Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Word of Warning

“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his

neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that

without remedy. .” Prov. 29:1

You have broken God’s laws and ignored his warnings. You are guilty, the wages for your sins are eternal damnation in hell under the wrath of an angry God. But God has done a very special thing that you and I don’t deserve. Two thousand years ago God sent His only begotten son who did no sin, to take your punishment for you. (John 3:16) But it’s God’s way or no way. You can not makes deals with God. He already laid down the ground rules. The forefathers would shake with holy fear as they preached the law of God. Today we have at ease preachers telling people awe God would not hurt a fly. He is all love! You must also remember that He is not only love, He is holy, and righteous. No sin can enter His presence. We cry for an outpouring of His Spirit, do we really know what we are asking for? Revival will come with a price.

One thing I know, this generation has no fear of God, and the preachers in the land should not only feel ashamed, but should weep for all the souls we have hardened by our luke warm fuzzy preaching. God word says that in times of ignorance God winked at sin, but now He commands all to repent. Acts 17:30

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at;

but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

The Word says that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Heb. 13:8 He has not changed nor has his outlook on sin changed.

Psalms 34:9, 103:11, 115:13, Proverbs 1:7, 8:13, 9:10, 10:27

When a man fears God he will turn from his sin, when a man does not fear God he will be lenient with sin. This is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ, to change us. Not Him! God sent His Son to make us more like Him. Not so that God would be more like us. Yet this is what most churches seem to be saying by the way they preach. Paul tells us that we can cleanse ourselves from our sinful behavior and walk in holiness if we fear God.

“Having therefore these promises, dearly

beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

2 Corinthians 7:1

I hear so many “Christians” say in regard to their sin, well when God is ready to deliver me from this habit, or this sin He will. God was ready two thousand years ago when He let His Son be crucified on a bloody cross. You need to wake up. God has given you everything you need to walk in holiness. You are deceiving yourself, by walking in deception. If you would spend more time in your the Word and less time in front of your television watching filth, you would have power over all sin. How is it that self proclaimed “Christians” can say they love Jesus and then sit infront of that television and watch the very things that put their Savior on that tree. Do you think their are two Jesus’es a holy one at church and a less holy one at home, that likes to sit and watch Sinfeld crack dirty jokes and brag about his sexual conquests? And then when they crack a funny (dirty) little joke you grin and think it was cute. We say we want the world to be saved but, we are to tide up in our lives to give a flip about are neighbor down the street. Listen God is Holy, and history proves He will not tolerate sin.

We tell the homosexual that God loves him. I would like to know what God you serve? My God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in Gen. 19, He also destroyed the Egyptian Army Exodus 14, and don’t forget the flood where he destroyed the whole earth with water. Genesis 6. This was the God of the Old Testament, and according to Heb. 13:8 He is the God of the New Testament. God would like to save homosexuals, but not in their sins, but from their sins.

Look at the book of Acts, not only was God doing awesome signs and wonders and healing all kinds of people, but He was also judging sin. Look at Ananias and Sapphira when they lid to the Lord, actually they lied to Peter and Peter told them that they did not lie to Him but to the Holy Ghost. (Acts 5:1-11) Notice that in the last verse it says; “And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. There was the fear of the Lord, in the early church.

What about Simon the sorcerer? He tried to buy the Holy Spirit and Peter told him that he was on his way to hell. He told him he better repent because he was still basically a child of the devil. (Acts 8:18-24) He said this to a professed believer. O we could never judge anyone. Spineless is what we have become. Luke warm and compromising, God wake us before it’s to late. What about a man called Elymas, he withstood Paul and the Word says the hand of the Lord made him blind. (Acts 13:8-12) It was God’s hand not satan that did this to the man. What about Herod as soon as he was done giving his brag season an angel of the Lord smote him and he was eaten up by worms and died. (Acts 12:19-24)

Charles Finney in the early revivals speaks of times when he even saw the mighty judgements of God fall: “At Rome, N.Y., several years ago a great revival occurred, the power of which rocked and rent the stout hearts of many sinners, as the forest trees are rocked and rent by a tornado; but with it came some awful judgments revealing another form of the mighty hand of God. There were in that place a small class of hard drinkers who seemed determined to resist every call from God to repent. On the Sabbaths they would get together for drinking and reveling. On one of these occasions, one of their number suddenly fell down dead. Mr. Gillett, pastor of the church in that place, hastened to the spot, found the fallen man yet warm, but actually dead; and turning to the surrounding company of his associates, said, “There who of you can doubt that this man has gone right down to hell!” This case made a deep and thrilling impression.

Another man, a famous apostate from a profession of religion, greatly opposed the revival. All at once God smote him with madness, and in his insane ravings he sought to take his own life. Men by turns had to watch him and restrain him by violence from committing suicide. Ere long he died a most horrid death and awful warning to hardened apostates of their impending doom! So God tries to reform and save guilty men.”

