People believe in a lot of things.
Patriotism. The US Constitution. Religion. Freedom Of Choice.
It’s clear that the other 50% of the nation doesn’t believe in good morals and values.
But you have to conclude that just because you hold conservative values, you may not be saved according to the Bible. God is apolitical. The Bible is apolitical.
The political climate in this nation is definitely volatile.
But one place where it’s even more volatile is a person’s personal belief about religion and where they stand on the Bible.
Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV)
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
You see. When it comes to salvation, fallen man want to make up the rules of entrance into heaven.
Look at the rules of society.
If you commit a crime, and you’re found guilty, you go to jail.
No one has a problem with sending a rapist, or a murderer, or a thief to jail.
But we all have a problem with God, and His commandments.
When you preach correctly that the Lord is holy, and just, and full of wrath, it should bring fear and terror to people, but the kind of God that fallen man wants is a God that allows sin.
To be able to do vile and sinful things, and the Lord overlooks it.
He gives fallen man a free pass with impunity.
What if a murderer comes into your house and murders everyone but you. Wouldn’t you want justice done on your behalf? What if this murderer was convicted of the crime and during the sentencing phase, the judge lets him go free?
You would consider it an outrage.
It would be an outrage for God to let a sinner go free.
Especially when He requires that you repent, place faith in Christ, and never sin again, because sinning again is playing the hypocrite and throwing His salvation in His face.
You see. We can give our heart to the Lord very easily because there’s no conviction of sin.
We never understood that sin offends God.
If we know that we’re not guilty of sin, and there’s no penalty, we can easily stand for something we believe in. A god that permits sin.
There’s millions of people that stand for this belief. And this belief has no teeth in it.
If you knew you were guilty of lying, stealing, committing adultery, looking with lust upon a man or woman, used the name of the Lord in vain, and coveting a person’s property, and that God was serious about sending you to hell, would you scoff at it, or take Him seriously?
You’re already going to die for these sins because of Galatians 3:22. “The Scriptures confine all under sin…”
We’ve all broken the law and the punishment is not just physical death. But when we physically die, we’re all placed in a holding cell called hell, waiting to be eternally judged by Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne. And then to have all of our works told in front of us, and then cast into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone forever.
This should terrify anyone and everyone, but it doesn’t.
Because we’re standing for what we believe in, that God is such a loving God that He wouldn’t cast a good person’s soul into hell.
Psalm 14:1 says,
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are all corrupt. They have done abominable things, there’s none that does good.”
Isaiah 64:6 says,
“All our righteousness are as filthy rags.”
This is what people believe in and will stand for it. As wrong as it is. That’s because they believe that they’re a good person, and God will not judge you.
Or they try to play it off by saying ONLY God can judge me.
And He will.
He will judge you for the sins you’ve committed and then cast you into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone. You’ve been called on your bluff.
True Christians stand to believe the truth. If we’re truly afraid of God, we would admit our sin and fall on the mercy of the Lord.
This is what true believers stand for. The truth of the gospel. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” When there’s no fear of God before our eyes, we’re not terrified, and coming to Christ on flimsy terms is just easy.
The Bible tells us that the Lord is angry with the wicked everyday. But there’s coming a day when He will pour out His wrath on man for refusing to accept His ONLY offer of salvation.
Because when temptation comes, and we fall back into sin, after a while, when we suppress the terror of God, we make a bold exit from the Lord. We try to make Christ and the cross less than what it is.
It was God’s Only Way to appease His righteous justice and we’ve cheapened it, taking the fear of God away. We’re not terrified of His wrath.
This is what people will stand for what they believe in. A penalty-less life.
That God is not a God of justified wrath against sinners.
“By the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil.”
When we don’t realize that the cross was the place where God’s wrath against man was appeased, and satisfied, that Christ paid our penalty, salvation doesn’t mean a thing.
But when we realize that the Lord Jesus paid for our penalty by receiving upon Himself God’s wrath that was for us, salvation means so much to us.
What would you do if a judge found you guilty, sentenced you to jail, but a stranger walked in, and paid your fine? You would be ecstatic. Joyful. But you would also be mindful that the judge was serious. And with the penalty paid, you’re free to go.
So when you stand for what you believe in, do you just believe in a forgiving God, or do you believe in the fact that we’re all under sin, destined for hell, that the Lord Jesus paid the fine, and even though we’re all guilty, because we’ve repented and place our faith in Christ, we’re free to go?
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”