The religious folks of that day got permission from the Roman government to hang Jesus Christ on a tree; and God raised Him and put Him on a throne. God turned you over to Him (John 17:2 God gave Him power over all flesh...) , and Hes got you on His hands, and Hes got to save you, or Hes got to damn you. Hes got to deal with you. (No "slipping through the cracks" here.) We are never to change that message, and we are never to try to improve on it. We must never take anything from it.God isnt filling hell with innocent victims. Hell is being filled with rebels refusing to walk in the light they have and could have from Almighty God. We are to walk in the truth and the light God is pleased to give us. If a person walks in the light God gives him, I believe God will give him more light. If not the way before him will be more darkness and confusion. God has not brought light & truth into your life to argue about, split hairs about, get more intellectual information about, It has come to you to love and obey. Every time you are confronted with Gods truth you will make some kind of response. The path ahead will correspond to your response!
(Evangelist Rolfe Barnard,1904-1969)This generation would like to get to heaven, but they just haven't got time. They had time to make a profession and join a church, but they just haven't got time to seek the Lord. When I started to preach 36 years ago, people would come hear me preach and I could keep a crowd for a while, and in that way somebody would listen to the Word of God. And since no man has saving faith, and God has to give it to men, He gives it as men hear His Word, and after a while they say "that's God talking".
You must hear the law of God preached long enough for God to reveal to you that you are a guilty lost sinner before you will be interested in hearing the good news of the Gospel of Christ. If God can get you lost, He will save you. If God can get you to sit still long enough to let a little of His Word sink in and grant you repentance and faith, He will save you. If you don't have time to seek the Lord till He is pleased to reveal Himself to you and speak peace to you, why you will just live on a little while, then go to hell. You haven't had time to hear what is being said.
A personal confrontation of the soul by a gracious redeeming God; this leads to repentance and faith, this leads to the terminating of a self-centered existence, and the beginning of a Christ indwelled life. You will lay down the arms of rebellion and run up the white flag of surrender. That's what it means to be saved. I don't know how long it will take you to get there, but it would be time well spent if you got to Christ.
In the Book of Acts a man said: "What must I do to be saved?" (and the answer was) "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ." But this answer wasn't given to anybody unless the work of grace (in conviction) had already begun and they were in a repentance stage, just dying to be saved. But God is saying to ALL PEOPLE, "Seek the Lord". How long? Till you find Him.
God isn't filling hell with innocent victims. Hell is being filled with rebellious refusals to walk in the light that has been given. Men and women are responsible to walk in the light they have and could have from Almighty God. WE ARE TO WALK IN ALL THE TRUTH AND LIGHT GOD IS PLEASED TO GIVE US. If a person walks in the light God gives him, I believe God will give him more light.
But man will say, "I can't believe". Well, lets look at an illustration of Biblical truth. (God says to every man, "The tithe is mine"! Can you believe that? "Yes, you say, I can believe that". Well why don't you walk in the light you have? God went on to tell us in Malachi 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? God replied: In tithes and offerings."
You could at least be honest, couldn't you? Why don't you start walking in that kind of light? God always takes you through the school of law in order to get you where you will appreciate grace. Somebody says, "I am not a Christian, so God does not expect anything from me." ALL HE EXPECTS FROM YOU IS "to love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, and with ALL your soul, and with ALL your mind and with ALL your strength..." That is His commandment to you.
Well I want to be saved. No, you don't, you won't even walk in what you know is so. You must walk in the truth and light that God brings across your path. He doesn't bring it for you to argue about. He brings it to light your pathway so you can walk straight. A man cannot walk in the light he doesn't have, a man dare not DO LESS. There can be no unbelief and no faith apart from revelation, but there is revelation in the stars above your head, the creation beneath your feet. Every time your conscience speaks to you, that is God's gift, and every time it speaks to you, you must make a response. YOU IGNORE IT OR OBEY IT. Every time the Word is preached in your hearing, something takes place in you; and you make some sort of response to the demands of Christ who is presented in every line of the Gospel.
Unbelief is not ignorance, unbelief is rejection of truth. Men and women reject truth every day. Read Psalm 19 and Romans 1:16-32 WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
REBELLION OR OBEDIENCE?
All hell hasn't got power to keep you from seeking the Lord with all your heart, and if you do, you will find Him. That's walking in the light you as you have light.
