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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.03.26
 

March 26 – April 1

 

 

 

Scripture Passage:  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”  Hebrews 9:27

 

Dear Friends,

 

     There are certain Scriptures that seem to appear in my writings time and time again.  They speak volumes to the person willing to listen because they are weighted with spiritual truth.  My mom and dad read the obituaries in the newspaper every day and some of my elderly friends listen to the obituaries on the radio every day.  It becomes a habit when you realize your friends, family and acquaintances are slowly, but surely, leaving by way of death.  As one elderly lady put it, “And here I sit.”  It is just a matter of time until we all will die and for some it will be sooner than later.  I have had two funerals this month and anticipate several more in the near future.  This often begins to feel morbid and cause my days to be overshadowed with gloom.  It is during these times I must remind myself that death is only morbid and gloomy for an unbeliever, not a Christian.  For us it is a day that we have looked forward to with anticipation and marks the day of our home going.

 

     I have often heard it said, “There are only two things certain in life – death and taxes.”  I would like to change that saying to two things that are absolutely certain – death and judgment.  Two people escaped death because God took them out, Enoch and Elijah.  Besides those two, everyone else since the beginning of time has been called out by death and the way of the grave.  If the Lord tarries His coming, you and I will die also.  The news this week also reminded me that if you are rich enough there is a way you can get by without paying taxes.  If you are poor enough you can get by without paying taxes.  It is the working class that taxes are certain for.  Rest assured that everyone will stand in judgment regardless of their socio economic status. Unbelievers will stand at the Great White Throne of Judgment (Rev. 20:11-12) and believers will stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  (II Corinthians 5:10)  At that moment there will be two more things that will become evidently certain – there is a God and you were not Him, and Heaven and Hell are real.  So with these certainties why do people live the way they do?  

 

     I believe that even if a person believes in God, most do not fear Him and they have a distorted perception of God that has been influenced by a humanistic worldview.  They only dwell on the love of God and ignore the righteous judgment of God. The Bible gives a clear description of both.  The unbeliever has believed the lies of Satan for so long they can no longer recognize the truth.  They have become so blind and deaf they cannot recognize the existence of God or the spiritual reality of Heaven and Hell.  Once this has been accomplished it is only a matter of time before morality and standards of right and wrong are destroyed. Believers need to live righteously so there is an illuminated path of light to show the way to God.  If we do not, there is no hope for our nation, our families or our future.  There is nothing like knowing Christ is coming in judgment to make a man want to live right.

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Johnny