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If Not Me - Who? If Not Now - When?

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Sermon By: Pastor Bob Paquet    Readburn Gospel Assembly

If Not Me - Who? If Not Now - When?

Today’s Text: (EZEKIEL 3:16ff; 33:1-9)
(January 13th 1947) Dr Peter Marshall, a Presbyterian minister, was elected Chaplain of the US Senate. He called upon America to make a decision:

“The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come - it now is - when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.” (Flood,Robert. The Rebirth of America, Philadelphia, Arthur S Demoss Foundation 1986.)

IF NOT ME - WHO?



Ezek. 3:16 At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
Jesus said we are to be LIGHT and SALT –

ARE YOU?
Matt. 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth....”
Matt. 5:14 “You are the light of the world.
ARE YOU ASHAMED?

Mark 8:38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Rom. 1:16 (PAUL SAID) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

IF NOT ME - WHO?

AS MINISTERS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST WE ARE TO WARN THE UNRIGHTEOUS THAT THEY WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND SALVATION IF THEY DO NOT REPENT


IF “HELL” REALLY EXISTS - AND THE BIBLE SAYS IT DOES - “WHY ARE WE NOT DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREVENT OUR LOVED ONES, OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR FRIENDS FROM GOING THERE?

CHARLES SPURGEON HAD IT RIGHT WHEN HE SAID;
“IF SINNERS BE DAMNED, AT LEAST LET THEM LEAP TO HELL OVER OUR BODIES. IF THEY WILL PERISH, LET THEM PERISH WITH OUR ARMS ABOUT THEIR KNEES. LET NO ONE GO THERE UNWARNED AND UNPRAYED FOR.”

 

1Cor. 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? ....”
Gal. 5:19 “.... I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Eph. 5 :5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person —such a man is an idolater —has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

 
Romans 8: 13 For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; .....

DO NOT BE AFRAID - DO NOT BE ASHAMED - HE IS WITH YOU

Matt. 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Acts 20:26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.
IF NOT ME - WHO?
IF NOT NOW - WHEN?

 

The following poetic words are by Pastor Max D. Younce, from his excellent book, A BIBLICAL EXAMINATION OF HELL ...

THE REALITY OF HELL

I scream and cry in agony, and shed evaporating tears.

You'd think my body would burn up, I've been here so many years!

There is no end in sight, we just keep adding to the crowd.

My lying preacher is down here, too; and screaming just as loud!  

He, and others, lied to me, baptism is not accepted.

This is where I ended up because the Savior I rejected.

I'm not sitting in a corner, playing cards and drinking beer;

Like the joke I used to tell to every listening ear.

The Devil is not the King of Hell. I'm told he'll be here, too.

The all powerful God is in control and has his end in view.

Sadly, some here knew the Bible; but did not comprehend it's worth.

They didn't believe Christ died for them while they were still on earth.

It's dark, there's excruciating pain, and shadows moving in the flame.

I pass the time and gnaw my tongue until they call my name.

I've been told it will get worse after the Great White Throne.

It all depends on what's in the books. I'm lost! I'll stand alone.

The cruelest tool is the memory of those who witnessed to me

I remember how I ridiculed them, and failed the truth to see.

They told me Jesus died for me; if I only had believed.

My sins would all have been forgiven, and Eternal life received.

The pain, the flames, and memory, are my most miserable fate.

Hell is a real place, after all; and I have believed too late!

 

IF NOT ME - WHO?
IF NOT NOW - WHEN?

YA THINK JESUS WAS EVER POLITICALLY INCORRECT????

Read the Gospels: JC is not PC

Luke 9:23-25, Luke 14:26, John 5:24, Matthew 5:3

 

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