The Wicked are Reserved for the Day of Doom

For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom;They shall be brought out on the day of wrath. ~Job 21:30


We are all promised a day of judgement where our deepest secrets and sins shall be laid bare before God. Both good and bad, righteous and evil will be made known.

I was recently listening to Dr. J. Vernon McGee and his commentary on the Book of Job, of which I always find fascinating & always something new to learn or pick-up. God deeply loves each of us and, unlike mankind, He has a habit of giving us more chances than we would tend to give others to repent of our ways and change our lives. Many accept Him & change, others do not and maintain their path of self destruction, until their death and final judgement.

We are told the following in the Matthew Henry Commentaries:

Job here asserts? Two things:—(1.) That impenitent sinners will certainly be punished in the other world, and, usually, their punishment is put off until then. (2.) That therefore we are not to think it strange if they prosper greatly in this world and fall under no visible token of God’s wrath. Therefore they are spared now, because they are to be punished then; therefore the workers of iniquity flourish, that they may be destroyed for ever, Ps. 92:7. The sinner is here supposed, [1.] To live in a great deal of power, so as to be not only the terror of the mighty in the land of the living (Ezek. 32:27), but the terror of the wise and good too, whom he keeps in such awe that none dares declare his way to his face, Job 21:31. And,

[2.] To die, and be buried in a great deal of pomp and magnificence, Job 21:32, 33. There is no remedy; he must die; that is the lot of all men; but every thing you can think of shall be done to take off the reproach of death. First, He shall have a splendid funeral—a poor thing for any man to be proud of the prospect of; yet with some it passes for a mighty thing. Well, he shall be brought to the grave in state, surrounded with all the honours of the heralds’ office and all the respect his friends can then pay to his remains. The rich man died, and was buried, but no mention is made of the poor man’s burial, Luke 16:22. Secondly, He shall have a stately monument erected over him. He shall remain in the tomb with a Hic jacet—Here lies, over him, and a large encomium. Perhaps it is meant of the embalming of his body to preserve it, which was a piece of honour anciently done by the Egyptians to their great men. He shall watch in the tomb (so the word is), shall abide solitary and quiet there, as a watchman in his tower. Thirdly, The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him; there shall be as much done as can be with rich odors to take off the noisomeness of the grave, as by lamps to set aside the darkness of it, which perhaps was referred to in the foregoing phrase of watching in the tomb. But it is all a jest; what is the light, or what the perfume, to a man that is dead? Fourthly, It shall be alleged, for the lessening of the disgrace of death, that it is the common lot: He has only yielded to fate, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

Job infers the impertinence of their discourses, Job 21:34. (1.) Their foundation is rotten, and they went upon a wrong hypothesis: “In your answers there remains falsehood; what you have said stands not only unproved but disproved, and lies under such an imputation of falsehood as you cannot clear it from.” (2.) Their building was therefore weak and tottering: “You comfort me in vain. All you have said gives me no relief; you tell me that I shall prosper again if I turn to God, but you go upon this presumption, that piety shall certainly be crowned with prosperity, which is false; and therefore how can your inference from it yield me any comfort?” Keep in mind: Where there is not truth there is little comfort to be expected.

We are each destined to die but one time; point in fact, we are born only to die, but what is it that we shall do between our birth and death…that is the big question?? Will you seek God’s will in your life? Or, will you follow your own way to die, with certain judgement? To follow the way God teaches us, we will still be judged; but with a better outcome is assured.

birth dash deathIt is what we do with that dash in the middle of our birth and our death that truly matters. How do we treat others? Do we try to spread the Word of God to our friends, neighbors, and those we just meet on the street? Do we tell others of the love of the Christ? The fact that He died for all of us because of our sins to lay us bare at the feet of our heavenly Father?

As Pastor Jason Epperson (Calvary Church [www.calvary.ch]) stated today at service, “It is the dash that matters!” What we do right now, a minute from now, and as a matter of ethics what we do up until our demise? We as Christians will be judged on all those moments from birth until death, what we say, how we act, & all that we do.  The average person lives approximately 76 years. That equates to: 27,740 days; 665,760 hours; 39,945,600 minutes; or 2,396,736,000 seconds. A moment can span from a fraction of a second up to a few seconds or a minute – subjectively speaking.

Just think about it!

May God richly bless you all!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Integrity 

  
Integrity seems to be a lost moral of man because of man’s hedonistic & carnal desires. Man is constantly & consistently seeking his pleasure, now; and seems to refuse to control himself, his thoughts, and his perceived needs & desires. Joseph, who comes to mind, was cornered by Potiphar’s wife; but instead of giving in to her desires and he giving in to her demands chose that path less traveled by mankind.

