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5 Reasons Why Homosexuality & Gay Marriage Is Wrong

Please note that this article is meant to speak the truth in love and help people engaged in this lifestyle to understand the unchanging, unwavering & uncompromising word of God related to the issue of homosexuality & gay marriage. It is a loving but honest warning of the spiritual dangers of homosexuality and its eternal ramifications if gay people do not repent.

Let it be understood that God & many Christians are motivated by love to teach, rebuke and guide people regarding issues such as these. God loves the sinner BUT God hates the sin. Homosexuality is a sin against God. Jesus died for all sinners and that sinners may repent of their sins (including homosexuality) and be eternally reconciled to God through Christ Jesus.

The current wave by various countries of legalizing & institutionalizing gay marriage proves from a spiritual perspective that this type of sin is not a “human / equal rights” matter but it is an anti-God issue. There are many reasons why homosexuality & gay marriage is wrong.
Institutionalization of gay marriage opens the door for a Sodom and Gomorrah lifestyle of sin & reveals the extent to which man’s rebellion against sin has reached. Sodom & Gomorrah loved, celebrated & indulged in their sinful lifestyle so much that God saw it necessary to destroy the city (Genesis 18-19).

 

So what are the reasons why homosexuality and gay marriage is wrong?

 

  1. HOMOSEXUALITY DISHONOURS THE HUMAN BODY

Leviticus 18:22 refers to homosexuality as an abomination. In other words; it is detestable; it is an abhorrence; it is a defilement to the human body. (Leviticus 18:22 – You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.)

Leviticus 18:24 says “Do not defile yourselves with these things” – a clear reference to both homosexuality and beastiality which is mentioned in Leviticus 18:23.

Anatomically, the body was not designed for 2 people of the same sex to have sexual intercourse. Therefore the act of sexual intercourse between 2 people of the same sex physically and spiritually defiles, harms & dishonors the human body because it is against nature & therefore unnatural. It violates natural law. Romans 1:26,27 says the following “…For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another…”

1 Corinthians 6:18-19 NKJV – Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

Romans 1:24 NKJV – Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves

 

 

  1. GAY MARRIAGE IS ABOUT LUST & VILE PASSIONS. IT’S NOT ABOUT LOVE

The argument that the gay movement use is that if 2 people of same sex love each other then who does it harm & why should people be concerned about it. They have also argued that love has no gender and therefore 2 people with the same gender should be allowed to marry each other if they love one another.
Here’s the problem: According to God’s word, the Bible – if 2 people of the same gender engage in together in sexual relations, the motive is NOT because of love – but it’s because of “vile passions” and “burning lust”.
Romans 1:26 says that “God gave them up to VILE PASSIONS” while Romans 1:27 says that “men leave the natural use of the woman and BURNED IN LUST for one another” – indicating that from a scriptural viewpoint, homosexuality and gay marriage have NOTHING to do with true love as defined by God or the word of God.

 

 

  1. HOMOSEXUALITY & GAY MARRIAGE DEFILES THE MARRIAGE BED

Marriage was created by God to be between a man and a woman. It was not created by man. Therefore by God’s definition, marriage is not between 2 people of the same gender. Any attempt by man to institutionalize marriage to include 2 people of the same gender is an open rebellion against God.
Homosexuality opposes God’s purpose for sex because it violates the natural law and purpose of sex. Indeed sex is meant to be enjoyed. However, sex is meant to be enjoyed between a man & a woman; between a husband & a wife.
Therefore because homosexuality is a defilement according to Leviticus 18:22 the union of 2 gay people defiles the marriage bed. Any type of sexual immorality is a defilement of the marriage bed.
Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Furthermore, only a man and a woman who are married can become “one flesh” as the Bible states. Two men cannot be “one flesh”, neither can 2 women.
Genesis 2:23-24 NKJV – And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

 

 

