"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today are Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle."
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
Many Christians today live their lives as if they were atheists.
Being able to hold back our sinful nature has always been a problem but it seems like in these past few decades the world has just completely lost control like never before. People believe they can do what they want, when they want, and that there’s not going to be any consequences once they die.
Remember, you only live once and there are no second chances once you die. Whether you go to Heaven or Hell, you will be there forever and ever. If I only live once I’m making sure I use my time here on this Earth to glorify my God and live my life according to His Word. Remember that it is by God’s grace that you are saved, as Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." It is your faith that will save you, for you were saved only when you believed in the Lord.
People think it’s okay to have premarital sex, to get drunk, to curse, to have their palms/future read, to follow their sexual urges whether straight or homosexual, to watch pornography, etc., but it’s not. Most of all the feelings we have are sins, not because God made us sinful, but because our ancestors - Adam and Eve - chose to follow sin rather than to stay in the path of righteousness and faithfulness. God didn’t make you gay, or a drunk or a cheater, etc., it’s all on you because you were the one that chose to follow sin instead of following God’s Word which is the Bible. Don’t blame God for “being that way”. God has given you the Bible as a guide on how to live your life, you just refused to accepted His instructions. Accept God’s grace and be filled with the Holy Spirit and be inspired to follow God’s instructions.
The Bible is God’s owner manual that He was kind enough to shared with us, after all our bodies are not actually ours to do what we want with it, our bodies are His! Many people have a problem accepting this simple truth. Remember 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 which tells us “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." Because God has delivered us, He has rights over us. He did not deliver us so we could do our own thing, but so we could do His thing.
We will always be sinners as King David said in Psalms, “I was born a sinner - yes, from the moment my mother conceived me" and we’ll be sinners for as long as we’re on this Earth, but rather than keep committing these sins over and over again we should acknowledge them and ask God for forgiveness and the strength not to fall prey to them anymore. You can’t just pretend you don’t sin because we all sin, Christian or not we all sin, but you can’t keep willingly sinning against your Lord either. It’s all about stop living an unrepentant sinful lifestyle. You must acknowledge your sins and seek repentance and do the best you can not to sin again, but we’re humans and eventually we slip up and thankfully we have a God that loves us and will forgive us if we just ask for forgiveness. As the Lord Himself said in Luke 5:32, He came to call “sinners to repentance”.
God made it clear throughout the Old Testament what the Israelites should and shouldn’t be doing. In the New Testament the Lord has reinforced those rules and regulations to not only the Jews but to the believing Gentiles (the non-Israelite peoples) too, and with it the whole world now knows how we should all be living our lives and the consequences for not following His commands:
Colossians 3:5-10 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
What good does it do if you go to church every week but live your life as if God doesn’t exist? If you think you are saved because you go to church every week you are seriously mistaken and you are in for a big surprise once you die. Church doesn’t save anyone. Jesus Christ, whom is God, is the only one that can save you. You can’t fool God, He knows everything, which means you are just spending your time going to church every week if you are not willing to accept Jesus as your Savior and follow the Bible.
Are atheists gonna tell God that He doesn’t exist once they die and realize that everything Christians always talked about was true? Are Muslims and people that worship false gods going to tell Jesus that He isn’t God when they’re being judged? Are lukewarm Christians gonna tell God that they were just doing what “felt right” once they are being judged by God once they die? God allowed Jesus to die for all of us, and to live your life the way you see fit and follow your sinful nature is to completely dishonor and disrespect God’s sacrifice at the cross. How can you say you want to spend eternity in His Kingdom if you won’t even spend time with Him while you are still on this Earth?
I particularly find it amusing when people say “only God can judge me”, and you are absolutely right, only God can and He will judge you. What I try to do is bring to your attention that your life goes against what God expects of you. Attempting to educate and bring you to accept God and His commands are not the same thing as judging you. If I see you living a life that I know will lead to your destruction it’s my moral obligation to try to bring this to your attention. I surely wouldn’t want to spend eternity in Hell so I try to open your eyes to God’s Word and will, so you don’t end up in Hell either. Not everyone is ready to hear the truth as Proverbs 9:8 tells us “So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you." I will never judge anyone, that’s not my place nor do I have the authority for it, but I can at least try to make someone see that their current path leads only to their own destruction. I try to correct their path in life out of love towards my God, after all we are all His creations, not out of hate towards anyone.
Remember that our hearts are “hopelessly dark and deceitful" as God tells us in Jeremiah, hence why we are told in Proverbs to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Our “understanding” of the world is based off our sinful nature, hence why it’s so important to trust the Bible as our moral compass because the Bible is God’s Word and He is a perfect God and His rules and regulations are untainted by the sin and the corruption of the human heart.
The main problem these days is that people don’t fear the Lord as they should anymore and the fear of the Lord is absolutely a good thing, as it says in Proverbs: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge”. The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and is to be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This type of fear does not necessarily mean to be afraid of something. Rather, it is a reverential awe of God; a reverence for His power and glory. However, it is also a proper respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes.
When we have trouble obeying God, we are clearly lacking in one or both of these areas: either we forget His glory or we forget His love for us, or we forget both of them.
Having faith and believing in Jesus Christ is a good first step, but that alone won’t save you. You have to live your life according to the will of God and you must accept that God loves you and you must love Him back by accepting His instructions found in His Word. God loves you and He wants you to respect and obey Him. He will forgive any and all sins and transgressions if only you truly accept Him into your life. How can you say you love your creator and your savior if you aren’t willing to respect His Word and will?
Please remember that you being saved came at a high price. Jesus had to die a horrible death for us. You have to accept God’s gift to you, which is His amazing grace which is bestowed upon you if you simply believe, but that doesn’t excuse us from not having to live our lives according to His Word. Even the demons know Jesus Christ is God, so don’t think you are saved just because you believe in the Lord. Remember that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. You have to believe in Christ and live your life according to His Word, otherwise you’d be no better than a demon:
James 2:19 & 24 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.
So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
God loves you so incredibly much. What bigger proof of His love is there than having Him save you by His grace when all you gotta do is believe? We are sinful creatures and totally undeserving of His grace but because He loves us, every single one of us, He will bless us with His amazing grace if we just believe. That is the proof of a truly loving God.
To love the Lord is to be absolutely loyal and obedient to him in every way possible, a truth Jesus himself taught in John 14:15 when He said: “If you love me, obey my commandments.”
Accept God in your life while you still have time, for no one knows when they’ll die or when the Lord will come back.
1 Corinthians 5:11 (NLT) I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.
Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.