Monday, June 13, 2011

Short-term Amnesty

“Ray, I've been listening to the Living Waters podcasts and it's given me an insight as to how sly and underhanded your preaching can be. I think it was Kirk who was going through the good person test and if someone answered in the wrong way than he wanted to hear, there's a back-up plan to prove that the person is wrong. It's not a test, it's a trap, a condemnation...The self-assuredness that your friends show appears to be dishonest.” 
My atheist friend hit the nail on the head. It is "a condemnation." However, it's not dishonest. Think of it like this. You are a devious criminal who refuses to give up his evil lifestyle, because you don't see it as being "evil." You consider lawlessness to be an exciting lifestyle. Besides, you've never been caught by the police. Not once. 

I'm a police officer who has the difficult task of telling you about a special short-term amnesty, offered by the Chief of Police. You have a certain amount of time to surrender your weapons and change your lifestyle. After the door of amnesty closes there will be a big bust, and when that comes there will be no mercy, especially in the light of your ignoring the offer of amnesty. I have no alternative but to show you that you are already condemned with no way of escape, and that you would be a fool to neglect the offer of amnesty. 

As a Christian, the only (and not very pleasant) way to convince you of your terrible danger is to point out the seriousness of your crimes against God....that you have "eyes full of adultery" and that lying lips are an abomination to Him. This is done by taking you through the moral Law (the Ten Commandments). You must be convinced that you are an enemy of God...that you hate Him "without cause," to the point of foolishly denying His very existence. 

If you refuse to surrender to Jesus Christ and take advantage of God's incredible offer of amnesty (escape Hell and live forever), you will come under the deserved condemnation of His Law. The Bible says that you are already condemned (see John 3:17-18, 36). 

There are three ways to know if I'm speaking the truth: 

1. The very second you pass into eternity you will realize what a fool you have been to neglect the Savior, because you will know that it's too late to cry "God help me!!" 

2. At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, when the heavens depart and He comes in flaming fire "to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire." 

3. Upon your repentance and faith in Jesus. Obey the gospel and God with reveal Himself to you (see John 14:21), and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. The gospel I am privileged to preach is backed by the power of God. The atheistic philosophy you have is backed by less than nothing.