  1. HOMOSEXUALITY & GAY MARRIAGE DESTROYS FAMILIES & FAMILY VALUES

God’s design for a family is that there be a husband, a wife and children. For a child/children to have 2 fathers or 2 mothers is a sad distortion of what it means to be in a family. It is a bad example for children. It denies a child either a father or a mother and it infects children with poor family values as they grow up. In a “marriage” where the parents are of the same gender, a child will most likely not be living with any of his/her biological parents and the atmosphere of living with 2 parents of the same gender will confuse the child morally and spiritually.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NKJV – And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Proverbs 22:6 NKJV – Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

 

  1. HOMOSEXUALITY & GAY MARRIAGE OFFENDS GOD

Homosexuality & gay marriage is so offensive to God that God will not allow homosexuals to enter His kingdom. Therefore this type of lifestyle should not be taken lightly. It has nothing to do with a person being homophobic or intolerant. Homosexual lifestyle will cost a person eternal life because it is an abomination that offends God on many different levels such as God’s design & definition of sex, marriage, family, humanity and the human body.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexualswill inherit the kingdom of God.

The homosexual lifestyle was one of the main reasons why God had to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19). Their sinful lifestyle was so rebellious against God that they thought that the men of Sodom & Gomorrah wanted to gang rape 2 of God’s angels who happened to be disguised as men. Their rebellion had no limits.
This is the problem with homosexuality & gay marriage. It is offensive to God and God will judge and punish unrepentant actions towards this type of lifestyle.

 

God Loves the Sinner but Hates the Sin

God’s love and grace is extended to ALL people regardless of our sinful lifestyles. Jesus did not die for the righteous, but He died for sinners.
Luke 5:31-32 NKJV – Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Furthermore, God is just and faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins. There is no sin that God cannot forgive but He is ready to forgive us when we realize that we are sinners.

Homosexuality is a sin that God will forgive if we confess and we do not need to walk in condemnation.

1 John 1:8-10 NKJV – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED / BECOME A CHILD OF GOD & A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

As mentioned above, salvation is a FREE GIFT and salvation is not received by works but it is received by FAITH in Jesus Christ. It is that simple. A person must repent & by faith accept Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour because Jesus is the only way, the truth & the life and the only Mediator between God & man.

 

  1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
    You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
  2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
    Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
    Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
  3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
    God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
  4. BELIEVE:“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
    You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
  5. RECEIVE:“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
    By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision Now and Pray the Following Prayer?

You can say this prayer below. You’re saved by FAITH in Jesus Christ. This prayer is only an expression of your trust & belief in Jesus.

Pray this prayer to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour right now:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

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Why Is Homosexuality A Big Issue?

Why is homosexuality a big issue with both Christians and non-Christians? Why does this issue continue making headlines through-out the world and will homosexuality ever be accepted as a normal lifestyle specifically by Christians?

There is no doubt that the Biblical view of homosexuality is that this sexual lifestyle is a sin against God and that God does not and He will never accept homosexuality as being a good thing.

The Bible of course mentions that there are many other sins that God hates but in this current time homosexuality and gay marriage are the issues that have taken centre stage and because these particular issues are being debated prominently in media, politics, and law it is important to understand why homosexuality is a big deal and why most Christians are vehemently against homosexuality & gay marriage.

  1. Homosexuality Is Viewed As Not Hurting Anybody

The argument often used by gay supporters is that homosexuality does not hurt anyone, and that there is nothing wrong if 2 people (of the same sex) love each other.
The truth is, homosexuality DOES hurt someone. It hurts the very people involved in the homosexual relationship and there are physical, biological, spiritual & eternal ramifications when people openly rebel against God in order to live this kind of lifestyle (1 Corinthians 6:9).
Homosexuality also hurts the gay person because when a homosexual is involved in a homosexual relationship that person sins against his own body & his own soul (1 Corinthians 6:18).
Then why should Christians care? A Christian cares enough because he/she is motivated by love to speak the truth and to help people understand God’s love and God’s mind so that they may be saved from the deception of the devil.
Biologically and spiritually, a gay person is hurt in different ways. The Bible, history, our physiology and creation itself argue against same-sex marriage. Marriage is designed to be between a male and a female. Homosexuality & same-sex marriage goes against God’s natural order and purpose.
Genesis 2:24 NKJV – Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

A man shall leave his mother (female) and father (male) to be with his wife (female) so that the two of them (as male & female) can start their own family.

