Salt Burns Far Less Than Hell Fire ! 0514

I just saw a video of an altercation between a christian evangelist and an enraged student. The evangelist had a sign warning that judgement day is coming, and he listed sins common on college campuses. The student was screaming like a banshee and charging the evangelist. The evangelist stiff armed the advancing student, sending the student to the ground. The sign was offensive to the student, the behavior was offensive to the evangelist.

At one point, the student screemed “you call yourself Christian !” Obviously the student thought being a christian was different than what the evangelist was.
                                                                
What is a Christian? The answer depends on where someone stands, one’s perspective.

Should a Christian stand and defend biblical judgements in the public square?

Should christians avoid confrontation?

Is it loving to confront or not to confront. If the sign the evangelist held was biblically true, would God approve? If college was a christian judgement free zone, as the student apparently wanted, would God approve. Perhaps, if we surgically seperated God ‘s love and justice apart, and displayed only God’s love, maybe the student wouldn’t  mind.

No, people take offense to John 3:16 signs, too. Bibles are band from private reading time in schools. We are stuck in between a rock and a hard place. In this case, Jesus is the rock and the world is a hard place without the saving influence of Christ.

What would Jesus do?
What did Jesus do?

He proclaimed God’s Word to all, condemned the false teaching of the establishment, gracefully challenged the sinful behavior of the lost and called them to repentance, and disciplined the walk of those who followed Him.   He also prophesized and fulfilled propheses, supported the law, promoted love and mercy to all, and saved the elect by sacrificing Himself as our substitutionary sacrifice.

Our world is a hard place and its getting harder. Most people know what the Bible condemns, but disagree to varing degrees. Anything goes in the privacy of your own home, heart, we are told. The Biblical standard is under attack. Moral relativism rules the hearts and mind of the worldly. Sadly, apparently, it rules the hearts and minds of many who call themselves christians. Most churches have adopted a “love them
Into the kingdom” philosophy. But the Bible is clear, no one can save themselves. That love of God and repentance of sin, all sin, is the only road to salvation.

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Step 1: Jesus (the Bible) has all authority, everywhere, including in heaven and on earth. God’s standard is the only standard. While the lost and condemned may accept some and reject other judgements of God, true
Christians will accept all of God’s standard for themselves and by loving others as themselves, share this standard with those who are lost and condemned. Those who refuse, out of some false sense of love, hurt their neighbors and deny their God and Jesus’ authority.

Step  2: go and make disciples. If you do not share God’s standard and challenge everyone to accept it, the deceived remain deceived. Everyone is born condemned. Out of Love of God and neighbor, make God’s standard non-negotiable, and share it with everyone. Some will see their sin and repent, most won’t and continue to rebel against God’s authority. Apart from God, we cannot save anyone. Pray for those who reject God. To reject  God’s standard is to reject God.

Step 3: baptise the penitent in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The only requirement for Baptism is repentance. Not everyone who says they repent, do repent. The parable of the sower tells us about the four places the gospel seed can fall. Only one leads to salvation. The sower must direct the lost off the worldly path, shallow ground, and the thorny  ground. If God isn’t the only authority, the seed will fail.

Step 4 : Teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded us. The true church of God are those who believe and follow Christ. The visible church is God’s threshing floor. The threshing floor is the place that seperates the wheat from the tares. God’s word is the standard. The tares (the false christians) will not accept God’s standard in total. The tares will try to add to it or ignore some of it. Many of these tares, like pharasees,  are in leadership.  The wheat (true believers) follow Christ. And behold, I (Jesus) am with you always!

So lets revisit the altercation. Who was misinformed about what a Christian is? The student was offended. Was the offense over the message, or the messenger? Christians are ambassidor of Christ and must act appropriately. The truth is offensive to those who disagree.                              
What is more important, not offend or not preach?                      

Romans 10:14-15, 21 ESV

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

While confrontation may be uncomfortable, eternity is forever! Love the lost enough to confront them with God ‘ s truth!

We are called to be salt and light to our lost and dying world. Salt burns far less than Hell fire!..

In christ’s sake,

AZ4Christ.wordpress.com

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~ by az4christ on May 9, 2014.

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