Church attendance means nothing when it comes to the afterlife. I am troubled not only by the number of people dying and going to Hell every day, but also the number of people that call themselves Christians but truly do not belong to Christ or are lukewarm in their commitment to Him. These, the latter group no doubt add to the number of the first group.
In the book of Jeremiah, the message, the words of the Lord came upon Jeremiah to proclaim. In chapter seven starting with verse nine, we hear what the Lord says about possibly the people I mentioned.
Jeremiah 7:9-11 'Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"-safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
God it appears loves to ask rhetorical questions. He first asked Adam where he was in the Garden after disobedience, the Lord asked Cain about Abel, and here we read God Almighty asking his people, his disobedient, idol-loving people if they will come into his house after, during, and before committing such horrid acts.
We do not care one bit. People today look at The Bible as an outdated, politically incorrect rag. We don’t think twice about staying out all night drinking, parting, and “living” the dream. Why should we? The answer is simple. We do not hold a reverence for God. We either don’t believe Jesus is who He says He is; i.e., God or we hold the feel good philosophy that I’m good, you’re good, the trees, the earth, mommy nature is good, so God will let me in Heaven because, I do a lot of good, I don’t cheat on my wife, beat the kids, hide parking tickets, or cheat on my taxes. If we were to be a true evangelical Christian, His teachings would be reflected.
The scripture above is pretty intense. As a Christian, a believer, I know-not believe, beliefs change, but I know that God spoke to Jeremiah. I know he was talking specifically to his people of Israel, but his thoughts hit all of us, Jew and gentile, sinner and saint! This is not the only time God has referred to his own house as a “den of thieves/robbers.” From Old to New, people have not changed at all. The church is Christ’s bride, we are the ones who make up the church. Who does more damage to the church; her members who wallow in secret sin and hypocrisy or the lost that never enter? You know the answer.
But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
That is sobering, isn’t it? The Bible teaches that every act we have ever done will be reviewed so to speak. Nothing is done in secret. Solomon before Christ wrote through the inspiration of God, in Ecclesiastes 12:14: For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Every deed, people.
MATTHEW 12:36-37 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
This for me is an “Oh me,” not an “amen.” God said to Jeremiah, ‘I have been watching!’ Jesus plainly teaches that the endgame for good or bad will have us giving an account. Some on that day, the moment their last breath is exhaled, will find insufficient funds to cover their accounts. Look out, now!
If we are going to go into God’s house, we as saints paid for by the blood of the Lamb should show the house and its Host the respect, admiration, and love he deserves.