(Charles Finney - The Self-Hardening Sinner’s Doom)

Here is another example of Gods judgement fallen on individuals. In one of Maria Woodworth Etters meetings a man was “making sport of the works of God, and saying awful things about [her], and the power” all at once “fell to the to the ground, a helpless man, stricken with paralysis.” Ron McIntosh - The Quest for Revival

Once during a John G. Lake meeting; “two young sisters came to scoff and disrupt a service. Without warning, one of the women fell down as though she were dead. The other sister quickly approached Lake, saying, “Man of God, we have sinned, but forgive us and restore my sister.” Lake prayed for the woman, and she was raised to life instantly. Needless to say, both women immediately were converted.” Ron McIntosh - The Quest for Revival

God’s word tells us that we must call on Him, confess and turn from all known sin. (Acts 3:19) Jesus will give you the power to leave your old life. He will create a new life in you. But do not wait until tomorrow to get right with God, you might wake up in hell tomorrow. There are many who thought they could do it later, only to find out it was too late:

“Suddenly Cut Off.”- In Berrien Co., Michigan, there was a number of giddy scoffers. One night they went to a revival meeting. They hastened and got ahead of a load of Christians, and then to tease them, drove very slowly. At the meeting they continued to trifle. On the way home they repeated their former conduct, more blasphemous than before; sporting and praying in mockery. Little did they dream that sudden vengeance, from an insulted God, like the crashing of a thunderbolt, quickly would fall upon one of their derisive number! Within a week he was in the woods with a companion in sin, and a bullet crashed through his brain and he fell a corpse.

Truly, “Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the backs of fools.” -Rev. J.E. Arney (Revival Kindlings-by Rev. Martin Wells Knapp)

“Hell Already Begun.- Salvation’s day with the dying man was nearly done. He had lived Christless and now was dying hopeless. Friends hoped for the best, but as they listened they were almost stupefied with horror. “I feel,” said the dying man, “the flames of hell are gathering round me now. I’m lost! I’m lost! I’m lost!” No one present could but feel the truth of God’s word that hell from beneath is moved to meet the wicked at their coming.-Rev. J. Steffee. (Revival Kindlings-

by Rev. Martin Wells Knapp)

“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his

neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without

remedy.” Prov. 29:1

“What AWarning!- One night at a revival meeting a young lady was urged to repent. “I will seek God tomorrow night,” she replied. The next evening her mother found that she intended on going to a ball, and entreated her not to go. She replied, “I will go if I die,” and went upstairs to dress. Her beau soon called for her. She was

called but did not reply. Her mother went up to her room, found her sitting before the mirror, her lifeless hand

placing a bow in her hair, for she was a corpse. She lost the dance, her life and her soul. Oh, to be a year too late, or a month too late, is to be forever too late, and forever lost. Prepare now to meet thy God.-Sel.” (Revival Kindlings-by Rev. Martin Wells Knapp)

“A Duke of Buckingham, professed atheist, confessed as he died: “I sported with the holy name of heaven. Now I am haunted by remorse, and, I fear, forsaken by God.” (Last Words of Saints and Sinners - Herbert Lockyer)

“Kay, the infidel was the one who cried at the end: “Hell! Hell! Hell!” His family could not stand his groans and oaths and fled from the room until he was dead.” (Last Words of Saints and Sinners - Herbert Lockyer)

“J.H. Huksley, professer and agnostic had a nurse record these last words as he looked up at the nurse standing by him and with trembling eyes he says; “So it is true” and then he died. (In sermon by Steve Hill called “Take Your Pick” - Brownsville Assembly of God Fla.)

Sir Francis Newport who ridiculed Christianity, is quoted as saying these terrifying words on his death bed; while all his atheist friends gathered around him. “You need not tell me there is no God, for I know now there is one, and that I am in His angry presence. You need not tell me there is no Hell for I have already felt my soul slipping into its fires. You retches seance your idle talk about there being hope for me I know I am lost forever. And then he died.” (In sermon by Steve Hill called “Take your pick” -Brownsville Assembly of God Fla.)

John Bean (a Christian turned infidel was a young man still in collage when he had a horrible accident, that put him on his death bed. His parents and classmates recorded these last words: “Oh mother, mother give me some water to quench this fire that is burning me to death.” Then he tore his hair and rent his breast. Then

again he cried, Oh mother save me the devils have come after me. O mother take me in your arms and do not let them have me. And his mother drew near to him he buried his face in that fond bosom which had nourished and cherished him. For he turned from her and with an unearthly voice he shrieked father, mother, father save me

they come to drag my soul, my soul to hell. And with his eyes darting from their sockets he fell back upon his bed a corpse.” (Exerpts taken from -Earnest Christian Sept. 1867)

Are you ready to go to hell? A place where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched.

“Put your finger into that candle: can you bear it even for one minute? How then will you bear hell fire?” Surely it would be torment enough to have the flesh burned off from only one finger. What then will it be, to have the whole body plunged into a lake of fire burning with brimstone!” John Wesley

Will you this day put off your salvation? Are you ready to meet God? Death will one day take us out. With every heartbeat we are racing closer and closer to the Judgement. Are you ready? Many people think they will have time. But death waits for no one. April 20th, 1999 in Littleton, Co. two students shot and killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher; and 21 other students were wounded. Then these two committed suicide.

