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DO YOU BELIEVE GOD?

Bill Wardlow

Many profess to believe IN God. but do not believe His Word. Many profess to believe His Word but their actions towards it and their unwillingness to obey it in every respect shows that they really don't.

Since we know, that is every thinking and rational person, that God is, and that He is the creator of all things, we should yield to Him and believe and obey His Commandments. Gen. 1 & 2; Ps. 136; II Pet. 3:1-5.

The evolutionists have no answers for us. Only wild unprovable guesses. We either accept God and His Word or we don't. There is no middle ground here. Someone or something is eternal and if matter is eternal where did it begin? The hypothesis that lifeless matter acted upon by natural forces gave origin to all that now exists, makes no effort to explain how these natural forces came to be. Nobody but a fool would deny an axiom. And it is axiomatic that from nothing - nothing can come. But something is, therefore something has always been. If there were ever a time in the past when nothing' existed, nothing ever could exist. Take your choice. God or matter. but use a little common sense while so doing.

Since God created us and all things, He didn't leave us without instructions. He gave us His Word to study and obey. II Pet. 1:19-21; I Pet. 1:22-25.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BELIEF IN GOD AND BELIEVING GOD

Many may say this is a moot point but consider for a moment such people as Billy Graham, Rex Humbard, Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell and their followers. Also the P.T.L. and the 700 Club and their followers. These all profess to believe IN God, yet refuse to submit to His Will in every thing He has commanded. This is very unrealistic for you can't really believe IN God and not keep His commandments. Luke 6:46-49; Matt. 7:21-27. Yet this is exactly what these people are doing. They profess to know God, yet refuse to obey His plain commandments. You may ask, "where are they failing to keep His commandments?" I could give many examples, but just one will suffice for all of them. Read Mark 16:15-16 and Acts 2:37-38 AND Acts 22:16. Now ask yourself, "Have any of these men, and do they now tell people to keep this commandment of God, for the purpose it says in order that they might he saved from their past sins?" This is a plain commandment of God and it's purpose is just as plain, yet they say you don't have to do it, for the reason God said do it, and the way God said do it. In reality they are no better off than the irreligious people who say they believe IN God but for one reason or another refuse to obey His word. It is not enough to profess you know Him, you must also do as He commands, for the reason He said it, and the way He said do it. I John 5: 1-3; II John 1:4-11. Many profess to believe IN God, and even do mighty works in His name, but will be denied by Him in judgment. Matt. 7:21-23. I once had a Baptist preacher show me from the Gospel of John where the word "believe" is used time and time again. He is convinced that John teaches that belief alone, (faith alone) is all one must have in order to be saved but this same writer (John) tells us over and over that if we truly love God we will keep His commandments. John 14:15,21,23; John 15:7,10,14; John 17:7-8; 1 John 2:1-1; 1 John 3:21-24; 1 John 5:1-3; 2 John 1:6-7. Indeed John teaches us that if we truly believe IN God and His Son this will cause us to keep His commandments. Belief or faith does not exclude the commandments of God, but rather includes all of them. We keep God's commandments because we believe and love Him.

There are multitudes who believe IN God, yet refuse to keep His commandments. They profess or confess that they know Him, but in reality their hearts are far from Him, Mark 7:6-13. They think faith IN God alone apart from obedience to His commandments will somehow save them. They, like King Saul of the Old Testament, need to realise that obedience to God's commands is more important than sacrifice, or a mere profession of faith. King Saul certainly believed IN God, but obviously thought within himself that the keeping of His commandments was not too important. But he found out that God expects His word (commandments) to be obeyed regardless of how we might try to rationalise them. I Samuel 15.

Although God's Law has changed, He hasn't. While we today live under the New Testament Law of God, He still demands obedience from us just as He did those who lived under the Old Testament Law. Heb. 5:7-9; Heb. 8:6-13; Heb. 9:15-18; Heb. 12:24. The first covenant was fulfilled in Christ. Gal. 3, especially verse 24. It was given to one nation (Israel). Exodus 19:1-6. The second (New Testament) was given to all people (nations) hence it is international in scope. Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16.

But when men will not conform to God's complete Law (commandments), they are in rebellion against God whether they realise it or not. I John 2:1-4; 1 Samuel 15:23. What is going to happen to those who will not preach all of GOD'S WORD? According to God's Law, they are going to be accursed, lost eternally. Gal. 1:6-9; Rev. 21:8. This applies to all men who dare believe they can preach a partial Gospel. And if we believe God, we won't. We will humbly obey His commandments because we love Him and believe Him.

Because God created us, He has the right to command, and reward us or punish us according to our response to His commandments. And He has promised to do just that. Rev. 21:1-8; Matt. 25:31-34. Matt. 25:41-46.

CONCLUSION

People say a loving God would not send anyone to an eternity of punishment in hell. But God is a just God. If people go to torment, they will go there of their own choice. God has provided a way to escape hell. It's our choice. God can forget these lost souls just as easily as He can forget our past sins when they are repented of and put under the blood of His Son. Ps. 103:12-13; Ps. 111 and 112; Romans 6. We are told that those who will be in heaven will be eternally happy. Rev. 21:4. We will have no recollection of lost loved ones. Yes, God is just. Do we believe Him? Then you have to believe His Word. If you do you will keep His commandments. Merely believing IN God is not enough without obedience faith is worthless. James 2:22. Some of the first principles of the oracles of God are found in these verses: Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:37-38; Rom. 10:9; Rom. 6; Philippians 4:8; 1 Thess. 2:1-16; I Tim. 6:11-16; Titus 1:13-16; Titus 2:1-14; Rev. 21:7. Behold today is the day of salvation, NOW is the accepted time.

Bill Wardlow,

1600 West Lake Parker Drive,

Lakeland,

Florida 33805

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