Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 19 (Eternal Torment? Part 7: The Hypocrisy)

By admin On May 21st, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 19

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Eternal Torment? Part 7: “The Hypocrisy”

To read Part 1, click here… “September 8th (Eternal Torment?)”

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A number of false doctrines have been handed down to the present-day Church: the various Catholic holidays, the “Age of Accountability”, and the doctrine of “Eternal Torment”. 

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And there are many zealous proponents of “Eternal Torment” in today’s church-world.

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And even though this false doctrine was conceived by ignorance of proper Bible interpretation, the apostate churches are still ignorant of proper Bible interpretation!

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor – Wikipedia – Public Domain (2)

 

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BABYLONISH CONFUSION

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Now if things weren’t already bad enough, the liberal, apostate churches are now beginning to reject “Eternal Torment”, which only further confuses the issue, giving “Eternal Torment” advocates even more ammunition to fire at those earnest Bible students who question this church tradition.

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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WHERE’S THE PROPORTIONATE RESPONSE?

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But let’s set aside all the arguments both for and against this church doctrine of “Eternal Torment”.

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Let’s just assume that “Eternal Torment” is indeed, the punishment for all rejectors of God’s grace.

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If those Christians who believe “Eternal Torment” is the wages of sin, then where is the proper response from these Christians?

 

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WHERE’S THE TEARS?

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After all, the proponents of “Eternal Torment” do not seem to shed even one tear when they talk about this church doctrine! They do not seem to be very bothered at all about this unthinkable idea!

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Because if we are truly indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit, then we would love our fellow humans, as we love our own self. You would think that Spirit-filled Christians would be crying out daily, yea hourly, for God’s mercy and Salvation for the lost multitudes who are slipping into eternal torment every minute of the day around the world!

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If eternal torment was truly the punishment for rejecting God’s grace, then where is the proportionate response from those advocates of this unthinkable and hideous punishment?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

 

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THE CHURCH-AT-PLAY

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But as we look around at the Christian community, that kind of response is just not seen.

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No, all we seem to see, are so-called Christians who appear to be enjoying this world as much or perhaps even more than the unbelieving world! We are pursuing proud careers.

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We are spending our weekends going places, spending our time and money on vacations, restaurants, expensive resorts, sports, family get-togethers, social and garden clubs, and a host of other worldly pursuits!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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1 OF 2 CONCLUSIONS

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So where is the proper and proportionate response to this belief that 90% or more of the human race will be screaming and crying for God’s mercy through the ceaseless ages, as God torments them with fire and brimstone?

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The only logical conclusion that one can come to, is that, either Christians 1. Do not really believe in “Eternal Torment”, or 2. They are not really Spirit-filled Christians at all, but merely pretenders.

 

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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WHERE’S THE CALLOUSED KNEES?

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Well, what other conclusion can we come to? After all, if a Christian is filled with God’s Spirit of agape love, then obviously that Christian would be loving the lost multitudes as he or she loves their own self!

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You would think that every Christian knee would be bleeding or calloused from countless hours of prayer on behalf of the Lost.

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You would think that church services would be filled with trembling souls, speaking earnestly in behalf of the unsaved being endlessly tormented in God’s netherworld torture chamber!

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But instead, there is a casual laissez-faire complacency that is very evident within today’s churches. 

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Morning Prayers – Ebenezer Newman – Downard – 1860 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

 

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LET’S SEE THOSE CALLOUSED KNEES!

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And so, the challenge of this devotional is for those proponents of “Eternal Torment” to prove this doctrine, not by mere words, but by showing us a life that properly responds to this unthinkable horror! Let’s see those calloused knees!

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After all, if you really believe this to be the fate of all unbelievers, then show us that you believe it! Don’t merely tell us! But show us by your Christlike love that you really believe it! Show the world that you have truly forsaken this hedonistic and opulent society, and have laid down your life on the altar of sacrifice for the starving souls all around us!

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And if we cannot show the world that we really believe these things, then we should simply be quiet! Because, it only makes us look like hypocrites to tell the world about the fires of eternal torment, while at the same time, joking and jesting and eating and drinking and watching our big-screen sports games, and pursuing after high-paying and ambitious careers, all the while, stock-piling a mountain of money and/or material possessions!

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A Prayer for those at Sea – by Frederick Daniel Hardy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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SHOW US PAUL’S & PETER’S RELIGION!

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Show us the Apostle Paul! Show us the Apostle Peter! That’s what the world really wants to see! Just look at those two men! Now they lived what they preached! Yes, their lives did the preaching for them! But that’s not what we see today, for the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caravaggio_-_Martirio_di_San_Pietro.jpgmost part!

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And so this whole business about “Eternal Torment” loses its force in the minds of the unbelieving world, who see the hypocrisy and stupefied negligence so prevalent in the church-world.

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

Crucifixion of Peter – Caravaggio Martirio di San Pietro – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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“BE AFFLICTED, MOURN & WEEP!”

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The Good News is, that it is still the day of Salvation! And for those of us who have lived a lukewarm spiritual life, there is time repent and return to God! Yes, there is time to put away our silly and foolish ways, and humble ourselves in the sight of a holy God…

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Listen…  “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10

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Here is what today’s church must do on an individual basis! And such a thorough repentance may just bring us to the place where, “it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” Zephaniah 2:3  

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

 

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TO READ PART 8, CLICK HERE…JUNE 20 (Eternal Torment? Part 8: Orphaned Scriptures)

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to live my religion, instead of merely talking about it. Set me on fire for Christ, instead of just being another lukewarm professor …

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…” March 27th (All Comfy-Cozy in Hell!)”, or you can also read…“April 6th (Wrestling With God!)”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

(LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS)

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart

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This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW… 

JUNE 20 (Eternal Torment? Part 8: Orphaned Scriptures) 

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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