Why We Need To Run From The New, Hip, Celebrity Church Culture

When your pastor is so “passionate” about serving and outreach, and your church always has these events, but your pastor is nowhere to be found …

Jesus said:

And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” (Luke‬ ‭22‬:‭25-27‬ NKJV)

How many pastors are right there with you, serving? Why have we allowed men to be exalted to a place of worldly celebrity to where all they do is stand at the pulpit once or twice a week, but never serve alongside us?

Many pastors seem to have time to visit other church buildings and conferences where they stand up and speak, but they don’t have time to join their church when they feed the homeless or hand out bibles to urban neighborhoods.

The whole picture of what Christ taught and how our leaders are supposed to be has been flipped. We mimic the world system, propping men up on a stage whom we find attractive and entertaining and watch them speak, but never ask why they don’t serve the people as Christ commanded.

He said the greatest shall be the least and as he who serves, but sadly, many church leaders (especially in my generation) are exalted to a place of celebrity where they show up and look good, but don’t sweat and get dirty doing practical acts of service for the community they claim to love so much.

What’s happened to Christ’s standard? So much of what He taught and how He was while on this earth has been chucked to the side and reinvented.

Cool, sleek, politically-correct, tolerant, shallow, materialistic; Christ was none of these things. Yet we have helped men get to the top who are all of things and sometimes worse.

And then the whole church culture starts imitating these men; dressing, talking, and acting like them, and their faith is shallow and more like a religious routine rather than a powerful, life-transforming relationship with God through His Son that causes us to look and act radically different from who we once were.

Many haven’t radically changed because they likely haven’t truly engaged and pursued the Messiah.

Paul was a blaspheming, Christ-hating, violent man who ended up dying and suffering for Christ and loving the saints so ardently, he’d travel all around the world to visit them, to bring them money, to encourage them and pray for them.

Christ doesn’t just clean up some outward things and that’s all. He does a complete renovation of the heart. You are utterly transformed.

You may lose friends and the support of your family.

People won’t like you. In fact, some will truly hate you.

But you’ll love them anyway and praise God you were counted worthy to suffer persecution for His sake, knowing He promised those who are treated badly for their faith have His glory resting upon them.

You care for those you didn’t care about before.

You are passionate about preaching the gospel because you know people are going to hell for their unrepentant sins and only Christ can save them from that place by His sacrifice and resurrection from the dead.

You desperately want people to know Him because He’s amazing and will heal them like He healed you.

Everything that used to be first in your life; your career, money, relationships, none of that matters. That’s all after Christ now.

But if you haven’t been transformed, how can the power of Christ live in you?

He doesn’t tweak things about your life, He does an entire surgery.

If you love what the world loves: fashion, cars, tattoos, celebrity gossip, sexual immorality, man’s approval, how can the love of the father be in you?

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”-1 John 2:15

I pray you step away from the religious, unfruitful, powerless celebrity culture that has pervaded the church and truly seek Christ with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.

A Divine Appointment With A 72-year-old Woman

Blown away by God’s love and pursuit of a 72-year-old woman.

Just had a Jesus and the woman at the well experience; how Jesus made sure He passed through Samaria so He could reach that one woman, who in turn, told her whole town about Him, and many were saved.

My experience with this 72-year-old woman also reminded me of the parable Jesus taught about how the shepherd leaves the 99 in search of the one. I played back everything that brought me to that room where she and I were alone, and was so touched by God’s love and pursuit of her.

I needed an oil change for a long time, and kinda forgot about it until hubby reminded me this morning. So, after I dropped him off at work, I drove to Roberto’s shop. He was too busy so I went for option two: a Jewish mechanic in another city a good 25 minutes away, but then remembered it’s the Sabbath so he’s closed.

As I’m driving, I look to the left and see a shop I’ve never-ever seen before, “Mac Auto,” across the street from Roberto’s. It didn’t look half as packed as his so I give my dad a holler, and he says to go for it, that’ll it likely be around $30 to $35 bucks.

I go, and it’s actually $15 and change! The guy, Pablo, said I didn’t need the more expensive ones for my ’03 Toyota (I know, a mechanic who didn’t try to up-sale me. So the Lord!).

Anyhow, Pablo says it’ll be an hour-and-a-half wait. So I give my sister a ring, who lives nearby, and ask if she can scoop me up. She says sure, that she’ll come after prayer.

