"Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." ~ Luke 9:23-26
It is to no surprise that the world is accepting all manner of sin without even minding its consequences. Be it lust, stealing, homosexuality, adultery, bestiality, fornication, divorce, murder, profanity, lying, pride, rebellion, self-indulgence, bisexuality, abortion, masturbation, rape, hypocrisy, deceit, transgender, suicide, polygamy, greed, gossip, and so on. And unfortunately it is even happening in today's churches, and worst of all, the so-called Christians seek acceptance from a corrupt and fallen world. There are even false preachers who don't even preach salvation and repentance, and end up watering down the Gospel, all in the name of "tolerance", "equality" and "just get along". They say "we should tolerant", yes but, we should NOT tolerate sin nor "get along with it". Sin is not meant to be accepted to the norm nor even tolerated, it is meant to be overcome, defeated, rebuked, rejected.
Some may think to themselves "If God loves all people then surely he will approve of all I do. I think I'm saved.". Wrong. God does love all people which is true, however He does not approve of their sins. And it is essential for one to examine his/herself. There is no conversion without conviction. The Bible tells us:
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified." ~ 2 Corinthians 13:5
It is so disappointing that today's Christians seem to ignore that, and are seeking acceptance from the world instead of firmly standing for God's Word and preaching the sound Truth. Why? Because they don't want to "offend" them, they want to be liked by the world. How the heck can one accept sin to the norm and yet preach God's Word? That is just being double-minded. That just shows that they are ashamed of God's Word. They are even afraid to loose their "friends".
And these so-called Christians and ministers claim to be tolerant. Or are they?
Whenever they hear the sound Gospel, they just reject it, and label those who truly stand for God's Word as "intolerant", "homophobic", "bigots", "unloving", "judgmental" and even label them as "the Pharisees". (And mind you that's what I was called once), because either they are ignorant, or they actually know the Truth but choose not to say it.
What happens to such people? "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:26) The Word of God even says that not everyone that answers "Lord, Lord", and obey His commandments. At the end, when they will stand in front of God's throne on Judgement Day, they will say that they prophesied in His name, did miracles in His name, but they will be told "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:23) And such will be cast into Hell fire.
The Bible describes Jesus as The Word. It is no wonder the Bible says in John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." And therefore if anyone rejects God's Word, they are not rejecting you, but rather they are rejecting Jesus Himself.
It is better to wholly follow Jesus and obey Him, even if the world rejects and hates us, even if our friends despises us, even if it will cost everything, our jobs, our education, and all.
The question is: ARE YOU READY?
If you're a Christian and you are reading this right now, stand strong in God's Word. Never let the devil put you down with the things of the world. Fight the good fight of faith. Flee from those false teachers. And we as believers in Jesus Christ must more concerned of what God thinks of us instead of what the world thinks.
And to any reader reading this, if this describes you, then repent, turn away from sin, turn to Jesus, accept Him as your Lord and Savior. He died for you.
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