No Punishment?


They say, “Look I have lied and nothing has come of it.  God has not punished me.  I am perfectly sound of body and mind”.

By this they go about lying without fear of punishment.  Could it be that the punishment is not physical?  Could it be that the punishment comes in the way of denial; that the Glory of God is distant from them?

They lie because it is their nature.  And the transforming power of God to be faithful to truth is distant from them.  But they don’t see this.

Their eyes are on the things of this world.  They expect the things of God to appear in the same way that a man will appear. 

God is Spirit, man is flesh.  But the day will come when every man is no longer flesh.  On that day everyone will appear before the Most High God and receive the just and full punishment for his wickedness.

By their lack of punishment, men even have gone so far as to say there is no God.  But look how blind they are to what is forever.  Look how they fail to to take into consideration that God has never lied, from forever to forever he is true.

There is the gospel; the sacrifice of Christ Jesus for every liar.  But let this article simply point out our need for the gospel.  The words of Christ are not far from us.  Go and search them out.

Eternal Mechanics


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I saw I headline that asked the question, “If God is love then why is homosexuality condemned?”  I’m not going to waste my time trying to pick a part sexually immorality.  Those who are embroiled in such a sin would not listen to me anyway.  I know the power of sexual deviance.  I know the power of a rebellious heart.  I know the volatility of pride.  So I won’t waste my time trying to explain why sexual immorality does not find God’s approval.  (Yes, dear creatures, homosexuality is sin!)

But the question could be asked in regard to any sin.  The answer has no respect for any particular sin.  Lying, stealing, murder, gluttony, pride, you name it, they all fall under the heading of deviance.  Why bother to single one out?

The question simply shows a monumental misunderstanding.  The consequences of this misunderstanding are dire!  And I can’t find words to express it more strongly.  (But the strength of an expression does not necessarily lend to its viability in the readers mind.) There is absolutely no deviance in Life.  But death is full of deviance from Life.  Life lives, death dies.  A childish way to put it, but it’s true none the less.

Try to understand.  God is Pure Life.  There is not the slightest speck of deviance within him.  It is impossible.  The question above cannot be spoken by a holy creature, or even a sincere heart.  It can only be spoken by a deviant soul; that is to say, a soul which does not contain perfect Life.

Everything in creation comes in threes.  You ask a question, you get an answer, there must be a response.  Ask any good salesman and he will tell you, “No” is a legitimate response.  “No” does not provide what is desired.  But it is a legitimate response, and it is absolutely necessary to give it its proper place.

The salesman offers you an opportunity to purchase a remedy for a problem.  You have a legitimate, free will, right to say no.  That doesn’t condemn the offer.  It simply elevates your right to choose

The question that comes after the first one, has to do with condemnation.  “Will God truly destroy the sinner?”  The answer is quite simple.  The sinner destroys himself.  And God is not diminished by the sinner’s death.

God doesn’t need to take any action at all.  He doesn’t make you sin.  It’s entirely your choice.  And again, the question of destruction only comes from a mind full of destruction.

Take note that both questions have nothing to do with obedience.  They have to do with justification of deviance.  They do not come from a willing student, they come from a rebellious and proud soul.

And though such questions raise up anger in me, I cannot blame the deviant for being what they are.  Nor does God blame you for being deviant.  He will simply put you in the place built for deviants. 

It’s just a matter of eternal mechanics.  Death belongs to death, life belongs to life.  Wickedness belongs to deviance, obedience belongs to what is holy.  It’s really not that complicated.

If you see a black widow spider in the cradle of your only son, you will surely kill it.  You desire health and life for your baby.  And you will protect it with violence.  In essence: you do not hate the spider, you love the life of your child.  I can guarantee you the spider will not understand.  But it won’t matter, will it?  If you can’t grasp why God would destroy the sinner, what is it to him if you don’t understand?

Why should it be surprising that God will protect eternity?  No sin, no sinner, no deviance, no rebellion, no wicked thing or person, will be allowed entrance into eternity.  And striving to justify your sin does absolutely nothing to change the violence of God’s Holy Love.

How much does God love?  I mean to ask, what is the nature of the love of God?  He is so firm and beautiful, and full of life, that he was willing to send His Holy Son to die at the hands of his enemies; that he may become to sacrifice for them.  He sent His Son into a bowl of rebellion, so that God could have the means to change them.

