It is good when two people can discuss a topic and, using good reasoning skills and God’s Word, come to a logical conclusion. There is a large difference between that, and what comes from the world. Some individuals claim to have knowledge of God’s Word, yet use phrases that “tickle the ear” and show by their comments that they have no idea what is contained in the inspired Word of God. If confronted, many say, “You have your truth and I have mine. Don’t judge me.” Even though these are comments that were written before my very eyes in a discussion in the past couple of days, we all have probably been exposed to this kind of worldly mindset.
False doctrine from the world says: “The Bible tells us to follow our convictions and if it is your conviction to love someone of the same sex, stand tall and defend it. If it is your conviction to discourage that type of union stand tall and defend it. The most important thing that we all should remember is your truth is your truth and my truth is mine. Neither of us have the right or authority to judge what truth anyone should follow.”
But the Bible teaches:
Same sex unions are wrong: Rom. 1:24-27 & 1 Cor. 6:9
Marriage is between one man and one woman: Matt. 19:4-6 & Gen. 2:23-25
God’s Word is truth: John 8:32
Christ has been given all power and authority: Matt. 28:18
We will all be judged by God’s Word: John 12:48
There are many that say we cannot know absolute truth or know God, but even in that statement they oppose themselves. Are they absolutely sure? We can know truth and we can know God and His will for us. “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him” (1 John 2:3-5).
Unfortunately the discussion did not end with the above quote. The false teaching continued: “I say that your worry is for naught. I do not know this because there is a Bible verse that says it, but I believe very much that you as a non-believer has the same chance to get eternal life as anyone else does. Worry not that your good deeds will go unnoticed my brother because everything is seen and considered by God come judgment day. You may not believe and you may never believe, but I have faith that if you continue to treat others like you wish to be treated, yet even though you do not believe, you too, will be allowed in.” Later on this person also said, “Make no mistake my friend you are not dealing with some backward person who just picked up a Bible or recently decided to earn his way into heaven.”
We agree that all have the same opportunity to go to Heaven, as taught in 1 Tim. 2:3-4 and Titus 2:11. We also agree that all will be judged according to their deeds, as taught in Rom. 2:5-6. However the Bible does NOT teach that non-believers will go to Heaven, just for doing well. John 8:24 says, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
Christians do meet many people who are backward about the Bible and many who obviously have not picked one up in a long time other than to move it to dust around it. But sadder than that are those that are preaching and teaching others “into heaven” by their opinions and their feel good ideas.
These are the closing remarks of the Christian I witnessed defending God’s truths:
“I am simply defending the word of truth. One must be in the church that Jesus died for to be saved from God’s wrath. (Matt 16:18; Eph 1:22-23, 5:23) You must obey Christ (Heb 5:9). All spiritual blessings are in Christ (Eph 1:3), and there is only one way to get into Christ (Gal 3:26-27).”
These comments and more were posted where many could read them. If you were one on one with an individual like the one above, how would you respond?