Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rest In Peace?

Rest in Peace?

This is a very controversial and sensitive subject for many. We all have family members and friends who have passed away. I tried my best to be sensitive and compassionate, but most importantly biblical. I can't tell half-truths and pretty little lies for the sake of being non-offensive. At the end of the day, God is the supreme authority and  final judge of where everyone will spend their eternal fate.

Our Facebook, instagram, and twitter timelines are constantly filled with "Rest in peace,I'll see you in Heaven."  Does everyone who die go to Heaven? Sadly, everyone isn't resting in peace. If they haven't been born again they're not in Heaven. If they haven't made peace with God through Jesus Christ on earth, there is no peace after death. 150,000 people die a day around the world. Death is a subject that we don't like to think about but it's a reality. We are a people who are so focused about NOW. We are so focused on our career, degree, relationship, marriage, sex, concerts, shopping, turning up, and vacations. We have wedding plans, post graduate plans, vacation plans, baby shower plans but what are our plans for eternity? The reality is everyone on this earth has an appointed day to die. (Hebrews 9:27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment) Our life is but a vapor, we're here today gone tomorrow. Many people, especially young people think that we have life all planned out. We will party and sin it up until we get older then we'll get saved when we get old. Then many of us think we'll live our whole lives rebelling against God then on our deathbed we'll repeat a prayer and be accepted into Heaven. Who says that we'll even make it to be old? YOLO right? Wrong! We will live forever, either in hell or heaven. We must forget that God knows everything. Our heart, intentions and motives. God shows mercy to whom He chooses but I wouldn't want to plan to live my whole life rejecting God, ignoring every person He sends to share the gospel with me, then on my deathbed "try to accept Him!" 

I don't talk about hell as a fear tactic and try to "scare people." I talk about hell because it is the reality of where unrepentant sinners who have not been born again and trusted in Christ alone for salvation will go. There is no way to "scare" people to live for Christ anyway. Our relationship with Christ is driven by love not by fear. I live for God because I love Him not because I'm afraid to go to hell. I'm definitely not one of those people who go around saying everyone is going to hell because they're not like me or for stuff that they added on that's not in the bible!

Do good people go to Heaven?

God doesn't grade on a curve. It doesn't matter how much "moral" we are than others.It doesn't matter if we are a better person than someone else. It doesn't matter if we go to church, volunteer, give to the poor, and try to do good things. At the end of our lives,God won't weigh our "good" & "bad" works on a scale and if your "good" outweighs the bad you'll make it to Heaven. The "good" things we do won't erase our sins. There is NONE good, there is no way to earn our way to God/Heaven. We were all born in sin and separated from God and there is nothing good in us that can please God. {Romans 8:8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.}

Who doesn't go to Heaven?
I know that most of you won't ever hear this preached at the funerals you attend or from the average pulpit in America. Most of these "preachers" preach everybody and their mama into Heaven. Sadly, more preachers are concerned with numbers than souls. They are more concerned with you liking them and coming to their church than for you to get offended and leave because of the unpopular truth that they tell you. I love people so much and care more about their souls than if they like me or not. I was once lost,separated from God because of my sins, and on the way to hell too. What kind of person would I be to keep my mouth closed? What kind of person would I be to give you false assurance when you're damned? The bible clearly tells us who won't go to heaven:

1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Galatians 5:19-21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Heaven is a placed for people who loved God on earth. Those who TRULY lived for Him, love Him, served Him, gave up everything to live for Him and sacrificed themselves for Him on earth. Why would anyone who didn't even live for God on earth want to spend an eternity with a God they don't know? Heaven isn't what you see on tv shows. Nah,Heaven doesn't have a ghetto. In Heaven we will be worshiping and glorifying God. Think about it? If you thought that Godly music, Christians and living for God seemed  boring and lame on earth then tell me why would you think you'll enjoy it in Heaven? You won't!

Hell is Real

Some think hell isn't real, many think it's real but don't think they'll ever go there, and some think it's a big party. Many of us think only the "real bad" people go to hell like the child abusers, pedophiles, and murders. We see all kind of films and books that have tried to depict hell. The enemy has done a good job in trying to desensitize us to the horrors and reality of hell. I can stand on a railroad and scream all day long,"Trains don't exist!" but when the train comes and wipes me away I'll see then just how real it was. So, people can say all day long that hell doesn't exist but that doesn't make it any less true.  I don't think anyone can fathom how terrifying and agonizing hell is. Hell is a place of eternal suffering, burning, weeping and gnashing of teeth, agonizing pain, and torment. Jesus talked about hell alot.