“And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”  

~Genesis 39:7-15 

Integrity, the lost character trait of mankind. Joseph was willing to die or go to prison for his action to preserve his relationship with God. Which raises another question: Are you willing to die or go to prison for the person that God wants you to be?

It is suspected that Potiphar could have had Joseph put to death for the accusation against him. But it is also believed that Potiphar’s wife was morally “swayable” and Potiphar knew this, plus he profited much by Joseph and left all in his care. So, Potiphar knew the manner of man that Joseph was.

We each have a choice: To follow God’s commandments or follow our carnal nature. It is all a choice! Which, in my opinion, is both our greatest blessing or our greatest curse. We are entrusted by God to do the right thing(s) in our lives, as was Adam and he chose wrongly…just as we all do!

What life are willing to choose?

May God richly bless you all!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Once Saved, Always Saved? ~Part 2

I saw this on Facebook the other day and wasn’t quite certain how to respond; although, the overall context was skewed because it was cut down to a much shorter video.

The context given on the original Facebook post was about 2 minutes.  While everyone seems to obliterate any proper context to make their own point, yes – even Christians.  Like it was mentioned in the first part of this article that Bertrand Russell said, “The best argument against Christianity, are Christians.”

once saved always saved

What most people fail to realize is the fact that we ALL will have to answer for our sins andjudgement actions, for as the Psalmist did note:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil

~Eccl 12:13-14 NKJV

So, in my opinion, even a large number of Christians will be surprised as to why they were not recognized by the King of Kings.  We will all be judged and we are all expected to follow God’s commandments.  Jesus mad it quite simple for all of us so that we didn’t need to memorize those pesky 10 Commandments by telling us two simple commandments:

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

But I would also suggest studying up and memorizing the Commandments and the rest of the bible…just a thought.  Consider what the Lord’s brother, James, had told us:

“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” ~James 2:10

crucifixionWhich means that if you speak a little white lie to make someone feel more at ease while dying, you are just as guilty as a mass murderer.  Is that plain enough for you?  The warm and fuzzy God of the liberal agenda bible does not exist.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the ONLY true God who loved us so much that he gave us one final sacrificial lamb in Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ.  He died for our sins!  So many say it was the Jews, the Jewish leadership that subjected Jesus to be nailed to the cross for crucifixion.  In truth, it was you and I who caused Jesus our Lord to be crucified!  Take that and think long and hard upon it and the ramifications of such an action.

While television is great to make a point, in many instances, it is quite unrealistic.  For example, the scene where the POTUS berated the Radio Show hostess, a PhD, for sitting while everyone stood up for the POTUS.  This is the protocol everyone stands.  And really it doesn’t matter if it was liberal based or conservative based show, the same sort of thing would have been done.

Everyone misquotes the bible, whether we misquote the wording or the contextual association.  It happens to everyone; however, some constantly perform such faux pas and others purposely accomplish these mishaps of biblical proportions.  But the context of the bible, within this video clip, weren’t we told by Jesus (words in red, so I assert that these words are very important!):

“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. ~Mark 2:27

And of course the part where he spoke of the homosexual issue from the Old Testament:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” ~Leviticus 18:22

Was this issue not also spoken of in the New Testament & reiterated by the Apostle Paul:

“No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” ~1Cor 6:8-10 NKJV

At our Church, as with many other Christian Churches, our policy and belief is “LOVE THE SINNER, HATE THE SIN!”  In the end, we all know that God will judge everyone for everything that they have done.  We will each be held accountable for all of the good and all of the bad, as per the Psalmists words.

Although, Christians have a great gift for giving to help others, but also have the great gift of being the greatest of hypocrites through the judgement of others.  As part of the powers of reason and observation, consider the greatest of fundamentalist Christian groups I have ever read about who do nothing but judge by walking on the corpses of our dead westborosoldiers…Westboro Baptist Church protesters.  Am I judging them, no, that is God’s job.  I am highlighting their fundamentalist protesting, based upon what I’ve read in the papers and saw on the news programs to let you all be aware of the fact their expressing of their beliefs in such an unloving manner is not the TRUE Christian walk we are to follow.

I am certain you are asking yourselves just what is that TRUE Christian walk for our lives?  Well, here it is:

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”…When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” ~John 8:7,10-11 NKJV

IMG_2674You ask yourselves What Would Jesus Do?  That is what Jesus would do.  Let them know they are imperfect, There is a path to salvation by repentance of their sins, that they can be forgiven-all they need to do is ask, to yield their lives to God through Jesus, and to go and sin no more by living and emulating the life of Jesus.

May God richly bless you all!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD