Vol. II Number 22 June 14, 1998
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world 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 that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
There are many who feel that there is a difference between sins. They think that it is OK to take a 5¢ piece of candy from a store. They feel that is not really ``stealing'', look at the little monetary value. Or look at someone who thinks that if something isn't locked and secured, it is theirs for the taking. All of these instances are causes to keep you out of heaven. For the Bible stipulates that, ``Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.'' There are many who feel that God will understand, and absolve them. They feel that because of perceived ``circumstances'', that what they do is not really wrong. They feel that the store owner won't miss a 5¢ piece of candy so that is not really stealing. Conversely, they also see that taking something that is not locked as an ``opportunity'' for them. All of these instances will likely land you in the lake of fire rather than entering into the glories of heaven.
Another example is the telling of a ``white'' lie. There is no such thing as a ``white'' lie. All lies come from hell and are authored by Satan. No matter how small you perceive the lie to be, it still has its birthplace in the pits of hell. God is not mocked or deceived by what you sincerely think. He looks at all of the works and judges. He sees the lies for what they really are. He sees the deception for what it really is.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
There are many who call themselves Christian that are dangling over the pits of hell for their sins, which they perceive as not sin. They think that their wickedness is not wickedness, for they have excused it away with vain excuses. They think that God understands and forgives all things and thieves, liars and etc. will be welcome into heaven. They think that because the sin is ``so minor'', that there really isn't any sin. Also they are under the assumption that they may be actually ``helping'' the person that they are telling the ``white'' lie to. The Bible doesn't differentiate between categories of lies. All lies originate from the father of liars. And Satan is the father of all liars!
44 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.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
As Jesus was talking to his very own people, they were accusing him of being a child of fornication and the such. Though they saw all of the miracles, they could not hear or see who Jesus was, for they were really the children of Satan. There are many that call themselves Christian who live for and serve the lusts of the flesh. They are living a lie for they are really of their father the devil. They have concept that they are really wicked and are doing wrong. The children of Satan do the deeds of their father. They tell lies and say they are really ``white'' lies. They take items that don't belong to them. They feel that if it is available, it is theirs for the taking.
If you have succumbed to these lies, now is the time to repent and turn from your wicked ways. Now is the time to flee from the lake of fire and run to the arms of Jesus. The day and the hour draws near that the wicked are going to be judged by their works.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The flames of hell are at the feet of all those who choose to follow the ways of Satan. The flames of hell are licking at the feet of all liars, deceivers, thieves, and the such no matter how small their offence is. Is an eternity in the flames of hell worth enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season? Eternity is knocking at your door. Will Jesus see someone whom he will welcome into heaven? Or will Jesus see a child of Satan who believes that he is a Christian?
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