These People Will Have No Inheritance In The Kingdom Of Christ Or God.

It is not unusual for our Bible study group to disagree or discuss a particular subject for a length of time.  Is it possible for a person claiming to be a Christian to be rejected from heaven?  The group believes once you are accepted as a Christian, no matter what you do, you are guaranteed a spot in God’s kingdom.  I always disagree and we go on.  Since I can’t change their thinking maybe you will agree with me that I have a point.

Many in Las Vegas live similar lives as people living in ancient Ephesus.  A tremendous amount of evil exists in both cities.  In Ephesus evil was done in the open and the population accepted it.  At Las Vegas, in most instances, it is hidden and not considered good moral behavior by those residing here.  The Apostle Paul writes from prison a letter to the Ephesians concerning their spirituality and behavior.

Ephesians 5:1 – 7 – “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.  Therefore do not be partners with them.”

Our church’s mission is to evangelize Las Vegas and beyond.  We reach all types of people and some come from various backgrounds.  Many have had little or no religious background.  On occasion, we will have 40,000 attend a weekend service.  When you have more than 7,000 in a year accept salvation it takes time, for many, to mature spiritually.  As Paul wrote, the Ephesians as well as new converts in Las Vegas most often had no example of how a Christian should live.

During Paul’s time sexual promiscuity was taken for granted.  Most everyone indulged and it was an acceptable lifestyle.  Paul writes to those who have grown up in an atmosphere found in Asian countries today where it was acceptable for a man to have a mistress, visit houses of ill repute and didn’t bother with marriage.  These practices were considered normal and not immoral.

I picked up a financial newspaper Friday, September 29, 2011 and read similar situations in the United States.  The University of New Hampshire finds that: “From 2009 to 2010 one million more children entered into poverty, raising the total to 15.7 million poor kids, nearly a quarter of whom are below the age of six.”  Most of these children are from unwed mothers.  Their mothers often have more than one child and each child could be fathered by a different man.  It is said that 27% of these children are living with their mother and a live-in partner.

The article states that what should happen is: “A marriage should orient men and women toward the future, asking them not just to commit to each other but to plan, to earn, to save and to devote themselves to advancing their children’s prospects.”

Scripture tells us it was God’s idea to create the family. Satan hates the family and family values and we have a number of organizations that are trying to destroy family life as we know it in order to change America.  They realize that if they can break up the family they will be able to change the morality of our society.  Paul says that sexual immorality or any kind of impurity or greed is unthinkable for a Christian.  If a Christian wants to be an example for Christ, he/she must not grieve the Holy Spirit and must refrain from obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking.  He goes on to say that any person who is immoral, impure or greedy has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

I asked the group: “If you were saved as a young person and then began living the life Paul says you must not live, will you inherit the kingdom of God and Christ?  I believe Paul was writing to new converts that had accepted Christ but continued living the immoral lives they had previously lived.  Or at least he was saying that anyone living this way would not be accepted into God’s family.  A true child of God can not compromise when tempted in taking part in immoral behavior.

Whether they were saved or not those who continue in these types of sins; their profession of faith was probably insincere.  I cannot believe a person can receive the Holy Spirit and not be so convicted that they stop living such a self-centered, immoral lifestyle.

Of the 7,242 converted last year in our church I would suppose some continued to live their life as the world lives with little repentance or changed behavior.  We have approximately 750 in our recovery group that meets weekly at the church.  There are reformed prostitutes, convicted felons, drug addicts, etc.  What mature Christians must “not do”, is to be judgmental and write them off.  A mature Christian will set an example, pray and help them to study Scripture and start a new lifestyle.  They need lots of Christian love and encouragement.  This is exactly what Paul was doing in his letter to the Ephesians.  As he was condemning their life style he was not condemning them, but giving them hope and encouragement.

As we do what we can to teach and share Christianity to these uninformed converts we continually are criticized for being a church that is just too liberal. We are in some very good company because the Apostle Paul was continually criticized for being too liberal teaching grace and not works.

For more information see my blogs: A mega church’s purpose and mission and A Christian must stop being so critical.  Search Google, yahoo, etc. or http://www.agodthing.wordpress.com

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