Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ashamed of His words?

There are many who speak from a position of polished piety, well respected men "of faith" whose followers and peers speak highly of them, but what does the Lord Jesus have to say? "For whosoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38. Many go to great lengths to expound on the "love of God" as they fantasize that He winks at their sins, passes by them out of "love," and will not require an accounting of our life when we die. The end result is that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is viewed as not needed, or useless, or even some sort of cosmic 'child abuse.' They are ashamed of Him, His sacrifice for the sins of the elect. Others teach an easy, even pleasant way to Christ by praying a short 'sinner's prayer' that, if spoken in real sincerity, will assure the one speaking the prescribed words an eternal place in heaven (so they are told). Conveniently left out of this "prayer" is the confession of specific sins, one by one as brought to the forefront by the Holy Spirit. Instead of the painstaking drill of individual confession of specific sins, real repentance has been replaced with an all encompassing "I'm sorry." Sorry for what? That you got caught and are afraid of the punishment for your sins or sorry that you've sinned against the only Holy God? There is an infinite and eternal difference between these two forms of sorrow. Those that teach this "sinner's prayer" heresy are ashamed of Christ's words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel." Mark 1:15. A 'gospel' without Biblical repentance is no Gospel at all, but a cheap, accursed version of the genuine. Those that teach this heresy are the accursed ones (Gal.1:6-9), and the same ones that Christ will be "ashamed of" and reject as they seek to enter into His presence.

Don't be fooled by the smooth talking people who adjust the Gospel to their liking, who leave out the parts they don't understand (repentance) and replace them with their own fancies (I'm sorry). Who add to the Gospel their own works (their "free-will" choice as master of their eternal fate) and form circles with pagans for the sake of "unity" not caring that Christ is blasphemed in the process. Such are ashamed of Christ and He will rightly be more ashamed of them. It goes further than a simple "being ashamed" and is actually an outright denial of Christ. For a man to say "I believe in Christ" and yet reject certain portions of His Word, His teachings, His commands, is nothing more than a deluded liar and will be treated as such. They may have convinced themselves that they serve Christ, but the facts---the words out of their own mouth---betray them. To lay aside ANY Gospel truth in order to form a union with men who blaspheme Him is not the action of a born again man. It is the action of a compromiser, a capitulator, a traitor to Christ. No where in the ashes of the martyrs will such a man be found. Peter, who saw Christ in His glory, denied the Lord three times but was granted repentance and restoration. The key here is godly sorrow that produced repentance, not continued denial of the Lord.

Do you hunger and thirst for His righteousness? Is there a hunger for the daily, habitual feeding on the Word of God? Do you desire to know Him? Is the study of His Word a joy or a pain? The answers you give to yourself will reveal whether you are in the faith or not. May the Lord open our eyes.

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