So Pablo points out the waiting room, and in I go. Seconds after, a woman comes in. As I read my Bible on my phone, we sit in silence. I don’t have that compelling prodding of the Holy Spirit to speak to her, so I pray a prayer in my mind, asking something I usually ask, but also for something I never ask; something like this:

Lord, if you desire me to minister to her, open the door of conversation, give me the words, but let me grow a love for her.

See, since I didn’t get that prodding, I wanted to tell her whatever Christ wanted me to tell her and that it would be from love, not obligation. If I had opened my mouth right then and there, it would have been from obligation to preach the gospel, a duty, rather than a service of love.

So after about ten minutes of silence, Pablo comes and closes the door, which causes the woman to ask, “Why did he shut the door?”

I, knowing God is up to something, go with it. “Well, there is A/C in here.” I stood and turned down the wall-unit. “Thank God it’s not as hot out today.”

“Well the heat is better than up North. I couldn’t take it up there.”

We begin talking about where she’s from and then something amazing happens: she tells me things that cause compassion to instantly rise in my heart. She continues, and more compassion floods in. She is from the Rosa Parks era. She said she was worse than Rosa Parks, and never sat on the back of the bus. She mentioned a few more things that just caused me to grow a love for her—the love Christ has for her.

And so my opportunity came. I told her about the Holy Spirit, a little about how He changed me, the necessity of Christian fellowship, of Christian family (she had been raised in the church, and enjoyed a very close fellowship of sacrificial love and what she called a “melting pot” of believers in her old neighborhood). But after moving here, she went to the church buildings and experienced a lot of politics and emotional abuse from false prophets and money-hungry goons.

Interestingly enough, hubby and I no longer attend a service at a building, but just gather at a home where there’s food, prayer, worship, study, fellowship and accountability. We are like a family. I was able to share this with her and she even allowed me to pray over her. From all that she’s been through, and the way she reacted to a rowdy customer, I knew she was a tough woman. But after the prayer, she had tears in her eyes, and I saw a softening in her heart.

And this is the God I serve. Jesus Christ is exactly who He said He is: the Good Shepherd who came to seek and to save the lost, to heal the sick, and to set the captive free. She needed emotional healing, and I believe this may have been the start of that process.

To think, she is 72-years-old, no longer in deep community with the church, and here Jesus pursues her and reminds her of His love for her, the importance of Christian fellowship, and who knows what else. But He didn’t look at her age and go, “Eh, there’s younger folks out there who have more time. I’ll focus on them.” He doesn’t discriminate based on outward appearance. He searches the heart, and draws all people to Himself. Not all will come when they hear Him call, but some will, and even if it’s just one, He will make time for that precious soul.

This is me, mind-blown at Christ’s love for a 72-year-old woman.

To the Hypocritical believers in Jesus

Many proclaim belief in Jesus Christ, yet continue living sinful lives. To those who do this, I share this Scripture passage with you, that you may fear God and repent, for He calls out hypocrites, and commands all who follow Him to be holy:

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15)

If there’s sin in your life that you are justifying, when the bible claims God hates and condemns sin, you may be honest in your declaration of belief in God, but belief alone will not send you to heaven.

Sin is a crime against God, and He “judges all wrong doers.” Each of us have done wrong—lied, lusted, hated, used God’s name as a cuss word, stole—therefore each of us are rightfully judged by God. If we face Him with our sinful track-record, He will rightfully close the doors of His holy eternal dwelling place and say, “Depart from Me, worker of iniquity, I never knew you.”

But you know what God did for us so we don’t have to be judged by Him according to our sins?

He sent His perfect, holy Son to live a perfect and sinless life, then had Him die a bloody, excruciating death on a cross in our place, that those of us who forsake our sins and put our trust in Jesus may be forgiven of all unrighteousness and become children of God, by the gift of His Holy Spirit who lives in believers, and receive eternal life. Not by our own good works apart from Christ, but by Christ’s perfect sacrifice on our behalf.

In order to be made right with God we need to be forgiven by Him. The great news is God is a forgiving God, but the way to forgiveness is through His Son. If you try to face the Holy Creator in your sinful, unrepentant state, He will deny you. But if you come to Him after turning away from your sins and embracing His Son, you will likewise be embraced and have your name written in His book of life.

