The Narrow Gate

 

I have questions.  Does the liberal leftist “coexist” message mean that a believer  who objects to their Christian faith being constantly berated and continually bashed needs to just sit there and take it?  Or, is that just the “politically correct” mantra espoused by the left at work in public discourse?  Is the homosexual agenda being shoved down everyone’s throat an example of discrimination against people of faith?  Or is it something even more dire than that?

Is any Christian, like myself, supposed to just take it when my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is being made fun of, cursed at, defiled against, defamed, verbally abused and slandered?

What about when such things are being done at an alarming rate against Christian believers here in America?  What about the homosexual activist lawsuits being levied against Christian owners of businesses (with our tax dollars!) where the leftist “judges” rule in favor of their buddies involved in the radical homosexual agenda…and where they go so far as to impose fines that are intended to bankrupt them and destroy their livelihoods?

How about the physical abuse and atrocities?  Do I need to list them all?  Are we supposed to stay silent about beheadings of Christians and death threats happening around the world by the bloody hands of Islamic terrorists?

What about the all-out targeting and destruction of hundreds of Christian churches in the Middle East/ North Africa and the ancient religious artifacts being smashed to ruins by Islamic terrorists?  Are we supposed to stay silent and just take it?

You would think so…when it comes to the Ozero BADministration.  They could care less!!

Then, we have Hollyweird and certain TV shows that purposely enjoy cursing the name of Jesus Christ and write into their scripts things like, “don’t you know that Christianity is almost illegal in Northern California?”

People who aren’t paying attention to the real, and no longer just “imagined,” criminalization of Christianity usually just shrug off these examples as “entertainment” and don’t really think that their sick “humor” harms anyone.  They ignore the fact that such threats are increasing and are real.

The clueless and ignorant think that the deadly attacks are only “happening over there” and many ignore the dire warnings (like the recently thwarted Islamic terrorist attack in Texas) that they have already infiltrated the United States.

Well, deadly intentions against our nation and the attacks being planned ARE real; and I have previously written about the dangers of such instances here at this blog.

Not enough examples? How about The Religion of Peace website list?

What is also perplexing (and often disturbing) to me here in America is the media’s avoidance of “ridiculing Islam” while whole-heartedly (blackened-heartedly – that is!) they mock, defame, curse at, and denigrate the Christian faith.

What is also disheartening to me is when one is a guest at another’s home and the supposed “comedy” show that we are watching continually takes the name of the Lord Jesus in vain; even adding a dirty and vulgar insult such as saying “mother-f-er” after cursing the name of Jesus!  Awful, disgusting and degrading…to say the least!

I was recently in such a situation and I refused to take it anymore, so I got up and went into another room where thankfully, there was another TV where I could watch something else.

People who laugh about such insults are either oblivious to the hurt this causes true believers or, they just don’t care.

Such insults are not new, but they have been increasing at an alarming rate over the past 6/1/2 years. Want to take a guess why? I know…you all know why.

In another example, I recently watched a movie called, “Ride” directed by and starring Helen Hunt.  The movie was good – for the most part – but lost something when Hunt chose to use the name of Jesus when expressing negative feelings or anger throughout the film.  That spoiled the message of the movie for me.  Was it really necessary to include that?  She certainly wasn’t saying His name as a form of worship.  No  respect for Jesus in the film!  But guess which “prophet” Hunt would never, EVER even THINK of ridiculing?

What is it about taking the name of the Lord in vain that releases anger or makes one relieved when they are frustrated about a situation?  Do they feel some sort of satisfaction or even happiness afterwards?  I doubt it.  In fact, they are probably oblivious to how bad it is to do that against God and have allowed themselves to be numb about the dangerous effects of cursing Him.

One of the Ten Commandments from God is, “do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”  So, why do certain people do that?  Why do people laugh at comedy shows which choose to blaspheme the Lord’s name?  I can’t even understand how anyone would find satisfaction in doing that!

There can be dozens of reasons.  But I sincerely believe that those who choose to curse the name of God do so because their souls are lost.  Most have rejected Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross at Calvary as “foolishness” and ignore (or even ridicule) the belief that what Christ achieved on the cross was, and is, THE ONLY WAY to be redeemed and reconciled back unto God.

There is always mercy, grace, and forgiveness when one repents and asks Jesus into their heart as Lord and Savior. It’s to bad that there are so few that find it. How do I know this? Because Jesus told us.

Mat 7:13

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

Mat 7:14

“Because [fn] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 

YES!!

Got questions?

Jesus is the answer!

 

1Pe 3:12

For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” [fn]

1Pe 3:13

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?

1Pe 3:14

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” [fn]

1Pe 3:15

But sanctify the Lord God [fn] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

1Pe 3:16

having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

1Pe 3:17

For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

1Pe 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us [fn] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

1Pe 3:19

by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,

1Pe 3:20

who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited [fn] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

1Pe 3:21

There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

1Pe 3:22

who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

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2 Responses to “The Narrow Gate”

  1. The Narrow Gate | Christians Anonymous Says:

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    Oh boy…there is an Atheist Group [that] Wants To Rid The World Of Jesus Christ, Whom They Claim Doesn’t Exist.

    How is that for rational thought?

    That idiot [at link above] holding that sign will meet an ugly fate.

    The only thing that I disagree with in that post is the idea that “they” will “try to kill Him [Jesus] again.”

    Hmmm…another error in rational thought! I guess that guy believes that Jesus Christ did die and resurrected from the dead! So, besides wanting to “rid the world of Jesus Christ, whom they claim doesn’t exist [remember…they are supposed to be atheists!] they are also admitting that He did rise from the dead!

    According to the book of Revelation, note what happens when Jesus comes back to “battle”:

    Rev 19:11

    Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

    Rev 19:12

    His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had [fn] a name written that no one knew except Himself.

    Rev 19:13

    He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

    Rev 19:14

    And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, [fn] followed Him on white horses.

    Rev 19:15

    Now out of His mouth goes a sharp [fn] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

    Rev 19:16

    And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

    KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

    All that Jesus does is SPEAK (now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations) and the enemies of God are defeated!

    Also notice that the “armies in heaven [are] clothed in fine linen, white and clean, [following] Him on white horses.” Not the usual kind of “armor” that soldiers would wear to a battle…unless they are just there to observe!

    Read the rest of Revelation 19 HERE

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