“The road to destruction…”
“The road to destruction is defined by two things — tolerance and permissiveness.”
What do we allow and accept?
What do we do?
Are we living as creations of God seeking to please the Lord and live according to His Word? Or do we live to please ourselves and embrace the ways of this world?
Jesus Christ came, taught, was wrongly tried for He was blameless and without sin. He was beaten, whipped, spat upon, humiliated and then nailed to a cross. Mocked, His garments gambled over. He bled and shed His blood and died upon that cross, crying out, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (see Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46)— because Jesus on that cross at that moment in history was taking the burning, painful, crushing into darkness and isolation from God who can have no part in sin upon Himself. Jesus was taking my sin, all my sin, all the sins of every person upon Himself. Imagine what that pain, that separation, that isolation from God was like for God Himself to feel that in the man / God on the cross taking on all our sins so that when He was risen from the dead three days later He showed us the way to eternal life and a way to avoid that isolation, pain, burning and extreme separation for an eternity — everlasting — in hell.
John Stott was spot on. Dead center. Could not be more clear.
If we want to cause destruction, take that road — around us, within us, in our lives, leading us to our eternity? Then we take the road of tolerance and permissiveness.
If we instead want to not endure the wrath of God, the judgment which must come because the Bible tells us so, and very clearly why Christ came — to provide warning, to show us we can either tolerate and permit what the world offers, what is in our own hearts an minds left to their devices, or we can submit, believe and obey and live according to the instruction and words of the Holy Bible teaching us how to live, what it right, what is wrong.
Only those two roads to walk upon. Only those two roads.
Heed the warnings. Pay attention to the warnings.
There is a hell. There is a heaven. And the Bible, Jesus is very clear, could not be clearer on defining and explaining both and how a person attains each.
A Tree and Its Fruit
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Build Your House on the Rock
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:15-27 — English Standard Version
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Matthew 7:13-14 — English Standard Version
ACP — A Crooked Path
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019