Will you choose today to say goodbye to your sins and the things/people that help cause you to sin, and choose to follow Christ? You have nothing but hell to lose, and everything that’s heavenly to gain.

Praying for you,

Natasha

I’m A Christian Who Often Gets Messed Up Dreams

The proud have forged a lie against me, But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart. (Psalms 119:69 NKJV)

Do you ever get nightmares, Christian? Do you often get dreams where you do sinful things that you know you would not do in real life? Do you wake up after the fact feeling guilty and asking God for forgiveness?

I do.

The enemy loves attacking me while I sleep. 98% of the time when I dream, it’s always an attack, a lie, an assault on my subconscious. There’s usually a struggle, like I’m not really engaging it, or if I’m about to I stop and speak truth, reality. Then the demons take their masks off and I start rebuking.

But when these dreams occur, I usually fast after waking up and then it stops for maybe two weeks and then the demons are back. Since it’s so frequent, I may have to begin this routine:

“I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.” (Psalms 119:147, 148 NKJV)

Our God is so faithful to speak to us when we read His Word. I make it a point now to read His Word while I’m in bed after I’m awake. Then I’ll read more. So yesterday and today, I decided to read Psalms 119. And all these verses jump off the page and speak to my heart regarding the messed up dreams I had throughout the early morning:

“The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, to the very end. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my God!” (Psalms 119:110-112, 114, 115 NKJV)

So if you get attacked with demonic dreams, suggestive or sinful dreams, may you pray these Scriptures and fast.

Don’t buy into the lies the enemy feeds you about yourself subconsciously. Since he can’t get you to do it in reality, I guess he tries to sell you on the ideas through dreams.

Just continue to set your heart on obedience to God, cleansing your mind through His Word, and chasing away the demons by fasting.

Praying for you,

Natasha

To My Beloved Christian Family

Saints, may we rejoice in this glorious truth that I’m about to share with you, my family, whom I love and pray for daily. I pray for each of you to make Jesus supreme in your lives, every day. I pray your faith is grown and strengthened by much reading of the powerful Word of God. I pray the Love and Light of our Glorious King will shine in and through you to those in darkness who encounter you.

I pray you walk in the truth, and do not conform to the pattern of this world, but will continue to renew your thinking by the Word of God so that you may, as the Scriptures say, know what God’s good, pleasing, acceptable and perfect will for your life is.

“Then a voice came from the throne and said, “Praise our God, all you who serve him! Praise our God, all you small and great who honor him!” Then I heard something that sounded like a large crowd of people. It was as loud as crashing waves or claps of thunder. The people were saying, “Hallelujah! Our Lord God rules. He is the All-Powerful. Let us rejoice and be happy and give God glory! Give God glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come. And the Lamb’s bride has made herself ready. Fine linen was given to the bride for her to wear. The linen was bright and clean.” (The fine linen means the good things that God’s holy people did.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Great blessings belong to those who are invited to the wedding meal of the Lamb!” Then the angel said, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:5-9 ERV)

I pray none of us will become friends with the world, meaning we adopt their ways of thinking and get comfortable here on earth, for we are simply pilgrims in this land.

May we focus on building our palaces in Heaven by serving Jesus with our short time here, rather than foolishly wasting it on building a castle for ourselves here on this land that will pass away. May we do as Paul says in Colossians: set our minds on things above not on things on the earth.

I have faith that God will keep each of you and strengthen you until that day as long as you don’t lose the hope you have and continue in the love you had at first.

This world is getting colder and colder, and it’s icy atmosphere threatens to snuff out our fire of love for Jesus and each other. But may we walk in fellowship and communion with Christ and one another. May we do what Jesus said: love one another, that the world may know we are indeed His disciples (John 17).

May we walk hand-in-hand with one mind and one heart. Together, the gates of hell shall not prevail against us. But if we think we can stand strong on our own, may we be warned by this truth: “Don’t be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals.”

I love you, family. Pick up your swords and fight the good fight.

Feel Like Throwing In The Towel For That Person You’re Praying For?

If we judge the outcome of a situation based on what we see or what we’ve always known, we are judging with human wisdom, not God’s wisdom.

God looked at Gideon, in the weakest of tribes at the time, a cowardly man, and called him a mighty warrior. God didn’t judge him by even his present fearful condition. God, in His omniscience, saw Gideon for what he was to become in the future.