According to God’s word, only a man and a woman can become “one flesh”

God did not intend for a man and another man to become “one flesh”, nor did God intend for a woman and another woman to become “one flesh”.

Therefore homosexuality dishonors the soul and body of a person because a person does not use their body for what God originally & biologically intended.
Romans 1:24-27 NKJV – Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves… For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

 

  1. Homosexuality Is A Celebrated Sin

When was the last time you heard that a husband committed adultery, and the press, the media and the celebrities applauded as “righteous” and “brave” at the actions of a man cheating on his wife.
When was the last time you heard that a loving parent was delighted to learn that his/her 17 year old child is sexually active with somebody and that fornicating is good & healthy for a teenage child?
If a person is cringing or frowning at the above examples or if one finds them absurd even in the slightest it shows that our conscious reflects that such sexual actions are neither normal no appropriate.
However, unlike any other sexual lifestyle or behavior, homosexuality is being publically promoted, celebrated and applauded aggressively by people who support this lifestyle in an effort to normalize this sinful behavior in the minds and hearts of people.
Isaiah 5:20 ESV – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who put darkness for light and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

 

  1. Homosexuality Is Causing Persecution Among People Who Don’t Accept the Lifestyle

There are some who accuse those who speak against homosexuality & gay marriage as promoting hate speech.
The truth is, it is the duty of every true born again Christian to speak against sin and to speak about the Good News of Jesus Christ and the redemption from sin that Jesus Christ offers us through His finished work on the cross.
Therefore a true Bible believing Christian cannot speak against the word of God nor can he/she support something that he/she knows to be a sin. Therefore because God highlights several times that homosexuality is a sin, it is the duty of true Christians to speak the mind of God regarding this issue. This is therefore one of the reasons why homosexuality continues to be a big issue. Gay supporters & Christian believers have taken a strong stance against each other and of late it’s the Christians who seem to be suffering persecution for standing in support of God’s word.
1 Peter 3:13-17 NKJV – And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”   15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

 

  1. Homosexuality Is Being Normalized & Desensitized Through Film & Media

Films & other various forms of media are being used in order to “normalize” and desensitize people’s perception of homosexuality & gay marriage. Not only are adults the target but also children are gradually becoming targeted in order for children to accept homosexuality as a normal lifestyle as they grow into adulthood.
1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality
The truth is, in God’s eyes, sin is sin. Homosexuality is such a huge problem to the human condition that the Bible says that people who “practice homosexuality” will not inherit the kingdom of God.
This is another reason why homosexuality is a big issue. Attempting to normalize homosexuality will never change God’s view of this sin. In fact, according to the Bible, homosexuality can cost a person’s place in the kingdom of God. This is why Christians warn people of the spiritual dangers of homosexuality.

 

  1. Those Who Accept & Agree With Homosexuality Are Seen As Progressive People

Not only has the secular world accepted homosexuality & gay marriage but very slowly and gradually there are apostate pastors and apostate churches that are coming out in support of homosexuality. Such apostate pastors & churches are readily seen as being “progressive” and “tolerant” in the eyes of the world and gay supporters while Christians who oppose are denounced as homophobic & intolerant.
However, the Scriptures teach that Christians should not be conformed to the standards & culture of the world and its systems (Romans 12:2). Christian beliefs are governed by the word of God.
James 4:4 NKJV – Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
There is no progressive thinking behind supporting the sin of homosexuality. Rather, whenever people vehemently support the sin nature they oppose the mind of God and cause their conscious to be seared and their mind to be debased.
Romans 1:27-29 NKJV – Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

 

God Loves the Sinner but Hates the Sin

God’s love and grace is extended to ALL people regardless of our sinful lifestyles. Jesus did not die for the righteous, but He died for sinners.
Luke 5:31-32 NKJV – Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Furthermore, God is just and faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins. There is no sin that God cannot forgive but He is ready to forgive us when we realize that we are sinners.

