Thursday, June 17, 2010

Have You Done Done it?

I cringed when I heard the pastor tell the caller and those in the listening television audience that certain sins or sins committed too often could cause one to be cut off from God forever! He further added..."and don't try to come back and then expect a sign from God that you are once again excepted". He quoted the following verses to back his statement:

Heb 10:26-27 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

This pastor (I pity his flock, if indeed he has one) seemed to want to remove all hope from the caller. There was no place for mercy. To me, it was as good as sayings.. "now just sit there in your torment until hell comes to get you". The sad part about this scenario is that it wasn't the first time I've heard it.

May I just say this... HOG WASH!! If you have committed sin, any sin and would like to repent and be forgiven then take it to Jesus. He is ready, willing and able. It's that simple. It's that wonderful!

These verses are talking about those who are apostates, who turn their backs on and deny the only way of salvation for their sin. It's a natural consequence that if one expects any other form of salvation by any other means that it's a futile expectation! If a person comes seeking forgiveness from Jesus then they've come to the right place. They are not apostate or they wouldn't approach in the first place.

To read more on this subject and verse I highly recommend Barnes' Notes, it will bring you comfort and confidence. I was going to include some quotes from the commentary but because it's so good I found myself copying and pasting practically the whole thing. Better to just provide you with the link.

To anyone who may be tempted to dole out the same advice given by the pastor I say this:

God will bring down the proud and if you think... "I would never do such a thing" then be careful! We have no idea how wicked our hearts are nor what we are capable of if the circumstances are just right. We all need to pray each day for God to deliver us from evil.

Now that I have that out of my system, let's enjoy this wonderful song by Gary Chapman that is so appropriate. Sweet Glow of Mercy. If you cannot watch the video then go here for the lyrics.

1Ch 16:34 ~ Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.



Photo ~ Depths of Sorrow (google re-use)
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