There comes a time when God gives up on a person or a group or an entire society of people. He removes his holy spirit from their hearts and minds leading them to partake of evils that earlier in their lives they would never have considered. The Holy Bible describes such times.
Take for instance the Book of Exodus. It tells how God, by removing his holy spirit, hardened the heart of Pharaoh, who most certainly knew by the fourth plague that the Hebrew God was capable of destroying him and his kingdom, yet he still refused to let His people go.
The book of Romans, Chapter 1:24-32, tells how when men choose to do evil rather than good for a long enough period of time God will remove his holy spirit, leading them to seek and engage in the particular sin of their desire then progressing on to others.
“28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32
We see this in modern times. Fallen politicians, shamed out of office for breaking certain laws once revered by their constituents now are welcomed and invited to be trusted again. When certain sinners want their sinful lifestyle not only tolerated but endorsed they will, without provocation, use violence against those who peacefully call it sinful. College campuses, areas expected to allow the free expression of all ideas, are places where whole crowds of self-proclaimed tolerant and open minded people have shut down, hurled insults at and inflicted violence on anyone giving a different point of view. A corporate CEO tweets his objection to a sinful lifestyle and you’d think he committed mass murder or worse.
Christians, in first and third world nations suffer at the hands of those who cry out for tolerance and claim there is freedom for all. Other lawless people in other instances angered by perceived economic or social slights follow the infamous slogan of “No Justice No Peace!” and resort to rioting, looting and pillaging. Others opposed to any government effort to curb a sinful but accepted practice attempt to illegally shut down the lawful legislative process. We may see similar conduct in our streets over the outcome of a current high profile murder trial in Florida where a teenager had no problem with walking up and assaulting a person just because he was suspected of possibly being a burglar casing a neighborhood.
God sees these things happening. He’s not surprised because he has removed his holy spirit, which they ignored, from them all together. He has proclaimed basically “Go ahead, ignore me. Live the way you insist without my influence.” What is the fruit of such living? We see that when people become entrapped by sin it leads to even more sin, kinds they would never have done before.
So what are we the members of the Christian family to do? Well I think we have to conclude that there is a fundamental lack of fear of God in these times we live in. When the statement “That person needs to be saved,” is made the rhetorical response is usually “Saved? Saved from what?” The answer: Saved from God.
Try to think of God’s judgment as something like a well-oiled, precision machine created to produce only one of two outcomes at a time depending on the information it is presented with. Along comes a person who refused to allow any involvement of God in his life, or maybe he’s a person who believes in God (which even demons do) or who once, at an early age of life, accepted Christ as his personal savior but then proceeded to live like he never knew Him. How does the well-oiled machine function? It condemns and sends the person to an eternal existence with absolutely no involvement of God. There is no appeal, no parole.
Along comes another person. She was a devout Christian. She accepted the atoning sacrifice Christ made on the cross for her perhaps late in her life but lived the earthly time she had left in a pleasing manner to Him. She is escorted immediately into paradise.
These two outcomes seem a bit simplistic but I think you get the idea. God will either react like a cold, emotionless machine and pour his righteous wrath upon those who ignored Him when their final judgment comes, or cancel it and deal compassionately with those who accepted the invitation offered through his only son’s death on the cross and lived like they really meant it.
Far too many are convinced that God is some great cosmic Santa Clause. Others have created a god or gods out of their imaginations. To some they are known as Zeus, Brahman, Buddha, Allah, Confucius, or some combination of them. They think that when they’re in the holy and majestic presence of their god that he will wink and nod at their spiritually lost state and allow them into His paradise or plug them into some great cosmic consciousness. Not so, for the true Christian god.
He is different. He is lord over all. Only He, the great “I Am” spun the universe into existence, created all living things, and even promised that He would one day be born, live, die for your sins and mine, defeat death and then actually accomplished those events. Only His version of the creation of all things can actually be verified. His inspired word withstands all scrutiny.
The fear of God and one day being thrust into his final judgment presence once restrained the conduct of men and women. Consequently that lack of fear now leads them to justify their covetous, rebellious, lawless behavior. Though He has pulled back from them He is always ready to welcome them back into his loving fold but they must first admit their sin. They must repent of it, ask for forgiveness, then take up the walk of sanctification until their appointed time arrives to meet Him face to face for final judgment.
Where do you stand with God? If you dropped dead while reading this where would your final destination be? Are you certain that you will not suffer eternal banishment away from Him? Heed this warning my friend if you have any doubt about where you stand with the Him.