Sin and Salvation
Let me start by saying this, satan is a liar and he is lying to many. He is lying not only to people outside the church, but also to people in the church and he has his agents lying. His agents being ‘pastors’ who are sugar coating the Word of God and out-right twisting it.
Over the years I have heard people say that we should not be so blunt, or that we should be more sensitive when speaking to people about salvation, sin and God. etc.. Speaking truth must be done the way Jesus spoke the truth, straight to the point in a manner they can understand. After All, we are to be like Christ. We must not attack, put down or talk down to the individual, but be direct and sensitive.
The reason I am telling the truth is that I care about their salvation. Whether they accept the truth or not is entirely up to them.
What it comes down to is this, do they care more about their sin than they do their salvation? Do they like their sin more than Jesus?
There are a lot of rebellious people out there. There are a lot of people who are not ready to give up sin. But this does not mean we should not speak truth to them. It is our duty to speak the truth, to evangelize to all people. This is our duty.
I am quite tired of being told, “You need to be aware that the person may not be ready to hear what you have to say and what you are saying might make them rebel even harder”. To be blunt, that is not my responsibility. If they are rebellious, that is their issue, but I will still pray for them, that their heart will be softened and open to Jesus. At least they have heard the truth and will hopefully accept it before they die.
I will not sugar coat the truth. Those who want me to do that are perhaps knowingly living in sin and don’t want me to tell them the truth, they want me to tell them what they want to hear. I can not do that.
Ask yourself this, “If I commit this sin, and if I die during this sin, where will I go? Heaven or hell?”.
Sin is SIN, whether you are ready to accept that fact or not. Sin destroys and kills, whether you want to believe it or not. If you are willfully sinning, then you can not, and will not inherit the Kingdom of God, this is true whether you want to accept it or not.
Jesus is merciful and is gracious, not with your sin, but with you and He wants you to give up your sin and follow Him. This is why he sends people to you, and has people speaking truth to you. But it is up to you to turn from your wicked ways and follow Him. If you do not, then you are not saved.
When Jesus spoke to the woman who was caught in adultery, (John 8:10-11) at the end, He asks which man condemns her and she replied with, “no man, master”. He said, “neither do I, go and SIN NO MORE”. He forgave her and told her not to sin any more. He did not say, “Go and sin no more, unless you’re not ready to give up your sin, I understand, it is ok”. No he said Go And Sin No More. He was very blunt.
If we leave sin, and turn from it but do not fill the emptiness with Jesus then we are going to be worse off than before. Matthew 12:43-45 The demon will come back and bring more in. The same is with going back to that sin, we are inviting the demon back and he will bring more. The question is, once we know Christ, and have freedom in Him, why would we want to go back to satan?
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
Galatians 18:20-21 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Remember why God sent His Son to us. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
This is His desire, that all mankind is saved. But He will not force His will upon us, we must make the choice for ourselves to follow Him. Time and time again we are sent people who speak the truth, we are perhaps even given dreams and words of salvation. We are never ignored, it is us who ignore Him. Stop ignoring Him, stop rebelling against Him and come to Christ and be saved. And for those who are saved, don’t sugar coat the truth, don’t be afraid to speak the truth. Go out into the world and preach to the lost and pray for their salvation.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned