Christianity Johnson on 12 Feb 2009 12:31 am
In Billy Graham’s column this week, we learn about judgment:
the Bible clearly teaches that once we die we go immediately into God’s presence. The Bible says, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). In one of his parables, Jesus told about a man who had ignored God and his Word all his life. When he died, he pleaded for mercy, but it was too late; his selfish ways condemned him to an eternity separated from God (see Luke 16:19-31).
This is a sobering truth, and we mustn’t take it lightly. The time to put our faith in Christ and trust him for our salvation is now. Even tomorrow may be too late; how do we know if we will still be alive? If you have never faced your own need of God’s forgiveness, I urge you to turn to Christ and commit your life to him today.
The vast majority of Americans claim to be Christian, and they all know that their sins will send them to eternal torture in hell. They all claim that the threat of hell is what keeps mankind in line.
So why DO Christians sin? If they believe all this, what in the world would cause Christians to lie, or commit adultery, or steal, or rape young boys? Why would Christians break their lifelong wedding vows at the same rate as non-Christians? Why wouldn’t Christians love their enemies and eliminate war? In the news today:
And these are the pastors – the ones who should “know” God best. The followers are far worse.
Why are Christians just as bad as (in many cases worse) than the non-Christians around them? Why are Christian leaders constantly in the news for their transgressions? Why doesn’t “the threat of hell”, combined with “God’s guidance through prayer”, plus “reading the Bible”, along with “the intervention of the Holy Spirit” combined with “the love and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus” create a group of people who are perfect?