Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God

Have you listened to “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” by the preeminent theologian Jonathan Edwards? Wow. What a message.

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God KNEW before Adam and Eve sinned that they would do so.

There are some who believe that God was caught unaware when Adam and Eve sinned. But this flies in the face of what scripture teaches.

Ephesians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love

Revelation 13:8

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

1 Peter 1:20

20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

So no, God was not caught unaware when Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus was not Plan B. It was always in God’s plan to provide a solution to the problem of man’s sin. That solution is, and has always been, the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God. It is only by grace through faith in the saving work of Christ that we may truly live – live an eternal life.

With what sort of things should Christians be entertained?

So many time I see or hear Christians say they went to see some movie which depicts things God has said are abominable, or said to not do. I have long felt that a Christian should not be entertained by things God has said to not do. Does scripture agree?

First we have to realize There are things of the spirit and things of the flesh.

Galatians 5:19-24 (NKJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

So we know from Galatians 5:21 that we should not do the things considered to be works of the flesh, or we will not enter heaven.

Scripture tells us to not look at bad things.

Psalm 101:3 (NKJV)

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.

Scripture also tells us what to focus upon.

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

We are warned that making ourselves friends with the world will ensure we are enemies with God.

James 4:4  (NKJV)

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Indeed, people who love the world or love the things in the world, do not have the love of God in them.  We are told not to love the things in the world – lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life – because they are of the world, not God.

1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Finally, what ever we do, we are to do it in the name of the Lord.

Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Should a Christian  be entertained by something that depicts as good that God has said to not do? Magic/witchcraft/sorcery, getting drunk/high, homosexual sex, heterosexual sex with someone to whom you are not married, lying/deceitfulness, covetousness, stealing, murder are all things we are told are not good (Galatians 5:18-21, Romans 1:28-32).

Romans 1:28-32

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

We should seek things which will please God, not the world.

Ephesians 5:8-10(NKJV)

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

And we should not be entertained by things which depict as good the things God has said is evil – regardless of the form said entertainment is packed in – such books, games, movies, TV shows, theatre plays, etc.

 

For further discussion, see What and Who you surround yourself with affects you.

Do people born gay go to heaven?

Someone wrote me,”God made everyone the way they are and he doesn’t make mistakes. When My oldest nephew was only 3 I knew he’d be gay. So tell me how he’s gay only because he chose to be gay?”
I think the real questions people want to ask are, “Are people born gay?” and “Do people born gay go to heaven?”
I dont think it matters whether God created anyone gay or not. What matters is God created us all, and God has standards He requires us to adhere to – whether we believe or not, whether we agree or not, whether we succeed or not.

The fact is,  God makes everyone the way they are.

We are all sinners.
Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

We all earn death.
Romans 6:23a

For the wages of sin is death,

But this is so that grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:20-21
20The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23b
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Just because we are born with a trait that is not normal, such as being born blind, or with an illness or a disorder, or gay (I am not saying it happens; I am just not arguing either way), this does not mean it is to show that a certain behavior that God calls sin is acceptable to God. It is so the work of God might be displayed.
John 9:1-3
1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

But do not be deceived, homosexual sex is sin – for both the passive partner (Greek word Malakos translated as “effeminate” in this translation)  and the active partner (Greek word Arsenokoites translated as “homosexual” in this translation) – and that sin will prevent people from entering heaven.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived;neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Even lesbian sex is a sin.
Romans 1:26-28
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

 

The good news is that people can be forgiven, washed, sanctified and justified. We sinners CAN be forgiven. In fact, even those the Apostle Paul wrote to had been doing exactly those sins  and were washed, sanctified, and justified.
1 Corinthians 6:11

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

But for this, we must repent, turn away from sin to God through faith in Christ.
Acts 26:20
but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance

 

We can be thankful that it is GOD who leads us to repent.
Romans 2:4


Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

 

We need to remember all of us sin. None of us are without sin. God forgives any who turn to Him in repentance and we are gifted eternal life, causing us to live lives which demonstrate our new faith in a growing obedience. Its not that obedience is what saves us. But it is part of what demonstrates living by faith.

A Memorial of a Special Lady


Obituary:

Janessa Lawyer Moore, 41, of Searcy, died Wednesday, February 24[, 2016]. She was born April 18, 1974, the daughter of Linda Earles and Michael Lawyer.

