I do not know how the myth was arrived at that all your troubles would vanish away the moment you accept Christ. This is SO far from the truth that it makes one laugh.
Hebrews 11:37 states of those of faith “….they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain…”
It is absolutely NOT a crutch religion, for that would make life nice and safe, however, we have an adversary, as 1 Peter 5:19 describes:
“Your adversary the Devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Now, I will say this, actually I am issuing a warning, about some who claim Christianity, if your life NEVER seems to have opposition, then your enemy must not be too worried about you and what you are doing for Jesus. If you actually do submit your life to Christ, then you will find “in this life you will have trouble”. Your family will come under attack, some friends might leave you, even some family members might abandon you. But, that is OK, for you will have “one who sticks closer than a brother”, at your side.
There are some speaking today in a group called the Emergent Church, who are speaking lies in hypocrisy. One such is the Pastor of Solomon’s Porch in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Doug Paggit. In this interview we hear him saying what seems ALL will eventually make it to heaven. This in DIRECT opposition to the one whom he claims as savior said, in Matthew 7:13:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”
He does not believe in Heaven. He equates all religions as viable, however Jesus stated in John 14:6:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The reason I am stating this is because if you oppose this modern, Laodician church age in which people do not want to hear that God will hold them accountable for their actions, and beliefs, by finding those who teach what they “FEEL” God should be like. They are creating a god in their image and after their likeness, which is idolatry, and God will not hold them guiltless.
The indication of what Jesus said is EXCLUSIVE, in that there will NOT be many who find the way to salvation. This is one of his, so called, “hard sayings”.
We are in the “People Choose” age, where the Bible is condemned, condensed, contaminated and co-opted. In which all those parts that make people feel bad are thrown out, never preached on, and are condemned by liberal theologians. It has been called a “Hate” book by Jesus Seminar’s John Shelby Spong because it condemns homosexuals who do not repent of that sin to the lake of fire. Actually Spong hates it so much he removed it’s LOVING warnings to adulterers, homosexuals, liars and murderers, from it’s text. In Fact, since Spong has removed warnings from the Bible, the Book of Revelation states he will be condemned:
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Before you spout the often liberally spouted: “judge not” misquote, I am letting you know this, God has sent prophets to WARN of the impending judgment of Almighty God. He has also given us HIS word of those warnings as well. If a person does what the Bible states emphatically NOT to do, they will receive in themselves the condemnation that God has warned them about. It is a dangerous thing to call what God condemns as sin, as not sin. You make yourself an enemy of God when you do so. I don’t care if it makes you feel good inside to justify sin in your heart, God WILL NOT BE MOCKED, and there is a lot of mocking going on in our western culture.
If you do not repent of your sin, and your toying with sin, and your mocking of God, you will be judged by Jesus, you will be found wanting, and you will be tossed into the Lake which burns with fire for eternity. It will NOT be his fault that you are placed there, it will be YOU, and YOU alone who made that decision. Put another way, in American Jurisprudence, and American Law, you can be put to death for spying, if you CHOOSE to spy, and you are condemned as a spy and you are put to death, it is YOU and YOU alone that is the cause of your death. You knew before you did it what the consequences would be if you were caught. It does not matter WHY you chose to do it, even if you DISAGREE with the government on that secret, you will still bear the consequences of YOUR action. The same is true with God, he warned you, you chose to disbelieve him, so it is NOT HIM to blame for what happens if you disbelieve his warning. Because he carries out the sentence that he warned you about before hand, it is still YOUR fault you will go where you go.
May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear.