In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise
the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,
we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast Hebrews 6:17-19
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15-16
Today we will talk about Impossible People.
From the perspective of the the Pharisees, and Roman leaders of His day up to the present; Jesus was, and still is by many, viewed as an Impossible Person ...
Impossible people are often difficult, and are willing to take a stand for what they believe. They are often politically incorrect. They challenge authority when it is wrong. You have heard the reference to a brave soldier as follows, he is:
“a person who is willing to die for what he believes.”
This type of person is Impossible. A most famous saying of this type would be Patrick Henry’s: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
In the verse above, Jesus describes three groups of people: cold, hot, and lukewarm.
Jesus says He wishes we were cold or hot. He wants us to be like Patrick Henry.
To be cold, would mean that like my atheist friend, you strongly reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, and have chosen your own fate eternally. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18. Regardless, of how good a person is from the world’s perspective, or how many great accomplishments, or loving acts they have performed; without His saving grace, according to the Words of Jesus Christ, they are doomed eternally.
Wait a minute, you ask? "A thief on a cross who has lived sinfully his whole life goes to heaven for trusting in Christ; and a missionary who works with homeless children and the destitute his entire life, loving others sacrificially, and he is lost eternally because he followed other gods, false beliefs, and rejected the Gospel of Christ? YES ... It is hard to accept ... but it is true. Either this is a true statement or Christianity is a false religion.
WE ARE ALL QUICK TO SAY: this makes no sense at all from a human perspective. AND THAT IS TRUE BECAUSE: WE CANNOT VIEW OR COMPREHEND THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT FROM A HUMAN PERSPECTIVE.
This is why for us to be followers of Christ ... we will be viewed by the world as Impossible People.
One of my closest friends from childhood challenged me not long ago with: “when I die; I’m dirt.” Think about that for a minute. If that is all there is to life, then life has no meaning whatsoever. There is no right or wrong. If survival of the fittest is the only rule that is true … why would the needs of others be important to anyone else?
Why would you pay taxes, or follow any laws ... if everything is relative; and if it is to your personal benefit, HERE AND NOW, not to? If robbery, rape, lying or cheating meets your needs, what would cause you to act otherwise? Need money? Rob a bank! But what about the laws of the land, you say? I am the law; in and of myself ... the reply. When you carry this belief to its end, the conclusions are grim, and they lead to hopelessness, indifference, and evil.
But we all know: life has meaning … don’t we? It is ingrained into our very being. My ancestors are not slugs. When a neighbor’s child turns up missing, that is of great importance to us all; except maybe for some whom we would all consider to be demented individuals. And to forcibly rape a woman is horribly wrong! We know it! Not because it is the law; but rather because God has told us in our heart. We are not lions, who kill and eat, or rape on demand. We are spiritual beings and life does have meaning. There is eternal Truth. Everyone knows this to be true, including the atheists. "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20 Even those who deny Christ ... know the truth. They are without excuse.
To be hot would mean that there is no question regarding your loyalties; or beliefs. You are willing to die for God's Truth, you become like the brave soldier: Impossible. You have put to death the old ways of the world. Your mind has been renewed and you have been transformed by the Holy Spirit. To be hot as Jesus has described above means you are strongly committed to Him as your Lord and Savior and you have trusted in His gospel and free gift of salvation and eternal life with Him in His heavenly kingdom. You believe: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
And you, like Patrick Henry, Dietrich Bonhoffer, or Corrie Ten Boom when you stand for Christ and His Word, and what you know to be Truth ...
You join Him and them as Impossible People.
It is impossible for God to lie! This truth is not negotiable, and when you stand committed to these beliefs, you will be viewed by unbelievers and some who claim to be believers as an “Impossible Person.” Jesus was crucified for these beliefs. He predicted we would be mocked when He said:“Remember the Word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20.
God’s Word teaches us: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, John 1:1-14. Belief in these verses has led me to believe in the Bible literally. To reject the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us is to reject Jesus Christ and the gospel.I am convinced that those who say they are Christians and yet reject, allegorize, or marginalize the Word are the “lukewarm” to whom Jesus declares; “I will spit you out of My mouth”
So why would professing Christians become lukewarm advocates for evolution, abortion, homosexuality and any number of other beliefs that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Word?
In the past year, I have been challenged by a number of well meaning “Christians” who stand on their worldly beliefs and conclusions with absolute certainty. These friends are standing for a lukewarm version of Christianity. When challenged with God’s Word, they say; “you have your truth, and I have my truth.” They have humbled their version of Christianity to the teachings of the world. They choose to support: abortion, environmentalism, evolution, Islam, homosexuality, socialism and numerous other philosophies, religions, and worldly ideas contrary to God’s Word. They are so certain of their conclusions that they are impossible to reason with Biblically. As an example, one man told me that he did not understand how I could be a Christian and not support his views on man-made global warming.
