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What would you say about people who don't seem to be for Christ nor against Him? They attempt to stake out ground somewhere in the middle and remain "neutral" toward Jesus. But is that even doable? Actually no. It is impossible.
"But I don't dislike Jesus. I just don't happen to believe in Him as my Savior." OK. That is certainly a principled position. And many people honestly subscribe to it. But in holding a perceived "neutral" position concerning Jesus, an individual is actually choosing to remain apart from Christ. By not saying "yes" to the Lord, a person ends up saying "no" simply by ignoring Him altogether.
"But isn't it that way then with every other religious prophet as well?" Not necessarily. Jesus is unique. He claimed to be God. And He claimed to be the only way to the Father. (see John 14:6) Once a prophet makes that exclusive claim, it is not possible to remain neutral concerning his declaration. You either believe that particular prophet and begin to follow his path, or you allow his message to go in one ear and out the other without yielding your soul and your life to that spiritual path.
It is easy to illustrate the point I am making. Take yourself for example. In the New Testament, Jesus called people to repent of their sins and believe in Him. If Jesus were walking on earth today, He would say the same thing to you. Instead, He has instructed His followers to share that message with everyone. So right now at this moment, you are being presented with the truth about Jesus Christ. As a sinner, you are commanded by God to repent (see Acts 17:30) and invited to believe the good news.
It is impossible for you to remain neutral over this call on your life. Five minutes from now you will either be starting to rely upon Christ's cross for salvation, or moving on to other thoughts, projects and passions. By "not choosing" Christ, you are making it clear to Him that you are not yet willing to repent and believe.
The Lord at various times explained how "neutral" is not an option available to anyone. Jesus said, "God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." (John 3:17,18) Two possibilities: Believe in Christ or stand condemned. There is no third path.
"Are you trying to make me feel guilty Dan?" Not in the way you might think. Guilt trips are usually misguided and ill-conceived. The only godly guilt is guilt which God produces in a person's soul when he recognizes his sinfulness before His Creator. And that guilt is a good thing because the Holy Spirit works to produce repentance as well as faith in a person's heart.
Guilt trips from other people are a dead-end street. What we all need instead is godly guilt and godly grace. This involves an awareness of my sin and a correct understanding of my Savior. Without it, man wants nothing to do with the Jesus of the New Testament. By the way, the Jesus of the New Testament is the same God who created every single Jew and every single Gentile. He is the Lord of the universe, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus talked about all three Persons of the Trinity when he said, "The One whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:34-36)
Notice how once again Jesus presented only two possibilities. Believing in the Son, or rejecting the Son. You are either for Him or against Him. "But I don't want to be against Him. I just don't believe in Him." OK. But according to Jesus, that means you are choosing to reject Him. And it also means that God's wrath remains on you because of your sin.
"But I don't feel like I am under God's wrath. In fact, I don't feel like a bigger sinner than others." No one said you are a "bigger sinner." But God's Word definitely describes how you have sinned against the Lord. You have broken God's holy commands. And while that may not seem like a big problem to you, I assure you that it is your biggest problem by far. Your sin has separated you from God. And the only One who can bridge that separation for you is the Lord Jesus Christ.
"But I haven't done anything too bad in my life." Oh really. Well, you will get your day in court to present the case for your innocence. "For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ." (2 Cor. 5:10)
"But what if I don't believe any of this stuff? Are you saying that even people like myself will be forced to appear in that courtroom?" That is exactly what I am saying because that is exactly what God's Word says. And God loves you enough to give you this extra time right now to repent.
"But I am not ready Dan." OK. But just be prepared then to enter Judgment Day as a "criminal" in God's courtroom. That is what sin does to your soul. And whether you feel it is true or not is beside the point. The sun is going to come up tomorrow whether you feel like it will happen or not. Likewise, the Son of God is going to judge the world whether you feel like it or not.
How many men and women sitting in a county jail today "feel like" being there, or feel like being forced to go before the judge? They were brought there because of the charges against them, and the same is true in the spiritual realm. No one will be neutral toward Jesus in His courtroom, and He certainly won't be neutral toward anyone there. He will either be for you on that day, or against you. "What's that you say Dan?" "Jesus will be against some people on that day?" Yes. Those who are sentenced to hell will not receive His favor or blessing on Judgment Day.
But there is still time to "get in with Jesus" while "the getting is good." Today is a day of grace. Judgment Day will be a day of wrath for those who are not "justified" before God. And the only way to be justified is to trust Jesus to forgive you here and now. (see Romans 3:21-26) No forgiveness will be offered for unbelievers on Judgment Day. Not an ounce. If you are an unbeliever and that fact doesn't alarm you, it should. Far better to be alarmed and awakened now than to be sentenced then.
How many months do you think you have left on earth? How many hours? By this time tomorrow, will you be any closer to trusting Christ for salvation? Or will you tearfully look back on these words one day and wish you had taken the message of Christ seriously? I hope that doesn't happen to you, especially after all Jesus went through to pay for your sins on the cross.
If you find yourself at a spiritual fork in the road, it is because there are only two paths. There is the one you have been on as an unbeliever, and the one you can get on by placing your faith in Jesus Christ. So choose wisely. Much is at stake, whether you realize it right now or not.