None of these people knew that day they were on on their way to the Judgment. Many had planned what they were going to do after school. Many had even made plans for the weekend. Then without warning, they were standing before the Judgment. 9/11 the same thing happened. These people went to work thinking they were going to put their 8 hours in and go home and enjoy their families. That day many dads didn’t come home. That day, many mothers never picked up their kids at school.

Many people put all kinds of money, effort and planning in a vacation. Many will put all kinds of planning in your death and burial. Many will prepare and get ready for competitions and sports events. But not very many will put forth the effort, nor the preparation for where they will spend eternity. Heaven or Hell, where are you headed? Many people flatter themselves by saying they will never go to hell. Yet all they have to keep them from going, is some new age guru or their traditions and fables that have been handed down from generation to generation. When you invest in life insurance don’t you read the policy over before you sign? Well before you’re on your death bed don’t you think it would be wise to read your Bible for yourself and see what it says?

If you put off what you can do today you might not ever have another chance to call on God. You might, as those already mentioned, cry out tomorrow for God’s mercy and find none. God will forgive you if you sincerely and wholeheartedly tell Him you’re sorry and turn from all known sin and then serve Him as Lord of your life. Don’t cry that you can’t live for Him when you watch movies with sex and profanity in it. You put garbage in, you will get garbage out. The Bible warns

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” Psalm 1:1

God says He will give you power over all sin. (Luke 10:19 / Rom. 6:22)

“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and

your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would

none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. “ Prov. 1:24-32

“Have we not seen many sinners on our right and our left cut off in their sins? And what but the tender mercy of God hath spared us week after week, month after month, and given us space for repentance? What shall we render unto the Lord for all his patience and long suffering, even to this day? How often have we incurred the sentence of condemnation by our repeated rebellion against God. And yet we are still alive in his presence

and are hearing the words of hope and salvation.” DR. Watts

How many times have you encouraged yourself to sin against God, on the presumption, that all you have to do when you are done is say your sorry. Many of us have flattered ourselves by saying, if I do this sin, God will forgive me, when I ask. Do we think God will be better than His own word? “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” It’s time to make up our minds. This could be our last call from God. Some of you are wondering if it’s already to late. The very fact that you are reading this book is proof that God is not through with you. Jesus said: “No man can come unto me unless the Father draws Him.” If you are concerned about your walk with God, this is a good sign. But don’t push your luck!

Do not put it off one more day. If a man really loves God he will not only obey Him but will want to worship Him. If you have no desire to see others saved, nor the desire to just praise him in private, chances are really high that you are not saved. If you can find time to learn about world events, yet you have no time to learn God’s word, chances are high you are not saved. A true Christian loves God’s word. Check yourself make sure you’re in the faith.

“Depression may result from the inward suggestion that sin has been committed for which forgiveness has not been obtained. In serious cases the sufferer may believe that he has been guilty of “the unpardonable sin”...for if anyone has crossed “the deadline” of divine grace, there would be no inward concern about it. Conviction comes from the working of the Spirit of God, who in such a situation would have withdrawn from the heart and mind, Suggestion to the mind that the unpardonable sin has been committed is repeatedly the cause of mental depression. It can be pointed out to the patient that if that sin had been actually committed, there would be no conscience of it because the Holy Spirit would

have withdrawn.”... John A. Macmillan

“If God had given you up, and withdrawn His spirit, you would have no desire for Him.”

John A. Macmillen

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:15-18

“Too many have promised themselves a quiet time before they leave the world, when they could turn their face to the wall and confess their sins; but how few have found that time of silence! Don’t men drop dead in the streets—yes, even in the church pew? Don’t they die at their places of employment? And when death is gradual, it offers only a feeble time for repentance.

Many a Christian has said on his death bed, “O! if I had to now seek my God; if I had to now cry to Him for mercy, what would become of me? The pain of death is enough, without the agony of repentance. It is enough to have the body tortured with the often pains of death, without having the soul torn with sorrow.” Sinners! God said, “Today, if you hear my voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Furthermore; the repentance described here as being absolutely necessary is a sincere repentance. It is not a phony tear; it is not hanging out the banner of grief, while you have frivolity in your hearts; it is not having a bright light within, and closing all the blinds on the windows by a pretended repentance. It is the putting out the party candles in the heart; it is sorrow of soul, which is true repentance. A man may renounce every outward sin, and yet not really repent. True repentance, is a turning of the heart, as well as of the life; it is the giving up of the whole soul to God, to be His forever and ever; it is a renunciation of the sins of the heart, as well as the corruptions of the life.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“A man may be in God’s favour though he feel sin; but not if he yields to it. Having sin does not forfeit the favour of God; giving way to sin does. Though the flesh in you “lust against the Spirit,” you may still be a child of God; but if you “walk after the flesh,” you are a child of the devil. Now this doctrine does not encourage to obey sin, but to resist it with all our might.” John Wesley

“Are we still watching movies with profanity, nudity and glorified violence? In Jesus we are dead to all that! Are we still lying, cheating, or walking in bitterness, pride or greed? That nature was nailed to a tree! “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (Col. 3:8). The Scripture says must.” Michael L. Brown - How Saved Are We?”