Originally published December 20, 2016 Vegans. When you’re a vegan, you don’t eat meat or use animal products. Being vegan is a lifestyle. Now if I said that I was vegan and invited you over to my place for dinner,… Read More ›
Jesus said “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” It’s the regeneration of God in our souls.
It’s not some inconsequential change. It is a monumental miraculous work of almighty God.
God is perfect and righteous. And the only way for imperfect and unrighteous people to be with him was for Jesus to pay the price of sin. To absorb the wrath of God. And for some reason, the world is so twisted that that idea is offensive. That the Lord paid the penalty for our sin so we could be with him. But that’s not good enough. Because that takes the control away from us.
A lot of people don’t want to be in a church because?
Because the church is full of?
Churches are filled with hypocrites.
I argue that churches aren’t so much full of hypocrites but churches are full of people who aren’t really Christians.
And the hypocrisy people complain about, certainly not always, but the wickedness that too often happens in churches comes from people who are not really walking with Jesus. Just saying you’re a Christian doesn’t make it so. The gospel necessarily results in a transformed life. You don’t have Jesus come into your life without being impacted by that.
There are people who are calling upon the Lord who will not be with him in heaven. Not because Jesus lacks grace, but because there are people who are insincere and disingenuous about their faith. And while that might fool relatives and the people here at church, that will not fool an all knowing God.