Gems From Pastor Jim – 1/29/2019

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by Jim Hughes

CrossIs. 5:20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

There is no confusion with what God says. People don’t always want to hear what God has to say and they may try to make it say what it doesn’t say, but it doesn’t change what is. People have always tried to make evil good. Sin is the most lucrative business on earth. Sin is made out to be attractive and something to be desired. Sin is used extensively to “get ahead” in the world. It is the way the world operates. Sinful behavior is the norm. We are constantly bombarded with sin. It influences the way we think and live. Sin is not seen by the world as something evil, it is seen as something good and useful. God declares that evil is not good and those who say it is are bound for destruction.

People also declare that good is evil. There is much opposition to those who stand strong on what God declares to be true and good. The world has very little tolerance for people who oppose what they do. The world has always fought vigorously to try and silence God’s goodness. They declare that good is bad. They oppose those who declare sinful behavior to be sin. They don’t want to be told that there is a godly standard to live by and to be held accountable for. The world will do everything it can to deny the fact that they can’t do what they want to do. In the world’s eyes, good is evil because it opposes what the world wants to do. God declares that those who oppose good and call it evil are bound for destruction.

When God speaks of destruction, He is not talking about annihilation as some declare He is. Destruction is spending eternity in hell. It is alienation from God. It is an inescapable sentence of being an outcast from God’s presence. Destruction is an eternity without hope. It is eternal torment and anguish of heart over blown opportunities to repent.

God will not be mocked. Truth will prevail. Evil is evil and good is good. It behooves us to educate ourselves about all that God declares is good so that we might live it. Many things that we think are good are not; they are evil. Ignorance is no excuse. God has given us His Word to educate us. We must be willing to listen and learn so that we can live lives that are pleasing and acceptable to God. God does not confuse us. He guides us into all truth and we had better pay attention. Destruction is certain for all who do not walk in the light of God’s revealed truth.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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