Homosexuality is a sin that God will forgive if we confess and we do not need to walk in condemnation.

1 John 1:8-10 NKJV – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

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DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED / BECOME A CHILD OF GOD & A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

As mentioned above, salvation is a FREE GIFT and salvation is not received by works but it is received by FAITH in Jesus Christ. It is that simple. A person must repent & by faith accept Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour because Jesus is the only way, the truth & the life and the only Mediator between God & man.

 

  1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
    You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
  1. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
    Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
    Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
  1. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
    God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
  1. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
    You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
  1. RECEIVE:“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
    By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision Now and Pray the Following Prayer?

You can say this prayer below. You’re saved by FAITH in Jesus Christ. This prayer is only an expression of your trust & belief in Jesus.

Pray this prayer to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour right now:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

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Why Does God Seem Distant?

Do you struggle with habitual sin and feel as if God is distant whenever you have sinned?
Do you struggle with the thought that perhaps God doesn’t accept you or approve you – especially after you have backslidden?
Do you struggle with guilt and condemnation and the thought that God doesn’t love you because you sin too often?

If you are struggling with any or all of the above issues it might be due to a very simple reason. The reason can be summed up in one word: FEELINGS.

Psalms 34:18 NKJV
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Psalms 51:17 NKJV
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart — These, O God, You will not despise.

The word “contrite” is defined as feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offences; penitent; repentant.

Both Psalms 34:18 & Psalms 51:17 tell us that God saves and He is near to those who have a contrite heart. Therefore, God DOES NOT distance Himself from people who feel contrite, repentant or sorrowful for their sins. God is close to the broken-hearted and He does not despise broken people because He wants to save and mend them.

 

Should You Trust Your Feelings?
You cannot always trust your feelings. But you can ALWAYS trust God’s word.
The wrong feelings will give us the wrong perceptions of our situation.
If we live according to our feelings and not by faith in God’s word, we will create the wrong perception of God’s character and the mercy and grace that He offers us whenever we have sinned.

 

Why Do We Feel God Is Distant When We Sin or Backslide?
So why does God seem distant? Below is what internally happens to us whenever we feel as if God is distant, especially when we have sinned or backslidden:

  1. We Have Not Confessed Our Sin
    Whenever we sin, it’s very important for us to confess our sins to God. A sign that we are sorrowful or willing to repent of our sins is through the confession of our sins to the Lord.
    1 John 1:9 ESV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

  1. We Feel Condemned
    Feelings of condemnation can make us feel as if God is distant. However, scripture tells us that those people who are born again Christians are not condemned. Therefore a Christian should never walk in condemnation.
    Romans 8:1 ESV – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    John 3:18 ESV – Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

 

  1. We Are Listening to the Accuser of the Brethren
    The devil will try to make you believe that your sin is too big for God to forgive you. Sometimes the devil may even make you believe that you have sinned too often that your confessions and your remorse mean nothing to God. First the devil tempts you. When you fall for the temptation, he then accuses you of your sin as if he himself was not involved in your temptation.
    Any thought pattern concerning your sin that does not bring to light God’s saving grace, God’s mercy and God’s willingness to forgive your sins through Christ will actually be the voice of the devil trying to tell you that there is no way out for your sin.
    However, there is a way out. His name is Jesus and He died for our sins on the cross.
    John 3:16-18 ESV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
    Revelation 12:10-11 ESV – And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

