An Invitation From God

W – “WOULD you consider yourself to be a good person?”

D – “DO you think you’ve kept the Ten Commandments?”

J – “JUDGMENT – if God JUDGES you by that standard, will you be innocent or guilty?”

D – “DESTINY – what’s your DESTINY going to be… will you end up in heaven or hell?”

THREE RESPONSES

 

1. “I don’t believe in hell.”

Not believing in hell doesn’t matter. You still have to face God on Judgment Day whether you believe in it or not. If I step onto the freeway when a massive truck is heading for me and I say, ‘I don’t believe in trucks,’ my lack of belief isn’t going to change reality.

2. “I’m Guilty, but going to heaven. “

You are thinking that God is “good,” and He will, therefore, overlook sin in your case. If a judge in a criminal case has a guilty murderer standing before him, the judge, if he is a good man, can’t just let him go.  You have already lied, stolen, and committed adultery in your heart. God gave you a conscience so that you would know right from wrong. Your conscience and the conviction of the Holy Spirit will do the rest.

3. “Guilty, and going to hell. “

This doesn’t concern you? You know how much you value your eyes. How much more therefore you should value your soul.

The Ten Commandments Questionnaire

  1. Ever broken the first commandment? Exodus 20 verse 3 says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” What does this mean, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Well, Jesus said what it’s actually saying is that we’re commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. But more, Luke 14:26: “Jesus said, ‘If any man hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” What does it mean “if any man hate not his mother, and wife, and father, and children, brethren, sisters, and his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” That’s called “hyperbole.” A statement of extremes. Contrasting love with hate for emphasis sake. And what Jesus was actually saying is that your love and my love for almighty God should be so great that all our other affections should fade into the background and seem as hate compared to the love we have for Almighty God. Now if you love your mother, your father, your brother, or your sister, your friends, your girlfriend, your sport, your travel, your car, your money, your ministry, or even your own life more than you love God, you’re setting your affection on the gift rather than the giver. It’s called inordinate affection. God is jealous for our love. The Bible says, “There is none that seek after God.” We hate God without cause. Of course, we don’t hate our own God that we’ve created without cause, but we hate the God of the Bible if we see Him in truth. He’s a God of righteousness, a God of holiness, a God of justice. The Bible tells us that no one has kept this commandment (Psalm 14:2-3).
  2. Do you have your own views on God? The second commandment, Exodus 20 verse 4. “You shall not make unto thee any graven image.” You shall not make yourself an idol; that is, you should not make a god either with your hands or with your mind. The twentieth century man doesn’t normally create a God with his hands, but he creates a God to suit himself. He makes a god in his own image. He creates a god and says, “My god is not a god of judgment: my god would never create hell. My god’s a god of love and mercy.” And I would agree with him: his god would never create hell because his god doesn’t exist. His god is a figment of his imagination: he’s shaped an image to suit him, to suit his sins, and he loves the god of his own creation. His god doesn’t dictate him a moral standard. His god is dumb, “and those that make them are like unto them” (Ps. 115:7–8). The Bible says, “Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God.” If you’re walking down a railway line and there’s a train heading for you and its fifty feet from your face and its going 60 miles an hour, if you say, “Oh, I believe it’s a marshmallow train,” will that change anything? No. If you don’t get off the line, you’re going to be marshmallow. You don’t change realities by your beliefs. And you and I can believe what we wish about God, but He says, “I am the Lord; I change not (Mal. 3:6). I love righteousness and hate iniquity (Ps. 49:7); and though hand join in hand, I will by no means clear the guilty (Prov. 11:21). The wicked shall not go unpunished.” 1 Corinthians 6:9: “Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Idolatry of the imagination is the oldest sin in the Book, “these men have set up their idols in their heart…” Ezek. 14:3. God says that no idolaters “…shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
  3. Ever used God’s name as a cuss word (i.e. “Oh my G-d!”)? Third commandment, Exodus 20 verse 7. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Now most people count God’s name as nothing to a point where they don’t even know they’re using His name in vain. You want to express how you feel, so you may spit out a four-letter filth word beginning with ‘s’, or you may just take God’s name and say, ‘Oh, God,’ or the name of Jesus Christ. In doing so, you are taking the holy name of God which is above every name and bringing it down to the level of a four-letter filth word to express disgust.” Would you do that with your name? You’ve done it with your Creator’s name. It’s been said, “Never trust anyone who can blaspheme God’s name. If they can blaspheme the name of the God who gave them life, they’ll also lie to you and steal from you.” “The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Ex. 20:7) “Every idle word a man speaks, he’ll give an account thereof on the day of judgment” (Mt. 12:36). God says, “he that blasphemes the name of the LORD, shall surely be put to death…” Leviticus 24:16 and “every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment.” Matt. 12:36
  4. Ever done work on the Sabbath? Fourth commandment, Exodus 20 verse 8. God said that anyone who did work on the Sabbath, “shall be put to death” – Ex. 35:2. Numbers 15:32-36 tells of a man who merely picked up some sticks on the Sabbath, God said that he must be stoned to death.
  5. Ever dishonored your parents? Fifth commandment, Exodus 20 verse 12: “Honor thy father and mother.” This means to value them, to honor them. Ephesians 6:2 says it’s the only commandment with promise. Conversely, if it’s not fulfilled, you’ll reap the consequences. “That all may be well with you, that your days may be long upon the earth.” If you do not honor your father and mother, if you don’t value them as the vessels God used to give you life, then all will not be well with you and your days will not be long upon the earth. God says, “he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death…” Ex. 21:17 and “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” – 1 Samuel 15:23
  6. Ever hated anyone? Sixth commandment, Exodus 20 verse 13: “Thou shalt not kill.” The Bible says if you get angry without cause, you’re in danger of hell fire (Mt. 5:22). 1 John 3:15 says if you have hatred in your heart, you’re a murderer. You could say, “I could kill that guy.” God says, “It’s the same as the deed.” He knows why you’re holding back: not because of the goodness of your own heart or for conscience sake but for fear of the consequences of getting caught in fulfilling the desire of your own heart. Hatred is the same as murder in God’s eyes (1 John 3:15) – God says, “…murderers…shall have their part in the lake of fire…” Revelation 21:8
  7. Ever looked with lust? Seventh commandment, Exodus 20 verse 14: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Jesus said that lust is “adultery of the heart” (Matthew 5:28) – God says that no adulterers “…shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
  8. Ever stolen something? Eighth commandment, Exodus 20 verse 15: “You shall not steal.” 1 Corinthians 6:10 says, “No thief will inherit the kingdom of God.” What do you have to steal to be a thief? A paper clip will do; 10 cents will do. God’s not impressed with the amount. If you “pinch” something, if you take perks from your boss, you are a thief and there’s no way you can enter God’s kingdom. “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? He that has clean hands and a pure heart” (Ps. 24:3–4). God says, “No thieves… …shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:10
  9. Ever told a lie? Ninth commandment, Exodus 20 verse 16: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Fibs and white lies. How many lies do you have to tell to be a liar? Just the one. Revelation 21:8: “All liars will have their part in the lake of fire.” God says “…all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire…” Revelation 21:8
  10. Ever been greedy? Tenth commandment, Exodus 20 verse 17: “Thou shalt not covet.” It means to be materialistic, or greedy of gain. 1 Corinthians 6:10 says, “The covetous will not inherit the kingdom of God.” God says that he actually hates (abhors) “the covetous,” Psalm 10:3, and of those who are covetous (greedy) he says, “they which commit such things are worthy of death,” Rom 1:29-32. Also see 1 Tim. 6:10.

 

And then the final nail on our coffin, James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, the same is guilty of all.” If you try and keep God’s law and yet just offend in one point, you are guilty in all. In fact, the Bible says, “Cursed is every man who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal. 3:10). If you say, “I’m going to be right with God by keeping the commandments,” you’ve got to keep all of them: moral, ceremonial, and civil. “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law to do them.” Break one of God’s law, you’re guilty of all. Same with civil law: you don’t have to break 10 laws to get the police after you, just break one. You’re a lawbreaker; you’re in debt to justice.

Every hair on a head is numbered. Every idle word that we’ve spoken, we’ll give an account thereof on the Day of Judgment. God sees our thought-life. “Shall not he who formed the eye also see” (Ps. 94:9). Can God create the eye, and yet is God Himself blind? No, the eye of the Lord is in every place beholding the evil and the good. God formed the ear. He hears everything we say. He sees the darkness as though it were pure light. He is perfect, holy, just, and good. He set aside a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness. If God were to judge you by that standard—purity of thought, word, and deed; be ye perfect, as your father in heaven is perfect—if he were to judge you by that law, would you be innocent or guilty – Heaven or hell?

 The law shows you that you’re bad enough to go to hell. “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ saith the Lord” (Is. 1:18). God appeals to the sinner; the most reasonable, rational, logical, intelligent thing there is is hell. You say, “What do you mean?” Well, if a man bursts into an old lady’s home, rapes her, strangles her to death, burns her body, and gets away scot free because they find no evidence, and we ask the question, “What does God think of that?” I mean, does God who sees everything say, “Ah, well, never mind: the guy enjoyed himself.” Has God got no sense of justice? Do we attribute man with his court systems of having more sense of right and wrong, more sense of justice, than Almighty God?

The Bible says, “God will by no means clear the guilty.” If God isn’t going to punish crime or sin, then God is unjust. Any judge who turns a blind eye to the workings of the Mafia, is a corrupt judge. And if God is not going to judge sin, if he’s going to turn a blind eye to murder, rape, greed, lust, envy, jealousy, pride, etc.—all sin—then God is unjust.

How far can you get from the truth? Shall the Almighty pervert justice. No. God has set aside a day in which he’ll judge the world in righteousness. But not only will he punish murderers, he’ll punish hatred. Not only will he punish adultery, but he’ll punish lust, envy, jealousy, greed, rebellion, disobedience; he’ll punish sin wherever it’s found. If you’re a son or daughter of Adam, it’s found in your heart. “All of us are as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God. ‘Vengeance is mine,’ saith the Lord” (Is. 64:6; Heb. 10:30-31).

Do you tremble under the weight of the law? Christ redeemed us from the curse of that law, being made a curse for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (Jn. 3:16).

What Does The Bible Says About:

 

BELIEF
• none? no salvation-John 3:16; 18
• but alone, not enough… even demons believe – James 2:19

 

HATE
God hates…
• all who do wrong – Ps. 5:5
• false teachers – Rev. 2:6; 2:15
• idols – Deut. 16:22
• divorce, violent men- Mal. 2:16
• arrogance – Prov. 8:13
• pride – Amos 6:8
• We are commanded to hate… evil – Ps. 97:10; Prov. 8:13; Amos 5:15

 

HOLINESS
• without it /not see the Lord – Heb. 12:14
• required – 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thes. 4:7

 

JUDGMENT
• Will be by God’s Law – Rom. 2:12
• Jesus coming to – 2 Thes. 1:7-9
• God has appointed a day – Acts 17:31
• when judging, do so righteously – John 7:24
• not hypocritically – Rom. 2:1-3
• Christians shall judge the world – 1 Cor 6:2-3
• die once, then face – Heb. 9:27

 

LAW, THE (The Ten Commandments)
• Jesus used when talking to the ungodly – Luke 18:18-25
• cannot justify anyone – Gal. 3:11
• perfect converting the soul – Ps. 19:7
• stumble at one point, you’re guilty of breaking all – Jam. 2:10
• stops the mouth – Rom. 3:19
• brings knowledge of sin – Rom 3:20
• had not know sin, but by the Law – Rom. 7:7
• sin is transgression of Law – 1 John 3:4
• schoolmaster, leads us to Christ – Gal. 3:24
• good if used lawfully – 1 Tim. 1:8-9
• written on our hearts / conscience – Rom. 2:15
• made for sinners – 1 Tim. 1:9

 

LOVE
God loves…
• the world through the cross – John 3:16
• while yet sinners, Christ died – Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5
• greater love has no man – John 15:3
• those who keep his commandments – Deut. 7:9; Neh. 1:5; Dan 9:4

We are commanded to love…
• the Lord – Mark 12:30; John 16:27
• our neighbors – Luke 10:27
• our enemies – Matt. 5:44
• righteousness, mercy – Ps. 45:7; Mic. 6:8

 

REPENTANCE
• none? you will perish – Luke 13:3, 5
• works to salvation – 2 Cor. 7:10
• for remission of sin – Acts 3:19
• God commands – Acts 17:30
• combines with faith – Acts 20:21
• God’s goodness leads us to – Rom. 2:4
• God’s will for all – 2 Pet. 3:9

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS
• required – Rom. 10:10
• comes through faith in Christ – Rom. 3:22; Gal. 5:5; Phil. 3:9
• ours like filthy rags – Isa. 64:6

 

SALVATION
• by grace, through faith in Jesus ONLY – John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:2; Ephesians. 2:8
• now is the day of – 2 Cor. 6:2

 

WRATH
• sinners storing up – Rom. 2:5
• awaiting sinners – Rom 2:8-9
• God expresses – Ps. 7:11-13
• Jesus expresses – Ps. 2:12
• of the Lamb – Rev. 6:14-17
• reject Jesus/wrath remains – John 3:36
• on disobediant – Eph. 5:6
• terrible – Ps. 21:9; 50:22
• through Christ we can be rescued from – 1 Thes. 1:10; 5:9

Hell is a REAL place

 

