It's Sad to See Communities Sponsor Cults

It’s really sad, I went to a historical museum not too far from our place, and placed prominently at the entrance is a welcome sign and underneath the welcome sign is tons of pamphlets that are being given out by the city, even officially stamped by the city, and what they are, are booklets called “The Way to Happiness”. These are put out by the Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology is not a church. It is in no way whatsoever Christian. And it is not science. It is in fact a cult. The “The Way to Happiness” is a worldwide movement, and on the outside it looks harmless enough. It says it is a guide to living a better life based on the rules of common sense. It’s funny how Satan disguises all false religions as a way to live better. Because that’s exactly what the Church of Scientology is doing. There are so many people fall for the pragmatic view of live better, do better as to what mans problem. This is Satan’s religion and it is always the trick of Satan’s religion. Until a person realizes the problem they have is not simply just a need to live a better life they will remain trapped in sin. My friends, our biggest problem will not be fixed by ourselves. The solution will not be found in 7 steps or 9 steps or however many step to living a good life. No. No. No. This not true at all. Our biggest problem is that we are sinners who have offended a Holy God. We are in need of salvation. And unless that salvation comes nothing else we do will matter one iota when measured against the weight of eternity. The human problem is not that we need to try harder, be smarter or do better. For even if we could somehow make our life better …. and make this world better …. and somehow if this world were all of sudden became filled with nice people, what we would have, is like I heard one famous author say a long time ago, “a world full of nice people content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, and would still be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world would be—and might even be more difficult to save.” My friends …. all do-gooder cults have one thing in common, they all tell you have to fix your problem. That you have work your way to God, or appease God, or worse yet, maybe that you even have the power to be God. You, you, you - the power is in you. Really? The truth is that people are born at odds with God. That is our problem. The truth is, our real problem is that we want it to be about us. The truth is, we want to be God. The truth is, we want the glory. The truth is, this is really the heart of the problem. This was the heart of the problem when the most beautiful angel, Lucifer said that he wanted to be like God, and it has been the heart of the problem ever since. It was the heart of the problem when our first parents gave into the lie of Satan … and things have been severely broken and twisted ever since. The idea that all religions are basically the same you need to run from as fast you can. All other religions, and yes even all cults have one thing in common, the make the ultimate hinge of salvation to be ‘you’. While in Christianity the ultimate hinge of salvation rides on God. False religions and cults say we need to work our way to God, we are the deciding factor, we need to do it …. in some way, shape or form …. salvation depends on us. My friends, how in the world can what is broken fix itself? That makes no sense! Only Christianity says …. No! This is not true. Salvation has come down to you (Jesus). Salvation is done for you and it is something that is worked in you. The whole idea of salvation is it is not something we do. If it is, how would it be salvation, because it would be something we are doing. Salvation is a rescue. When a person is drowning, do they rescue themselves? No way. If you are drowning, you don’t rescue yourself, you are rescued. If you rescued yourself, you were not drowning, you were just out going for a swim. Except the Bible paints the picture of our condition to be more bleak then that. The Bible actually says, that “we are or were dead, (depending where we are at right now) in our trespasses and sins, in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:1-3) That means before we get saved we were not just drowning. We were pretty much at the bottom of the sea. Because that is exactly what happens when we are saved and given new life…. is that we are saved and given new life. People are not just struggling. We are not just struggling. The same Spirit that worked in Jesus when he arose from the grave is the same Holy Spirit who works in us and gives us new life. It’s an awesome salvation, because it is a resurrection. Dead people don’t make themselves alive. But Jesus does. Because Jesus conquered death. Jesus makes dead people alive. The Holy Spirit of God raises people to new life in Christ. My friends, our biggest problem is not just that we need to live a better life …. our biggest problem is that we have offended a Holy God in thought word and deed. We are legally and actually sinners, dead in trespasses and sins and we need to be rescued. And unless, and only unless that happens, it does not matter how good you are or how great your life is, because it will mean nothing in the light of eternity. Man’s biggest problem is that we need to be born again. We need new life. And as you will see, as Jesus said …. a person cannot make themselves to be born again, anymore then a person can make themselves to be born the first time. We come into this world as sinners in need of forgiveness and unless the Holy Spirit gives us the seed of the new birth we will leave this world as an unforgiven sinner. My friends cry to God for forgiveness, repent of your sins. Trust in the finished worked of salvation that Jesus Christ accomplished. Away with this nonsense of saving yourself. Is there some wisdom needed to living life? Yes. But start with first things first. And the first thing is, you need to be saved. Don’t hook the cart up in front of the horse. Get saved first, then worry about how to live. In fact you will have the power to live then, because you will actually be living then. Until you are born again, you are just a dead man walking. Like Jesus said in Matthew 23, “a whitewashed tomb”…. and just a quick side note here. When you do search for wisdom to live after you have trusted in Christ …. don’t first and foremost search for from outside sources …. search for it in the word of God …. filter every thought through it. If God is the one who gives life …. he is also the one who will sustain your life. But here is the point and here is the main take away …. You first have to have life. Come to Jesus! Anyone who tells you there is any other way to salivation or that there is something more important than this salvation is either a thief and a liar or is being deceived by the ultimate thief and liar himself. There is only one way to happiness, and that is by knowing your sins are forgiven and your name is written down in heaven. Do you know that today? You can! Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 6:35-37) So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice…… My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:1-3, 27-30) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

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