 

  1. We Have Failed to Understand that God is Not a Man
    Unlike man, God promises to forget our sins and to forgive us of our sins when we confess them.
    God chooses not to remember our sins when He forgives us. People may hold grudges and people may choose not to forgive, however God unlike a human is always faithful to forgive and forget when we sincerely confess our sins.
    Isaiah 43:25 ESV – I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

 

  1. We Falsely Believe That We Are Saved by our Works and not by Grace
    When we consciously or sub-consciously believe that we are saved by our personal works or personal effort, we will create the false impression in our minds that God distances Himself from us whenever we miss the mark.
    While God hates sin, it’s important for us to realize that God does not hate the sinner. It’s the very reason why Christ came; because God loves us despite our flaws (John 3:16)
    God does not judge us according to our personal works because our own effort can never give us salvation. It’s work of Christ on the cross that brings salvation.
    Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

Conclusion

I would like to encourage you by saying that there is hope and we can always rely on the love, grace and mercy of God in our daily walk with the Lord. God is near to those with a contrite heart (Psalms 51:17).

The Bible also clearly says that the “just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Therefore we cannot live by our feelings, because our feelings can mislead us. Our feelings are dictated by external circumstances, but our faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith is therefore dependent on hearing and believing God’s word and God’s promises irrespective of the external factors.

So where is God when we have sinned? God is very close to you (Psalms 34:18). He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

9 Myths About Christianity

When we look at ourselves, other people, societies or even God, we all sometimes form our own perceptions and views. However our personal perceptions are never always correct / accurate especially when our perception is compared with the real truth. Myths or false perceptions can sometimes be very dangerous. For example, for centuries there have been many myths about Christianity which have existed, to the extent that these myths or false perceptions have caused people to take extreme measures against Christians through acts of persecuting & killing of many Christians. Below is an attempt to look at a few of the myths about Christians & Christianity and to address what the Bible actually says about such myths.

MYTH 1: A Person Becomes A Christian Due To Certain Affiliations

A person does not automatically become a Christian just because he was born in a church-going family. Neither is being baptized as a baby or being born in a Christian country or having a Christian name automatically make one a Biblical born again Christian. Being part of a particular church denomination or church affiliation does not automatically make a person a Christian.
John 1:12-13 ESVBut to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:3-7 ESVJesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.   7  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

MYTH 2: A Christian Is Saved By His Personal Ability & Effort. If Our Personal Good Works Outweigh Our Bad Works We Will Go To Heaven
Every person is a sinner in God’s eyes. According to God there is nobody who is righteous before Him (Romans 3:10As it is written: None is righteous, no, not one) and (Romans 3:23For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) Therefore because of our sins and because we are sinners we cannot save ourselves from God’s punishment. We instead need a Saviour to save us from God’s eternal punishment. That Saviour is Jesus Christ. Therefore Christians are not saved by personal effort or by intelligent ability, but Christians are saved because of the what Jesus did for the world on the cross through God’s love and grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESVFor by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
John 3:16-17 ESVFor God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.

MYTH 3: The Christian Life Is About Health, Wealth & Luxuries
The continued rise of the false teachings of the prosperity gospel and word of faith movement have attempted to distort the real meaning and essence of true Biblical Christianity and what is means to be a Biblical born again Christian. Many times Jesus spoke against the pursuit of monetary riches and instead encouraged His followers to seek God’s kingdom first and to seek after the things in Heaven which do not perish. Jesus also told His followers that they should be prepared to forsake every worldly pleasure or desire and take up their cross and follow Him. Therefore having money or various forms of assets and luxuries is not an indication of whether a person is a Christian or of their spiritual faith and maturity.
Luke 12:15-21 NKJV – And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Matthew 6:24 ESV – No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 6:19-21 ESVDo not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,  20  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

