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Twice As Much a Son of Hell:

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Matthew 23:15: “Woe to you, scribes and pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” (NASB)

Now isn’t that interesting! The scribes and pharisees knew the Word of God by heart, yet, according to Jesus Himself, all they were doing with their great knowledge of Scripture was solidifying the people’s place in hell. How could this be? Well, just maybe it’s because the only thing that can deliver you from hell is the gospel – is God’s salvation – is Jesus. Satan just loves all forms of religion – yes, he’ll even promote religion, because “religion” absolutely has no power to save.

So what is religion? In a nutshell, religion says: I have the power to save myself through my own works. In other words, thank you God for Your willingness to help, but I can take care of my own salvation through works. That’s interesting, I thought Jesus prayed, as He sweated blood, Father, if there’s any other way, please take this cup from Me. Well, obviously, there was no other way. Ergo, there is no form of “religion” that can save you. Unless, of course, you’re ready to call God, God forbid, a liar or a masochist.

2 Corinthians 11:2-3: “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (NASB)

I find it so interesting that it’s Satan’s job to complicate the gospel. The writers of the New Testament did have a lot to say, but they never allowed the gospel (Jesus) to be out of sight for very long in their writings. After all, is it not written that the work of God – the power of God is the gospel, even Jesus.

We now have a lot of teachers – a lot apologists – a lot of “end time” studies – even great historians, but how is that working for us as we see things such as divorce and pornography ravish the “Church” at-large – even as we see this world becoming more hellish every day? Could it be because in all the clutter (knowledge) we’re losing sight of God’s work – God’s power, the gospel? Don’t get me wrong, there’s a place for things like apologetics, but if we don’t keep our eye on the work and power of God, the gospel, we’ve already lost the battle for souls. After all, God left us here on earth to proclaim the gospel, not to start a religion.

Titus 3:4-11: “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. But shun foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law; for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.” (NASB)

Are we losing the battle for souls to Satan, because we’re fighting over things which have nothing to do with God’s salvation? Again, I find it so interesting it’s written that a factious – a divisive man should be rejected and he is sinning, perverted and self-condemned. Factious? Look at the Church at-large today. Can it be any more divided than it is now? Let’s be sure we’re not part of the problem by keeping our focus on the good news – the gospel. After all, there’s really only one thing that will keep anyone out of heaven: The rejection of God’s salvation – Jesus

Through God’s salvation we are born-again from within – reborn out of this world into God’s kingdom. Yes, a supernatural change of our heart (nature) which was dead to God – to His holy heart (nature) which is vibrant and alive to God. Yes, a holy heart (nature) which desires to produce good fruit. Whereas, the Law could not reach our hearts (nature), now through God’s salvation – through being born-gain, our hearts can now reach the Law without the Law being burdensome. Why? Because fruit is just the expression of a work that has already been accomplished.

Luke 17:1-2: “And He said to His disciples, `It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.'” (NASB)

In these last of the Last Days, we better make really sure we’re not trying to hang the ponderously heavy millstone of religion upon someone’s neck, because if you are, in the day of God’s judgment you will wish for that millstone to be around your neck as opposed to facing God’s judgment – even His wrath.

This Blog post does not paint a pretty picture, but if I don’t paint it for you, woe to me. Yes, woe to me as God’s watchman if I do not give you His warnings and admonishments. For if I kept silent, how could His love – His nature be in me? You (we) must not be deceived anymore, for you (we) will surely be held accountable now that you (we) know.

Prayer: Father, may Your Holy Spirit open the eyes of those who read this Blog post. In Jesus’ name. Amen and Amen!

God bless you,
Minister Raymond D. Sopp


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