I’m worried at the level of Christianity today. If we are not in the period of grace a lot of us would have been dead by now. The punishment for sin in the old era is so frightening that some of us are lucky that we have been borne in this period of grace. We should be eternally grateful to Jesus after shedding his blood for our sins. We therefore have second chance to amend our ways.
If you read punishment for some of the sins we take for granted these days, you will shudder. Let’s quote some of the sins and instant punishment they attract. It’s then you will appreciate the ministry of Jesus better and be eternally grateful for his coming.
These are the offences and the magnitude of the punishment as found in Leviticus 20: 9-17.
9 for any one who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
10 The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbour’s wife the adulterer and adulteress, shall surely be put to death.
11 The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness and both of them shall surely be put to death.
12 if a man sleeps with his daughter in law he shall be put to death,
13 if a man lies with a man as he lies with a woman shall be put to death.
In fact there are certain sins which have not been incorporated in the Bible because God never envisaged we could go this far in our sinful ways. Such bizarre sins as a man sleeping with his daughter, his sister, his mother etc. These are happening today.
In Zechariah 5: 3,the simple offences of false witness which is perjury and theft attract capital punishment. Blasphemy that is common these days is a serious offence in the olden days. “Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death.”( lev 24: 10-16).ADVERTISEMENT
Brethren in Christ from these quoted verses you can see that if the Old Testament principles were to be applied to the offences we commit today such as adultery and even fornication more than 70% of us one way or other even if it was once, there is no second chance you just have to go. In this circumstances who will be spared even some priest are involved. Now let us take the case of stealing. Stealing is not only taking illegally somebody’s valuable. It always means bribery and corruption. Please let us not pretend who will be spared this. Even church money is not spared. Remember the children of Eli that were appropriating burnt offerings and sleeping with other people’s wife.( 1 Sam 2: 22) God directly punished them by killing them and disinheriting them of their of priesthood. Even their father Eli who was not involved but didn’t rebuke his children he too met untimely death.
Because we are mere mortal and we are unlikely to live above sins no matter how saintly we are( remember even king David whom God described “as the man after my heart” also committed adultery and murder). It was because of these that God decided to look for an option easy for man which he created after his image by sending Jesus as a messiah to save us from perpetual sin. The ministry of Jesus can be summarized in one sentence: Forgiveness of sin, reconciliation and salvation. The motto simply put: our God is a God of second chance. The point here is no matter how heinous the crime you have committed if you come genuinely and confess your sins, he will forgive you and to sin no more. The most heinous crime I know in mankind was the gassing of 6m Jews. I can stand on the word of God to say that if the people that committed these atrocities had come before God in genuine repentance, he would have forgiven them. A adulterous woman slated for stoning to death, Jesus intervened by asking the accusers without seen, let them cast the first stone, nobody could come forward, he forgave her, but to sin no more( john 8: 1-11). An armed robber tied to the cross and was to be killed but before being killed and being on the same cross with Jesus he showed some remorse and Jesus not only forgave his sin, but assured him he was going to be in heaven with him( Luke23: 32- 43).
I’m stopping with here with these examples to show no matter how much sins one had committed you have the opportunity to be forgiven once you genuinely repent. It’s a pity that a lot of children of God now don’t have time to preach for change of heart for our persecutors, but that they should die and be burnt to ashes. We have forgotten about our monumental sins staring us on the face. I’m so proud of my pastor. On Friday we spent the entire night in the church praising God and most of the prayers centred on a violent free Nigeria. Let there be peace in the land. We never prayed for our persecutors to be die, but prayed for their wellbeing and for God to touch their heart to change from their wicked ways and be fair and just to all. It is not for you to ask God to terminate the life of anybody. Vengeance is his exclusive preserve and he will apply it at the appropriate time, in fact asking God to terminate somebody’s life is sin because it’s disobedience to his command that vengeance is his.
Please brethren don’t replace the word of God with your thoughts or because you have been persecuted. Jesus never promised us a rosy Christian life as some Pentecostal pastor are used preaching. just read this ” Then they will deliver you up for tribulation and killed and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And will be offended and will betray one another and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of money will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” ( Matt 24: 9-13). Unless you don’t read the Bible and have not internalized these you will be surprise at these occurrences. The earlier you prepare for these and other devastating anti Christ mayhem as prophesied in the Bible, the better for all of us.ADVERTISEMENT
Furthermore, I’m surprised that our brethren are complaining about the persecution and oppression going on. Please let us search ourselves as we are collectively guilty because we have deviated from path of righteousness and are engaged in debeauchery, a cultic practices, patronizing marabouts. We have a long time sold our birth right for peanuts and we are suffering the consequences.
The only saving grace is found in 2 chronicles 7: 14 ” if my people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive them their sin and healed their land”ADVERTISEMENT
This message is for all of us as I’m not worthy to pass this message because I have plenty of these shortcomings. I prayed fervently that we shall all overcome these for peace and prosperity to reign in our land and most importantly at the end we shall all be saved.
Happy Sunday for all of us brethren.