Do We Care Enough?


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It is generally agreed in the Christian community that we are indeed in the last days.[1] The next prophetic event that Christians are awaiting is the catching up of our bodies to be with the Lord forevermore. This promise is given to all who know God and have obeyed the Gospel. I trust that all who read or hear this message have or will have that assurance. To know God is to have a personal relationship with Him in the heart, not just know about Him in the mind. Obeying the Gospel is to obey God’s Word by believing in: Jesus' payment for all sin and sins when He died on the cross, His burial in the tomb for three days and three nights, and His being raised from the dead, alive forevermore. To obey is to believe. This is all good news to those of us who are saved. But what about those friends, acquaintances, and family members who have not obeyed the Gospel and confessed Jesus as their Lord?[2]

The Apostle Paul uses strong language to alert us to what awaits those who are not Christians at His second coming. with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe…[3] Whoa! This is a somber promise that God will keep, just as He will keep the promise to deliver us who have been born again from His wrath.

Yes, God is the God of love, grace, and mercy, but He is also the God of righteousness and judgment. There is a time to share both the warm and fuzzy along with the sharp and hard. Are we trying to love people into the kingdom with soft and pleasant words of His grace[4] without warning them of what happens to those who will not obey?[5] We are commanded to preach both that Jesus came the first time as a lamb to save sinners and is coming the second time as a lion to be the Judge of both the living and the dead.[6] What matters is, do we care enough to warn them?

[1] 2 Timothy 3:1; 2 Peter 3:3
[2] Romans 10:9
[3] 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
[4] Romans 2:4
[5] Revelation 21:8; Jude 1:21-23
[6] Acts 10:38-43