It is truly a sad day when a nation formed by Christian men and women; a nation that declared “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” has turned its back on not only these ‘truths’ but also on the truth giver.
We have systematically removed God from every aspect of public life. Its no longer appropriate to speak of God in school. What has replaced Him? We can now have classes that teach children in middle school the uses of a condom and the finer points of oral sex. We now have sensitivity training in both schools and the workplace to teach us that using biblical verses stating homosexuality or promiscuity as a sin is discriminatory and insensitive. Saying the name of God is taboo except when it is followed with a expletive. More people buy pornography than pay tithes or give to charity.
As a country, our highest court has declared that the murder of unborn children is a right but placing the Ten Commandments in courtrooms or classrooms is illegal. Our President typically takes his oath of office on the Bible and ends with “so help me God.” However, in our most recent example the oath was retaken without the Bible and the same president who said “so help me God” reinstituted a policy taking tax dollars to pay for abortions and is working to limit our ability to freely share our faith in and the truth of Jesus Christ, under to guise of "hate crime" prevention.
So called churches all around us have propped up false doctrines to make a sinful world more comfortable. Our churches don’t want to tell people that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to heaven. It seems much nicer if we just propose Christianity as one stretch of road on a highway of possible options. Ironically, at no time has the lyrics of the famous ’Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC been more true:
Living easy, living free
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don't need reason, don't need rhyme
Ain't nothing I would rather do
Going down, party time
My friends are gonna be there too
I'm on the highway to hell
All around us people truly are on a ‘Highway to Hell’ and the church has become impotent to do anything about it. We won’t speak the Truth because it may diminish our popularity and people may think we’re “crazy fundies.” Christ prepares us for this in Matthew 24:9-14:
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."
We have a moral obligation to speak the Truth. There is no obligation for us to be popular. Preaching the gospel is not simply an option for those of us who have been saved by Jesus Christ. It is a direct order from our Lord and Savior. Matthew 28:18-20 states:
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What is the truth that we must preach?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
He is eternally sinless
He was born of the virgin.
He took our sins to cross.
He physically rose from the dead on the third day.
We are saved by grace through faith.
There is only one path; only one road and that is Jesus Christ.
There is a real Heaven and a real Hell
If we fail to accept Jesus Christ we are accepting hell; the recompense for our sins.
It is G-ds desire that we spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Some will be offended by this message. Telling someone that they are a sinner is an offensive statement. Its also a truthful statement filled with love. There are only two types of people in this world; Sinners and Sinners who have been saved by grace through faith. The true test is not how often we fall. Its how often we get back up. We will never see anyone saved by endorsing their sin and watering down the very gospel that brought us to Christ. We must speak the truth at all times and let the Holy Spirit take care of drawing them to the Truth Giver.
Challenge false doctrines and false prophets where they stand. Challenge sin by putting it under the light of the Word of God. A popular phrase in this country is “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” A more accurate rendering would be “The light of the Son is the best disinfectant.”