“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.”
It’s more than dressing up nice on Sunday. It’s more than patting yourself on the back when you give 11 %. Today’s Christian by statistical accounts is more lost than those packed and awaiting hell. I proclaim this because today’s Christian does not hold to God’s Word. The Bible has in the minds of the educated, secular progressives become even more outdated than a Y2K reference. Other worldly ideologist sects fundamentally disagree on several issues, but they all come together to denounce Christ’s deity. They proclaim Jesus Christ was a nice guy that spoke nice things, promoted peace, condemned those judging adultery, and promoted the homosexual agenda, blah blah blah. Seriously, there are those who passionately teach these ideas about our sacred Lord and only Savior Jesus Christ. If you are upset about that, what do you do?
Isaiah 7:9 “ ‘If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.' "
Denominational dogmas have since the beginnings of the church plagued believer and non-believer alike. Many turn away from the church because they don’t feel welcomed or wanted. Jesus made it very clear in the scripture above. I’ll put here again. “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” The Gospel has been perverted, diminished, and worst of all has not been made the focus, or focal point of the church’s mission. Many times, meals, events, feel-good times have to come first. If it isn’t that kind of thing, we have organizations under the mantle of a church saying only certain people can get to Heaven based upon conditions. What? Does that sound like gathering or scattering?
Ask someone who goes to Heaven. Many times even church members will answer, “Those who have done enough good.” My question then is, “What part did Christ’s death and resurrection play in salvation if “Those who have done enough good” can get to Heaven on their own? Listen, the Christian’s live will reflect a life full of good works done through conviction of the Holy Spirit not because so and so is trying to work their way to God. If you are reading this and don’t know, please allow me the blessing of telling you. The Grace of Christ alone saves. We are saved by His Grace. He died upon the cross taking the sins of the entire world upon His shoulders. All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and ask Him to be the Lord of their life are saved by God’s grace.
It is not just the church as a whole that scatters. It is the individual Christian or person that claims to be a Christian that scatters more than gathers based upon how they live their beliefs. No matter how many non-important issues we have regarding our churches, the one constant element we must live and teach the lost is the simplicity of the Gospel. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. God gave His Son so that we may have life through Him.