What Jesus tells us…
• Many go there – Matt. 7:13
• A place of torment – Luke 16:19-31
• Everlasting punishment – Matt. 25:46
• Everlasting fire – Matt. 25:41
• Furnace of fire – Matt. 13:41, 50
• Unquenchable fire – Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17
• Suffering – Matt. 5:29, 10:28
• Weeping – Matt. 24:51

 

What the NT tells us…
• Anguish – Rom. 2:8-9
• Everlasting – 2 Thes. 1:19
• Eternal fire, blackness – Jude 7, 13
• Lake of fire – Rev. 14:10; 20:15

 

What the OT tells us…
• Devouring fire – Isa. 33:14
• Eternal – Isa. 33:14
• Everlasting – Dan. 12:2
• Wise avoid it – Prov. 15:24
• Keep others from it – Prov. 23:14
• Evil leads to it – Prov. 5:5, 9:18

The REAL Jesus

 

There is “another Jesus” that is not the REAL Jesus of
the Bible (2 Cor. 11:4). Salvation can only take place
only through faith in the REAL Jesus. Faith in
“another Jesus” cannot save anyone. So how can you
tell if you have the REAL Jesus?

 

The Jesus of the Bible…
• is prayed to – Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 116:4 and Zech. 13:9 with 1 Cor. 1:1-2
• is worshiped – Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; 28:9; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6
• is called God – John 20:28; Heb. 1:8; Isa. 9:6
• is the ONLY way to God – John 14:6; Acts 4:12
• did not come to bring peace, but a sword – Matt. 10:34
• tells us to fear God – Matt. 10:28
• tells us that the world will hate us – John 15:18-19, 17:14
• tells us Christians can expect to suffer – Matt. 5:45; John 16:33; Heb. 11:35-38; 1 Pet.  4:12; 1 John 3:13
• commands us share the gospel – Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8

Helpful scriptures when talking to…

FALSE CONVERTS
• did you know the Lord? – John 17:3
• fornicators, adulterers, and homosexuals will not enter Kingdom – 1 Cor. 6:9-10
• some claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him – Titus 1:16
• without holiness, no one will see the Lord – Heb. 12:14
• examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith – 2 Cor. 13:5
• children of God vs. children of the devil – 1 John 3:10

 

SELF-RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE
• there is no one who is good – Psalm 14:3, 53:3; Matt. 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19; Romans 3:12
• everyone who is proud (arrogant) is an abomination to the Lord – Proverbs 16:5

 

MORMONS
• Satan often masquerades as an “angel of light” – 2 Cor. 11:14
• there is only one God, not many – Isa. 43:10-11; 44:6; 45:5-6, 21b-22
• all other “gods” the Bible talks about are idols – 1 Chron. 16:26, Exodus 20:3, 23
• the God of the Bible created the entire universe – Gen. 1:16; Ps. 8:3; Jer. 31:35
• Jehovah (translated as “LORD” in all caps) and Elohim (translated as “God”) are the same being – Deut. 4:35; 1 Kings 8:60; Psalm 100:2.

 

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
• the Jesus of the Bible cannot be another “god” because God says there is only ONE – Isa. 43:10-11
• the Jesus of the Bible cannot be an angel, he is contrasted against the angels – Heb. 1:3-8
• Jesus is not a creation, but the Creator… the word “other” has been inserted four times in this passage of the JW “bible” – Col. 1:16-17
• unless a man is “born again” he cannot enter the Kingdom of God, there are no exceptions – John 3:3

 

SABBATARIANS
• we are not to let others judge us regarding Sabbaths – Col. 2:16
• we are not to judge others regarding days of worship – Rom.  14:5-10

 

UNIVERSALISTS
• only a few will be saved, not all – Matt. 7:13-14, 22:14; Luke 13:22-27; Rom. 9:27
• Hell is eternal – 2 Thess. 1:9, Jude 7, 12-13, Rev. 19:3, 20:10
• Hell is unquenchable fire that never ends – Matt. 3:12, 8:18; Luke 3:17; Mark 9:43

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
• Jesus is THE Christ, not “a christ” – Matt. 16:16; Acts 5:42, 17:3; 1 John 2:22

God wants us to experience eternal peace and life:

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

We are all Sinners:

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Isaiah 59:2

but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.

Christ died for us so that we might live:

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Romans 5:8

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The only way to heaven is through the acceptance of this gift:

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

John 1:12

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

Romans 10:9

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Pray for forgiveness and to accept Jesus as your Savior:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that you love me and want to save me. Jesus, I believe you are the son of God, who died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe God raised you from the dead. I now turn from my sin and, by faith, receive You as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart, forgive my sins, and save me, Lord Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.

What To Do Now:

  • Pray
  • Read your Bible
  • Find a Church and attend regularly
  • Witness – share your story with someone else
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