According to the Scriptures"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel... By which also ye are saved... unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Moral Decline

There is a new poll out whose stats reveal how people are responding to the new moral revolution that we are facing these days. The stats are alarming, but do not take us by surprise knowing the late hour in which we live. It can be found here: Americans' Acceptance of Sexual Immorality Growing, Gallup Finds

The great sexual moral decline is one of the 4 big sins that will be predominant in the last days before Christ returns at the end of the age.

“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:21)

Murders: This would include hatred, for the Scriptures tell us that, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). Jesus also said, “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matthew 5:21-22). Before any murder is committed it is first conceived in the heart where it is fostered by anger and hatred.

Sorceries: This comes from the Greek word “pharmakeia” where we get our English word pharmaceuticals. This would likely include every kind of drug, legal and illegal that alters the natural state of one's consciousness, numbing the mind and giving one a false impression of happiness, joy and peace. True happiness, joy and peace comes from obeying the Lord and walking in His commandments, rather than the delusional lie that drugs offer.

Thefts: As we are all personally aware, thefts are increasing on every level, many of them because people just outright refuse to work and make for themselves an honest living. Other thefts are due to the increase in drug abuse, where the abusers steal to support their drug habit, in turn supporting the wicked. Others steal because they are coveting after their neighbors goods or riches. This is another one of the big sins of which many in the latter times will not repent. It is one of the ten commandments, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15). It is very serious as the Scriptures make it abundantly clear that “thieves ... shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:10). In fact all those who try to come to the Father other than through Jesus Christ, who “climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1). For all believers we are admonished, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians 4:28).

Fornication: This is any sex outside of God ordained marriage between a man and a woman and would include heterosexual, homosexual, bestiality etc. We can see from the poll in the article how the attitude of men towards these types of sin is on the steep end of the slippery slope. Jesus also expanded on this sort of moral depravity saying, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28) All these sins first begin in the heart. Jesus said, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man” (Matthew 15:19-20). And again, “That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:20-23)

Concerning the New Jerusalem we are told, “there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie” (Revelation 21:27). Sin then, is mankind's greatest problem because sin defiles the man, keeping him out of heaven. Nothing unclean can ever enter heaven or it would not be heaven and become as vile as the earth is today. We must conclude that man's greatest need is how to be washed of all his guilty stains?

Since sin entered the world mankind has been separated from God because of his sin. Because of his sin, he is become “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Death is separation and “death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). When we physically die our spirit is separated from our body, and we are also separated from our loved ones. And if we die in our sins we shall be forever separated from our God and Creator in the “Lake of Fire”. “This is the second death” (Revelation 20:13-14).

The Bible tells us “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). How then can we escape this great shadow of death that hangs over humanity? The Bible tells we “must be born again” (John 3:3). We need to be made “alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). The fact of the matter is that we are far from God because of our sin, but we can be made nigh to God through Jesus Christ. We can be reconciled and made just as close to Him as His very own beloved Son. But understand this, “your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness” (Isaiah 59:2-3). He is holy (Ephesians 3) and “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13) so that nothing that defiles will enter His presence, and sin defiles.

It is made clear that we have a sin problem, we have rebelled against our God given conscience and have transgressed the commandments of God, lying, stealing, committing adultery, murdering, using His name in vain, coveting, dishonoring our parents, making false gods, etc. We may think we are pretty good, but “a little leaven leavens the whole lump”. A drop of strychnine in a glass of water defiles the whole. Like a white sheet that has one small stain, our attention is quickly drawn to the stain that ruins the whole. But though we have become corrupt and polluted, though our sins be as scarlet, we can be made white as wool. God can cleanse our filthy stains and make us fit for heaven.

God has made a way through the only Mediator between man and God, the Lord Jesus Christ. God became a man and did for us what we could not do, pay the penalty for sin for He alone was without sin, “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26). This He did with His own life's blood. The apostle Paul said, “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10). Christ died for sinners, but not only that, God “hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). He “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. Yes, God became a man and shed His blood (Acts 20:28) to save you and me so that today we can repent and change our wayward mind and direction and turn to God through Jesus Christ. This is the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, he was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 14:1-4). The “gospel is ... the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16) The Bible tells us that if we “confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

We can “be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). So be not deceived. Beware and take heed how you hear. Neglect not the grace and mercy of God given to us through Jesus Christ. Have you confessed Him before men? Do you believe that He died for your sins and rose again from the dead? Have you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour from your sin? Today you can find forgiveness, pardon, and cleansing from sin if you will but come to Him in faith and receive His gift of everlasting life (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23).

Last Update: 6/13/2015

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