Recently, Dr. John MacArthur was the guest on the Ben Shapiro show. Enjoy.
Who is Jesus?
What did Jesus say about how His own would be treated while on this earth?
Jesus made some very relevant statements concerning the hatred of His followers (also called Christians) a long time ago. In the book of John from the Bible Jesus stated these words to His disciples, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (see John 15:19) In verse 18, we read that Jesus made it clear that He would be the object of this hatred before it would come to Christians. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”
The Bible also makes it clear that any hostility Christians face is actually aimed at God Himself. If you don’t believe that, all one needs to do is take a look at the Ten Commandments. Looking at just a few of the commandments, ask yourself if you have ever lied, used God’s name as a cuss word, lusted (Jesus said that is committing adultery in the heart – see Matthew 5:27,28). had hateful thoughts toward a brother, or failed to put God first? If so, then we are seen from God’s perspective as breaking His perfect, holy law. Take a moment to think about what this means. Perhaps you find or have found yourself getting enraged at God. Any anger or lack of humility we have toward God is the hostility we have by nature toward Him. But our mind and flesh filled desires are to naturally desire to do evil and break God’s law.
“…the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” see Romans 8:7,8
We all by nature deserve the judgment of God because we have broken God’s law. We have all committed crimes against God who cannot have sin in His presence. (Sin is the breaking of God’s perfect law and we are guilty of that as seen in the good person test. ) The question we all need to ask is what can be done, if anything, to remedy our relationship with God? If God judges us who are deserving of Hell because we have sinned against Him, is that the end of us or is there a way of escape?
“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
For anyone sensitive to finding out the answer to this they will find it. You may be surprised or not but the answer has nothing to do with good deeds we do or don’t do. It has nothing to do with what sacrifice we can or cannot make for God either. We cannot earn back a right relationship with God. In fact, the answer really has nothing to do with us at all but Him. And the answer will not be because one joined the right church, or became a better person or found Religion. There is no religion that has the answer for how to escape God’s judgment and restore a right relationship with Him because the answer is found only in God in the Bible. God Himself is the only one who can provide a way of escape from His judgment. Because His love is so great for us, He did that Himself 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the perfect, holy sacrifice who paid the penalty for us breaking His own law.
“now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Hebrews 9:26
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Jesus Christ is the answer for all humankind to be saved from coming judgment against sin. Satan (God’s arch-enemy) knows it and hates it. Therefore he hates true Christians (followers of Jesus) because he hated God first. More about this in a later post. But there is hope because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and payment, satisfying the great wrath that God has against sin.
“Therefore He [Jesus] is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” see Romans 8:9-10
Who is Jesus?
There is a film called Let There Be Light now available on Blu-Ray and DVD which according to some review sites such as IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes has many atheists enraged. Why? The first reason being is that Sean Hannity is the executive producer of this movie. To many like myself, this is a positive thing but to people who have a anti Biblical world view and oppose God, (because the love of sin is greater), Sean Hannity is like a Ray Comfort or Jesus Christ who proclaims truth and light in a place that doesn’t want that light.
How many of us know how much Sean Hannity is hated, mocked and scorned on a daily basis? Many of us wouldn’t be able to bear as much as Sean does but why is the hatred happening at all? Sean like many others is a champion of liberty, truth, and a defender of the defenseless. Sean Hannity proclaims light in a dark place just as the film “Let There Be Light” attempts to do. And while it’s true we need more Sean Hannitys in this world to spread the “light” in a political sense, his film “Let There Be Light” goes even further in doing just that.
The war between good and evil is real
This film “Let There Be Light” to some extent, takes on the daily war between good and evil. It displays the battle going on between going God’s way and the way we naturally would probably rather go. One reason Jesus was murdered was because He proclaimed that men’s hearts are evil. We naturally want to sin (break God’s law). It’s in our DNA. You don’t need to train a child to do bad deeds. Instead responsible parents will train their children to do the right thing, morally and lawfully speaking. Now because it’s natural for sinners to sin, it can even be “fun” to break God’s law, for a season but the real question is, what happens after we die? Will there be a consequence for our sinning against a holy God? If hell is a real place as Jesus proclaims in Matthew 5 will you find yourself existing in hell for eternity or living in heaven for eternity. If God is real and requires accountability for our actions, where will He find you?
Let There Be Light proclaims the Light
Now the movie “Let There Be Light” does not discuss hell directly but what is does share is the message of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The idea of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on its own is enough to enrage an atheist. Reason? If the Jesus who is spoken of in the Bible is the one who He claims to be (God manifest in the flesh) and did rise from the dead He is therefore the Savior of sinners. But we each then must deal with our sin before God. We will someday face a holy, perfect, righteous God who cannot have sin in His presence. If you have ever taken the good person test, you find we all have broken God’s moral law, the Ten Commandments. However, if Jesus was a liar and did not rise from the dead despite what his disciples claimed, then none of what I am saying or what He has spoken in His word matters.
