John 18: 37 “So then,” Pilate said to him, “You are a king, after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I am a king. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the truth. Every one who belongs to the truth listens to me.” 38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”
For believers in Yeshua, truth is something very simple to answer. Yeshua is “the way, the truth and the life.” as He so eloquently declared. He is the embodiment of everything that is good and that is holy. He is a good G-d and He loved us so much that He died for our sins, and that if we choose to believe in Him, accept His Word, and obey His commandments, we are promised an eternal life with Him in heaven.
However, the flip side of all of this is what happens if you choose to not believe that Yeshua is the only begotten Son of G-d who died for our sins, and is the only way to heaven. The Bible makes it clear what happens to those unrepentant sinners:
8 But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshipers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”
There are many people out there who fall into the latter category here as unrepentant sinners, but for whatever reason, do not think this applies to them. They say, “How can a loving G-d send people to hell?” Also, if they are confronted either through a sermon, or another believer sharing the gospel, they will often chastise the believer stating, “What about judge not lest ye be judged?”
All of these are tactics done by people to accomplish one simple purpose. That purpose is to deny the reality of the situation, which Yeshua said Himself, about the spiritual condition of man, in that they do not realize that they are on their way to hell. They do not want to accept the plain and simple truth that there is an afterlife and there are only two destinations one can arrive at. They do not want to accept that they are in fact sinners, and their continued life of sin is going to culminate in an eternity of pain and suffering, and worst of all, eternal separation from G-d with no hope at that point of being rescued.
I have recently seen this denial of reality come up yet again after the shootings in #Orlando a few weeks ago, and which I wrote about here. What has happened is that I have seen the argument come up once again of whether or not homosexuality is a sin or not. You would think that Leviticus put the issue to rest, but there are many that do not accept this. They have bought into the lie that this is the way they were born, and if there is a G-d, then why would He make them gay and then send them to hell?
I have even seen articles written by so-called “gay Christians” trying to legitimize this lifestyle by portraying themselves to the effect of, “Hey I’m gay just like you, but I am still a Christian because I believe in G-d.” They go through some very awesome rhetorical acrobatics to somehow establish the argument that being gay is o.k., that it’s not sinful, and that traditional views of the gospel are hateful, and thus make the people haters that refuse to accept or preach the new gospel of “inclusion” when it comes to homosexuality.
But this argument is not limited to homosexuality. Insert alcoholism, heterosexual immorality (that’s called sex out of wedlock), lewdness, swearing, theft, murder, abuse, whatever you care to add in the long list of sins, I have actually seen people try to justify such behavior and think they are on the way to heaven. They use the same arguments as anyone else as to why would a loving G-d send someone to hell, and the whole “judge not..”yadda yadda yadda.
People who are living contrary to the Word of G-d, as I stated earlier, use incredible lines of “logic” and “reasoning” to justify their lifestyle choices and their sin so that they feel better about themselves, and to try and change the public’s perception about such vices. However, there is always one thing missing from their lines of reasoning: Scripture to backup their claims that (insert specific sin here) is o.k. They can never come up with a single shred of Biblical documentation to validate that being gay, a drunk, a whore (whether male or female whores), verbally abusive, etc is not a sin, and will not send them to hell. Yet what is interesting is that if you ask them a point blank question like, “Have you ever read the Bible?”, they will immediately respond that they have.
Yeah..right…sure you didn’t.
The “truth”, that I mentioned at the beginning of this article, is that the world rejects “The Truth”, which is Yeshua, because they simply do not want to accept that they are on a road to hell. They do not want to change who they think they are and how they are living, but instead, want G-d to change. They want us to bless their sin, up to and including, preaching “acceptance” which is nothing more than a modern term that translates to compromising the gospel. If you preach anything else less than this to them, then they see you as the problem, not themselves.
The Bible sums up why people choose sin very well:
19 “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20 For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed.
Did you get that? These are the words of Yeshua Himself stating that these sort of people love the darkness. So the next time the argument comes up from people as to “would G-d really judge people for sinning?”, well now you have an answer, which leads my to my final thoughts.
Only G-d’s Word is going to be an effective tool in this modern age of moral relativism and “anything goes” attitudes. That does not mean that each person we share the gospel with are going to accept Yeshua on the spot. However, what we are doing is assuring that these people hear the gospel and that our hands are clean of their blood by not sharing it. That is not to say we do it for spiritual insurance, because we do not. However, out of genuine compassion for humanity we share the message of our L-rd, because we do not want anyone going to hell. No other types of debate skills are going to get the message of G-d across better than us quoting what He said. It is up to others whether they want to accept, or reject “The Truth” the same way it has been since the dawn of man.
As this particular dispensation of time that we are living in progresses, we as believers are seeing radical changes in our society regarding what is now acceptable, versus what is unacceptable. I pray that you all will continue to hold fast to the gospel of our L-rd no matter what. People will call you haters. (They are already calling me one) People will say you are archaic, backwards, and some may even threaten you with losing your job. However, if you endure until the end, your reward is going to be something incalculable by any human means. Stand fast in His Word!