What have they seen in your house? (2 Kings 20:15). In the news last week was a house in California with children being starved and held captive by the parents.
That makes this question relevant. No one in the neighborhood supposedly knew what was going on. Does that mean that no one in the neighborhood had been inside that house? Though the years, we have heard some horror stories about things happening inside houses and neighbors not knowing the evil existing right under their noses.
The word of the Lord teaches men to be neighborly because living beside another carries a lot of responsibly (Proverbs 3:29). One day it may come down to a matter of life or death. That neighbor might be the lifeline if you are having a heart attack or stroke, etc. Do you want to be involved in evil deeds and cannot have others come inside lest they see? Do you want to continue being unfriendly toward that neighbor? Think about this before the emergency arrives. But I suppose cases like the California house will continue and that is sad indeed. But if you are inspired to attempt to change things, great!
It’s a step in the right direction.
In order to void out something which the Bible teaches, people will say, “It’s 2018.” Meaning the teachings of the Bible will not work in today’s times. But is that true? The answer is no, it isn’t. If God exists, which He does, and the Bible is His word, which it is, then His word, like Himself is eternal and will outlast the end of time (Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Psalm 119:89).
People are mistaken to think that centuries erase the scriptures, instead time proves that the scriptures are the word of God because nothing can top it (Deuteronomy 4:8). And these words of our God still stand and are suited to govern the character of man in every century and these words will judge man at the day of judgment (John 12.48; Revelation 20:12).
On one last note, the Bible is composed of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament began with Moses at Mount Sinai and continued until Jesus died on the cross replacing it with the New Testament. The New Testament will now remain and be the standard of judgment until the end of time. So when reading the Bible remember that.
A lot of people come to church for the wrong reason. I mean people will come to the church seeking everything but God.
The church has inquiries about money, getting married, a place to stay, looking for a spouse, Christmas baskets, can you help me get a car? etc. Where is the love for the knowledge of God? Where is the respect for the real existence of church? (Isaiah 2:1-3). Why can’t men come to the church and ask, “what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 2:37, 9:6, 16:29-30).
The church is supposed to be the place where man learns the word of God (1 Timothy 3:15). The place where man comes to worship God (John 4:24). It is not to be a place that cleans up the materialistic problems of men because material things are the responsibility of each person that creates them (Galatians 6:5).
Sure, in the New Testament the local church relieved the needs of its own members, but it was never the place where men brought their material desires to be cleaned up (Acts 4:32-35).
If a person wants to be saved, wants to learn about the Lord, wants to learn how they can get their life in order so that they can go to heaven, the church is the right place to go because it is the where the saved are found (Acts 2:47; John 10:9).
Fire is hot—it is just too intense to be close to (Daniel 3:19-22). When a house is on fire, the firemen can just barely stay long enough to pour the water on it, and there will be no storage of firemen taking breaks from the flames. Hell fire is coming, and it is coming to punish those who have lived an evil life (Matthew 25:41; Jude 14-15; Matt. 4:7,12; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10. I’m speaking from the point that being near fire is unpleasant. How much more uncomfortable can it be if one is thrown in and cannot get out for all eternity? (Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:15; Matt. 13:40-50; Luke 16:24). Such is the punishment that God has in store for the wicked at the Judgment, when all will stand before Him and be judged according to their works (Rev. 20:12; Romans 14:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Cor. 4:5, 3:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; 2 Peter 2:9).
So, what can a person do to escape this terrible fate which is coming, despite some who believe not? (2 Peter 3:3-13).
Easy, the person who wants to be saved can obey the Gospel (Mark 16:16; John 6:45; Acts 18:8; Rom. 10:9-18; Acts 26:18; Luke 13:3).
The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to anyone who will accept it (Rom. 1:16). But, don’t wait too long because tomorrow isn’t promised, and there is no repentance after death (Hebrews 3:15; James 4:14; John 8:21).