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John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
mikehill4jesus “Sinners claiming to be Christian have no place to hide from God”
The Father of the Lord Jesus Christ sees everything! He has infinite knowledge or understanding of all that is knowable.
Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
As in the top Bible Verses, we see that the Father sees those who love the Lord Jesus and those who don’t.
That Impenitent Sinners try to hide is simply their being blind to the truth about God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
That goes a long way to explain why those people described in John 14:23 are shunned by those described in John 14:24.
Only those people described by Jesus in John 14:23 can help those described by him in John 14:24.
The foolishness of Churchianity, Christless Christians, is that they profess to be Christian, followers of Christ, yet continue to sin.
Proverbs 4:19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
You can’t be saved by the Gospel of Jesus and be determined to continue sinning. The proof of a professing Christians deceit, they claim to be followers of Jesus. Is to witness their behaviour as Impenitent Sinners. For year after year you see them stumbling around and getting nowhere. They start initiatives that fail. They pronounce grand schemes that need financial support and get none. They plant new churches that stop growing very quickly. The new STAR LEADER ends up locked into a Fellowship/Church that stagnates, or they move away to another place. You see their claims of miracles overseas, but when you visit their Headquarters in England, there is no activity. These are just some of the failures I have seen in my life.
BUT THE BIGGEST PROOF IS THAT THEY REFUSE LOVING FELLOWSHIP WITH TRUE MEMBERS OF CHRIST’S BODY AS DESCRIBED IN JOHN 14:23
Here is the teaching of Charles Finney presented on July 2, 1856
I. It is well, in the first place, to notice several facts of human consciousness.
Whoever shall carefully study these facts, shown by human consciousness, must see that the pretended skepticism of men is mere hypocrisy. Men know better.
What are these facts?
1. In any moral agent, the spirit of living to one’s self, as distinguished from living for others, is sin. Every moral agent knows this because his irresistible convictions affirm it.
2. Consciousness affirms that the way of the wicked is one of self-will. For, to make the promotion of one’s own interests the chief end of life is self-will. Self-will and nothing else prompts and pushes men to this. And, in respect to this point, it matters not whether the interests sought to be promoted are temporal or eternal–those pertaining to time, or those which reach forward into eternity.
3. Sinners are alienated from God. God is cast out of their regard. They scarcely think of him, and never, with the reverence, love, and trust, which are his due. Every sinner knows this, because his own consciousness affirms it.
4. Yet, even in this fearfully wicked course, they seek to justify themselves. Consequently, they are tempted to be very uncandid; nay, more–not only tempted, but if they will persist in their sin, compelled. They cannot justify themselves, and still be fair-minded. The truth is all against them; so that it must make them ceaseless trouble if they consent to see things as they are.
Of course, this leads to great blindness. The Bible represents sinners as being blinded by sin; you can now see how this must certainly result. When men take a false position towards God, the truth annoys them terribly; it becomes entirely essential to their quiet in such a position, that they should see things, not as they are, but as they are not;–so that they are led on to pervert the truth, and blind their own eyes. Such a result from such causes, is by no means peculiar to religion. It takes place just as certainly and palpably in politics, and there, we may see it any day. When men resign their opinion to the control of self-will, they, of course, become uncandid, and thus blinded. This is a simple matter of fact, coming within the pale of consciousness.
Such men become filled with prejudice. They try to seek some refuge of lies. They get up excuses–which yet are no excuses, and they inwardly know it. Yet, suppressing all notice of this inward knowledge, they manage to make themselves almost believe in the validity of these excuses–this being the only way in which they can live any way comfortably in their sins. It is remarkable that a sinner will bring himself with great ease to accept some delusion; a single suggestion suffices often, and he does not trouble himself about the evidence. “The wish is farther to the thought.”
The Bible says of the wicked, that “their way is as darkness.” It is as if one was groping along, in the dead of a night, starless and rayless; he feels his way; he stumbles and knows not at what. He cannot see things as they really are. Such is the way of the wicked.
His self-will prevents him from coming to the light. “Every one that doeth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, because his deeds are evil.”
The control of self-will and self-interest ensures profound misapprehension. Those of you who observe the errors and prejudices of politicians, are often amazed. It shocks you to see what absurd positions they can take, and with what facility they can utterly distort the truth, and yet make it seem to their eyes to be truth yet. Of late, I do not pretend to believe the party papers. Let them say what they please, I know there is no confidence to be reposed in either their facts or their opinions. So, on any subject, let a man become committed to a party, and that moment he becomes the victim of prejudice. If you had fallen in with the members returning from the National Democratic Convention, you would have been surprised to see how differently from yourselves they view the great questions of the day. Are they right? No; they are committed, and, by consequence, prejudiced. So, on any side of any question, men committed under some selfish influence, are sure to be misled.
When the Bible says of the wicked–“They know not at what they stumble,” it assumes that they do stumble and fall. Of course, this refers, not to the body, but to the soul. Misled as to their relations and attitude towards God, they stumble and fall into eternal perdition.
They stumble–they know not at what. They are in no state to see. They have enveloped their own minds in deep darkness. How can they discriminate? All the effort they put forth for this purpose, while in this state of self-will, is vain. They will not adjust and weigh the evidence fairly. All their trying is likely to avail nothing, unless they shall really cut loose from their committal–sunder the bonds that hold their minds under the sway of prejudice, and let in the light of truth upon their own souls. In fact, until they do this they do not try to see the truth, in any proper sense. They might see the truth easily if their minds were in an upright and honest state.
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