Thursday, March 17, 2011

Is the Resurrection that big of a deal?

How do you think the world sees the average church? What do you think the world thinks of the average professing Christian?

Before you continue, really stop to consider this.  If you did one of those “man on the street” interviews with people walking by, what would the general consensus be?

Would the word hypocrites come up once or twice?

Would some people think of various rules and ritual, such as, not eating certain things or doing certain things?

Would some people have images of priests come in their mind or the catholic churches view on marriage?

Would the thought of televangelist come to mind and the never ending request for more and more money?

Would some think of the faith as something they were forced to participate in when they were younger, but now that they are older and smarter they don't buy it?

What images did the question put in your mind?

Here's what God said, through Paul, would happen in the last days...see if it sounds familiar:

Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

I was having a conversation this week with a good friend of mine who said that his brother-in-law no longer considers himself born-again. Aside from the fact that nobody is ever UN-born-again (either you are reborn or not); his brother-in-law is now believing in very strange philosophies and concepts of alien life. With further discussion, it came out that he doesn't believe Jesus rose from the dead, he now believes the story of the Resurrection was fabricated. All of this falls right in lock step with the deception of Satan and his crafty scheme of fine sounding arguments and his attacks on the deity of Jesus Christ:

1Timothy 4:7-8 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

2Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Mark 16:5-16 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. 9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. 12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. 14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
1Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

Romans 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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