But take note of this: he desires to impart the pureness of eternal life.  The sacrifice of Christ Jesus is not an open-ended credit card.  The mercy of God is extended so that we will not fear to come near him and learn.  His intent is to change us, not to accept us as we are.

Specifically, what is it we need to learn?  We need to learn to stop trying to justify our deviance.  We need to learn to recognize the nature of our rebellion against him.  And with this recognition comes some semblance of humility.  And humility is the foundation of eternal learning. 

How can a rebellious and proud student learn anything in a classroom?  The teacher is not going to change his rebellious attitude.  Its up to the child to listen and to observe.  It is impossible that a rebellious soul will learn anything from the Living God.  Such a soul does not come to him to learn.  He only comes with justification for his rebellion.

If you had a foolish employee who refused to learn, you would eventually get rid of him.  If you told him to present a written intent to change his ways, and he showed up with a list of justifications, would you be irritated?  You might make a few comments, in the interview, to draw out your desire from him.  But if blame and justification is his continual response, he will be looking for a new job.

God only asks that we have a willing heart to ask for his help.  You may question whether he is willing to help you or not.  Isn’t the testimony of Christ Jesus, as found in the Gospels, enough proof for you?

The Holy Father sent his eternal Son into a body of flesh.  When the time was right, the Lord Jesus began to speak the words of His Holy Father.  And God confirmed his Holy Son’s words by many miracles.  From the healing of a common fever, to the raising of the dead!  God proved that Jesus was His Holy Son. 

It really doesn’t matter whether you believe that or not.  That is now the nature of creation.  It did happen.  And Christianity exists because of God’s love.  Here I am, delivering the message.  There you are, reading it.  The response is up to you.

That, my friend, is all the proof he will give you.  If you are not willing to believe that, then you are not willing to let go of your rebellion.  And by our unwillingness to let go, we prove we don’t want any part of eternal life.

Now let me try to show you why this is a viable and important message.  I’ll do the best I can, but the confirmation of this message needs to be individually received from God.

It is impossible for God to entertain deviance of any kind.  God is willingly responsible for the life of every creature.  God is the very and singular source of all sustaining.  If he entertains anything unholy, he loses a certain strength of life.  Let me say as strongly as I possibly can, he will not entertain your justifications!

You do not command God.  It is God, by absolute necessity, that commands you.  Seek out His Holy Son, or die.  It’s really quite that simple.  It’s simply a matter of eternal mechanics.  And the choice is put squarely into your own hands.

You can say no.  But you will die just like you are.  There is no place in eternity for you, if indeed “No” is your answer.

But saying “Yes”, opens the door to a life you have never known.  The preparation has been made for you.  Do you have the guts to come and take it?  Or do you insist on spewing rebellious crap from your mouth?

P. S. Propriety says I should have ended this message on a positive question.  But propriety has been instrumental in silencing the message of Christianity.

Some will be repulsed at my use of the word “crap”.  You know what folks, I don’t really care.  This message is going out to deviant people who speak that kind of language.  They call the message of Christ Jesus “crap”.  I just gave them back there money.

By His Grace

News Flash!


You’ve heard what the world calls news.  Have you heard what God calls news?

1 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (2 Timothy )

3 “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3)

By His Grace

Warning Experimental …


At the risk of being considered naive, I want to offer an opportunity as an experiment.

I know that most Christians believe what the Lord says.  The rub comes when they try to do it.  Fear takes over, and they just cave.

Here’s a couple of examples:

*Don’t lie.

*Obey the civil authorities.

I chose these two because they appear to be the most difficult.  They are the least likely to be taken seriously.

THE FIRST EXPERIMENT

Given the right circumstances nearly any man will choose to lie.  And let’s tell the truth, every day has an anthill of opportunity.

Here’s my suggestion:

Try not to tell one single lie, all day, for 24 hours.  Now be honest about the experiment.  Don’t hide in the bathroom for a full day.  And don’t fain laryngitis.  You can play dead If you want to.  But you’re not allowed to breathe.

Alright.  With one day down, now the experiment takes some guts.  Now that you know what you’re up against, it’s time to put your skills to the test.

