Truth or Comfort Zone

my wayMuch of “Christianity” today has digressed from a commitment to follow Christ to an “everything goes” attitude that gives false spiritual security. It’s a “new age religion” that says we can do our own thing and know that God loves and accepts each one of us just as we are now.  It’s no wonder that this deception is growing so rapidly! We don’t have to be committed to God or even read the scriptures to know Him. And best of all, we don’t have to change one sinful thing in this life to get to Heaven. Unfortunately, there is a great danger in denying the truth of the Bible so we can live within our own comfort zone now.

Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30 that we are to love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. But how can we love God if we don’t know Him? We can acknowledge His existence and we can speak kind things about Him, but unless we have a personal relationship with Him, we do not know Him. There is only one way to know God and that is to read the Bible and learn about Him, about the love He has for His children, and His ways, His values and His laws—and His judgment on those who rebel.

We aren’t automatically born with our sins forgiven as this new age religion would have us believe. We need to obtain salvation by first learning what it is, why we need it and the fact that we’re all guilty of sin—and we can only know this by reading the scriptures. Then we need to come to Jesus and ask Him to wash us clean in His blood because it was His shed blood that paid the price for our forgiveness. But it doesn’t stop there. We also need to repent of all of our sins, accept His pardon for them and then turn away from them to follow Jesus.

  • Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’.—Acts 2:38

Only then are we born again, which means we receive the Holy Spirit in us to replace the spirit of the world that has been removed from us. Then and only then are we adopted or grafted into the family of God with the promise of being with Him throughout eternity.

  • Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.—2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’.—John 3:3
  • Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.—1 Peter 1:23

The new thought for Christians is that God is a god of love—only, meaning that He loves everyone just as we are; that there is no need to change because He knows our faults and He’s okay with them; that He does not punish or judge or condemn anyone because we were all forgiven at the cross whether we believe it now or not. Deception!

It’s true that God does love everyone—and John 3:16 says so—but it also says that whoever believes on Him should not perish but would have everlasting life. Therefore, if we don’t believe on Him, then we will perish—as in face God on Judgment Day and stand before Him with all of our sins in us. And sin has its reward:

  • For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Romans 6:23
  • I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.—Revelation 1:18
  • And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.—Revelation 20:13

sugar coated preachingSo many people think they’re Christians, but they don’t know Christ, so how can they believe in someone they don’t know? Because if they knew Him, they’d also know that they need to come to Him and repent! But the new age religion doesn’t believe in repentance because they feel they don’t have any sin in them since Jesus died for everyone, and that when He said, “It is finished”, it means there’s nothing for us to do. How dangerous! God’s redemption plan was finished at the cross, but we still need to repent and be forgiven.

If you’re following a doctrine that says you don’t need to repent, then you better read your Bible while you still can, because it clearly says that every single person needs to come to Jesus and repent of their sins.

  • “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”—Luke 5:32
  • I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.—Luke 15:7
  • And…If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.—1 John 1:8

We cannot create a god in our mind that fits our own sinful desires, ignore the God of the Bible, and then have the gall to say this god we serve is Jesus because it’s not. And if we think it is then we’re being deceived. We may feel “spiritual”, but it’s not God’s Spirit that’s leading us. The God of the Bible says we must repent, ask for His forgiveness, accept His grace, be filled with “His” Spirit and follow Him. If the god we’re serving doesn’t agree, then it’s not the God of Heaven that we’re following. And we’ve been warned that we are not to have any gods ahead of Jehovah God.

  • Thou shalt have no other gods before me.—Exodus 20:3

We cannot serve a false god and expect good things to come of it, and we’re walking a very dangerous line if we think we can. We cannot stay in our comfort zone and expect to be blessed by God; instead, we will face judgment. It would be like saying that we are an adopted child of an earthly family, yet we’ve never bothered to know them, nor do we care to do so. We never visit them, never call, never get involved with any of their concerns and issues, don’t celebrate their accomplishments, don’t cry over their sorrows and don’t uphold their standards and values. Yet, we identify them by name and feel fully entitled to a massive inheritance from the parents when the will is read.

imagesSalvation is God’s redemption plan for everyone, and being filled with His Spirit is His gift to all of us who repent and accept it. God has done all He’s going to do. It’s up to us now to accept it and follow Him, or refuse it and face His judgment.

  • Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’.—Acts 2:38

Have you repented and accepted His gift of life? Time is running out and you need to decide now whether you’ll follow the truth or stay in your comfort zone. But don’t take too long to decide—Jesus is getting ready to come back and it’ll be too late to choose when you face Him.

  • And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:15

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