MYTH 4: The Christian Life Is Easy, Happy-Clappy & Free From Serious Problems & Challenges
A person’s problems do not end when he/she becomes a Christian. However, through Christ these problems can be overcome and Christ is able to still give you strength, peace and joy even in the midst of a bad situation. (John 16:33 ESVI have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world).
It’s important to note that God’s people throughout scripture, throughout history and even in this present day continue to face problems, challenges and persecutions because of their Christian faith and belief in God. Therefore Christians are not exempt from tribulation and the Christian walk is challenging but it is nevertheless worthwhile because of its eternal benefits in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 7:13-14 ESVEnter 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.  14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
John 15:18-21 ESVIf the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  19  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours.  21 But all these things they will do to you on account of My name, because they do not know Him who sent Me.
James 1:2-4 ESVCount it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

MYTH 5: Christianity Is About Following A Set Of Rules or Do’s & Don’ts
Christianity is a lifestyle. It is a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is a loving relationship between God and man. Christianity is more than following a rule book. The Bible is not just a rule book. It is God’s word; God’s story; God’s message to anyone who is willing to listen, learn and obey (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESVAll Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work).
John 14:6-7 ESVJesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  7  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
John 14:23-24 ESVJesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
John 15:13-17 ESVGreater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.  14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.  15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant  does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

MYTH 6: Christianity Is Out of Touch & Out of Date With The Modern World
The argument is that Christians cling to a set of values that date back more than 2000 years ago and that such old values do not apply to modern 21st century thinking and culture. The rise of liberal thinking and gay rights for example are a few examples which are used to demonstrate that while the world is changing and tolerant, the Christian faith remains out of touch and intolerant on many moral issues. The truth is – God does not change and God’s moral values do not change. God’s word and values apply to any year; any century and any lifetime.
Romans 12:2 ESVDo not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Hebrews 13:8-9 ESVJesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. FI-B-myth
MYTH 7: The Christian Faith Is Oppressive To People’s Freedoms
God’s word and values are never meant to bring about oppression and bondage. In fact, it is a life of sin that will eventually bring bondage and condemnation to one’s life. The truth of God’s word is however meant to set you free from sin through Christ Jesus. God is able to set people free from the bondages of depression, drug addiction, porn addiction, hatred, jealousy and all sorts of sins that we have difficulty overcoming. When you have a relationship with God, you will find fulfillment, direction and meaning to your life.
John 8:31-32 ESVSo Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:36 ESVSo if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 10:10 ESVThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

MYTH 8: Christianity Is A Kill-Joy
The perception is that if a person becomes a Christian, he/she will no longer have to enjoy life because Christianity is perceived as having a set of rules which will kill the joy and fun out of life. So is Christianity a killjoy? Well the answer depends with what kind of things or activities you perceive as fun and joy. If your idea of a good time is getting drunk; taking drugs; fornicating; watching pornography and the like, then such activities do not agree with the Christian lifestyle. However, non of these activities can be considered to bring about true lasting and meaningful happiness and joy. Such activities are a temporary high which only feed the flesh but never constructively build you as a person. Such activities are what the Bible calls “the pleasures of sin”. Sin indeed is pleasurable but only for a short while and with very devastating consequences in the long term. While Christianity teaches us to subdue our fleshly desires, Christianity however offers true joy found through Christ and it offers a meaningful life when you have a relationship with God your Creator.
Romans 8:5-8 ESVFor those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Galatians 5:16-24 ESVBut I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  

MYTH 9: Christians Dislike Anybody Who Disagrees With Them
Christians have been accused of being homophobic, anti-abortion and the like. The truth is real Christians are not taught to hate anybody. Christians are commanded to love their neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40 ESVAnd he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  38 This is the great and first commandment.  39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself). However, this does not mean that a Christian must be tolerant of a person’s sin or sinful lifestyle. In fact, it is out of love that a Christian speaks against homosexuality or abortion for example. Christians are taught to love the sinner but hate the sin.
Romans 12:9 ESV Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good
2 Timothy 4:2-5 ESVPreach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3  For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How Can A Loving God Send People to Hell?

