I‘m pretty sure I have posted the following blog before, but I’m doing it again because my heart is heavy for people who claim safety in Christ without it being real. Salvation is not turning over a new leaf. It takes the blood to atone for our sins. That calls for repentance; one does not get there without facing the guilt of being a sinner.
Look with me at the CONDITION of prophets and priests before judgment came to Judah. God speaking through Jeremiah (6:14) “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace’ they say, and there is no peace.” The “sinner seeking” church today that refuses to address the sin issue, refuses to call sinners “sinners,” hops over the demand for repentance, is not acknowledging the “wound” of the people. Surgeons have to remove the problem before the wound can heal. The problem of sin is not removed by ignoring it. “Peace, peace” they say; they say “that conviction you feel is the devil trying to bring guilt on you. God loves you. He will not bring guilt. Peace, peace.”
How we pride ourselves on not scaring sinners to Christ, and all the while ignore the issue of hell. Peace, peace vs hell! Prophets and priests, there is little time left. Don’t have blood on your hands because of not telling the uncomfortable and troublesome TRUTH. John the Baptist said repent (Matt 3:2); Jesus said repent (Mark 2:15; 13:3 & 5), Disciples said repent (Mark 6:12); Peter said repent (Acts 2:38); Paul said repent (Acts 17:30; 26:20); John said repent (Rev. 3:19). Peter points out that one will perish if he does not repent (2 Peter 3:9) That’s quite a line up to go against.
Preachers, you might not be lying from the pulpit, but you are deceiving if you do not tell the whole truth. Talking about hell is unpleasant, but not nearly as unpleasant as going there or being responsible for the souls that go there!
Good post, Oneta. I have similar things on my heart today, so I really appreciated your words.
Thanks, I B, Your words of confirmation mean a lot to me. We must join together in our shouts of warning. The day is fast approaching… Admittedly I don’t know what is going to happen, but I do know we are told to be ready.
Good point about hell at the end. I also agree with this: “It takes the blood to atone for our sins. That calls for repentance; one does not get there without facing the guilt of being a sinner.”
Thanks, Oneta. A great post with a powerful message of truth.
Thanks, Sally. We must stick together with our message of truth. One must be born again through the blood of Jesus.
Thank you, Frank. I appreciate your stress on these absolute requirements for salvation – repentance and the blood.
Thanks for that “amen, preach it, sister.”
I’m standing to the side, letting you take the full stage!!!!
amen. IN 2021 this is the powerful TRUTH which must be proclaimed. NOT do what you like or live however you please and hope for the best. NO repent now! Not several paths ONE WAY. Covered by the blood of the Lamb. ALL….REPENT!
Again I thank you. Perhaps we can sometimes get the attention of a prodigal, if we all shout it out.
I appreciate the church services that begin with a common prayer of confession and an announcement of absolution, or forgiveness. I appreciate preachers that identify the sins that separate us from God but also describe the work Christ accomplished to reconcile us to God. I appreciate Bible studies that focus on both messages, keeping them clear and keeping them distinct. J.
You are right, J, both are necessary. But one sort of pleases the audience more than the other. I seldom hear a preacher/teacher/prophet who calls out sin as sin. They will on occasion say we all sin, giving as an example that we eat too many potato chips. That glosses over sin. Although I agree we might eat too many potato chips, it is not the sin that destroys the soul. What destroys the soul is sin (idols) that will not be sacrificed to the blood of Christ, the procrastination that says “today I will just …. a little.” Tomorrow I will get serious. And never get around to facing one’s guilt with any degree of submitting one’s will to the will of the Savior. If you know of good preacher’s who call evil, sin, and list them as Paul does in 1 Cor. 6:11. One gets wealthier faster if he just call, “Peace, peace,”