The main purpose of Scriptureprophecy.com is to lead people to accept Jesus Christ as thier personal Lord and Savior. I want people to understand that the rapture of the church can happen at anytime; furthermore, people should understand that life is short, and waking up is not guaranteed. In order to turn our lives completely over to Jesus, we must realize that we are not perfect. We are not perfect because the devil is everywhere and will tempt us in all walks of life. The devil will do anything in his power to deny Jesus and to hold sin over our heads. We are neither saved by works nor damned by works; therefore, we should repent for our sins and move forward with Jesus. This article focuses on the last generation and how the devil has deceived it.
Jesus describes the people of our generation (the last generation) in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 as being: proud, boasters, lovers of selves, disobedient, unholy, and more importantly despisers of those that are good. Professing Jesus is almost impossible to do in this generation because people are being deceived into thinking that Christians believe that they are "better" than them. The main reason that people don't listen to the gospel is because it teaches a different lifestyle than what they are living. This is why the people of this generation despise those that are good and is the reason that Jesus referred to this ungodly generation as the church of Laodicea. We are in the final church of the church age and it is described by Jesus as being lukewarm; and therefore, he vomits us out of his mouth. The church of Laodicea (this generation) claims to be rich and increased with goods; therefore, being in need of nothing. Jesus warns that we are "...wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked..." (Revelation 3:14-19). This generation thinks that it's acceptable to get drunk, steal, fornicate, adulterate, and then go to church on Sunday and everything is okay. (Although, we shouldn't live according to this world, it is important to understand that if we're are saved, then we will pay for our sins on earth) Going to church and professing to be a Christian is not what Jesus meant by being a Christian. The only way to become a true Christian is to profess with your mouth and believe with all of your heart that Jesus died on the cross for our sins (How to Get Saved). A good way to gauge if you are truly saved is how you feel after you sin. A true Christian deeply regrets and prays not to keep committing the same sin. It is important to remember that we are all sinners and only Jesus can forgive us for our sins. If we think that going to church is enough to be a Christian, then we are being deceived by our religious leaders. Jesus teaches that we are not saved by works (church,charity etc..) but we are only saved by his blood . When I teach the message of being saved, I usually get people who question it, because they ask if being saved gives us a free pass to sin. The answer to this question is simple; everyone sins and no matter how hard we try, we will still be sinners. The price of sin to a born again Christian is that if we live in sin, professing Jesus becomes nearly impossible, because non Christians will view us as hypocrites. Since the main purpose of being a Christian is to lead people to Jesus Christ, then not being able to lead people to salvation is the ultimate punishment. The price of sin to a non Christian is death because there is no life in them. It is very important for this generation to wake up and turn our lives away from sin so that we may receive the message of salvation. We must not follow deceitful messages of having to be perfect (not sinning) to get into heaven, because we will deceive many into falling away from Jesus.
I have been around a lot of preachers that preach hell fire and brimstone, and I think the purpose of this teaching is to scare people into not sinning. But what they are unaware of, is that it actually scares people away from religion all together. If we are saved, then we are not judged by our sins because Jesus has already paid for them. We need to preach the bible as Jesus has laid it out and not misinterpret it to mean something different. Here is an example of how some preachers misinterpret the bible: "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, (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Many preachers stop at verse ten and mislead the people to believe that 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is telling them that if they have committed these sins that they will not inherit the heavenly kingdom. If this were the case, we would all be hell bound and for anyone to preach this kind of message, is unknowingly doing the devils work. If the preacher would've read the rest of the verses, he would have understood that we are washed clean of sin by our Lord Jesus. "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11). Notice that it says "and such were SOME of you:" this is very important because before Jesus came we were all dead in sin, but when Jesus died on the cross, sin was defeated. I don't know about you but when the time comes to be judged, I don't want to be accountable for the sins I have committed. The bible teaches that through repentance and the blood of Christ we are saved. What is the definition of repentance? The church likes to preach that repentance is the complete stoppage a particular sin. This is wrong because if we were able to stop sinning completely, then we would be perfect and that is not achievable. The real definition of repentance is: the understanding and deep sorrow of a past sin (repentance). A born again Christian will know while they are sinning that it is wrong and will feel a deep sense of regret after committing the sin. That is why it is so important to pray to Jesus for forgiveness of our sins.
If the church of this generation keeps teaching half truths, then many potential Christians will see themselves as not worthy and fall away from Jesus. The devil loves when preachers teach this way because it gives him the power to hold sin over our heads in an attempt to keep us away from Jesus. The devil will do everything in his power to keep sin in your life and to keep Jesus out of it. Don't let a past mistake hang over your head and ruin your life, because you are playing right into the devils hand. Remember, Jesus is the only way to the father and it does not matter if you get saved on your death bed or you've lived a long Christian lifestyle, the REWARD (Heaven) is the same (Better late than Never). I want to challenge everyone who reads this article to defeat sin by accepting Jesus into your life. Don't be deceived into thinking that there are many ways into heaven, there is only one way and that is through Jesus Christ. God Bless, Scriptureprophecy.com