Google+ 03/08/14 What Sorrow Awaits the Tempter!

Matthew 18:6-7

 

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin,

It would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck

And be drowned in the depths of the sea.

“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin.

Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting."

 

Temptations are inevitable.  I hope we believe that with all our hearts.  This world, like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, always presents those of us that stand for Jesus with scaly temptations.  Most of the time, they even look "pretty" on the outside.  Mass media advertising packages these "temptations" in ways that make them look so appealing to everyone.  The world wants us to believe it is Christmas everyday and all we have to do is open the array of packages that are constantly under the tree.  But like excessive Christmas spending, the bill comes a month later and we have to pay it.  The world's temptations are the same way.  When we give into temptation, there is always a cost.  Churches are unfortunately some of the places where temptation is the worst.  When we stray away from the true message of Christ, we will pay a heavy price.  Have we ever stopped to consider why a majority of mainstream denominational churches are all declining?  Here is the answer that no one wants to hear.  The truth of Christ is no longer being told in these houses of worship.  Let me illustrate.  Christianity is not a worldly, "feel-good" experience.  It isn't about large amounts of music done for emotion's sake.  It isn't about carefully orchestrated, agenda-laden sermons that solicit a response from the congregation, most often monetarily.  Christianity is about God's only Son, who died on the cross for each of us, paid the ultimate price, stood for His beliefs, and never wavered.  When He was questioned, He took the difficult, truthful path.  Christ did not give into political or church peer pressure.  Christ was alone most of His life.  Remember, of His 12 closest friends, only one was at the cross.  The rest had scattered or betrayed Him when the tough times came.  Judas knew first-hand what that millstone felt like around his neck.  Let's heed the warning of Matthew and Jesus before we see God face-to-face.  Listen to what Jesus said when He told Satan not to tempt the Lord our God.  Jesus was serious.  If we all fellowshipped in the temple daily and understood that we were never to tempt the Lord our God with worldly things, Christianity would look much different.  The local New Testament Church would in fact be the center of our lives.  Government would be for the people.  We would return to being one nation under God.  Churches would not decline.  They would multiply and add to their fellowships daily, as the Bible promised.  We have received our one and only warning.  "What Sorrow Awaits the Tempter!"