What some Christians may view as discouraging, other Christians see as opportunities to share God’s love and truth. Case in point: Yesterday morning, February 7, 2013, I received a comment on my ABOUT page from someone who chose to go by the name of ‘satan,’who said the following to me:

Capture Comment from satanI decided to devote a whole post to my reply to this person because of all I’d like to say, and because I’d also like to ask those of you who are Christians to please pray for this person.

I would also like to remind myself, as well as tell all of you who are Christians, to always remember how important it is to ‘make the most of every opportunity’ that God presents to us, and not to just dismiss comments such as these, or to reply in a manner that does not glorify the God whom we serve when we share the gospel with someone or when we expose spiritual deception that is taking place within the church with other believers. 

The truth we share with others will not always be understood or received.  Instead, the valid warnings and Biblical truth we share with unbelievers will be rejected many times, and we may be called divisive, judgmental, unloving, etc. by believers with whom we try to warn concerning what is taking place in the name of ‘Christianity’ today.  Okay, enough said; I think you ‘catch my drift.’  On with my reply to ‘this person’ after seeking God and praying that I will be led by His Holy Spirit to reveal truth from God’s Word to him/her…

Thank you for taking the time to make a comment, ‘satan.’  On the contrary. I am not “pushing people away from Christianity,” as you said in your comment, but rather away from what masquerades as true Christianity.  There is a vast difference between what many claim to be Christianity today, and true Biblical Christianity.  What I see (and what many other Christians see, as well) are men in ministry exalting themselves and their ministries, as well as one another and their ministries, instead of exalting Jesus Christ.  Some pastors seemed to have forgotten their most important role, and that is to make people realize that we are all lost sinners headed to a real place called hell, where one will burn in fire for all eternity.  Instead, they entertain the people who attend their churches with stories about themselves, and twist Bible verses to say things that God did not intend them to say, and they also use these verses in a way that will feed the sinful nature of those who attend their churches.

The ten commandments were given to us by God to show us what sin is, (Romans 3:20) so that we might realize our inability to live up to God’s standard of 100% perfection.  We can never be accepted by a completely holy God because we are all sinners.  Pastors who neglect to make that truth a prominent part of their messages will bring judgment upon themselves because they are failing to make the people who are listening to their message aware of their need of a Savior from their sins, and their need to repent — which means  they are to turn from their sins and turn to God.

Jesus said:  “No, I tell you; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Those of us who are true Bible believing, Jesus Christ following Christians, have not only the responsibility of warning others of the wrath of God that is coming upon those who reject the only provision that God has made for us so that we would not come under His deserved judgment, (which He did by sending His one and only Son — Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh — into this world to willingly die in our place and to take God’s wrath upon Himself that we rightly deserve for the sins we have committed), but also the privilege of sharing the ‘good news,’ which is the gospel of God’s grace and mercy.  1) God’s grace, because we can receive what we don’t deserve –God’s complete forgiveness for all of our sins, and cleansing of the guilt of our sins that weighs heavily upon our conscience by being willing to turn from sin and placing our trust in the fact that Jesus paid our debt to sin in full when He died in our place on the cross, and arose from the dead, and 2) God’s mercy, because we will not receive what we do deserve because of our sins, and that is death and separation from God and eternal torment in hell! (Matthew 25:41)

These are the important things that are missing from many of the sermons and so-called ‘revivals’ of today, and what motivates me in part to speak out, and why you may see me (and possibly others) as “pushing people away from Christianity.” I am warning Christians, as other Christians are doing who are concerned about what we see taking place in the name of ‘Christianity’ today, because I/we care about people.  We do not want to see Christians — as well as other people — led astray because they may walk into a church where a pastor seeks to meet their felt-needs, rather than to plead with these people to be reconciled to God, as His Word shows us that we as Christians are to do. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Those of us who are true Christians also need to expose spiritual deception that Satan and his demons are attempting to bring into the church (1 Timothy 4:1) as mystical experiences (which I will also be writing about on my blog in the future, Lord willing) that claim to draw us closer to God, but in fact will cause one to encounter the demonic realm, and be led into spiritual deception instead.

It grieves me to have to speak about pastors who promote these things and those who fail to preach the gospel that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), but in God’s Word, the Bible, we are shown of many who exposed false teachers, and we are to do likewise.  We as Bible believing Christians are also to warn other Christians of the importance of testing the words and actions of men (and women) who claim to speak for God, against the truth of God’s Word.  (Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

Not knowing what you may have been through in life, I can only assume that you must have been hurt or deeply disappointed by someone close to you, and therefore have chosen to reject Christianity, blaming God for the hurt you may have been through because of this person’s selfishness and sin against you, and you may have chosen the name ‘satan’ to reflect your hurt, as well as your anger and rebellion against the God who created you, rather than cry out to Him for His help as many of us have done in the midst of our pain that comes to all of us as we walk through this road called life. 

The only other choice is that you are one of the many who have decided to act as if there is no God to whom we will be held accountable to for the choices we make during our lives.  Many do so in an attempt to silence the guilt for sin, so they can continue in their sin that may be pleasurable for a brief moment, but in just a matter of time it will bring guilt and consequences that will bring destruction into our lives, and will sadly devastate many others, as well.

Turning to God is not a sign of weakness, but rather a humbling of one’s self to admit our inability to solve the problems in our lives, as well as to acknowledge Him as Creator and Lord, and to admit that we are sinners so that we may also receive His love and forgiveness that He freely offers to us through receiving the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  He gave His life willingly, (John 10:18) and willingly we must come to Him, because God does not force His love upon us.

He is Creator and Lord,  whether we will admit that or not, and one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, whether one chooses to do that on this earth or not.

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:5-11)

I pray that God will open your mind and prepare your heart to receive His truth presented in the following Scriptures, and that His Word will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sends it, and that you will one day come to grasp and to receive His love and forgiveness. 

God bless you, whoever you are, and whatever your real name may be. I will be praying for you.

VERSES FOR YOU THAT RELATE TO WHAT I SHARED WITH YOU:

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”            (Colossians 1:19)

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.  After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.  So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs.  For to which of the angels did God ever say,  “You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.” ?  “But about the Son He says,  “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of Your kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:1-5, 8)

“The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life–only to take it up again.  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord.”           (John 10:17,18)

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:17-19)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”    (Proverbs 16:25)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men.”   (2 Corinthians 5:11) 

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.  So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”                                             (2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son of God will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. (John 3:36)

“We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which He has given about His Son.  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have life.  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.” (1 John 5:9-13)

“Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them.  Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?  Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear bad fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.  Not everyone who says to Me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’  will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me on that day,  ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly,  ‘I never knew you.  Away from Me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:15-23)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.  Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.  For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment, if He did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)–if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.  (2 Peter 2:1-10)

“Then He will say to those on His left,  ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41)

“But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body has power to throw you into hell.” (Luke 12:5)

“…hell, where the fire never goes out.”  “…and be thrown into hell, where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’  (Mark 9:43,47,48)

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only  Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict:  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”  (John 3:16-21)

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)

“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report, or letter supposed to have come from us, saying the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for [that day will not come] until that rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple proclaiming himself to be God.  Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?  And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.  For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.  The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

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