ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, PART 2, 07.01.20
Chances are, in recent times you’ve had multiples of teachings, sermons, programs, etc., on GOD’S LOVE, GOD’S MERCY, and/or GOD’S GRACE; but the probability of having heard much about SIN, HELL, and/or SATAN is very minimal.
Popularity of such topics is low to nil – no crowd appeal. It will not fill pews, auditoriums, stadiums, or the like; it will not please nor draw the masses; it is not politically correct. In fact, talking about sin, hell, or Satan will most likely elicit charges of legalism, negativity, judgmentalism, condemnation, or even heresy.
How interesting that Jesus/Yeshua taught on these subjects to a far greater extent than on His love, mercy, and/or grace. He lived a life of compassion, love, mercy, and grace, for sure; but He taught more about sin, Hell, and Satan, because although as He clearly stated, He had not come to judge (John 3:17;12:47), but to bring life/salvation, healing, freedom, and deliverance during His short time on earth; and He made it equally clear that He was coming back, and that when He returned He would be coming to judge, not to bring mercy, love, or grace. Now read and study the following:
40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.
41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,
50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Jesus Will Judge the World
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
32 The people of every nation will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.
34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.
41 “Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! God has cursed you! Go into everlasting fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels!
46 “These people will go away into eternal punishment, but those with God’s approval will go into eternal life.”
35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
First of all, He needed to focus on the Gospel message while He was here. Secondly, he needed to demonstrate to those who would believe in/follow Him, how to walk in His/the Father’s Ways in order to follow Him. By this, He said, we would know the Father, for in John 14:7,9 He says: “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also .. . and from now on you know Him and have seen Him . . . He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” So He modelled/lived out how His followers should walk, just as He had; that is why He said:“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do” (John 14:12). How could anyone be so foolish as to think they could do the things He did (or even greater things than He did) without following in His footsteps?
He taught about what was to come, about repentance of sin, and how to be prepared for His Second Coming. And that is why He said: “But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them . . . These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:4,33). All in preparation for what He knew was to come. That is a picture of love, grace, and mercy. We scarcely need to prepped for that; all we need do is believe and we receive it thereby. It is the hard stuff that requires teaching for preparation.
ON REPENTANCE & SIN
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
**Notice that this is not a singular occurrence. This is what Yeshua continues to do throughout His Ministry after the testing and baptism in the Jordan.
27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
11 “. . . go and sin no more.”
Jesus/Yeshua taught on such unpopular subject matter, He would likely be evicted if He spoke these words in any local Church Community today. As He says through John the Apostle in 1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world or the things in the world.”
He instructed His followers to: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt.7:13,14).
1 John 2:15
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