Janessa is survived by her parents, Linda Earles of Searcy and Michael Lawyer and wife Martha of Wynne; three sons, Michael Moore and future daughter-in-law, Erinn Tozer and Ian Moore of Searcy and Samuel Moore of Somerville, Tennessee; one daughter Julia Moore of Searcy; one brother, Robert Lawyer and wife Lynnette of Cypress, Texas; one step-brother, Paul David Earles and wife Patricia of Clarksville, Tennessee; two step-sisters, Rachel Earles Cates of Clarksville, Tennessee and Lesley Paddock Scates of Loveland, Colorado; and two grandchildren, Isis and Griffin Tozer. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Lloyd and Juanita Leasure and Robert and Vera Lawyer and her step-father, Dick Earles.

Janessa was an LPN, employed at The Crossing at Riverside and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Courtesy of http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Janessa-Lawyer-Moore-103331561


Memorial:

Today we celebrate the life of quite a woman.  Janessa Moore has had, in some ways, some very difficult experiences, such as medical issues. She also had some very interesting experiences – she told the story of angels helping her drive home in the midst of a storm. She also had some very funny experiences – she was also known to tell of when the mafia laundry attacked her, or when she was in the drive thru lane at Mc Donald’s and a Jewel Spider dropped down on her and she was suddenly in the passenger side of the minivan, with both arm rests bent out of the way, throwing a water bottle, screaming bloody murder – and the car was still idling in drive as it moved forward hitting the new brand new Cadillac in front of her, and the entire staff of young people leaning out the drive-thru window to see what was happening. This is a woman who was told was told she had less than 1/2 percent chance of ever getting pregnant – yet God gifted her with four lovely bright lights called Michael, Ian, Samuel, and Julia.

As you all know – she loved. She loved every body, and every thing – except bugs. She loved puppies. She loved babies. She loved learning.  She had learned Spanish when we lived in Miami. She loved everything medical – she had been a medical transcriptionist while we lived in Miami, and in fact, she went back to college later in life to get a degree in nursing. She loved children – she loved having teens and adults coming to the house and hanging out. She loved movies, and sci-fi – in fact she wrote fan fiction and poetry. She loved people – people of all ages, all walks of life, all -you-fill-in-the blank. She loved.
She also worried. While she would be aware of our pain, and would have wanted us to process it, she wouldn’t want any of us to wallow in it, or to get lost in it. She would want us have our pain relieved. She would pray – to God. We had had long conversation about a month ago where she had reaffirmed her faith in God.

She would want us to know that God is there. God is here. God is with us. God loves us.

Jeremiah 23:24

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.

God is everywhere.

The Apostle Paul told us that HE had been burdened beyond what HE could bear, so that he would not trust in himself, but in GOD.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.

God WANTS us to turn to Him – especially in the hard times. God is love.

1 John 4:16

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

God loves you and wants you to trust Him.

John 3:16-18

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:19

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

We do not know necessarily know why things happen when they happen. But we know we must turn to God and trust in the work of Christ. We must remember God’s love, as well as Janessa’s love. Let us take comfort in the fact that,  just as Janessa loved us and wanted us to be happy, God loves us and is there for us.

Dear God – we hurt. We are in shock and in pain and some of us are looking around, trying to make sense of what happened. We simply don’t understand. Please God, comfort us. Guide us. Protect us. Help us. Strengthen us. Help us love like Janessa loved, like YOU love. In the name of your precious Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Are ghosts real?

Generally speaking, when a man dies, he is dead.
Job 14:12

So a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.

 

To be dead is to be with the Lord. I take this to mean a believer will be found justified upon death while an unbeliever will be judged.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8

6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

Hebrews 9:27

And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment

So… are there exceptions? Do ghosts of people hang around after death?

Recall that Moses and Elisha were with Christ at the transfiguration.
Matthew 17:1-3

 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

 

We have to realize that people walked out of their tombs upon the death of Jesus.
Matthew 27:50-53

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.

Later, when Jesus was with the disciples, Jesus said he had flesh and bones, unlike a spirit. Notice, Jesus did not claim spirits didn’t exist, but that they did not have flesh and bones.

Luke 24:39

See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

Remember that Samuel was called up by a witch. There are many who believe this was a demon, but the text does not support that. The text shows she was surprised, indicating she might have been surprised she was actually able to call up a ghost, or Samuel might have told her something that made her realize it was King Saul (the one who threatened witches and mediums with death) that she was working for.

