What About Fence Sitters?Transcript from the Radio Series : Who Do You Choose To Serve?
There are many choices to make in this world and the choices made reveal to everyone with ears to hear and eyes to see if you are of this world or just in this world.
Please Listen to This prayer given by the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf and my behalf.
John 17: (NASB95) 1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Reveal the glory of your Son so that he can give the glory back to you. 2 For you have given him authority over every man and woman in all the earth. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3 And this is the way to have eternal life—by knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth! 4 I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to. 5 And now, Father, reveal my glory as I stand in your presence, the glory we shared before the world began. 6 “I have told these men all about you. They were in the world, but then you gave them to me. Actually, they were always yours, and you gave them to me; and they have obeyed you. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the commands you gave me; and they accepted them and know of a certainty that I came down to earth from you, and they believe you sent me. 9 “My plea is not for the world but for those you have given me because they belong to you. 10 And all of them, since they are mine, belong to you; and you have given them back to me with everything else of yours, and so they are my glory! 11 Now I am leaving the world, and leaving them behind, and coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your own care—all those you have given me—so that they will be united just as we are, with none missing. 12 During my time here I have kept safe within your family all of these you gave me. I guarded them so that not one perished, except the son of hell, as the Scriptures foretold. 13 “And now I am coming to you. I have told them many things while I was with them so that they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your commands. And the world hates them because they don’t fit in with it, just as I don’t. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from Satan’s power. 16 They are not part of this world any more than I am. 17 Make them pure and holy through teaching them your words of truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world, 19 and I consecrate myself to meet their need for growth in truth and holiness. 20 “I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these. 21 My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me. 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are—23 I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want them with me—these you’ve given me—so that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began! 25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.”
We now live in a time and a place where many choices are being made by those who live among us who are in a position of authority. These choices and resulting actions, enforcement and public opinion have brought us to a point where each and every one of us can no longer sit on the fence. The words we speak and the actions we make define for all to see who we are. We must, each one of us make our own decisions. We must either be Hot or Cold. Lukewarm fence sitters or double minded in our choices are no longer choices available because those who choose that wide pathway are destined for an eternity without God.
Psalm 119:113–120 (The Living Bible) 113 I hate those who are undecided whether or not to obey you [Lord] ; but my choice is clear—I love your law [WORD]. 114 You are my refuge and my shield, and your promises are my only source of hope. 115 Begone, you evil-minded men! Don’t try to stop me from obeying God’s commands. 116 Lord, you promised to let me live! Never let it be said that God failed me. 117 Hold me safe above the heads of all my enemies; then I can continue to obey your [WORD]. laws. 118 But you have rejected all who reject your [WORD]. laws. They are only fooling themselves. 119 The wicked are the scum you skim off and throw away; no wonder I love to obey your [WORD]. laws! 120 I tremble in fear of you; I fear your punishments.
Psalm 119:105–112 (The Living Bible) 105 Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling. 106 I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again and again: I will obey these wonderful laws of yours.
Do you recognize these verses from the Book of Psalms. David was pouring his heart out to the Lord. Listen to the apostle Peter writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. With a clear warning for us today.
2 Peter 1:20–2:12 (The Living Bible) 20 For no prophecy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself. It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God. 1 But there were false prophets, too, in those days, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly tell their lies about God, turning against even their Master who bought them; but theirs will be a swift and terrible end. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching that there is nothing wrong with sexual sin. And because of them Christ and his way will be scoffed at. 3 These teachers in their greed will tell you anything to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago and their destruction is on the way. 4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell, chained in gloomy caves and darkness until the judgment day. 5 And he did not spare any of the people who lived in ancient times before the flood except Noah, the one man who spoke up for God, and his family of seven. At that time God completely destroyed the whole world of ungodly men with the vast flood. 6 Later, he turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into heaps of ashes and blotted them off the face of the earth, making them an example for all the ungodly in the future to look back upon and fear. 7 But at the same time the Lord rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a good man, sick of the terrible wickedness he saw everywhere around him day after day. 9 So also the Lord can rescue you and me from the temptations that surround us, and continue to punish the ungodly until the day of final judgment comes. 10 He is especially hard on those who follow their own evil, lustful thoughts, and those who are proud and willful, daring even to scoff at the Glorious Ones without so much as trembling, 11 although the angels in heaven who stand in the very presence of the Lord, and are far greater in power and strength than these false teachers, never speak out disrespectfully against these evil Mighty Ones. 12 But false teachers are fools—no better than animals. They do whatever they feel like; born only to be caught and killed, they laugh at the terrifying powers of the underworld which they know so little about; and they will be destroyed along with all the demons and powers of hell.
Not a lot of wiggle room here, He is pretty clear regarding these issues.
So, who do you choose?
Do you choose to hate evil?
Do you choose to Love your neighbor?
Do you choose to obey the Lord Jesus Christ? One can only love the Lord if one chooses to obey the Lord.
John 14:15–26 (The Living Bible) 15 “If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, for it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you do, for he lives with you now and some day shall be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you. 19 In just a little while I will be gone from the world, but I will still be present with you. For I will live again—and you will too. 20 When I come back to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 The one who obeys me is the one who loves me; and because he loves me, my Father will love him; and I will too, and I will reveal myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but his other disciple with that name) said to him, “Sir, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us disciples and not to the world at large?” 23 Jesus replied, “Because I will only reveal myself to those who love me and obey me. The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t obey me doesn’t love me. And remember, I am not making up this answer to your question! It is the answer given by the Father who sent me. 25 “I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Comforter instead of me—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you.
Today in year 2017 what choices have our society, our culture, and most of our “Christian Churches” made in this country? What pathway are they promoting?
Good and Evil are not variables, they have not changed. Before the foundations of this earth; evil was found in the heart of Lucifer and what it is and what it causes has not changed in any way.
The Lord tells us in His Word there is “nothing is new under the sun.” So sin may take on new packaging, or new terminology but it is still white wash over the tomb of death and decay. We are all guilty. The pathway to death and eternal separation from God has not, nor ever will change. Sin is sin and there is only one way for those of us born on this earth by which it is not a death sentence. It is through He who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, by which salvation is available for whosoever will believe, have faith and trust in Him, for those who are born again. There is no other way which does not lead to death and eternal separation from God. Read John Chapter 3: all of it, The Lord Jesus Christ’s own words.
Our choice is simple, Blessing or Curse; Eternal Life or Eternal Death. Serving the god of this world can only bring one to those who choose him, and it is not the blessing of eternal life.
Who Do You Choose to Serve?
All to His Glory!