The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Terror of the Lord, continued

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick [living] and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (II Timothy 4:1,2)

Numerous sincere, selfless, courageous people of our day have left the comforts of their home and traveled to remote areas in order to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the heathen. The desire of these self-sacrificing individuals is that the heathen will go to Heaven instead of to Hell when they die.

But the current pressures and expectations soon may draw the missionary into the construction of churches. He or she may attempt to do that which only the Lord Jesus can do properly, which is to add to the churches such as should be saved, and may not pursue the missionary's actual responsibility which is to make disciples.

Instead of building saints he may find himself building a church. Instead of godly behavior, the numbers in attendance may become the measure of success.

Instead of a ringing call to repentance there may be an invitation to lead a successful life by inviting Jesus as a partner, to obtain His assistance as one pursues his own interests.

There may not always be the change from hate to love; from bitterness to joy; from troublemaking to peace.

In the instance where the people are not changed but only added to the church or the denomination there has been no salvation from Hell. Hell always claims the hateful, the bitter, the troublemaker.

The current gospel in many instances is not producing the Kingdom of God but only the empire of man.

There are harsh warnings in the New Testament directed toward the Christian assemblings:

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5)

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. (I Timothy 6:10)

Notice that the individuals have "erred from the faith," that is, they at one time had been believers but then began to covet money—like Ananias and Sapphira.

And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: (II Peter 2:13,14)

The above is referring to people who were joining in the activities of the saints. Sometimes commentators, in their effort to prove that no Christian need fear the terror of the Lord, state that such sinners never were true Christians. On what basis do the commentators make this conclusion? The commentators judge these church attenders by their behavior. Thus the commentators establish our thesis that true Christianity consists of righteous works, and where there is unrighteous behavior there is no evidence of salvation.

Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. (Jude 1:11)

Jude is speaking of "certain men" who had entered the assembling of the saints, people who sought to turn the grace of God into animal lust.

They are facing—THE TERROR OF THE LORD! (from The Mainspring)