KDs are designed/developed/inspired/mused/auto-suggested/indigested to make folks think; an especially uncommon experience among Democrats, Republicans, and jingoistic mainline denominationalists who continue to discourage dissent with their ever-threatening thought police.
It’s blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
or denying the Holy Spirit’s witness to Father God’s salvation for anyone by
grace through faith in Jesus.
Jesus said God forgives every sin but
Jesus spelled it out: “No one gets to
the Father except through Me.”
No one in history has been more
invitational, inclusive, and welcoming as Jesus: “Come to Me, everybody, and I
will take care of you.”
Paul said Jesus wants everybody to be
Jesus shows no color, class, or
He is the proof perfect that
God loves the world; and that means everybody, anybody, you, me, and them.
No exceptions except for those
who exclude themselves.
He said He stands at the door of every
heart and knocks for entrance to give the confident living and eternal life
that He wants for everybody.
The choice for everybody is to open or
close that door.
Those who open the door enter into an
existential and eternally saving relationship with God by grace through faith
Those who don’t don’t, won’t, and
Their exclusion is self-inflicted and
God doesn’t do that to them.
They do it to themselves.
The April 10, 2019 meeting of the
Boone County Ministerial Association comes to mind.
Jim Bell, the faithful pastor of
Belvidere, Illinois’ First United Methodist Church, brought the good news of a
creative Matthew 25 ministry through public venues.
He said the only challenge would be to
maintain our confessional integrity in the midst of increasing inhibitions
about Christianity in public schools, government, media, and so on.
At that point, someone said, “Well,
you don’t have to talk about Jesus all of time when you’re serving people.”
Instantaneously and simultaneously,
three pastors blurted out, “Yes, you do!”
I could hear Paul in the background
with the like-minded, “I am not ashamed of Jesus!He is God’s power for salvation for everybody
by grace through faith in Him!”
I could also hear many Biblical
warnings about those who are so willing to deny Jesus, deceive and seduce
people from Jesus, and suffer the consequences for their apostasy.
Here’s an abridged sampling.
1 John: “Who is the liar?It’s the one who denies Jesus is Lord and
Savior…This is how you know the Spirit of God: Everyone who confesses that
Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God…Whoever confesses that Jesus is
the Son of God is in God…Everyone who believes Jesus is Lord and Savior is born
2 John: “Many deceivers are in the
world and they do not confess Jesus to be Lord and Savior…Anyone who does not
remain in the teaching about Jesus does not have God…If anyone comes to you and
says Jesus is not Lord and Savior, do not welcome him…”
Jude: “Deceivers have slithered into
the church to turn God’s grace into promiscuity by denying Jesus our Master as
Lord and Savior.”
Jesus Himself promised and warned at
the same time, “Everyone who acknowledges Me will be acknowledged by Me before
Father God in heaven.But whoever denies
Me will be denied by Me before Father God in heaven.”
Our yes to Jesus assures His yes
Our no to Jesus…well, sigh…we
don’t want to go there.
Psalm 52 was David’s particular
response to a betrayal and treachery that led to many deaths (see 1 Samuel 22);
and it continues to provide a picture of a denying deceiver’s evil character, a
believer’s response to a denying deceiver, and the praise evoked by a
believer’s confidence in God to endure, overcome, and celebrate ultimate
victory with the family of faith.
Denying deceivers are all the same:
“You deny God and brag about evil.Your
plan treachery and terror.You love evil
not good.You say dark is light and
light is dark and good is bad and bad is good.You lie like your real father.”
A believer’s response to a denying
deceiver is irrepressibly positive, hopeful, and optimistic: “God will bring
you down sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end…Awestruck
by God, we will laugh at your ruin and scorn, ‘They tried to seduce us into
salvation apart from God’s anointed.They tried to join them apart from God as refuge.They tried to trick us into denying God’s
salvation and join them in their destructive behaviors.’”
Believers respect God and express
gratitude for enduring and overcoming in worship: “We are like flourishing
olive trees in God’s house.Our trust in
God is evergreen.God is good!God is great!God saves!”
God calls us to live in/through/for
Anti-God agents of darkness
orchestrated by satanos call us to death apart from God.
Robocalls come to mind.
Consumer Reports had a big article on
robocalls (May 2019).
They also had a big article on all of
the bad stuff in ice cream.I didn’t
CR says there were 48 billion
robocalls in America last year or an average of 1500 calls a second!
There are good robocalls reminding us
of upcoming doctors’ appointments or reminders to vote.
There are bad robocalls trying to
scare, scam, and spam us with 15% of the defrauded Americans last year alone.
How do you know the good calls from
the bad ones?
Good calls are recognizable.
Bad calls are not recognizable and are
usually pre-recorded and asking for private information like SS #s and credit
card account #s that nobody in her/his right mind would give out over the phone
to unrecognized people.
Before answering, you’ve got to know
How do you know if your church,
country, and all the rest are from God?
Summarily as repeated so often
throughout the Bible, “If anyone comes to you denying Jesus is Lord and Savior,
that person is not to be trusted pero avoided, and contradicted.”
It’s all about Jesus.
His call is the only one worth
Let me put Him another way.
I remember hearing about a man who
fell into a pit.
He cried for help.
A legalist came by and said, “You
should have known pits are dangerous.”
A pessimist said, “You’re going to die
in that pit.”
An optimist said, “I’ve seen worse
A realist said, “That’s a pit.Deal with it!”
An atheist declined to admit it was a
Jesus came by and called to the man,
“Do you want Me to help you?Will you
trust Me to help you?”
The man said, “Yes, Lord.”
Then Jesus went down into the pit and
lifted the man out of it.
The moral of the story.
When Jesus calls, answer.
How do we say that on the corner of
Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois?
Jesus is the answer to every question!
When Jesus calls, answer.
Blessings and Love!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus! Shatter the sound of silence! Salt! Shine! Leavenate!