Are you ready?
Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready? Are you born again? Are you living in holiness? Are you reading your bible and living as the Lord expects of you? God sent His son , Jesus to this sinful world to die for you and me. Have you really received Him as your Lord and Savior? Time is running out, when are you going to make Jesus , your Lord and Savior? We have this moment to draw closer to God and be delivered. We do not have tomorrow. Dear friend please call on the Lord Jesus now and be ye reconciled unto God.
Ready and watching. Skeptics only confirm His coming.
2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Agreed workerbee. I feel the same way about the corner couple who sit out on the main drag locally with there King James Version “sinners repent” and condemnation verses. I’d feel even stronger if they came into my church and did that…or the people that left me salvation tracts instead of a tip when I was waiting tables years ago. You don’t know me and you assume the worst. How insulting! I’m already a Christian, follow and serve Jesus and I was working then because I need the money to pay bills, not a worthless tract! Same thing with my son who has waited tables, bartended and is an asst. GM in a local restaurant for a national restaurant chain. Trust me, please don’t ever do that to a server. It is not a witness. You are not blessing them and it does exactly the opposite. They’ll say, “Christians are the most stingy, worthless idiots I know.” Want to be a blessing? Be crazy generous just like our Heavenly Father!!! Tip…100%…200%…500%…1000% and say, “God has blessed me so I want to share it on” or “God loves you and so do I and here’s a small token of that.” End of story. Jesus says in John 13:35 that we’ll be known by our love.
The most effective invitation to reach people is to come alongside someone, in a relationship, and let them see life-change, hope, a difference in attitude and behavior from the rest of culture. That is attractive and that assumes nothing about the person or relationship because you’re getting to know them personally and their story before talking about faith issues. That’s what Jesus did with His disciples. He made an invite to a relationship and spent time and did life with them.
SC said it well. Micah 6:8 “Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly” and Jesus’ summarized the 10 commandments in Mark 12:30-31 with this, “Love God, love others”. That’s the most effective invitation in a post-modern, pluralistic, me-centered culture.
I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate the sentiment behind this post, but I WILL say, quite unapologetically, that THIS post is why people don’t go or quit going to church.
And I don’t care if that makes me unpopular or even banned.
I LOVE TMB because this place fights against the hypocrisy the world [AND CHRISTIANS] believe about sex IN marriage.
This post has a similar flavor.
My post won’t be popular.
And I don’t care.
This makes me want to shower and reconsider the benefits of this place, because this is the least genuine post I believe I have ever seen at TMB.
It reeks of religiosity and there’s actually nothing Christ-like to embrace.
Because God and/or Christ don’t want me cowering around wondering if I have said my ABC’s, washed behind my ears, have on clean underwear, said my devotionals, tithed enough, worked at the soup kitchen, worn my mask properly, bathed in the river Jordan, avoided pork, or touched my own privates.
I fight against the letter of the law because I EMBRACE the *spirit* of the law.
I am saved because of HIS love FOR me, not my works.
No works will EVER save us, HIS grace already did.
And to imply otherwise is a fools errand.
We walk a path, people.
Not a tightrope.
I think it’s time to grab a glass of wine.
It’s good for your stomach, and I sure could use it now.
If you’re preaching to the choir, we’re already born again.
If we’re already born again, we can’t backslide into not being born again.
Now there’s renewing of the mind, putting away the old/putting on the new….
That would be us, here, as a body of Christ.
I understand revisiting basic principles.
Fundamentals are important.
But once you’re born again, you’re born again, unless I missed some ancient missing Greek/Aramaic Text not found in King James or any of the numerous lexicons/concordance that I have.
I am not a Joel Olsteen fan because he smiles and says milk-toast things that make people feelz good feel good.
I don’t like this post for the opposite reason.
It’s hell fire and brimstone.
We aren’t there.
If we’re saved, we’re not there.
If you are here, I doubt it’s possible.
Who in tarnation is looking at a biblically based forum on sex in marriage asking how to be saved?
“Oh, but maybe there’s one? One that can be saved?!! And you are squandering it, workerbee, by being divisive!”
Well, the audience is the audience; Christ knew who he talked to, and said what was appropriate. We’ve found Christ, we’re trying to improve our marriage beds and be like Christ and the bride. I don’t know how we can be convicted for not being born again if we’re already here doing exactly that.
Seems to be some harsh judgement going on here. I saw this post a while back and chose to not respond for my own reasons, but now as it has developed, I see some things said that concern me. I don’t know Sam’s motivation for this post. Maybe it’s too much to ask to “think the best of him.” But, just for funzies, let’s look at what Sam wrote in the light of scripture. Novel idea? Get your Bible app ready…
“Jesus is coming soon.” – Matt 24:36 **No one knows when
Should we be ready? Matt 24 again, but then Jesus further explains in the next chapter 25:1-13
Should we be born again? John 3:3-5
Should we strive to be holy? 1 Peter 1:16
Should we study The Word (read the Bible)? 2 Tim 2:15-22
Should we strive to live according to His will? Joshua 1:7-8, Luke 12:47, Col 3:16, John 8:31
Should we understand and accept Jesus as our Lord, savior from our sins? James 1:21, Acts 2:36-38, Roms 6:3-5
So…with the one exception of one word “soon”, I find it difficult to see how anyone one would choose to judge Sam harshly for anything he said. It seems to me you would be finding fault with God’s word. Proceed cautiously brethren. If you want to think God will have no expectations of you while here on earth, maybe look again at the words of the one who will be sitting at the judgement seat – Matt 7:21-23
I understand, nobody wants to bring up hell, or final judgement, or that some who think they are saved won’t be. But…no one spoke of Hell in scripture more than Jesus himself. Far more than he spoke of heaven. You think He maybe knew what He was doing? Think He might’ve wanted us to have a healthy respect for what could happen if we didn’t follow His word?
And since “works” was referred to a few times – James 2:14-26. Some of the clearest scripture in the Bible. This is the brother of Jesus speaking. The ESV reads really well here IMO. Read V 14 very slowly and carefully.
Well, maybe I’m in the wrong place myself…
Not sure if these questions are legit or if this is spam, but on a Christian site, I believe they are appropriate. I hope your account didn’t get hacked. It’s funny. For decades going back to the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s Christians have heard the mantra that “Jesus is coming soon” and here we are in the 2020’s and it still has not happened. And, so we wait and wait some more. Of course, as good as life is here on this earth right now due to God’s blessing upon my life, I’m ready. I don’t pray and read the Bible as often as I should but I try daily and it ends up being 3-4 times a week. Prayer is easier as I just talk to God on my commute to work which is about 25 minutes. So many people living in fear of Covid right now, I do hope that Christians will turn to Jesus for reassurance and comfort and be a source of calm for our fellow brethren. Peace.
The gospel is offensive. Yes, we are justified by grace through faith. Repentance itself is a gift from God according to the scriptures. But Hebrews tells us that without holiness no one will see The Lord. If you have felt the wrath of your deserved condemnation for rebellion against Him, and have run to Him for shelter found only in Christ by His atoning sacrifice, we will want to be like Him. If we love Him, we’ll keep His commandments. Don’t just end at justification and ignore sanctification, and absolutely pursue holiness.