Today the world of religion is completely divided. And there is no more divided religion than Christianity. Now true Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship with the One and Only True God. I use the term religion just as comparison label for this post. What is astounding to me is today, when preachers and teachers go out into the streets and highways and the college campuses, that people who call themselves "Christians", say that they are wrong for telling people about hell and what sins send a person to hell. This phenomena is not new. People in the dark have been 'throwing stones' at God's people since the beginning. Throwing stones is accusing someone of doing something wrong. David, who was chosen to be king by God over Saul, was fleeing his son Absalom in 2 Samuel Chapter 16 when a man from the family of Saul named Bahurim, came out cursing and throwing stones at David and all his people, incorrectly accusing David of stealing the kingdom from Saul and that Davids's problems were because of this. Bahurim's belief that David stole the kingdom was wrong, David did not steal the kingdom from Saul, God took it away from Saul due to Saul's disobedience.
Another example of people throwing stones because of false beliefs is found in Acts Chapter 7. Young Stephen who was filled with faith and power from the Holy Spirit, was boldly preaching before the high priests at the Synagogue of the Freedmen. Stephen spoke the truth and said starting at verse 51, "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit, as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just one, of who you now have become the betrayers and murderers, who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it." When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. (They were furious-just like those today who get enraged at the preaching of repentance from sins). But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" Then they cried out with a loud voice with one accord, and they cast him out of the city and STONED HIM.
What brings to life the truth of the Bible is what I see happening today. Jesus and all the apostles warned of a coming apostasy. Paul said that there would come a time that they-the lost- will not endure sound doctrine, "For a time will come (that's now) when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from truth, and be turned aside to fables." 2 Timothy 4:3-4. We have this truth before our very eyes!!! Practicing homosexuals in the pulpits, practicing adulterous and sexually immoral teachers, preachers, leaders in the church, and the church members. What 'sound doctrine' are they not enduring?
They will not tolerate the truth as evidence here in this picture, "cursing" these guys, "Homo sex is awesome".
I ask myself all the time, when I see on TV, like it did last night, on the news, a gay 'pastor' and his 'husband' talking about how 'God', wants them to help people; are they not reading the whole bible? What part of 'abomination' do they not understand? and the same goes for heterosexuals who have sex outside of marriage or commits any other sin. The bible is crystal clear that those who practice these things WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD!! The bible warns to not just be readers of the Word, but be DOERS of the word or else you DECEIVE yourself. Many show that they are doing this very thing. They go to church services every Sunday and Wednesday, but they live a wicked and immoral lifestyle. But they still believe they are going to heaven because they 'go to church'. Many who do not even go to church believe they are going to heaven, because 'everyone goes to heaven' no matter how they live. Many people do not think about the afterlife. They live like they are going to live forever in the state they are in. Many people are worried about the temporary pleasures of this life, but not what's going to happen to them when they die. Which is kind of crazy given it is an absolute guarantee that you will die some day.
But today, those who tell these parts of the bible are derided by other's who say they are 'Christians'. "You are being judgmental, you can't tell people what to do, they are in control of their own lives" "God is a God of love, He doesn't send people to hell." Jesus gave His disciples the 'Great Commission". We are to GO into all the world, teaching them to observe all things He had commanded. Jesus taught about the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Jesus talked about heaven and a very real and horrible place called hell. Christians today are to talk about the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness, and we are to do so in and out of season. The truth is most definitely 'out of season' right now, but that does not change the duty of all those call themselves Christians.
Those who reject the truth have been throwing stones since God revealed His righteous laws. They throw literal stones and 'stones' of false beliefs. They were going to stone Jesus when they heard something they didn't like in John 8:58-59. Jesus said to them (the unbelieving Jews),"Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." Jesus is God in the flesh. They didn't like this, not only did they not like what He said, they wanted to kill Jesus for saying it. The Truth. He came to die for our sins, He took our rightful place on the cruel cross of Calvary, to SAVE US FROM OUR SINS! How can people know what they are being saved from if they don't know what sins are in the first place? and How can people know what is the purpose of getting 'saved' without talking about what they are being saved from?
To those who feel called to take the gospel to where it is needed most, the streets, the colleges, the highways and byways, and the communities, stand firm in the faith. Let them who are perishing throw stones. If you are getting stones thrown at you, you are in good company, because all the true prophets of God had stones thrown at them, they were hated, and lied upon, they were ridiculed and persecuted. And they were part of the minority. Jesus said that FEW find the true gate and narrow road. So don't be discouraged when you are alone, but understand that we are never alone, because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is with us all ways, where ever we go. He will never leave us or forsake us. They tried to keep our Savior locked down with a large stone, but no stone could hold our Savior, that stone was rolled away, He has risen and now we have a High Priest Who fights our battles and gives us power to remain true to His calling.
Tomorrow is not promised to any one.
There is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. The eyes of the unrepentant wicked need to be opened and the ears unplugged so they can see and hear the truth. The Good News is Salvation is a free gift from God, you can't work for it or buy because the price has already been paid with the Blood of Jesus Christ. and Believing in Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: 2 Samuel 16:5-8; Acts Chapter 7; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; Revelation 21:14-15; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-32; James 1:22; John 8:58-59; Matthew 7:14;
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.