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Friday, April 10, 2009

The world is changing .... so?

On CNN Thursday night, the comment was made that the world is changing and because it is we should just get on with things, just move on, go with the flow. But why I ask. Just because the world is changing, doesn't mean its right or that our moral values, God's laws, must also change. Just because gay marriages, abortions, stem cell research and other evils have become more common place, doesn't make it right.

Thursday morning I read what Jesus had to say in Matthew 12:39-30: "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

In Luke 11:29-30, Jesus says, "This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no signs will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation."

Jesus Christ is the sign. For over 2000 years he has been the sign and so few see Him as He is, for what He is. He brings salvation to all and warning of judgments to come to those who refuse, who do not repent, who continue to sin.

"Woe to the world because of offenses! ..." (Matthew 18: 7)

"The Son of Man goes (a) as it is written of Him, but (b) woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! (c) It would have been good for that man if he had not been born." (Matthew 26:24)

(a) As it is written, "For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:3)

(b) Jesus said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take head to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him." (Luke 17:1)

Judas is the betrayer, but I believe Jesus speaks of all who sin against God and causes another to stumble or become a temptation to sin.

The judgments are written in Revelation. Revelation 19:2 reminds us, "For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her by the blood of His servants shed by her."

In Psalm 19:9: "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether." Verses 12-13 are a prayer to keep the sin that is invading us at every corner away, to not let it dominate us. The Scripture says: "Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults? Keep back your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless; and I shall be innocent of great transgression."

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