When a film shares the truth and especially the light and the One who is the Light of the world, and exposes who the enemy is and his evil plan, it will be opposed by workers of iniquity because as the Bible proclaims, “their deeds were evil”.
“This is the condemnation, that the light [Jesus] has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19
Do you know the One who is the Light?
The advertisement you see above is by Republican Elizabeth Heng and has been blocked by Facebook. Why? Because censorship of Conservatives, Christians and Republicans is becoming the new norm for Democrats and people who don’t want the masses to know what is true.
Facebook has been known to favor the left in America. They are not favorable to Christians or Conservatives in general. Our worldview, specifically a biblical one, is in direct conflict and opposition with the worldview on the left.
Censorship of Republicans and Christians might be the latest attempt by the left to try to suppress the truth about God or Conservative idealogy but Rush Limbaugh has recently offered to explain conservatism to Mark Zuckerberg. Read it here.
1. To block all those pesky Ads on websites that slow down the time it takes to load your website (you know the one’s i’m talking about)
2. To keep all those Ads (I would never intentionally click on) from popping up on websites
3. To stop unsolicited advertisements from distracting from what should be an otherwise pleasant web browsing experience
4. To block those intrusive moving and flashing spammy Ads from invading a webpage article or story
5. To keep from being tricked into clicking on links disguised as something important that are actually just more advertisements
6. To block sneeky anti Trump propaganda and false advertisements from invading and cluttering otherwise normal websites.
And I should note that if your website blocks the user from viewing your site because I use an adblocker I don’t usually visit that site again.
Do you or someone you know not like President Trump very much? In some cases, this dislike rises to the level of hatred and even violence. Jesus, despite being innocent and without sin, was hated so much He was murdered.
Nevertheless, you may be surprised to learn that this post isn’t directly about Donald Trump. In fact, it’s about something more important. If you will be gutsy with me for a few minutes I want to address your conscious and ask some big questions.
How does God view hatred?
Lets cut to the chase and find out what God thinks of hatred.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.”
“Let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,’ declares the LORD.”
Jesus declared, “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
Jesus declared (from John 7:7), ” The world… hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.”
Simply put God hates what is evil and is hated for exposing the truth. So what is evil?
The Perfect Standard (for what’s right or wrong)
The standard God uses to define what is evil is not by any human (or fallible) standard that can change or be imperfect but can be found by looking at His perfect (moral )Law the Ten Commandments.
Ever broke God’s law? Let’s see. Always put God first in your life? (1st, 2nd commandments)
Ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen something? (8th commandment)
Hated someone? God views human hatred as murder.(6th commandment)
Lusted? Jesus said to look with lust is the same as adultery (see Matthew 5:28). (7th commandment)
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word? Hitler’s and Muhammad’s names are not even hated as much to be used as a cuss word. To use God’s name to express disgust is blasphemy. (3rd commandment)
“We know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
God’s Law demonstrates His perfection and holiness, shows us our sin
What God’s moral Law does: It demonstrates His perfection while showing us our sin and what we’ve done wrong (evil).
God is holy and perfect and He cannot have sin in his presence which means no sinful person can exist in His presence without being consumed by His judgment. Sort of like a dry leaf being consumed by fire.
Hebrews 10:31 “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
And as a good judge must punish a law-breaker, God must deal with as lawbreakers for our breaking His laws. God being just and righteous means He must punish sin wherever it is found.
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
Since God must punish all lawbreakers (sinners) is there any hope for any of us?
Everlasting punishment in Hell is real for everyone who has broken God’s law unless there is a way of escape.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands; no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
God is the only one who can save mankind from His coming judgment against sin.
Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45:21)
Everlasting Life or Everlasting existence in Hell
God paid the penalty of our breaking His law through Jesus Christ. Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, took the punishment for sin by dying on a cross. While we cannot fully understand God’s sacrifice for our sin or what He went through and the love He has for us (since He’s God and we’re not) we do know he rose again after three days. Jesus’ in completing the payment for sin was raised from the grave which ultimately demonstrated His love for all who repent and believe in Him. Therefore it’s only through Jesus Christ that anyone will inherit or receive everlasting life!
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36, Titus 3:4-7, Ro 6:23)
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. (Isaiah 53:3-6)
Jesus defeated death (punishment in hell), sin and judgment for all who repent and trust in Him. Do you know where you are going after you die?
“When the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy.” (Titus 3:4-5a )
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
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Watch as Ray Comfort explains in 20 minutes the reason and the cure for school shootings and murder.