Greetings everyone. I have been debating with myself as whether “to blog or not to blog.” I had told the church about 8 or 9 weeks ago that I would, but have never made it to this point. I guess the hold up has to do with whether I have the time to put into it and the fact that it would include another thing to prepare for. But as I was talking to my brother Gregg (who is also the one that set this site up), he come up with a pretty good idea, and that was to expound upon or discuss the content of a Sunday’s sermon. It would still be fresh in my mind, and I wouldn’t have exhausted it’s full meaning, and as far as the time I would spend blogging, it would be entirely up to me. There may be someone who would want to ask questions or make comments which would bring further insights into it’s meaning. So to begin with, I will post at least once every Monday, and will attempt to answer any posts by the following Monday. I may post more often, but I will, by the grace of God, post at least once a week on Monday. Thanks Gregg for the idea.
As a pastor, I teach that we as Christians are to view life through the lens of God’s word. I mentioned in my sermon that many people use the name of Jesus in very positive and meaningful ways, and give Him credit for the good in their lives, which is a good thing. They may even share some of their favorite scripture verses and make mention of how much they love Him. They may speak of the marvelous grace of God that we are saved and kept by. Again, all of this is good. I had a man tell me one time many years ago that he could live any way he wanted and be saved because of the grace of God. I’ve never had anyone ever tell me this since, but I have seen it in the way that people live their lives in open and willful sin. In Titus 2:11-12 we read “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”. The grace of God does not give us a license to sin, but rather teaches us that we are to live a life of righteousness and deny ourselves of anything that is of an ungodly nature. Jesus did truly teach a lot of positive things such as ” The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John10:10). He tells us in John 3:16-17 ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” But the same Jesus who said these things, hunted the man down of which he had previously healed to tell him to “sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” He told the woman taken in adultery to “go and sin no more.” He spoke of obedience as being the true test of our love to Him and the Father in John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” And this may come as a surprise to some, but Jesus taught more about hell than He did heaven. The beginning of Christ’s teaching began with “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Repentance means to turn away from sin unto God. Jesus came to save us from our sins. Therefore, we need to hate our sin, no matter how insignificant it may seem to us, and turn away from it. People who believe that they can continuously live in their sin and take a light attitude toward it and still be ready for heaven are going to be terribly disappointed in eternity. Don’t justify your sin, confess it and turn from it. People are living in sexual immorality, living in drunkenness and drugs, slandering and hurting people, taking advantage of people, deceiving and hating, and still think they are right with God. I’m not sitting here judging people, because I am far from perfect myself. I am just trying to get people to look to the scriptures (all the scriptures) and take instruction from them. They will get you to heaven. If our thinking is not in line with what the scriptures teach, then we need to change our thinking.
Have a nice week.
Pastor Gary L Protenic