The moment that Jesus ascended into the heavens, angels began to talk about His return. Two thousand years later, doubters and skeptics have increased with intensity. Yet, the Lord’s promise to return is unchanged.
The majority of Americans claim some form of Christianity. Yet, less than two percent view their lives and the world through the lens of Scripture. So, most people are counting on going to Heaven when they die, but they do not believe what the Bible says about how to get there.
Some people say that if God doesn’t judge America, then He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember though, God would not have destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah if just five righteous people had been there. He is always ready to forgive those who repent, just as He forgave the wicked city of Nineveh. Even today, God’s forgiveness is unchanged. Repentance and forgiveness still go hand-in-hand.
God designed marriage for pleasure, for partnership, and for parenting. His definition of marriage today is consistent with His design in the Garden of Eden. Anytime we try to redefine what God has already defined, chaos and perversion are sure to follow. Biblical marriage is unchanged.
People don’t talk much about sin these days. According to progressive thinkers, it’s judgmental to label particular actions as sinful. Even in Christian circles, the conversation has moved to acceptable sins versus unacceptable sins. And the list of what’s acceptable becomes more inclusive every day. The problem is - we don’t get to decide what is and what is not sinful.
The word, “progressive” is used a lot these days to describe the notion that truth is evolving. Basically, it’s the belief that people are more enlightened and intellectual today than in the past. Phrases such as, “Follow your truth” convey that what’s true for one person isn’t necessarily true for someone else. However, the meaning of truth cannot change, otherwise it was not true to begin with. So, if universal truth exists and that truth is unchanged, what is it?
There is an idea among some evangelicals that a change took place in Jesus when He walked on the earth. This train of thought teaches that Jesus gained a greater understanding of our sin nature by experiencing humanity, making Him less judgmental and more tolerant than His Father. However, today’s passage tells us that Jesus is unchanged from eternity past.
Far too many believers live in the bondage of guilt, allowing their feelings to control their faith. Constantly battling guilt is usually a failure to believe what the Bible says about who we are in Christ. We get so wrapped up in trying to doChristianity that we miss the joy and freedom of the guilt-free life intended for followers of Jesus.
The temptation to sin is inevitable. No one is exempt, including Jesus. His victory over temptation means that we, as His followers, can also be victorious. So, how does understanding His victory over temptation help us? Let’s see.
As we’ve been talking about temptation, we’ve seen how Satan uses deception as a tool to tempt believers. One of the most effective ways he does this is to present the thought that we can willfully choose to sin and it will somehow be okay - like jumping off a cliff without suffering the consequences. When a believer knows a certain thought or action is sinful and chooses to do it anyway, that’s presumptuous sin.