Sunday, 14 September 2014
Warning: Fornicators, Liars, Heretics, Homosexuals, Extortioners, Abortionists, Idolators, God-haters and all other guilty sinners
WARNING: Abortionists, pornographers, harlots, fornicators, adulterers, idolaters, disobedient children, church gossips, liars, thieves, God-haters, extortionists, usurers, heretics, abusers, drug addicts, drug dealers, sirens, and witches. You are HEADED FOR HELL.
Such a message on a street preaching sign is one that people seem to always remember.
A journalist on the Australian Broadcasting Channel asked two street preaching brothers from Street Church, whether displaying the sign with the list of sins was not judging. As a secular person, he could not be expected to understand what the Bible really means by ‘judging’ and ‘warning’ because such people are spiritually blind. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
The sign with the list of sins is unpleasant, offensive and abominable to the unsaved indeed. It is the sign that the journalist seemed to remember the most, if not, the only sign he remembered. It is understandable that proud humanity would be disgusted at such as sign listing the sins of people with its human-centred sympathy for those who have those signs “brandished” in their faces. The Gospel is indeed offensive to the world. As Apostle Paul said: And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased (Galatians 5:11).
Many people accuse Christians who warn the unsaved about the impending judgment of being “unloving” and “ungentle”, including those hyper-grace professing Christians. Many think that Jesus was “all-nice”, and that he was “tolerant”. As such, they think that Christians who say things that make them “offended” or “upset” are not acting like Christ.
However, Jesus did use strong hard sayings such as “Woe to you!” and commanded “Go sin no more!” He also drove out the money changers or usurers, and called them thieves. Indeed, Jesus was kind and loving. It is because He is love that He hates sin with a vehement holy hatred. Sin is transgression of God’s Law and because God IS good He must punish sin. This is because it is God’s nature and all that is good come from God (Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19). Nothing good comes from you or me. It is from God alone.
Many fail to understand that it is because God is good, holy, righteous and just that He hates sin, is angry at the wicked every day and MUST punish all sin. He is like a just human judge who punishes a murderer because the judge is a good judge. The murderer asks him whether he can let be good because he is a good judge. The judge replies “it is because I am good that I must punish you”.
Instead, many think that because God is forgiving, God will definitely forgive their sins just by confessing to him. Many. Many people claim to pray every night, but yet are not unsaved. Confessing one’s sins is like a criminal in a court of law saying to the judge “I am sorry, I am sorry, please let me go.” To serve justice, the judge must punish the criminal or else he would be corrupt judge. Mere confession of one’s sin will not save a person from Hell.
The Law of God was given to reveal sin (Galatians 3:19). God has written His Laws on the heart of every person (Romans 2:15) which explains why many unsaved people can indeed act morally, and be very moral people indeed. Many think that being moral makes them right with God. However, this is far from the truth.
The Bible makes it clear that all have sinned fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). No one is good, NO NOT ONE! No one is righteous, no one understands and no one seeks after God! No not one! (Romans 3:10-12). So, you have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So, according to God’s Law, you are condemned. No one is justified by the Law of God in any way. No one can in their own efforts or goodness make themselves right with God. That would be like a criminal telling a judge that because he helps poor people and old ladies across the street, he should be acquitted. Such a judge would be corrupted morally. So according to the Law of God, you must be punished with Eternity in Hell. It is a place of everlasting torment and suffering.
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3). None of your good works, moral values or deeds can make you right with God.
However, God laid the punishment that you deserve by God’s Law on His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son so that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have Everlasting Life (John 3:16).
Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
The most loving thing one can do is to warn people about impending judgment and tell them to turn from their sins which wages is Eternity in Hell.
So, turn from your sins and put your faith in Jesus today. Humble yourself and run to the Cross of Jesus. Only He can save you from your sins – no one else can. Not Buddha, Mohammed, Mary, the Pope, the Roman Catholic church can save you. Only Jesus can save you from your sins. Don’t wait for tomorrow for you might die tonight.