By Steven Shaw
Disclaimer: This might sound aggressive.
I’ve been told when I talk about or write about certain topics I am passionate about that I sound angry. It’s a sort of intensity that comes out when I’m really excited about something or trying to explain something in detail. It’s kind of a curse and usually I have to put out the disclaimer that I’m not actually angry. But for this topic, I might be a little angry. Not anger like I hate anyone or I am ticked off, but this is an aggression similar to if I was trying to save you from a lion about to attack. I wouldn’t try to defend you with smiles and politeness. I would get in a war mindset and do what it takes to keep you from death. And I believe you wouldn’t mind that kind of anger, aggression or intensity right?
But what if you were the one doing the killing: an unintentional suicide through addiction or bad habit that’s leading you to death? For example, if you were really drunk, wanted to speed off in your car and were fighting me to not take your keys, I would fight for your life by any means possible. I would fight you to the ground and break your arms if I needed to save your life and possibly someone else’s. This is the image I want you to think of as you read this. This is the reason for my aggressive tone as I plea with the people I love, which is all people, including you, to save you and them from death. It’s a fight for your life.
Only two options: No third one.
I am writing to the people proclaiming the name of Jesus and knowing nothing of Him. You are more dangerous than those who blatantly hate the church. Your version of God is leading you and others do death. You need to either believe in the God of the Bible and submit your life under Him, or give it up. There is no third option.
Read it and know it or put it down and live it up!
If you are rejecting the Jesus of the Bible, well, this life is as good as it’s going to get for you. You might as well go nuts! You’re holding on to empty morals you’ve learned growing up. You may think you love Jesus, but you don’t even know Him or what He wants. And possibly worst of all, you are leading people to hell because they think your “God” is the real one, when He’s really just an empty version of the true and living God, Jesus.
The Bible is God’s inspired word, so it’s perfect and true. It’s not something that you can just believe what you want, picking and choosing what you like and rejecting what you don’t. Additionally, the Bible isn’t about you; or really even for you, at least not in the way that you think. It’s about God, who He is, and His plan at work in our world. It’s for you to show you what is required, how you fail and then provide the one solution to our greatest problem. It’s not for you to learn how to be a “good” person. You aren’t a good person and never will be. You’re either a saint chosen by God, or a child of wrath destined for hell. It sounds scary, I know, but the most interesting part about it is that it’s your choice which one you are.
Not an opinion: Believe the Bible in whole, or none of it.
Unfortunately, when anyone starts talking about absolute truths like these, the fall back, to many, is to push back. Nobody wants to be told they are false in what they believe. But what you believe is a matter of life and death, so you need to be sure what you believe is right. Ask yourself, “Why do I believe what I do?” Is it what you were taught growing up? Even if you were raised as a Christian, you should still be asking yourself, “Why do I believe?” If your answer doesn’t include “because it is from the Word of God,” it’s wrong. And if you did answer that way, you better make sure you know what the Word of God (the Bible) says. Pick it up and read it yourself. We need to feed the gift of the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. The Word of God is powerful and will grow your faith and give you discernment on right teachings and beliefs. You need to build the house of your life on the solid rock of Christ’s teachings.
“My God posts”: I post in hopes to save lives.
God isn’t something I do, or a thing I’m into. He is my life. God is all I need and all I seek. He is the reason I breathe and the reason I’m still alive. I’ve seen what this world has to offer. I’ve experienced every human pleasure possible. I can tell you whole-heartedly, they’re all worthless and dark. Did I have fun? Sure, it was fun, for a season. But it left me empty and evil. My heart goes out to the lost because I know where you’ve been. Jesus is the only thing that can satisfy. If you’d like to hear my full testimony, click here testimony. But here’s a quick recap:
I grew up in a Christian home. I knew from a young age that God was real. I believed a lot of “right things” about Him and went to church a lot in my early years. By the time I was a young adult, I had yet to pick up the Bible and study it, church was few and far between and I pretty much lived the way I wanted to: a slave to my own flesh. I was following the desires of my heart, indulged in every perverted thing I wanted all the while calling myself a “Christian.” The crazy thing was I would even get in heated discussions about the faith, arguing for God when I lived as a devil.