God looked at big-mouthed Peter before he even surrendered his life to Him and said he would be a rock that will be used to build the church.

God looked at Saul when he was an ardent persecutor of Christians, and said of him, “this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites.” (Acts 9:15)

So may we not write off anyone, for God alone knows the final outcome of their life. May we instead obey God’s command to walk by faith and not by sight, and hope for things not yet seen in those we are praying for.

Someone prayed for you and didn’t give up. Such faith is pleasing to God and can move mountains.

Let us speak life over those we are praying for, no matter how much darkness they are entrenched in, believing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. And our God hears prayer and He answers. He will do His part to reach that lost soul. May we do ours.

Christians, Pick Up Your Swords!

“His head and hair were white like wool — white as snow — and His eyes like a fiery flame. His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of cascading waters. He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, and His face was shining like the sun at midday.” (Revelation 1:14-16)

“He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies that were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. A sharp sword came from His mouth, so that He might strike the nations with it. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty.” (Revelation 19:13-15)

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” (Ephesians 6:17)

I think many of us disciples of Jesus don’t take God’s word seriously enough. We don’t realize the dire need for it. I’m preaching to myself too here. The Word is specifically regarded in Scripture as an offensive weapon. Jesus used it to defeat Satan’s cunning and lies in the wilderness before Christ began His public ministry. Who are we to think we can just pick up the sword a couple times a week for a few minutes and be set?

I think we neglect it because we’re ignorant as to just how insanely powerful it is. Proverbs 18:21 tells us the power of life and death is on the tongue. If our words have power, can you imagine God’s words?

In fact, didn’t God create the entire universe with His Word alone? It’s so powerful, the residue of the words He spoke thousands of years ago to create everything still resonate throughout our universe in the form of sound waves.

So why aren’t we spitting His incredible Word that He has so incredibly preserved for us over millenniums?

“Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.”-Romans 10:17

Let’s choose to walk in His power every day.

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating [speaking] on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (Psalms 1:2, 3)

Wizards and Christians

Hello, beloved. I wanted to share something I hope can help at least one of you:

A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and astounded the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least of them to the greatest, and they said, “This man is called the Great Power of God! ” They were attentive to him because he had astounded them with his sorceries for a long time. But when they believed Philip, as he preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Then even Simon himself believed. And after he was baptized, he went around constantly with Philip and was astounded as he observed the signs and great miracles that were being performed. When the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had welcomed God’s message, they sent Peter and John to them. After they went down there, they prayed for them, so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power too, so that anyone I lay hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter told him, “May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money! You have no part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:9-23)

You see, although Simon believed, was baptized, and followed the church wherever they went, his heart was not right before God because he was poisoned by bitterness and bound by unrighteousness. Also, because of the bitterness and unrighteousness he didn’t want to let go of, he wasn’t able to receive the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which gives us the power to stop sinning and walk in righteousness.

So we see that people who truly want to follow Christ give up their sin, their grudges (even if in their mind it seems right to hold a grudge), they simply let go of everything and trust in Jesus. Once they do, they may now receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is different from water baptism.

Water baptism is more of a statement, like saying you now have a clean conscience toward Jesus and are going to walk in a new way of life, in His way of life. But baptism of the Holy Spirit is when you pray for it and really repent, turn away from your sins and run to Jesus, and then He fills you with His Spirit and gives you the power to obey Him and live a transformed life.

Many times (if not every time) someone gets the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they either start to prophesy or speak in tongues. That’s what happened to my sister and I, and several other Christians I know. Well, either way, the baptism of the Holy Spirit needs to happen to you if you really want to follow Jesus.

I love you, and I’m praying for you,

Natasha

If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.

I’m a Christian, But I’m Also A Pirate On A Sinking Ship. Arg, A Little Help?

Ever look at a Christian brother or sister and wonder why their life seems to have so much power? Why they used to be a drug addict or alcoholic, or an adulterer, and yet now it’s like they’re transformed and only keep growing and becoming better and better? It’s been years, yet they continue to go up rather than struggle with a roller coaster cycle of up AND down or just stay the same for a long time with not much change or growth. They are just filled with a passion for The Lord that never seems to go out.

Then you look at yourself, and wonder why your life doesn’t look similar, why you still struggle with sin and “bad habits.” Why you’re not as joyful. “Don’t we both believe in Jesus?” You ask. “Don’t we both go to the same church every Sunday and listen to the same pastor? Don’t we have the same Bible?”