1 Samuel 28

Now it came about in those days that the Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Know assuredly that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men.” 2 David said to Achish, “Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.” So Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists. 4 So the Philistines gathered together and came and camped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped in Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6 When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”

8 Then Saul disguised himself by putting on other clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Conjure up for me, please, and bring up for me whom I shall name to you.” 9 But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off those who are mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?” 10 Saul vowed to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul.” 13 The king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a divine being coming up out of the earth.” 14 He said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and did homage.

15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul answered, “I am greatly distressed; for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has departed from me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or by dreams; therefore I have called you, that you may make known to me what I should do.” 16 Samuel said, “Why then do you ask me, since the Lord has departed from you and has become your adversary? 17 The Lord has done accordingly as He spoke through me; for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David. 18 As you did not obey the Lord and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so the Lord has done this thing to you this day. 19 Moreover the Lord will also give over Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines, therefore tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. Indeed the Lord will give over the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines!”

20 Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground and was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; also there was no strength in him, for he had eaten no food all day and all night. 21 The woman came to Saul and saw that he was terrified, and said to him, “Behold, your maidservant has obeyed you, and I have taken my life in my hand and have listened to your words which you spoke to me. 22 So now also, please listen to the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a piece of bread before you that you may eat and have strength when you go on your way.” 23 But he refused and said, “I will not eat.” However, his servants together with the woman urged him, and he listened to them. So he arose from the ground and sat on the bed. 24 The woman had a fattened calf in the house, and she quickly slaughtered it; and she took flour, kneaded it and baked unleavened bread from it. 25 She brought it before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they arose and went away that night.

God said to inquire of HIM, not use mediums and spiritists to consult the dead –
Isaiah 8:19

When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Speaking to the dead was considered to be evil.

Deuteronomy 18:9-13

9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

We also have to realize that sometimes the word spirit is substituted for demon.

Matthew 8:16

When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.

Luke 8:29

For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.

Luke 9:42

While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father.

Sometimes angel and spirit are known as different things.

Acts 23:8-9

8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor an angel, nor a spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9 And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, “We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”

So are angels and demons and spirits different? Do ghosts exist?

I think scripture sometimes uses spirits to mean demons. Other times they are used to mean different things. I know Samuel and Moses and Elisha all were manifested. I know that dead people came out of their graves/tombs and walked about when Jesus died. But I do not think that is the norm. I think that in most cases, any ghostly things we might see are in fact demons.

 

Regardless, we are to avoid demons and spirits. We are to turn to God, not the dead.

Do practicing FILL-IN-THE-BLANK who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?

I cant tell you the number of times I have read or heard a question that goes something along the lines of “Do practicing FILL-IN-THE-BLANK who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?”

Let’s fill in the blank:
Do practicing liars who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?
Do practicing murderers who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?
Do practicing adulterers who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?
Do practicing witches who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?
Do practicing homosexuals who are “saved” go to heaven after they die?

We MUST repent and show our repentance by our lives.
Acts 2:38

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The person who does not obey Christ, does not know Christ.
1 John 2:4

4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

Lying, sexual immorality, murder, and practicing magic are all sins and those who do them and do not stop and turn to God through faith in Christ will end up in the lake of fire. It doesnt matter the sin… If you dont stop, you have not repented of that sin and its more important to you than God. Those who practice unrighteousness will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 1:26-32

 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Revelation 21:8

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21

19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Is stopping easy? No. But its needed. Pray to God to help you leave the sin behind.

If you are in Christ, you will be changed.
2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

It is GOD who changes us.

Ezekiel 36:26

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Philippians 2:13

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

We must ALL turn now from our sin and to God – repent, change! Trust Christ as LORD and as SAVIOR – not just as a get out of jail free card, but as the one who deserves our love and obedience. Sometimes it will be a matter of repeatedly repenting from a given sin – but we cant simply embrace our sins and say “God will forgive me.” We must turn from our sin and turn to God. God works in us to desire and to do as He wants.

We are NOT expected to be perfect, but to grow in our sanctification.

Romans 6:22
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-7
1 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
Living a life of sin shows we reject God, even if our words claim otherwise. We must turn from sin, to God, through faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior.
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