I was taking a leisurely path to awakening and getting out of bed this morning as I was pondering the plight of today’s Christian. Two verses came to mind:
Mat 24:21 For there shall arise false Christ’s and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
According to the Bible, we are living in the last days. The last days is where the lukewarm church is located on earth’s timeline. So, it takes no stretch of the imagination that the above verse “Matthew 24:21” has taken place leading the church into lukewarm Christianity. Consequently, today’s Christian can’t fathom the thought that their theology maybe misleading them straight to hell. More so, some Christians have even been fooled into believing there is no hell, which brings verses “Matthew 7: 21-23” into play. So, what was I pondering in my leisure awaking?
Answer, how to tell the proud, educated, devoted Christian they have been fooled. You see, today’s Christian can’t discuss any religious topic that disagrees with their lukewarm church taught doctrine. Would you like to test my theory, OK, walk up to a devoted Baptist and tell them the doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved” is not true (DUCK). You can’t argue discuss scripture with them. You have scripture that’s supports your beliefs and you understand the other side’s viewpoint, but the deceived Christian has their verses that supports their belief and doesn’t want to hear any opposing views. So, discussing the Bible is fruitless, at best both parties will have to use the man-made doctrine of “We Must Agree to Disagree 1” and move on to a more peaceful topic.
God said, I needed a different approach to at least peak their interest. Hence, came the following story. Everyone likes stories, right?
WHAT DOES A CHRISTIAN AND A ROWBOAT HAVE IN COMMON?
Our story has a few parts and characters:
|· A race||· A Christian|
|· A rowboat||· Two (2) oars|
|· An ocean||· Two (2) shores|
|· Jesus||· Hell|
|· Holy Spirit||· God’s Word|
Let’s start with the rowboat. It has a Christian working two oars. One oar is Faith the other is Obedience. The Christian is in a race from one shore to another shore where Jesus is waiting with open arms for him.
The Christian was saved on the first shore and now must work oar Faith and oar Obedience across the ocean to Jesus. This race doesn’t require a winner to be first to Jesus; it only requires that he finish the race. Both oars require the Christian to continuously work the oars to propel the boat. If he fails to use both oars, all he will just drift through life. The Christian must use both oars to maneuver around all the distractions, which are, of course, the Christians drifting through life and Christians spinning in circles from using using only one oar and lost souls, all add up to the cares of the world and all its mad desires.
Now, along the course to Jesus are many trials and tribulations like: rowing against the current, cross currents gently and quietly guiding you off course, storms, high wind, high waves and blistering hot sun. If the Christian is not prepared and failed to bring along food and water, he will starve and succumb to disillusions. Ahh, I get it, you’re not talking about just physical food and water. Very good grasshopper, you are right you will need God’s Word (you shall not live by bread alone) and Living Water (Holy Spirit) lest you grow hungry, thirsty and weak. God gives every Christian the Holy Spirit to quench his thirst and guide his path to Jesus much like a compass.
To endure to the end where Jesus awaits the arrival of His faithful, where Once Saved Always Saved becomes true, the Christian must be equipped and use the equipment God has provided. Faith, Obedience, God’s Word, Holy Spirit all requires continuous work to endure to the end of the race. Failure to continuously use and keep the equipment God provided leaves you spinning in the middle of the ocean creating a vortex that drags you down into the lake of fire commonly known as HELL.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! Mat 7:21-23
1 The doctrine “We Must Agree to Disagree” is man’s attempt to disobey God’s command in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. To see how it works click here
2 Once Saved Always Saved is a true doctrine, but not as the lukewarm church uses it today. Just because you became a Christian doesn’t mean you can’t go to hell. For clarity click here.