ARE THERE ANY CHRISTIANS LEFT?
Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
September 28, 2015
Most Christian preachers today give "happy" sermons because that is what people want to hear. However, reality is what will determine whether we spend eternity in heaven or hell, and most self-proclaimed Christians are going to hell forever. That is unless The Holy Bible is a lie (and it is not) when it says only a "few" will be saved.
Bill Clinton's Southern Baptist preacher assured him that he is going to heaven because when he was a boy, he "accepted" Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. But can the former president truthfully say on judgment day that Jesus has been "Lord" of his sex life? Not only does Galatians 5:19-21 say fornicators go to hell forever, but Matthew 25:44-46 says failure to help someone is need also sends people to "everlasting punishment."
Does that mean only those who are perfect go to heaven? No, only a sin against the Holy Spirit (defined in The Holy Bible as "the spirit of Truth) is unforgiveable. All other sins can be forgiven if there is repentance. However, repentance is not simply saying "Sorry about that, now what's for lunch?" True repentance should be agonizingly painful, because that is what Jesus felt on the cross when he bore our sins. When we sin, it is as if we picked up a nail and slammed it into Jesus' flesh.
The Holy Bible says that in the End Times, there will be a great falling away from the faith, and people's hearts will be hardened and their consciences will be seared. I am afraid we are now in those times. A few weeks ago in my last NewsWithViews column, I related my mother's difficult health situation. The hospital overmedicated her, discharging her in an almost comatose state; the rehab allowed her to fall and fracture ribs; the Veterans Administration drastically cut her widow's pension; and her landlord for 28 years told her (and me) to pack and get out! We desperately pleaded for help, but only a "few" real Christians responded. America and its people in the past did not react this indifferently.
My mother's dad used to take large cartons of soft drink to churches just because it was "the Christian thing to do." However, church after church today have refused to help mom in any way. One large church even has a tape that says unless you have been a member of their congregation for at least a year, go elsewhere for help. Whatever happened to the parable of The Good Samaritan?
In 1942, my mom gave up a full first year's scholarship to a prestigious girl's college, and instead traveled the state helping with a doctor helping poor children. Where is that compassion for her now? When the wife of an African-American college president said she needed clothes for poor girls at the YWCA the woman ran, mom donated and delivered them.
I have tried to carry on mom's giving spirit because it is "the Christian thing to do." Taking care of mom for the last 10 years has been exhausting and expensive, but Christ is supposed to be our example. And Jesus did not say "Pick up your cell phone and follow me," but rather He admonished us to "Pick up your cross and follow me."
Most Americans used to follow this admonition, but not today. Instead, they work very hard at rationalizing how they can do absolutely nothing for someone in need. Unfortunately, the self-absorbed philosophy of the 1960s has become dominant, with slogans such as "What's in it for me" and "Look out for Number 1" and “If it feels good do it.”
From a larger perspective, the nation seems metaphorically to have lost its soul, and the best evidence of this can be seen in Americans' lack of initiative in reversing court decisions regarding abortion, secular humanism in public schools, religious freedom (e.g., school prayer), homosexual marriage, etc. God is patient, but His patience lasts only so long. As individuals and as a nation, we must repent and turn back to God before it is too late.
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