We need Choices
Some people reject the exclusivity of the Gospel stating that “there are many roads
that lead to heaven.” There is also the well known argument that says “how can a God of love he send anyone to hell?” Many will not accept God’s reality because they say “I don’t believe in God because the church is full of hypocrites”. Our topic this week revolves around some of these issues. If the topic of alternative explanations intrigues you, there is an excellent short read recording the ongoing debate between a Philosophy professor and a Missionary student which is well worth the read. “Tipping our kings: finding truth in a world full of options” by Jack Crabtree and is on kindle.
False Teachers and Their Destruction
2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. (Alternate philosophies and many roads- mine)They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute (Hypocrisy in the church- mine). 3 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. 4 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; 5 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; 6 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 (God does judge the wicked – mine); 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 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. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature…
Who are you Lord?
I AM the God of Free Will who allows alternative explanations for you to choose from, just as I allowed Adam the choice between the two trees to eat from (of course I know what you will chose and when). None the less, I AM the God of Love who draws you by my mercy. I do not want robots to serve me. In my love for mankind I have always allowed false doctrines and all the other theories and options that are available to challenge the minds of every generation as to whether or not to want me, my Word and my will for their lives. However the responsibility of choice is that there are consequences. If you do not choose me, there is only one other place to spend eternity away from me – Hell; a place that I created for the devil and his angels.
Don’t think that since I am a God of Love that I would not send anyone to hell. I AM the God of love and justice equally. In Love, I sentenced my own Son to hell for you so that you do not have to go there for your sin. In Love I took my own punishment for the sins of the world on myself when Jesus died on the cross. But if you spurn that love, there is only one other place you can go.
I AM the Just God who punishes the wicked and saves those who trust me by faith. My justice is not blind as your court system is. I AM the Omniscient God who sees into the hearts and motives of people for what they truly think, desire and believe. When the time of judgment comes on this world, I know how to rescue the righteous and punish those who would have none of me. I AM the Faithful righteous Judge who will not overlook one sin. I will punish every wrong done by men, both in the church first and outside of it later. Unless you depend upon my mercy and grace to save you don’t think that I will overlook yours.
God does not judge the righteous with the wicked
Peter here uses two cases (Noah and Lot) for the fact that God does not judge the righteous with the wicked. I would like to add one more case to the list. God spared the children of Israel in Egypt from all of the judgments on Egypt to prove that God makes a distinction between his people and the unregenerate. He even says as much in the exodus passage Ex 8:22, 23 and 11:7. Even in the last plague God provided them with the way of escape by which anyone (believing Egyptian and Jew) could have saved the life of their oldest child. Any future judgment on the wicked will be avoided by God’s true children in Christ because Christ already paid for their judgment on the cross; thus, Rom 8:1 “Now there is no more condemnation for those in Christ.” God’s track record shows us how he knows how to rescue His righteous ones from the future judgment to come on the wicked people of the world as revealed in the book of Revelation.
Exclusivity of God’s Word
Without choices we have no ability to exercise our God given wills. Adam had that choice. Satan tempted the first pair to walk out on God and they did. Ever since then he has been providing man with options other than God’s way. And ever since then men have been following Satan down those primrose paths. There must be “many roads”, but none of them lead to heaven except Jesus. Jesus himself said in Jn 14:6 “I AM the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” Now you can believe that or not, but the responsibility and consequences are yours just like Adam found out the hard way. Satan doesn’t care what road you follow, just as long as it isn’t God’s narrow path.
In the church there are a lot of hypocrites
We all are to one degree or another. “There are none righteous no not one.” “All have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” “I have bound all men unto sin so that I might have mercy on them all.” There I admit it. Church is not a club for the pious and righteous but a spiritual hospital for those who know that they are not spiritually well and are depending upon God to make them so. As to the false teachers, and those who “bring the Way of God into disrepute” in the eyes of the world, they will pay for it in the end by the righteous judge who knows all about their motives. Peter has a lot to say about them to follow.
Only one choice, and only one life to make that choice
We all have been given one vital choice to make in this lifetime. It is the purpose of your existence. Your eternal destiny is dependent upon it. The Bible gives us guarantees here and now on this matter. You do not have to wait “until you die to find out” whether you were “good enough”. It is not about how good you lived your life Titus 3;5 “not by works of righteousness which we have done but by his mercy he saves us”. It is about how good Jesus lived his life and died for you. If you admit your need for him to have died in your stead, you have life. Confess that Jesus is Lord, that you are a sinner deserving of judgment Rom 3:10, 23 but that Jesus died for you and you will be saved. Read Rom 10:9,10,13; Jn 1:12, 3:16, 5:24; 1 Jn 1:9; 1 Jn 5:11-13.
The choice is yours, do you really want to take a chance that Satan is right or that God is right? Adam found out the hard way and now we all have the same choice to make in this short life. Heb 9:27
More to come,
For those who want to read more.
As Paul Harvey used to say, “Now… for the rest of the story”
(vs 10 continued) and despise authority. and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12 But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. (God created the Angelic host. He owns them they are real and powerful and were made to obey God’s wishes – mine). They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. (God is the God of righteousness who will judge them – mine) Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off (God is the God who gave us his way to follow. He gave us his Word to show us His way He will not make you choose him though – mine) to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. (However God wants all men to repent and gives us time and opportunity to recognize our wrong before he destroys us – mine)
17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. (God created hell for Satan and the angels who rebelled with him not originally designed for man, but will send men there as well who do not apply God’s solution- Christ, for their sin – mine ) 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (God is the only one who can provide a hope of eternal life and a current life which is free from the control of evil which is present in this world by Satan- mine) and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. (God will hold them accountable for leading people away from God. Like Jesus said better to have a millstone around his neck and thrown in to the sea than to lead a little one astray – mine) 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”