Sorry, but get out the tissues.....
CPAC Straw Poll ONLY 30% OF CONSERVATIVES THINK MARIJUANA SHOULD BE ILLEGAL!
Jesus Is Interested In Your Success
Jesus delights in blessing you. It is His good pleasure to see you blessed in every area of your life. Now, don’t put a limit on His blessings in your life. The blessings of the Lord are not (as some may erroneously believe) just seen in material things. Jesus is infinitely interested in your total well-being. He is interested in your family, career, fulfillment in life, marriage, ministry, and boy, does the list go on!
When it comes to your desires, hopes and dreams, there is no detail that is too minuscule, minute or insignificant for Jesus. Trust me, if it matters to you, it matters to Him! Even if you go to Him in prayer to remove that small pimple on your nose, He is not going to look at you and reply mockingly, “Hey buddy, don’t you know that I’ve got a whole universe to run? Come to Me when you have a bigger prayer request.”
No way! A thousand times no! Jesus will never ridicule or deride your concerns as petty. He is never dismissive or condescending. If it bothers you, it “bothers” Him, and He wants to fix it because He is interested in your success and total well-being!
What if they left .....AND ENTERED LEGALLY
Somebody really did their homework on this one.
Best on the subject to present date.
What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America ?
I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain
News wrote a column in 2007 titled, "Mexican Visitor's
I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez
while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, "illegal
aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens
to your country's economy if 20 million people go away?"
Hmmm, I thought, what would happen?
So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter
into the FACTS I found below.
It's a good question it deserves an honest answer. Over
80% of Americans demand secured borders and illegal
migration stopped. But what would happen if all 20
million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may
In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back
to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend
on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and
overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer
and less congested. Everyone could understand one another
as English became the dominant language again.
In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000
kids and grandchildren would move back 'home', mostly to
Mexico. That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion
(other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay
for schooling, medical, social-services and incarceration
costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of
Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison
costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals
set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and
hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered
death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.
Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67%
dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien
students speaking 41 different languages. At least
200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities
in Colorado. Denver's 4% unemployment rate would vanish
as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.
In Florida, 1.5 million illegals would return the
Sunshine State back to America, the rule of law, and
In Chicago, Illinois, 2.1 million illegals would free up
hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer,
cleaner and more crime-free experience.
If 20 million illegal aliens returned 'home', the U.S.
Economy would return to the rule of law. Employers would
hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone
would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn't
be working off the books. That would result in an
additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected
annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city
No more push '1' for Spanish or '2' for English. No more
confusion in American schools that now must contend with
over 100 languages that degrade the educational system
for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose
more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of
billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.
We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a
cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes
15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in
drugs annually would vacate our country.
In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the '18th Street
Gang' would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican
forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more
foreign rapists and child molesters!
Losing more than 20 million people would clear up our
crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less
drinking and driving American deaths by illegal aliens!
America 's economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed.
Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn't
return to the aliens' home countries by cash transfers.
Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which
further drains America 's economy which currently suffers
an $1 7 trillion debt.
At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our
country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At
least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida
would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of
existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA
Americans wouldn't suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis
cases rampant in our country-brought in by illegals
unscreened at our borders.
Our cities would see 20 million less people driving,
polluting and grid locking our cities. It would also put
the 'progressives' on the horns of a dilemma; illegal
aliens and their families cause 11% of our greenhouse
Over one million of Mexico's poorest citizens now live
inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to
San Diego, California in what the New York Times called,
'colonias' or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living
areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding
poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation
They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads,
electricity, or any kind of sanitation.
The New York Times reported them to be America's new '
Third World ' inside our own country. Within 20 years, at
their current growth rate, they expect 20 million
residents of those colonias. (I've seen them personally
in Texas and Arizona ; it's sickening beyond anything you
By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them back to
Mexico. We should invite 20 million aliens to go home,
fix their own countries and/or make a better life in
Mexico. We already invite a million people into our
country legally more than all other countries combined
annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at our
borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing
lawlessness at every level in our nation.
It's time to stand up for our country, our culture, our
civilization and our way of life Interesting Statistics!
Here are 13 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America,
and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until
they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of
1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each
year on welfare to illegal aliens. (that's Billion with a
2. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on
Medicaid for illegal aliens.
3. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary
and secondary school education for children here
illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!
4. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for
education for the American-born children of illegal
aliens, known as anchor babies.
5. $3 Million Dollars 'PER DAY' is spent to
incarcerate illegal aliens. That's $1.2 Billion a year.
6. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are
7. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on
illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the
8. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed
American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
9. The illegal aliens in the United States have a
crime rate that's two and a half times that of white
non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are
going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .
10. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION
illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as
many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist
countries.Over 10,000 of those were
middle-easternterrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs,
cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, Guns, and marijuana crossed
into the U.S. from the southern border.
11. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the
total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and
$230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46
billion annually over a five year period.
12. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in
remittances back to their countries of origin, to their
families and friends.
13. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one
million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in
the United States! http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml
Total cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! If
this doesn't bother YOU, then just delete the message.
Otherwise, forward this to everyone YOU know
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