Do you see where it ends? There is no end to the schemes of men ...
Here is a link (click here) recently sent to me by a "Christian" member of Saddleback Church. I can only pray his church would never endorse this heresy ... where 13,000 “Christian” clergy are united in support of evolution and denouncing the inerrancy of the Bible. The taunt to me was “who is Bob West to question the wisdom of these learned clergy." The answer to that challenge is simple: I am a Christian; and God’s Word has made it clear what all of us are to believe and do. Follow Christ and His Word ... and not the contrary teachings of the world. I would believe the same if there were 13 billion clergy standing against God’s Word with the foolish teaching of men. Do I sound Impossible? I hope so. I was dared to judge these clergy as non-Christians. Do I judge them? No … that is not my place, quite honestly I pray that all would be saved. But Jesus will judge us all and His Words are very clear to me. And I must expose this letter for what it is: "Doctrines of Demons."
Read this letter so you can have a clear understanding of how deeply heresy has infected the Christian churches in our generation. this is the Apostasy
The Clergy Letter Project “Within the community of Christian believers there are areas of dispute and disagreement, including the proper way to interpret Holy Scripture. While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbook. Many of the beloved stories found in the Bible – the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark – convey timeless truths about God, human beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation expressed in the only form capable of transmitting these truths from generation to generation. Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts.
We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.”
Here are just some of the churches and many seminaries whose leaders have signed this heretical statement. Although clearly a large percentage of these denominations do not agree with these pastors and professors, the congregation's leadership of these churches should demand retraction, resignation or both: Presbyterian, Congregational Church, Lutheran, Interfaith, Anglican Reform, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Anglican, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Episcopal, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Baptist, Center for Progressive Christianity, Nazarene, Brethren, Religious Science, Reformed Church, Princeton Theological Seminary, Church of Truth, Jewish. Full list of clergy
Where does all of this end up … wherever the atheistic teachings and doctrines of demons lead them? This leads to people who introduce themselves as agnostic and atheistic Christians; teaching abortion is acceptable, and to the ordination of homosexual and apostate clergy. Oh I know that most of these 13,000 clergy are probably very loving people, and are encouraging followers to becoming great citizens as they practice the examples of Christ; but you cannot lead others to Christ, when at the very foundation your teaching, you are telling others to just disregard those Words of God that you don’t understand and that don't make sense to you. The teacher and the pupils in this scenario become the gods of their beliefs.
Do you see their perspective? “While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally” Question: “why would I hold for the Bible to be authoritative on matters of faith and practice, and then reject those things that do not make sense to me? Jesus is either my Lord or He is Not. Jesus is the one who said: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 2:15-16
This is more babble: “Many of the beloved stories found in the Bible – the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark – convey timeless truths about God, human beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation.” Why would these stories be beloved if they are not true, and how could stories that are not true convey timeless truths about God, humans beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation if it is not true? According to these deluded clergy: we are supposed to accept the literal truth of evolution and the supposed “scientific facts” that there is no creation; at the same time … along with the timeless Bible truths about Creator and creation (which are not true). Why would any intelligent person take untruths to heart?
In what ways do Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, the story of Jonah, and all of the miracles of Christ co-exist comfortably with atheistic evolution and supposed inerrant literal scientific truth? This is a bold faced lie! The only apparent co-existence is the politically correct lukewarm phoniness that Christ so strongly condemns! I challenge how they can say that they believe the timeless truths of the Bible … when they disregard them where they are contrary to evolution and the teachings of men?
“We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children.” Embracing unproven scientific theory as fact is teaching Biblical ignorance and hypocrisy to their children and congregations.
Talk about foolishness. No wonder some deluded people are calling themselves atheistic Christians.
This is why we have ongoing debate on these issues of life until Christ returns. The fact is that the scripture says it is impossible for God to lie. As a Biblical Christian, I have a true foundation for beliefs about all things. If not, my religion has no foundation whatsoever, and we all may as well each make up our spiritual beliefs and claim them to be “my truth" and each of us can be our own god.”
Of course, that is precisely what Satan promised Eve in the garden. The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
Standing on God’s truth regardless of feelings, logic, or worldly wisdom is exactly where I will stand until Christ returns. If I appear foolish to those standing on worldly wisdom; or an impossible person to those opposed to God’s Word; then being an impossible person for Christ is exactly who I want to be, and exactly who I believe Jesus wants me to be as well. The Bible teaches that during the end-times people with my belief system will be hunted down and put to death for the good of society as a whole. Sound impossible? Read about the history of the French Revolution, or Nazi Germany.
We are told in God’s word that in the end times that this is exactly what will happen. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron … If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained." 1 Timothy 4:1-6.
God bless you my friends, Bob Copyright: Robert West 2011
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