«Self» vs. God, or Man’s foolishness in rejecting God’s Counsel of Wisdom and Love…
Luke shows us one of mankind’s most blatant rejections of God’s Word and God’s Way! This is most common today…
All the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John …Butt, the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of John. Luke 7:29-30
These men rejected the «Counsel of God against themselves», inflicting a deadly wound upon themselves! It seems easy to see most of our own troubles are caused by our own selves, and lie at «the root» of this Scripture – «Rejecting God’s Counsel!»
John the Baptist was sent by God to «prepare a people for the Lord!» To give the «Knowledge of Salvation», Baptism, unto His people. Luke 7:29 gives us this Word so very clearly…«And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John!»
The Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 states this truth, «Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God!»
Hebrews 10:22 tells us how to draw near to God, «Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water!»
Revelations 1:5 explains how Jesus Christ has «washed us from our sins in his own blood.»
Now none of this happens because of some sinner’s prayer! Listen to what Ananias said to Paul, «Why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16 Now Paul «was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink» before Ananias arrived…You can be sure he was praying, …Butt, that did not get it!!!
Rejecting any Scripture, «The Counsel of God,» is deadly. So is changing it, or taking away from it, or adding too it. Whether by your own decision or by believing and supporting these present day Pastors, Teachers, Preachers, and Televangelist who do all of the above.
1st Timothy 6:3-5 warns us about these men, «If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness!»
They teach «Gain is Godliness!» Paul finishes by saying, «From such withdraw thyself.» Get away from them…«Butt, they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things!» 1st Timothy 6:9-11
Notice how they do it to themselves, «Piercing themselves through with many sorrows!»
Not one of these Pastors, Teachers, Preachers, or Televangelists tells you to give to the poor, homeless, widows, or orphans… No, they say, «Give us your money and then God will bless you!» Then they tell the world how much their Ministry is doing for God with your money! Never mind that Christ said to do your giving in secret, not even letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing!
They don’t WORK!!! They write books, make CD’s and DVD’s. They come into your homes via TV or Radio, or pass through your town on some Crusade. Then they take the Money out of your community and leave…
Who and what do they change? The Words and Ways of God. Do they not know the Rejecting the Counsel of God is Death?
I believe on Judgment Day John 3:16 will be the criteria they will answer to. The same question Jesus asked the Jews about John the Baptist, «Why did you not believe him?» will be asked by The Father about Jesus Christ…»Why did you not believe Him?»
God sent them both, John and Jesus, to you and for you; both gave their life! Why? Because of your goodness? No…It is the Goodness of God! It’s not in your Pastor’s name, or any Televangelists name, or the name of any Catholic Father, Pope, or any other name, named under heaven. There is only One Name and One Way whereby men must be saved – The Name of Jesus Christ our Lord!!!
P.S. If you are going to follow Jesus, your first step will be to repent and be baptized. Remember God did not even call Him Son until He was baptized by John, and all righteousness was fulfilled!