Our culture is over-saturated with fashion, politics, sports, music and entertainment. Everyone has his or her opinion and thoughts. Our society is consumed with the next big thing, trying to keep up with appearances. Many find themselves unable to handle rejection and failure to live up to the unrealistic expectations the world puts on them, they cave under the pressure and fall prone to depression, anxiety, and suicide.
However, when it comes to topics of life that matters, such as relationships, sex, finances, marriage, raising children, faith and church, no one has a clue. Cosmo magazine, Oprah and Dr. Phil claim to have all the answers. As to some extent, they have temporary solutions to the problems.
Parents give advice about relationships, finances and sex based on their experiences. Many times, they are ashamed of their past and say things like, “Be careful,” “Use protection,” “Get a good job that pays the bills,” “Make sure he loves you.” And in other cases, parents say nothing to their children at all about the issues of the life. As a result, children grow up and go out into the world with no guidance or solid advice. When they become adults, they have no idea on how to make major decision. Too often they find themselves living life by the seat of their pants! Now we see adults fall into one toxic relationship after another, with a job that does not pay enough; the bills are due. Now confused adults are frustrated and stressed out, and are carrying the pressures of life are on their shoulders. So this begs the question: what do I do now? Is this all there is to life?
Can anyone relate to this? If so, you definitely want to continue listening to the show. Maybe you had a church experience that is similar to this:
You may have heard a message at church that says God wants you to be happy, healthy and wealthy. You should do what makes you happy. Jesus loves you and came to bring you joy, peace, and happiness. If you just answer a few questions on this card: Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God? Do you believe Jesus died on the cross? Do you believe Jesus died for your sins? Congratulations, you just welcomed Jesus into your heart! Be prepared for your new life as a child of God! Salvation is yours! Everything is going to be great!
In both of these experiences, have you learned anything that can you help with your life’s problems? Are you still in the same situation and may even be more frustrated than you were before you went to church?
Why do we have situations like this in church?
According to an article written by Jeremiah Johnson, from Fox News, the Bible has become a moving target. One can strip it down, twist it, misread it, add to it, supplement it, and even overrule it, and, unfortunately, 95 percent of the congregation has no idea what is going on. They are just going along with the flow.
Why? Because Americans no longer know the Bible. The evidence is overpowering that contemporary Christianity is “Bible-ish”, at best, and at worst, in some cases, “Bible-less.”
So, let’s think about this for just a moment: If churches are not talking about the Gospel- instead giving traditions- then where are people supposed to hear the truth about this glorious gospel that’s for everyone? It is easy to see why everyone has his or her own thoughts and opinions. They have NOT heard the truth. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. People know not BECAUSE they heard NOT.
We wanted to take the time to share with you our present condition. We can clearly see we are consumed with the ways and thoughts of the culture. When’s the last time you heard the news talk about the way to salvation or “The View” for that matter? Society does not take your salvation seriously and why would they? 1 John 2: 15 says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
This answers the question as to why you cannot live like the people in the world: they don’t have the love of Jesus Christ in them. Why, you may ask: 2 Corinthians 4: 4 we find it says, the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which do not obey the gospel.
Did you know that 150,000 people die every twenty-hour and more people go to hell than to heaven? I know, this sounds harsh, but it is a real and harsh reality that no one wants to talk about. Remember, this show is real talk about real life. You get NO fluff here. There is so much information about there. No wonder people are confused! Your soul matters to us and we want you to be informed.
You may be asking how do I know this is true? Allow me to show you:
In Matthew 7: 13 – 14, Jesus says,” 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.
It is important to point out there are two roads: the path leads to destruction and the path that leads to life that is ETERNAL LIFE. Which path are you on?
Many people are going their own way and Jesus says that path leads to destruction. There are MANY PATHS that lead to destruction, which is contrary to the thought process that says ALL paths lead to God. The truth is there is ONLY ONE PATH that leads to life, and path is Jesus Christ. When you don’t know the Word for yourself, it is easy to fall for and believe anything someone tells you.
We would like to leave you with this closing thought:
I would like for you to think about what you have just heard about confessing Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life. A confession is not a mere acknowledging Jesus Christ exists or the facts the gospel (he came; he died and rose on the third day.) It is admitting that you are at fault, that you have broken God’s Holy Law. Here are three questions you must ask yourself: Who is the important person in my life? Am I under the authority of Christ or the authority of myself? Am I willing to give up my ways to follow the ways of God? In John 17: 3, it says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” To know means to have personal, intimate relationship with. Do you know the One True God for yourself? Do you know His character, His nature; what He likes and hates? Do you know His Word? This is what it means to “know” Jesus Christ personally and intimately.
There are many that have reduced Salvation to a check list of statements that you agree to, and have told you it is OK to continue to live your life your way under your terms. This, my friends, is a lie from the devil. This is the lie that has crept into the church and has weakened it. It has made people complacent and apathetic. Here is the good news: It doesn’t have to be this way. Today is a new day, a day anew and fresh. However, it is your choice.
The question is: will you choose Jesus who says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and NO man come to the Father but by Me”; or choose the ways of the world that will lead you to death and Hell? If you choose Jesus, repent towards God for your sins and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Authority of your life, and put your faith and trust (which is all confidence) in Jesus whom God raised from the dead, then you will be saved.
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