Many people have often wondered: If God is so loving, how can he send people to a horrible place like hell? This question could be answered in the following way:

Think of a person whom you love very dearly. It could be your wife, your child, your husband or even your best friend. Then one day you discover that a serial killer broke into your loved one’s home during the night and then raped your loved one and then killed her before escaping. Such an inhumane and disturbing crime committed to your loved one by this murderer would obviously grieve and horrify you I’m sure. However, after several investigations into this heinous crime, the police capture this serial killer and the killer is brought before the judge for sentencing. Before the judge’s sentencing it was discovered through evidence that the killer is unrepentant of his crimes and even scoffs at the law. How would you want this judge to sentence the rapist/murderer who committed this crime against your loved one?

Which of the options would you expect the judge to take? Would you want the judge to:

a)      Give this killer the just sentence he deserves and sentence the killer to jail according to the full requirements of the law? OR

b)      Allow this killer to go free; to immediately go back into society and not be punished for the heinous crimes he has committed against not only your loved one, but perhaps against many other people who also lost their loved ones as a result of this killer’s crimes?

Let’s just assume this judge does Option B and decides to allow this serial killer to go scot free and not be punished at all. As a person who lost his loved one because of the crime of this killer,

1)      How would you feel about this judge or this judge’s sentencing?

2)      Would you feel that the judge is a righteous, just and loving judge for allowing this unrepentant killer go free?

3)      Would you feel that there ought to be more judge’s like him/her who allow every or any criminal to be set free irrespective of their crimes; irrespective of the fact that they mocked the laws; irrespective that they were unrepentant; and irrespective that they had no regard for the authority in the land because these criminals believed that they should be allowed to do as they please?

I’m sure you would agree, that it would be a very suspicious and troubling scenario if the judge executed Option B. The judge’s ethics, morality and understanding of the law would be questioned given the crime. Because if a just judge is to judge the crime, then he would make sure that the time would fit the crime.

So, how can a loving God send people to hell? To further and fully understand the answer to this type of question, we also need to understand the following 5 issues:

 

1)      WHAT IS GOD’s NATURE?

a)      God is Love – 1 John 4:16-17 ESV – So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

b)      God is Just & Righteous – Psalms 7:11-12 ESV – God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. 12 If a man does not repent, God will whet His sword; He has bent and readied his bow;

c)       God is Holy – 1 Peter 1:16 ESV – Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”.

d)      God is Forgiving – 1 John 1:9 ESV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

e)      God wants EVERYBODY to Repent and NOT Perish – 2 Peter 3:9 ESV – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

f)       God chooses to be gracious and merciful according to His will – Exodus 33:19-20 ESV – And he said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you My name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

 

2)      WHAT IS SIN, AND HOW DOES GOD FEEL ABOUT SIN?

a)      God sees sin as being a crime against His law and His principles. Therefore in God’s eyes, sins are like crimes that cannot be allowed to go unpunished.

Proverbs 11:21 ESV – Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered

b)      Sin can basically be defined as any type of wrongdoing against God. In other words, if God says that a certain behavior, thought pattern or lifestyle is wrong or bad, then that behavior or lifestyle can be defined as being a sin. Sin cannot be defined through the eyes of the world or by the world standards and systems. Sin can only be defined through God’s eyes and by God Himself.

c)       Everybody is a sinner and is guilty of sin. Nobody is inherently good and all of mankind is capable of sin no matter how big or how small we may think our sins are.

1 John 1:10 ESV – If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Romans 3:10 ESV – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”

Romans 3:23 ESV – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

d)      Sin has the detrimental effect of causing a spiritual separation between God and man. Therefore sin causes rebellion against God and if allowed to rule in a person’s life – without true repentance – sin will prevent a genuine and saving relationship with God.