Excerpts from Running Scared, by Evangelist Rolfe BarnardTrained to be a lawyer, he went into school teaching in Texas, not yet converted and still "shaking my fist" in Gods face, I joined a church. After his conversion he was truly pressed of the Lord into the Gospel ministry. The first sermon he preached, well listen to his biographer: He was out raising money to build a church, one of the businesses he intended to solicit was the one operated by A.P. Borger who "owned the town". When he got there he found several deputy sheriffs waiting for him, along with a photographer from the local newspaper. He was informed that no money would be collected at that business until they had been given a sample of his preaching. Barnard immediately stepped up on a large beer keg and delivered a message on "death". The essence of this message was that those present were going to die physically, and if they remained outside of Christ their souls would die eternally. The photographer took Barnards picture while he was preaching. The next day newspapers showed this young preacher standing on a beer keg preaching to this unusual audience. His message of sovereign mercy was an awakening message. It was impossible to remain neutral when Barnard preached. Like the apostle Paul, when Barnard preached, there was either a riot or a revival. As he said so many times, "When the true gospel of grace is preached, the (true) believers will be glad, the rebels will get mad, and the pharisees will be confused." Text Luke 12:1-5 The body of Christ needs to meet together to hear the Gospel preached in its purity and its proper order; then go out and witness a good confession, whatever the circumstances are. Gods true people have been conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are not our own, and we do not live for ourselves; we have lost our life that we may gain it. If this is not true of us, we are not Gods children. But you and I as Gods children must face this signal truth that we are attempting to preach the Gospel today in a generation that has been utterly sinned against in that we have forgotten that the Gospel must be preached in its purity and in its proper order. A man cannot hear the Gospel until he has been utterly slain by the law and left desperate, with no hope within himself. Not until that time will he care whether Jesus is the Son of God or not; whether He died for sinners or not; BECAUSE HE IS NOT INTERESTED. The only weapon that God the Holy Ghost has or has had to prepare men to listen and receive the Gospel; and that is Gods holy requirements. Unless a man is desperate he cannot even hear, much less receive the Gospel of God concerning His Son. A man has to be desperate before he will cry for help or beg God for mercy. We have a "Jesus" cult today in America. Everybody thinks mighty well of Jesus; but "to hell with God." Is that too tough for you? But they do not know Jesus as their Lord, and God the Father as the lawgiver. Our Gospel has been wrong. Would you be interested in listening to the Truth long enough that the Gospel would be good news to you? If you ever hear the Gospel as the Gospel, you will be saved right then. The big need of every community now is churches with a man of God filled with the Holy Ghost preaching the Word of Truth like it should be preached; so that some would definitely reject and some would be conquered by the Christ of the Gospel. (He then picks up on his text) God came to Noah and said, "Noah, judgment is coming". I am going to destroy all those people with a flood. All on earth Noah had to go by was Gods word. And the most solemn thing I face and the most crushing burden any human being can bear is the burden of living in a generation that doesnt believe a word of the Bible. God knows what a burden it is to live every day of your life among your neighbors and your relatives and your church members and folks you work for, and you believe that every step men take is one step nearer the awful consuming judgment of God; and you try to talk to them and they dont believe a word of it. How in the name of God can I confess Christ in a generation that doesnt believe God; in a generation that if you talk to them about the judgment of God, they dont know what on Gods earth you are talking about? Theres old Bill. Hes headed straight for the judgment. Theres my son or my daughter, they are headed for the judgment, but they dont believe it. And I do. Now brother, thats a burden! Its foolish to claim to be a Christian unless you devote your life to just two things: (1) the proclamation from the Holy Scriptures of the holy character of God, and His righteous demands and commands. (2). Then pointing men and women who will listen to the only place of escape, which is in Christ. Now that is what Noah did; HE RAN SCARED, he believed something, he believed that God was going to bring judgment on men and women. He couldnt see it, but he truly believed it. An old evangelist used to say that some of these days some little humble believer was going to pick up the Bible, read it and believe it. Wouldnt it be wonderful if we could believe it? Not argue about it, not sit around in nice little sessions merely discussing it, but with the help of the Holy Ghost believe it. And he said that little simple believer is going to make the rest of us folks ashamed of ourselves. Oh, says some fundamentalist. I believe the Bible from cover to cover." Let me tell you this fact, a man only believes what he obeys, what he puts into practice. If I had just one sermon to preach, and I was the only preacher to preach, and I could get in some public place as the people of the world passed by, I tell you what I would do: I would hold up my hands, and Id lift up my voice and I would cry, "Stop, people! You are headed for a meeting with the holy law of God!" There is one thing that no human being will escape. Every human being has got to deal with the holy law of God! Oh, my God! Wont it be awful to come and have to face God Whose will, and His way, His demands, His commands, and His requirements which are expressed in His law? If you choose to neglect, refuse, you will still be judged by it. You will end up facing the curse of the broken law, The word of the Divine lawgiver to you will be "Depart from me into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth." If these truths ever "sink in" and you actually hear them, you will cry out to the holy God to have mercy. You will know you need a Mediator, the man Christ Jesus. That is the Gospel. My only hope, my only plea, Christ Jesus died and He died for me. Which will it be as you look into the mirror of Gods holy requirements and demands? 1. We will not have this man to rule over us and demand of us. 2. Or, Oh, my God! Is there any hope for me? (Now you heard for the first time and the Gospel is Good News.) "Oh Father, may the Spirit of the Almighty God be pleased to convict men of their sinful lost condition; and their need of the only Mediator, the man Christ Jesus. We pray this in His Blessed Name. Amen!"
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