Matthew R. Perry

When a Global Flood Resounds a Global Message, Part II (SeeThe Inevitability of Judgment)

In biblical creationism, Evolution, global flood, liberal, Noah on February 19, 2009 at 10:34 pm

So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”. . . [13] And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Friends, we want you to be in this place to see that God holds you as highly valuable because you are the not product of some chemicals and peptides coming together to make you by chance. Psalm 139:14 says you were fearfully and wonderfully made even in your mother’s womb. You had a careful Creator and Designer.

But you are a spiritual being as well. And given that all of us have rebelled against our Creator, we are given myriad of chances. The people of Noah’s day saw the evidence of coming judgment: Noah preached God’s Word of judgment and called for repentance of their sin that leads them into the very pits of hell itself. James 1:12-15 says:

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. [13] Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. [14] But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. [15] Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

It starts ever so subtly. It starts by just eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage. Even if you believe if you call yourself (notice I said, “call yourself”) a Christian, but the extent of your life is eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, driving, working, playing, school, charity work, paying your bills and taxes, even coming to church—but God is not active in the equation but is just an assumed player in your life, you are on a slippery slope.

Let me take the danger one step further. You may be a well-meaning Christian. But you may approach Christian things in a selfish manner. Few things are tougher to see and overcome than selfish motives and ideas that are elevated to spiritual tests of faith. This is when churches become grid-locked in their own ideas of what they think God wants. When the gospel is not front and center and your eyes are not fixed on the crucified Christ. Rather, we have “sanctified” personal preferences, thinking that these line up with God. The danger is taking peripheral issues and putting them in the center, and putting Christ in the periphery.

This is the essence of sin–even when we have the most noble of intentions in mind. Regardless of the intentions, we will be subject to God’s judgment due to our worship of those idols we have placed and staked right in the center of our will and, yes, our worship. That judgment is inevitable.

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