Isaiah 59:2 ESV – But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that He does not hear.

 

3)      WHAT IS GOD’s SOLUTION FOR SIN?

a)      Since God desires that EVERYBODY would repent and NOT perish according to 2 Peter 3:9, God’s solution for the problem of sin is to save mankind from the punishment of ETERNAL HELL through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-17 ESV –  For God so loved the world,  that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.

b)      Because EVERY person is a sinner and is guilty of sin, therefore every person should be punished. However, by God’s love, grace and mercy, He sent Jesus who was sinless, to take our punishment as a sacrifice for our sins in place of us. Jesus came to take the punishment for our crimes against God. Therefore Christ died in our place as our substitute. The price of our redemption had to be the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Hebrews 9:22 ESV – Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

John 1:29-30 ESV – The next day he (John) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV – For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 3:18 ESV – For Christ also suffered  once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

 

4)      WHAT ARE GOD’s CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION FROM HELL?

God’s offer of salvation is FREE. You don’t have to pay any pastor any money for it. You are not saved by your own good works, but you are saved by God’s grace or undeserved kindness. Therefore in order to be saved, you must

a)      You must ACKNOWLEDGE: You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Luke 18:13 – “God be merciful to me a sinner”

b)      You must REPENT: Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action; Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him.

Luke 13:3 – “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish”

Acts 3:19 – “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out”

c)       You must CONFESS: God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

Romans 10:9 – “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”

d)      You must BELIEVE: You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God.You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.

John 1:12-13 – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

e)      You must RECEIVE: By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God; you are saved from eternal hell.

John 1:11-13 – He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

 

5)      WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCE FOR REFUSING GOD’s SALVATION PLAN

So how can a loving God send people to hell?

a)      If we make the choice of refusing to receive God’s FREE offer of salvation through Jesus Christ we are in fact refusing to be aligned with God.

b)      If we make the choice that we do not need God or the Lordship of Christ Jesus in our life, we automatically condemn ourselves.

c)       If we mock God and mock His word and scoff at God’s loving act of sending Jesus for our sake, to become our substitute, we are in fact refusing to be part of God’s salvation plan.

d)      If we make the conscious choice to not believe in God’s existence and to not follow or believe that His word gives us moral and spiritual guidance then we risk taking the path that leads to eternal damnation if we do not repent.

e)      If we refuse to repent but instead continue to be led by the standards of this world and false doctrines, we might risk the chance of leaving no room for the one true God to save us from eternal hell.

f)       If we do not believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour we become condemned already. However if we receive Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour we become a new creation who will not be condemned to hell – but instead we will receive the free gift of eternal life and reside in the eternal presence of the Lord.

Romans 6:23 ESV – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:17-21 ESV – For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  19  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.  20  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 ESV – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Revelations 21:6-8 ESV – And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7  The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Romans 1:18-32 ESV – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened

Conclusion

The truth is this: People send THEMSELVES to hell by the rebellious choices they make against God and by not heeding to God’s warnings and not committing to God’s FREE plan for salvation through Jesus Christ.

Just because we decide to believe in our mind that neither God nor hell exists, it does not mean that the TRUTH will change. Hell exists and it is eternal.

The GOOD NEWS is that God offers a way of escape from the punishment of hell through Christ Jesus.

To know more about what the Bible says about hell, read BIBLE VERSES ABOUT HELL.

 

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHILD OF GOD? DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED FROM ETERNAL HELL?

God exists. God loves you even if you are a sinner. Jesus died for ALL of us who have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). God also loves you even if you don’t believe in Him. However, if you really want to know what a person’s character is like – you have to get to know that person one-on-one. We cannot accurately judge a person unless we personally know him/her.

God wants to have a one-on-one relationship with you. God wants to show you how much He loves and cares for you. If you would like to know God and to have a personal relationship with Him you need to believe and ask Jesus Christ to become your Lord & Saviour.

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