Repent or Perish

2-14-13

The message of repentance is not being echoed as much as it should today. We have a gospel being proclaimed that is supposed to be powerful enough to take us to heaven but not powerful enough to change our lives. Many are teaching that sinners are to come to Christ just as they are and they can even stay as they are. When the gospel of Christ comes in power it changes not only our eternal destiny but it also changes our hearts by giving us a love for Jesus who died for us. Christians are not perfect but they do want to try to be like Jesus. Listen to what Paul said in I Corinthians 6:9-11, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators (sexually immoral), nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were (past tense) some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” When a person has been to the cleansing fountain of the blood of the Son of God they are a changed person. Jesus died for me not only to save me from hell but also to save me from serving sin. I’m afraid that there are many today that only want Jesus as a fire-escape but they do not want Him telling them how they should live. They want to hang on to their sin and the Savior at the same time. Jesus said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). Turn from your sins this very day and look to Mt. Calvary where Christ died for sinners and believe upon Him that you may be saved from the judgment of God. Has your heart been changed? Do you truly desire to turn from your sin?