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Things That Make You Go Hmmm.

A few days ago on the Jim Baker show, Jim said God has shown me that great and terrible things are about to take place on the Earth, but I have prayed to the Lord that these things don’t come to pass.

Talk about a no lose comment. Essentially, either I’m a great prophet or God listens closely to my prayers. I don’t see the downside unless it’s a lie (my personal guess) and that God will surely judge.

Another pastor on a different show was saying God’s love is unconditional, all you have to do is … .

Now I don’t believe God’s love is unconditional. If he doesn’t care what you do, his love is really worthless. I think the comment just shows the stupidity of the people who profess God’s love as unconditional. They don’t want rules, and religion has become a dirty word.

I believe the speaker went on to say all you have to do is say this simple prayer. I just thought this comment was funny and wanted to point out the hypocrisy. His love is unconditional, but oh here’s a condition.

Between us the first condition is believe. John 3:16.

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I Sense Much Fear

Why are people afraid of the word religion? Could it be they’re afraid of the word duty? Does replacing the word religion with the word relationship mean you get to define the relationship yourself rather than let God define it? Jesus said, if you love me keep my commandments. John 14:15.

The Bible also says in Luke 17:10 KJV So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Why do people want unconditional love? Could it be because they are afraid of consequences? Read John 3:16. It is the first condition of Christianity: Believe.

Heaven and Hell are real and we will all be judged.

Matthew 16:27 KJV
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

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IDC

I discussed synonyms in my previous post. Here’s one more for your consideration.

Unconditional Love is another word for IDC. What does IDC stand for?

I don’t care.

Errant and misled preachers are teaching: God loves you no matter what you do or God’s love is unconditional.

There is no such thing as unconditional love. If I don’t care what you do, if I don’t care what you do to me – the honest truth is I Don’t Care.

God is Love.

God cares what you do.

God cares how you treat him and how you treat others.

Since he cares, he created certain conditions or rules for us to follow. These are also known as Commandments. And Jesus said if you love me, keep them.

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Sympathy For The Devil

I am sick of people on religious programs saying God’s love is unconditional. I honestly don’t believe these people know or understand love.

Yet, I must admit I’m finally convinced. God’s love is unconditional. Perhaps I’ve been too harsh in my judgment. He did ask us to love our enemies.

But here’s your choice and it’s a big one: You can be loved by God in the same way He loves Satan or you can be loved by God as he loves Jesus.

I think if you study the Holy Bible you’ll find the only difference between the two is how they dealt with God’s conditions.

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And Now You Know…

The Bible advises us to rightly divide the word in 2 Timothy 2:15.

Part of understanding a verse is context, but part is comprehending all of the words actually written.

There are many today that say God’s love is unconditional. I disagree and here’s why: they are misinformed. Perhaps it is innocent optimism, but I think it is a deceitful lie that causes much more harm than good.

Read John 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Can you spot the condition? You have to believe to be saved.

Read 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Can you spot the condition? Touch not the unclean thing and then you will be received as a son or daughter.

Read Psalm 31:24 KJV Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Can you spot the condition? Trick question. I think there are two. With effort on your part be courageous and additionally hope in the Lord and the Lord will strengthen your heart.

Context is important, but in most cases the Gospel applies to us today, just as it did to those living thousands of years ago when it was first given. When you read the Bible don’t cherry pick. Examine the verse to see what it really says in it’s entirety. There’s a blessing of God. Awesome. But look and see if God expects something of you in return.

Don’t miss out cause you’ve heard or latched on to only half of the story.

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The First Condition

God’s love is not unconditional. If you believe it is, I suggest you read John 3:16 KJV:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Read it again. Did you catch the first condition to everlasting life?

Belief. One must believe Jesus is the Son of God.

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Our Part

So what’s our part of John 3:16? What’s the condition of eternal life?

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We must believe. God’s love is evident throughout the Holy Bible, but it is not unconditional. Salvation requires something on our part.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:14 KJV For many are called, but few are chosen.

What part do we have then? It is not us that calls, but God. It is not us to choose, but God’s. The answer is found in Revelation. Revelation 17:14 KJV says, …they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

It is God’s to call and to choose. It is our part to believe and be faithful.

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A Quick Love Test

Many today preach that God’s love is unconditional. Let’s take a quick test.

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What’s the condition?

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