At This Point, Do You Walk Away?

In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus miraculously provided food for over five thousand people. Wow! So far, so good. At this point, Jesus is cool and life is good. It’s sort of like today, is it not? Jesus is cool and all is good if He is dishing out blessings, grace, encouragement, and forgiveness.

When Jesus and His disciples departed from the area and crossed the sea, we are told that the next morning many of the people also crossed the sea and sought after Jesus. Again, so far, so good. They are seeking after Christ. Like today, it is good when people are seeking after Him. 

When they found Him, Jesus confronts them with their motives. They were not seeking after Him, but for His blessings. They did not desire Him; rather, they simply wanted their needs met (see vs. 25-27). This is still like today. Many people do not truly desire Jesus, but the luxurious life televangelists promise, or peace of mind of going to heaven, or a healing, or warm fuzzies during a church service.

Beginning in verse 35, Jesus states that He is the bread of life, and He will provide life to those who come to Him. Furthermore, those who believe in Him He will resurrect in the last day. Here, the people began to grumble. Driving home the point of dependence on Him, Jesus says, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (vs. 53). Ah, this demand and this exclusivity is too much, but Jesus does not budge from His position. We then read:

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. ~ John 6:66 

Today, talk about Jesus’ deity and exclusivity; talk about the cross, repentance and renouncing of sin, holy living, and sound theology. Furthermore, take out the lights, the programs, and excitement, and watch the masses turn away. Mind you, this does not necessarily mean people will stop attending church. We are forewarned,

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. ~ 2 Timothy 4:3-4

When the Gospel message begins calling you to turn from sin, to deny yourself, and to surrender unto Christ wholeheartedly, do you continue to follow and pursue Christ or do you, at this point, turn back and no longer walk with Him?

Are You Prepared for the Coming Storm?

“There is nothing new under the sun,” we are told. And contrary to popular belief, the Bible is very relevant to the days in which we live. The  corruption, upheaval, and implosion due to lawlessness we are seeing on the news is by no means a contemporary phenomena. This was the cause of the fall of Rome, as well as the destruction of Israel and the Jewish exiles. 

In the early chapters of both Isaiah and Jeremiah we read of greed of the wealthy, corruption and injustice amongst the leaders, and apostasy of those who were considered to be persons of God. Deceit, immorality, idolatry were rampant. The true prophets of God warned of the judgments to come.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! ~ Isaiah 5:20 (ESV)

Is this not a description of the days in which we are living?  Companies’ profits are through the roof, yet employees are often underpaid. Corrupt and overpaid politicians sign bills warranting the slaughtering of babies, even to the time of birth, and masses applaud approvingly. Hollywood celebrates all forms of perversion and godlessness, while mocking all that is holy. And many preachers, masquerading as men of God, steer people away from the necessity of the gospel and repentance; instead, promoting teachings and lifestyles that are clearly against the character of God.

The Bible warns of a time when lawlessness will abound. We are further warned that many will fall away from the faith, though still having a “form of godliness” (see 2 Thes. 2; 2 Tim. 3:1-5). God will permit a great deception because of people’s love for sin.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Evil is spreading like weeds in an abandoned field. The world is crazy, but we have not seen how bad it is to become. Do you know the mercy, salvation, and refuge to be had in Jesus Christ? A storm is coming and it might be closer than we think. Are you prepared?