(You might want to tell a few friends you’re going to do this.  You may have to tell the lady why she doesn’t look good in that dress.  Someone will have to drive you to the ERAnd you might want to revamp your resume.  Just sayin.)

Go get a t-shirt made that says something like this, “Warning: Christian Experiment in Progress!” Someone is sure to ask you about it.  Simply tell them the truth.  …duh

THE SECOND EXPERIMENT

The next experiment may be a little more risky.  In this experiment, you will not be able to tell people what the sign means.  You may well end up at their mercy.  Therefore proceed with caution.  But by all means, please do, proceed!

We start this one as we did the first; give it a shot to see if you have a fearless soul.  Do the best you can so that you will know what you are up against.

Day two:  Go have two or three bumper stickers made that say something like this: “Warning Experimental Christian Vehicle! “

Now, for an entire day, go shopping.  Run through a full tank of gas.  I know times are hard.  But what does it cost to take the family to a movie?  And shopping doesn’t mean you have to buy anything.

And let’s keep the spirit of the experiment in mind.  Staying in the mall too long does nothing.  And running over several bags of nails is not fair.

Obey every speed limit.  Use your turn signal profusely.  Stop on yellow lights.  Be courteous and let the other guy go first.  Come to a complete stop at every stop sign (Even the ones in the mall parking lot).

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I would urge prayer before you begin either of these experiments.  It would be good to ask the Lord for two things.

Ask him for the strength to do it.  I can assure you he is willing to give it to the earnest heart.

You should also ask Him to show you when you fail.  The heart of man is deceitful above all things made.  You are likely to confuse your own justification for truth.  God can take care of that and is willing.

What I have posted is a little bit of tongue in cheek.  Everyone knows how hard these two things are.

With the lying, we will more recognize the grace given to us than our victories.  Accept your failings.  Remember what the Prophet said?  “Woe is me!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I come from a people of unclean lips!”  and in the mercy of God, this righteous man’s lips were touched by a coal an angel head retrieved from the altar.

As for obeying civil traffic laws, I personally know the difficulties.  I have been practicing that specific scenario for well over a year.  And still I am intimidated by how many disobey.  And I recently had an altercation with a fellow driver because of this. 

I know the stakes are high.  What do you realize that every law you break teaches someone else to do the same?  And we know that those who teach wickedness are very likely to receive a strong beating.

Now here’s something rather pathetic.  There are 190 people who subscribe to this blog.  And it’s impossible to know how many might read this on the WordPress reader board.  But I don’t expect any to follow through.

I don’t mean that as a slam.  I am more a realist than an optimist.  I encourage all of you to do this then to send me a reply.  Prove my pessimism a lie.

It must be noted here, that neither of these experiments are a suggestion of God.  We are commanded to be holy, even as he is holy.  And he says elsewhere, that’s all who call upon the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.

And I will not fail to mention, that his calling is a calling to death.  For he who desires to save his life will lose it.  And all who lose their own life for the sake of the Lord Jesus and the gospel will save it.

So while these experiments are a bit fun, they have deadly connotation.

And I will dare to say this:  that if enough of my brothers and sisters in Christ will do these experiments (particularly the second one), we will turn America on its ear.

I was about to publish this and fell on one more item.

It seems good to me, and I believe the Lord agrees, that we should offer an opportunity to share these things, understanding the weakness of many.  (I say “we”, because I don’t want to present this without him.)

Do you remember the place in the Gospel, where the Lord challenged the doings of man.  I was hungry or thirsty or in need of clothing and you did nothing to help me.  When the people asked, when were you this way and we did not help, his answer was that as you did to the least of these, my brothers, you did unto me.

So if you are not willing to partake in the experiments themselves, at least be willing to grant my request.  For I am hungry to see this come to fruit.  And I have often professed to be the least in his kingdom.

Send this idea to as many of your brothers and sisters as you dare.  I am one man.  But you are so many.  In this I am poor, while, as a body, you are greatly wealthy.

May God grant success.  May he enliven our souls.  And may we indeed turn America on this ear.  Why not? 

Remember the sixties and seventies?  A few long-haired young people decided it was time to change America.  It has never been the same since.  If you ridicule me for being a pessimist, prove that optimism is better.

Amen