The Gospel Is Veiled To Those Who Are Perishing
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, should shine on them. II Corinthians 4:3,4
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news concerning the only way to heaven. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 Many today are saying that there are multiple ways to heaven and that whatever you believe is alright. God loves everyone and wouldn't send good people to hell, or would He? The bible says that hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for mankind, but because of man's sin and rebellion he is also headed for damnation.
Jesus came to save us from eternal death and damnation and cleanse us from our sin, inherited from Adam. By repenting of our sins and confessing our transgressions to God and believing that Jesus is our savior we commit to become disciples of Jesus Christ and our heart is washed clean by His blood. Becoming a born again disciple is more than just muttering a prayer or joining a church, it entails making Jesus the Lord and controller of your life.
Recently on You Tube a famous talk show host said that there are many ways to heaven and Jesus is only one way, in fact just being a good loving person will bring you before God. In another You Tube video a well know Texas pastor said that Jesus is not the Jew's Messiah, if not Jesus, then who? One of Oral Robert's board of regents and well known preacher has said that he had come to the conclusion that everyone is going to heaven. The bishop calls it the gospel of inclusion or in other words, everyone is included.
The apostle Paul warned that the way of salvation would be veiled or hidden from those that are going to hell. He said that the devil would blind them from the truth in order that they would choose to believe a lie. If everyone is going to heaven, then why did Jesus have to die a horrible death on the cross and rise again to give us the choice of eternal life? Buddha is in the grave, Muhammad is in the grave, Confucius is in the grave and so are millions of other false prophets, and none of them has ever risen again.
ADULTERATING THE WORD OF GOD
Paul begins his discourse in II Corinthians 4:2 by stating that he had not adulterated the word of God. The word adulterate means to add a foreign substance or in another definition to add cheap material. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been watered down for years in order to allow anyone access to the man-centered consumer driven church of the last days. The prophet Isaiah said that God had blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts.
One of the ways that man becomes blinded and hardened to the gospel is the fact that he has heard so much, but obeyed little. When rain and snow continue to fall on an un-tilled field it becomes hard and must be plowed in order to become soft enough to receive seed for planting. So it is with the hearts of man, especially in the west, where there is a church on every corner and a bible in every motel room. America has become hard, cold and blind because of all the preaching and teaching, but with no obedience. Always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
THE GOD OF THIS WORLD
The god of this world is of course, the devil, and being the master of disaster he has many schemes to try and divert people from receiving the truth about salvation. One of his diabolical plots is to pervert the way by using compromised preaching designed to fill stadiums, but not to save souls. False prophets use a little of the word and a lot of watered down self- centered man- pleasing fluff to seduce people to join their consumer driven agendas. Just because something grows it doesn't mean its God. Cancer grows but its not of God and so does a dead dog on the side of the road; come back in two weeks and it will double in size, but it is still a dead dog.
The last days church of Laodicea was rich and increased in goods and had no need of God. Jesus rebuked them and said they were lukewarm and that He would vomit them out of His mouth. One of the gods of this world is wealth and self gratification, the loving of ones self and the accomplishment of ones success in life, but inwardly these people are spiritually dead. False prophets have reinforced self love and have promoted the prosperity gospel until it has polluted the whole world, even third world countries have been poisoned with it's filthy seduction.
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form ( It looks like godliness, but it is not! ) of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! II Timothy 3:2-5
Today's man- centered consumer driven church is a stench in God's nostrils. If we made love to our spouse like we pretend on Sunday mornings to worship God we would end up divorced. If God was allowed to participate in our endless services He would have to make a reservation, after all we have four services and we have to get these people out on time. If people came together to worship they wouldn't need an agenda, or a choir, or a program, they would simply worship a holy God from an honest and pure heart with no time schedule and no interruptions. Worship is extravagant respect, admiration and devotion to a loving creator that has given us a way to escape the torments of hell and has given His Son to die for our sins.
Judgment is upon the world and Jesus is coming back for a bride that has a pure heart of love for her husband, not in lip service, but a devotion to follow Him wherever He leads. If He came today, would you be ready? Is your heart aflame for Him, or are you consumed with this world with its pleasures and riches? A holy fire is going to burn up everything that this world has to offer and the only way of escape is through the blood of Jesus Christ. Are you washed in His blood?
"I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness."And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. "For I have spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. "And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak,"
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