It is my desire to write and post only that which is edifying and inspiring and lifting up, from the toils and many troubles of a world that is constantly in trouble, from every direction except upwards.
Gospel – the word – means “good news.” And that is my main focus. However, to appreciate the Good News invites us to identify why it’s good news. And that necessarily means identifying the bad news from which the good news saves us.
The Lord Jesus talks of, identifies, and warns the consequences of Hell more than anybody in the Bible. Those who profess reading “only the red letters” of the bible should know this more than most. But often, even many of those, of this age, ignore the uncomfortable parts.
I don’t expect to win any accolades for posting something so ridiculed, fear inducing and unpopular as the admission that Hell is a very real place, the Devil is a real person and has much help on this earth in trying to bury this brutal truth.
The “Good News” exists to offer the way of escape from the Bad News. It offers an escape clause, an out, for all who recognize they, of themselves, can’t escape. It offers the last and only hope for those who recognize, and long for a way out of a world gone mad since the dawn of history. All of this is the focus, the main impetus and reason for the message of the Good News, Jesus Christ. By His own words and confession, He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father except through (Him)” Gospel of John 14: 6.
Sorry if this temporarily gives you a bad day, this message. But I am only a single messenger in time. Neither I, nor He, is the giver of bad days. Just the opposite. The Good News offers a very GOOD day. And this hill is the conviction and main hill, of few hills, I am willing to die on; but more than that, to live for. And for this Hill, called Calvary, I will not compromise, nor water down, my conviction. -g.w
Following is a message from the past to those of us here in the future from Thomas Brooks- a message in a bottle that floats in to our time and washes up on the shore of Today. A timeless message:
“The wicked freely strut about, when what is vile is the honored among men.” Psalm 12:8
“Their souls delight in their abominations.” Isaiah 66:3
“They love to indulge in evil pleasures.” 2 Peter 2:13
Proverbs 10:23, “A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct.”
Evil conduct is the fool’s bauble, the fool’s fiddle.
Fools take great delight and pleasure in doing evil.
Sin and wickedness are a sport or recreation to a fool.
It is a great pleasure and merriment to a fool–to do wickedness.
Proverbs 14:9, “Fools make a mock of sin.” They make . . .
a jeer of sin–which they should fear more than Hell itself,
a sport of sin–which will prove a matter of damnation to them,
a pastime, a game of sin–which will them miserable to all eternity,
a mock of sin on earth–for which the devil will mock and flout them forever in Hell.
Justice will at last turn over such fools to Satan, who will be sure to return mock for mock, jeer for jeer, and flout for flout. Those who love such kind of pastime, shall have enough of it in Hell.
All unbelievers are such fools–for they delight and take pleasure in sin, which is the most corrupting and dangerous thing in the world. “And so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:12
Well, sirs! Sin is . . .
the poison of the soul,
the curse of the soul,
the disease of the soul,
the burden of the soul!
And if God in mercy does not prevent it–sin will prove the eternal bane of the soul.
Oh, then, how great is their folly, who delight in sin, and who make a sport of it!
Thomas Brooks – 1662
From “The Crown and Glory of Christianity”