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A Forgotten Promise: Part Four

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If It Were Not So: A Forgotten Promise – Part Four

1 Peter 2:21

“Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in his footsteps.” 

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The sixth argument I often here is, “My family has always gone to _____ church and they were good people. I don’t need to change.” Or as the wife of our local Baptist preacher said, “We don’t need any more truth.”      And yet, the Bible tells us that:

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

     In other words, there are a lot of well meaning people who really don’t know any better. It is not sin for them, because they have not been shown any different. But for those who have been shown the truth, once they refuse to accept it, they are now committing a sin. It is so hard to change old habits. I have seen so many people who don’t want to change churches simply because all the people they love go there. Jesus never said that following in His footsteps would be easy. However, the Bible says:

“Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow in his footsteps.” 1 Peter 2:21

“I am the way, the truth, the life…” John 14:6

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Matthew 7:14

     Jesus was also emphatic that we not hold to the traditions of men that we forsake the commandments of God:

“Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commands with their own man-made teachings.” Matthew 15:9 (NLT)

     If we reject God’s truth when he shows it to us, we are in danger of believing a lie. The Bible says:

“…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11

 

     Satan is not happy when we worship God – he wants that worship. The fourth commandment is about worshiping our Creator. So, Satan has done all that he can to ensure that Christians are mistaken about the day of worship. Speaking of the beast of Revelation 13:

“He shall… think to change the times and the law.” Daniel 7:25

     What frightens me the most about this world deception is that while there is time now to follow God’s commandments, there will come a day when it will be too late to follow the right path. We know how much Satan wants to deceive each and every Christian. The Bible tells us:

“There shall arise a false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Matthew 24:24

     Satan is waiting to deceive God’s chosen people! You cannot fully understand Bible prophecy if you do not understand the Sabbath or keep all of God’s commandments. Once you understand that all Satan really wants is to take away the worship of God, the books of Daniel and Revelation suddenly become so simple to understand! The fourth commandment is the only commandment that requires us to worship our Creator. Satan desires our worship. Speaking of Lucifer, the Bible tells us that:

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:13

 

    Come back tomorrow for Part Five of A Forgotten Promise, part of the If It Were Not So… Series.

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