Sunday, June 28, 2009

Love, Faithfulness and Obedience

It appears that today people have little to no understanding of what the gospel of Jesus Christ is. Today's message is all rhetoric without action. The old saying is that "actions speak louder than words". Today's saying is "speak loud and do nothing". The three primary doctrines of Jesus are these:

1. Love God.
2. Be faithful to God.
3. Obey God.

What did Jesus command us to do. To love God and love our neighbors and to teach them to go and do likewise. I don't see where this message is so difficult to comprehend or fulfill. Unless of course you are a lover of self and pleasures more than lovers of God. If this be the case, then fulfilling the gospel is impossible to you.

We are surely taught to love not in word but in deed and in truth. We are to abandon our life in this world in order to fulfill love, with the greatest love being our death in the pursuit of life for others. Something is terribly wrong today. Our generation is filled with cowards and liars. People who will not stand up and declare the truth. People who teach denominational doctrines of men rather than the truth of Jesus Christ. Love, faithfulness and obedience are aggressive, not passive. The truth is offensive to the proud.

Remember what the people did to Jesus and to the Apostles. The people didn't receive them with open arms. They were hated, rejected, persecuted, beaten and killed. There were however a few that heard and understood and received them gladly. Even today there are a few that will hear the truth and obey it. These few are rejected by all other groups within society. Just as I am rejected by the churches and the world so will these people be rejected but not without help and hope from God.

To those that will stand up to love God, be faithful and obedient in all things regardless of the losses suffered in this world will reap the gift of the Holy Ghost and eternal life. So many profess to love God but refuse to be faithful and obedient. Jesus called these people deceived and hypocrites. Jesus personally cursed these people to eternal damnation. The promises of Gods blessings are only to those that love him enough to remain faithful and obedient unto death. To those with the courage to forsake all and follow him. Most professing Christians are not Christians at all because they do not possess the gift of God, the promise of the Holy Ghost to them that repent. Many have made mention of the stand I take with boldness. It's because 5 years ago I received the promise of God; the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

I chose God over life and pleasures that day. I preferred death over unfaithfulness and disobedience. This is not being taught today in the churches because preachers are educated more than they are courageous. They are educated in the doctrines of men while ignoring the doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you think that you are a Christian because you believe that Jesus is the Christ the son of God and were baptized and added onto the church role, then you are deceived. The only way you can be a Christian is through the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which is promised only to those that repent to love God, be faithful unto death in obedience. I love the old song; "I surrender all. All to thee my blessed savior, I surrender all". Knowledge is not faith. Apology is not repentance. Love without faithfulness is not love at all. Courage without sacrifice is cowardice.

Consider the cost of surrendering all to the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider the reward to the faithful and the consequences to the unfaithful (hypocrites). Choose this day who you will serve because you can't serve two masters. Anyone who seeks to save their life will lose it, but those that lose their life for Jesus Christ and his gospel will save it.

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