I’m telling you this because you must know my heart in all this; I see too many following that same path. I’m so passionate about it because I know the empty darkness that comes with not knowing the Gospel truth first hand, from Bible to brain, from God to your spirit. I lived deceived most of my life because I had an ignorant knowledge of God and His Word. When I see the people around me (Friends, Facebook, Instagram etc.) with more ignorance than real faith I see lives leading to death. I see an identity in calling themselves a Christian, but no real discipleship in them and it grieves me.
My call to you, yes, you, reading this right now, either turn to Christ and submit your life fully, or turn toward the world. Because when you claim the name of Jesus, yet live for the world you damage the Kingdom of God by mutating who others think God is and the transformation He does in His children’s lives. Read here the importance of the church in all this.
Do I think I’m perfect? By no means; I’m the worst sinner I know. But I’ve seen the abounding grace of God in my life all the more and it’s changed me and is still changing me. Only He could change me like this. I cling to the cross with all the might I have been given by God, so I don’t become a smaller version of Satan. That’s how much I fear my own sin. I know what I’m capable of, and it’s evil. Any good I do is by the power of Christ alone.
Live it up: Why believe? Really, why?
If you’re not really following Christ, but just using his name, ask yourself this: Why would you bind yourself to rules and commands to hinder your fun, if you’re not actually saved? The Bible is clear about not believing correctly. Read Revelation 22:18-21. The Bible ends with warning. If you are going to experience eternal death just as much as the atheist, why not have the most fun you can in this life? There’s much pleasure in the world to have. Go nuts! This is the closest you’re going to get to heaven, so make the most of it!
I hope this is shocking to you. I kind of hope you are little mad at me for saying such things. That at least means you have something stirring up in you. I pray this is challenging you. If this is encouraging you, I pray for your soul. I want this to be shocking because I’m only speaking truth here. I don’t mind ticking you off if it’s planting seeds of true faith. Either you believe God’s word as a whole and the Good News of His Son Jesus or you’re dead, literally and eternally. I don’t want to scare you but I do want to wake you up. I want to make sure you know this isn’t my opinion or something I “feel”. This isn’t just my point of view; I am telling you what the Bible says as plainly as I can, as real as it gets. I’d love to quote 100 Bible verses, but you don’t take the Bible as God’s Word, so maybe my line of reasoning will jolt you enough to pick it up and read it yourself. That’s all I really want. That will at least begin the weeding out process of the true believer. Start with the New Testament book of 1 John. By chapter 2 you should feel it. It is pretty clear-cut on what a true believer looks like. Read this blog to help know the Christ centered life.
Poor, poor little world: The ignorance of the world.
Once again, I don’t claim to have it all figured out. Most the time I’m preaching to myself with my writings. But this issue is near to my heart. The world is teaching some amazingly irrational things. You as a professing Christian can’t be caught up in any of it, at all. The world believes that “everyone has their own truth”. That “whatever is true to you, is true for you”. “Don’t push your beliefs on me, just love”. “Follow your heart”. Blah, blah, blah. They are the most dangerous, irresponsible, ignorant, selfish and unloving things said by a world destined for hell. As accepting and loving as those statements sound, it’s insulting to God, logic and intelligence. I will have a blog dedicated to this topic alone coming soon, so I’ll leave this at that for now.
How I really feel: As if I’m not being honest enough.
I needed to write this because I love you. Once again, yes, you reading these words right now. I may not even know your name, but you were fearfully and wonderfully made. I pray that you come to the saving faith of Jesus Christ revealed in His word. I want to make sure that you yourself aren’t being blinded by false Christianity, or that you aren’t the one fooling others. This is a matter of life and death, much bigger than this life. This life is nothing compared to what’s to come. We must focus on that. Begin to get that eternal perspective that God wishes you to have. To fear the Lord as we should, so we may achieve some true wisdom. Love, joy and peace through Christ Jesus our Lord. I pray for your salvation today. Amen.
Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the Bible, read Gospel-saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the Bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”, read the 1689 London Baptist confession of faith and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.