understand and He won't take them with Him into the next part of His plan.
The Lord created everything for His good pleasure.
Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
He's growing His crop, so to speak.
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Matt 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net , that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
He's allowing the bad seed to grow with the good seed in order to save as much of the good as possible.
Matt 13:24 The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares ? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares , ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares , and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Remember that sin changed things...
Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
And this is why the world is corrupt and dying!
Hosea 4:2-3 You make vows and break them; you kill and steal and commit adultery. There is violence everywhere, one murder after another. That is why your land is in mourning, and everyone is wasting away. Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea are disappearing.
He is making a people for Himself, to dwell with forever!
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying , neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Acts 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
Matt 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Remember His promises and remember the knowledge we have and where our hope lies within us.
1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord .
1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Jesus questions why we would not obey Him...
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
If we love God, and profess to know Him, why wouldn't we obey Him?
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
If you have read the entire Bible even once, you know that pride and lust are the main things that cause men to fall and the biggest things that keep us from turning to God with all our heart! Don't let pride or lust get in the way of obeying the first and greatest commandment (Love God)!
If we love the Lord, we should be humble, and we should HATE EVIL!
Ps 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil...
Prov 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil : pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Strange thing about the "Christian" church today, and the world as a whole. It seems that sexual sin doesn't exist any more, with the exception of Adultery (even though many, many people commit this crime every day and think nothing of it) and prostitution (but not so much a big deal any more), and rape or pedophilia.
With the exception of those extremes, people consider fornication and even gay sex as “normal”, and today if you are an adult virgin it's considered strange or abnormal.
God doesn't take it so lightly, however. God is very much against sex, any sex, outside of marriage.
He considers modesty and virtue a very precious thing.
Prov 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
1 Tim 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
God speaks of adultery and fornication over 100 times in the Bible.
Over 100 times! When God considers something important He speaks of it several times in His word. He considers sexual sin so important and so vile that He speaks of it over and over and over.
We're warned over and over in the New Testament to abstain from and FLEE FORNICATION!
1 Cor 6:18 Flee fornication...
Definition of fornication:
Websters dictionary: consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other
KJV - fornication = (Greek) NT:4202 porneia (por-ni'-ah); from NT:4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest)
Definition of harlotry:
1- sexual profligacy :prostitution
2- an unprincipled or immoral woman
To God, sex outside of marriage is akin to prostitution!
We shouldn't even keep company with someone who professes Jesus Christ and is a fornicator!
1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Do not be deceived!!! Adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites and fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God! They will not be saved!
1 Cor 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God - NKJV
When the Apostles considered what should be told to the Gentiles certain Jews were trying to subvert Gentile converts of the Goslpel into obeying the Law of Moses, they brought up fornication as equally bad as eating meat offered to idols!
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication
God considers adultery to be so bad that it's the only valid reason for divorce and remarriage:
Matt 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery...
God warns that Sodom and Gomorrha are made an example to us of what happens when people give themselves over to sexual sin, fornication and homosexuality!
Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
God hates sexual sin!!! He absolutely hates it!
If you call yourself a Christian, you should hate it too!
Yes, Jesus died for our sin, in our place, and we should have a huge respect for that! I mean, do we lightly accept that God, the Almighty God, became a man and died a horrible death in our place? Really??? That doesn't humble us and make us love Him for what He did?
Hab 1:13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness.
You understand that God can't even look at us when we're sinning? He can't stand it! It's evil and He hates it!
Take a look at these scriptures:
Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination
Ezek 22:11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law;
Deut 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Deut 25:13 Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Prov 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
1 Cor 6:18 Flee fornication . Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
God hates sin, and so should we!
Ps 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil...
Prov 6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids .
Prov 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
Prov 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
Yes, this includes pornography and lusting after anyone who is not your spouse!
Matt 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Read this passage from Romans 1 and really, really pay attention to what it says.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man - and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. - NKJV
Is everything really ok? Do we just live how we want because Christ died for our sins? Anything is ok because Jesus loves us just the way we are?
God forbid! No no no no no NO!!!
Hebrews 10:23-31 tells us that if we do that, we're trampling under foot the Son of God! We're despising His grace!
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Do Not Sin!
1 John 2:15 Love not the world , neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Gal 5:19 The lusts of the flesh are:
Uncleanness (impurity; physical or moral)
Lasciviousness (lacking moral restraints; especially sexual)
Variance (quarreling or contentious)
Seditions (disunion; controversy and uprising)
Heresies (going against God)
Revelings (letting loose)
DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
If you love God, abstain from fleshly lusts!
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If you are Christ's you must crucify your fleshly lusts.
1 Thess 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Walk continually with God, keeping your mind on Him throughout every day, walking in the Spirit and praying without ceasing...
For more information, see the following pages:
What does it mean to love God?
What does it mean to love my neighbor? And what is sin, really?
How should Christians live their lives?