Luke 12:5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,

Matthew 13:41-42 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Way is NARROW

The Godly way to heaven is very narrow, and the path that leads to hell is very broad. That's why you see so FEW people living for God. There are only a FEW denying themselves and carrying their cross, preaching sound doctrine, on fire for God,  walking in purity to marriage, bearing fruit, raising Godly children, spreading the gospel to the lost, living holy, abstaining from worldliness because the way is NARROW. That's why you see the majority rebelling against God. There are many church goers, many people who claim to be Christians, many people who have "repeated that prayer" but live on the broad path just like the rest of the world. If you look around, yeah most people support and agree with what God calls an abomination. Most people support same sex marriage, pre-marital sex, porn, abortion because most people are on the broad path. 

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

God is loving, merciful, patient, holy, and just. We must understand all of His attributes. If God is a Holy and just God then He cannot allow sin in Heaven. I don't think we realize how much God hates sin. He is not sitting on His throne winking and blushing at sin. He isn't going to let anyone slide. What He did to Jesus Christ on the cross is proof of how much He hates sin. If He punished an innocent, perfect man for our sin, what do you think He'll do to the guilty for their own sin? If you were a judge and you let a guilty criminal go for free then you wouldn't be a just judge. So the question is how can a just God pardon guilty sinners?

There is a way out!!

The problem with humanity is we are all sinners, we all stand guilty before God. We have sinfully wandered away from God (Isaiah 53:6), and we need a Guide to lead us back. Jesus is that Way (John 14:6), the One to seek the lost (Luke 19:10). In Christianity God came down as man and lived a sinless life and died in our place, and rose from the grace on the 3rd day. He conquered death and hell! The guilty sinners are pardoned and justified by faith in Jesus Christ! (Romans 5:1) All other religions are false (Muslims, Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Buddhist, New Age, Universalims) because there is no sacrifice for sin. All other religions teach that we have to "earn" our way to God and Heaven. That's impossible! (1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.) All religions are not different paths to the same God. Jesus Christ is THE only way to the true and living God of the bile and Heaven!

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Because of God's great love, grace, an mercy for us He gave us a way out! He sent the perfect,spotless lamb of God in Jesus Christ to suffer His wrath and pay the penalty that we justly deserve for our sins and transgressions. You don't need to stop sinning, to be saved. You don't need to try to start going to church to be saved. That's behavior modification,we need a life transformation. We are justified by faith in Christ! Repent and believe the gospel.Luke 13:5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. We all have a sinful nature and we must be given a new nature, we must be born again! We must have a spiritual rebirth that comes from above. When you're born again you're given a new heart, nature, affections, and desires. Those new affections drive you to live in a new way. John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Many ask,"How can a loving God send people to hell?" God has given us a way of escape. He has sent His only begotten as the atonement for our sins. Sadly, we live in an unbelieving and wicked world. Many think that Jesus is myth. Some, claim to live for Him but their lifestyles show the opposite. Many take His death and vain and think it's all a big joke. Many treat Him like a genie in the bottle and call on Him when they want stuff. We choose to reject Jesus Christ because sin and the world is better. We don't want to live for Him, we want to be the god of our own life. God is full of patience, love, and mercy for us. He gives us so many chances. He sends people our way to tell us the truth, but we get mad at His servants and mock them, persecute them and say their judging us and make up full of excuses. We say, "Oh you don't have a hell or heaven to put me in, or Only God can judge me" Not knowing that He will judge us. Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

In my opinion, when Christians attach RIP to the death of an unbeliever, you're perpetuating the lie that there is peace in death without Jesus Christ. -Teddy Dee

I pray that these words will not be in vain. I pray that we will read the word for ourselves to see what God says instead of going off our own feelings. We won't be able to say,"That preacher tricked me or he never talked about this" We all have access to the bible for ourselves. We don't know where our loved ones and friends are, but we can be sure of where we are going. Seek the Lord while He may be found. If you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Cry out to God in repentance. Seek and you will find. You will not be disappointed. The Lord is gracious and long-suffering, but don't take advantage of His grace and mercy. Once we are in eternity, there are no more chances. Repent, today is the day of salvation!:-)

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