Tuesday, 24 March 2015

One reason why so many people will go to Hell

Many people in who were raised up in the west have heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even many people in Generation Y, the current generation of youth have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and have been to a church in the past. However, many people in the west remain unsaved despite having actually heard the Gospel and perhaps even knowing intellectually, the doctrine of sin.

There are many unsaved people in the west, including the atheists who have heard the Gospel. They know theology, but not the spirit for they have never been truly born again. Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). Apart from a person needing God to draw them near to Jesus, as well as needing faith and grace from God to receive salvation, there are real explanation as to why so many people do not want to repent. Whenever a person says they "can't" repent, what they really mean in that they don't want to because of their own hardness of heart. God expects humans to choose to repent when God have drawn them near. God does not do the repentance process of the person on his part. He commands all to repent. Repentance is not an option God gives, but a commandAnd the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent (Acts 17:30).

The Parable of the Sower is key to unlocking all other parables in the Bible. Matthew 13:1-23 tells of this Parable of the Sower:

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The 3 bad seeds fall on ground that stop people from coming to repentance and faith. The seed that fell by the way side represent those who choose to believe that the Gospel cannot be true intellectually. The seed that fell by the rocky ground are those who have do not intellectually deny the Gospel and happily accept it intellectually, but who do not have faith. The seed that fell among the thorns are those who accept the Gospel intellectually but 'fall away' when the things of the world are offered to him. All three bad grounds correspond to the all 3 lusts of the eyes, lusts of the flesh and pride of life for these produce no fruit.

One modern evangelical once dismissively and sarcastically said "unrighteousness of course" is the greatest barrier to the Gospel. If one wants to be so dismissive and ungracious, why are you sharing the Gospel, and hypocritically claiming to love the zeal of others who seek to do so, but yet so critical of their "methods"? Yet, he lectures me about being ungracious. If he accuses me of hypocrisy, let me say this, I have never lectured anyone about ungraciousness nor called anyone ungracious. To say "unrighteousness, of course" is like saying that people die when they fall out of a plane to the ground as a result of gravity. It is an unhelpful answer which does not seek to diagnose what leads people who know they need to put a parachute to avoid death, do not do so. Beware of the spiritual bondage that such people pose to others - those who like to impose their rules of "cultural sensitivity" which means to pander to the carnal human sensitivities of  others.  

Unlike what this modern evangelical said, the spirit of mammon is constantly referred to in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. 

Hebrews 13:5 says: "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee".

1 Timothy 6:9-11 says: "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."

It tells people to flee these things, that is lusts for earthly temporal things and love of money. The Bible uses the word 'flee' to give strong warnings about things which will lead to death.  The word 'flee' is used in 1 Corinthians when warning about fornication (1 Corinthians 6:18) and idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14). 

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 says: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God".

Jesus said that "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23; Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34).

These verses all literally refer to giving up oneself and seeking after God first, being content with what God has given you. The opposite of giving up oneself and seeking God only is to be under the spirit of mammon.

Many people will go to Hell because although they were open to the things of God, actively engaged in charity work, and give away much money, they ultimately did not give up their life to serve God alone. They were seeking to serve themselves, that is, their own fleshly desires, despite being under a 'religious', 'moral' or 'charitable' guise. 

The true Church needs to wake up to all that the spirit of mammon really is and warn people about it. Many unbelievers who have heard the Gospel are being held back because of their own carnal desires, the desire to serve themselves. Although choosing not to repent will be their responsibility, mammon seeks to hold them back and thus his role cannot be neglected. Rather he must be exposed for what he really is.

The church needs to hack the head of mammon. 

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).