Paul in his letter to his protege Timothy, endeavors to encourage this young preacher, for the work of ministry can sometimes be very discouraging and disappointing. II Timothy 4:1-4.
Paul has grown old and God has revealed to him that the time of his demise is near. It is imperative that we redeem our time, work while it is day, for the night is coming. He encourages and instructs him to preach the word in and out of season when his audience would not hear, continue to preach an uncompromising gospel. Those of us who have been entrusted with this soul saving gospel are charged to do the same. Why, because he informs Timothy that time would come when they would not endure sound doctrine but would heap to themselves those that would tell them what they wanted to hear.
Such are the times we find ourselves in today. Everyone doing what is right in their own eyes, right has become relative. What I say is right and what you say is right.
These issues of same sex marriage, homosexuality, lesbianism and the like have become the focal points of our society. It does not matter what the Supreme Court decides, God who reigns supreme has deemed the practices as abominations, and has prepared a place for all who engage in these iniquities, that place, the lake of fire.
I am compelled to write this message because we live in a society that has become morally corrupt and tolerant of so many vile and unnatural practices, and we need to be reminded that there are consequences when we disobey God. No nation has ever survived rampant and boisterous immorality. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah?
You may not want to hear this, but the wages of sin is still death. God is not mocked. You will reap what you have sown. We have sown the wind and are now reaping the whirlwind.
God has given his messengers a mandate. He tells Ezekiel in Chapters 3, 18, and 33 that he was a watchman. His message to us is the same as Paul’s to Timothy, tell them whether they will hear or forbear what thus saith the Lord. This is what the Lord says: If a sinner man turns from his wicked ways and does that which is right he will not die.
You might not want to hear this but, I must tell you lest the blood be on my hands, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die. All the righteousness he has done will not be remembered. This is the word of the Lord. Yes, God is a merciful, longsuffering and loving God, but I must remind you he is also a God of justice. Good news, he is also a God of forgiveness and will forgive us if we will confess our sins.
So, what is the conclusion of the matter? Fear God and keep his commandments. The message is the same as one crying in the wilderness. Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Rev. Kenneth E. Harris is associate pastor at Indiana Street Baptist Church.
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