The reason their life has been transformed is simple: because they’ve been transformed by the power and filling of the Holy Spirit. They have not only been baptized with water to repentance, but with what John the Baptist called the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.

“While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? ” “No,” they told him, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then what baptism were you baptized with? ” he asked them. “With John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in other languages and to prophesy.” (Acts 19:1-6)

“When the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had welcomed God’s message, they sent Peter and John to them. After they went down there, they prayed for them, so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”(Acts 8:14-17)

The second passage shows there’s a difference between water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The first passage is one of many that demonstrate when one is baptized with the Holy Spirit, the outcome is the person either speaks in tongues or speaks prophecy, or both.

Every believer can experience this most powerful filling of the Holy Spirit, however, I believe there are two obstacles standing in the way: sin and fear.

Some of us want Jesus, but we also don’t want to let go of something: a relationship, an addiction, a career, you name it. And with Christ, it’s all or nothing.

Then there’s also a simple and completely understandable fear. Many charismatics have given the beautiful and powerful gift of the baptism of God’s Holy Spirit a bad reputation. They run around all out of control when a fruit of the Holy Spirit is actually self-control, they tell people to babble a certain phrase or a certain way, they speak in a tongue with no interpreters, and quite honestly, they look crazed. Some of them might actually even be possessed because of all the chaos, disorder, and confusion, which are in complete contrast to God’s Holy Spirit which is peace, order, and self-control.

When I received the gift of tongues, I was praying quietly by myself to God the Father through Jesus, in a pitch black cabin in Romania with over ten women sleeping all around me. I did not fall to the ground and convulse. I did not scream and get hysterical. I felt a wind inside of me (just as Acts 2:2 describes), and at first, I was fearful. I never felt something so amazing and spiritual, it was brand new to me. And the moment fear crept in, that spirit did not pounce and overtake me, throwing me to the ground. It did the opposite: it started to leave. Christ is gentle, He does not force Himself upon anyone, ever. In fact, I had been praying for the gift of tongues for four months before I received it. God patiently waited until I was ready. So, when His Spirit started leaving me, I rebuked my fear and began telling Jesus, ” Yes, Lord, I say yes to your Spirit, I want Your Spirit, Jesus.” And it came back, quicker, until my body was filled and it consumed my heart. The moment it filled my heart, my tongue truly ” loosened” (again, just as the Bible describes it), and I was speaking in tongues. I was filled with incredible joy, just quietly speaking in tongues. It was the most amazing feeling, a taste of Heaven where in God’s presence there’s fullness of joy. From that day onward, I kept growing and growing and have continued to have an increasing passion and boldness for Jesus Christ.

This gift is given to those who truly forsake their old life and desires, and choose Jesus 100% and ask Him for it.

“So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”-Jesus (Luke 11:9-13)

I’m Gonna Worship Jesus, But I’m Gonna Worship Me Too

Following Christ is a choice. Obeying Him is a choice, as is disobeying Him. If you truly desire to pick up your cross, deny yourself, and follow Him, He will imbue you with His most powerful Holy Spirit, and enable you to follow/obey Him.

Do not believe the deception that you can partially follow His way, and then follow your own heart and standards in other ways and still get to heaven:

“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 NLT)

I’m begging you, if you are in sin, if you are disobeying Christ’s commands, lowering or compromising God’s standard for your life, please repent. You many not have tomorrow or even tonight to do so! And do not let your heart, which the Bible calls deceitful and wicked, tell you it’s okay, that God will forgive you when you are dead and face Him.

“Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit … And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT)

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10 NLT)

In other words, just feeling bad or guilty about your sin isn’t enough. Trying to cover it up by church attendance or service, isn’t enough. You must repent, or you will experience spiritual death: eternal destruction of your soul.

I beg you, do not take this lightly or call me radical. I am merely quoting the words of the Bible, not my opinion.

I love you, and God loves you, but you cannot “trample on Christ’s sacrifice” and think you won’t receive judgement. Paul says those who continue sinning deliberately, after knowing Christ’s standards, should only expect:

“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.”(Hebrews 10:26, 27 NLT)

Our past sins are covered, but if we continue sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth, those sins will not be covered.

I leave you with this:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.”(Hebrews 12:1-17 NLT)