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I was talking to a preacher not long ago about how God is going to judge the church. We, as church members, don’t like to be included in this judgement. Some of us may think we have been so good, we are about to grow wings.
I believe that if churches don’t come to true repentance, we are in danger of becoming like the Pharisees. We are in danger of taking on a form of religion that does not exercise the power of Jesus Christ. I think this is one question we have to ask ourselves: Who is our God?
In Matthew Chapter 19, we see a person with another God.
Matthew 19:16-22: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Now let’s take a good look at this man. I see a person who had kept the commandments from his youth, but he knew within his heart he needed something else. When Jesus told him what he had to do to inherit eternal life, the man was not willing to pay the price. Money was his god.
Again, let’s ask ourselves: Who is my God? The answer is very simple. If we love anyone or anything on earth more than God then that’s our god.
One thing is for sure. It makes no difference if we have our name on every church membership in this county; on judgement day Jesus will look right through us like he did this rich young man and we will be cast into hell.
Some may say, “I made it right with Jesus a long time ago.” But did you make him Lord of your life? If so, you have nothing to worry about.
Others my say, “Now you are judging.” No, I am not. I am just telling the truth about what the Bible says.
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.