Scariest Of All :: By Grant Phillips

I remember as a child watching scary movies such as Frankenstein, The Werewolf, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy, just to name a few. Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. never ceased to hold my attention as a young boy.

The scariest movies though of that time, at least to me, were those where a lady is in a place all alone, maybe an old house. As she walks through the darkness, you know the monster is going to reach out just any second and grab her. Meanwhile the tension builds as he comes up behind her. As a youngster, you can hardly stand it.

Writers of that day were experts in scaring us with what we could not see. Today, these movies are so tame; they could be used as a sedative for most people.

Have you ever thought about what scares you more than anything? Most of us have probably thought about this, and the answer for most people may be that thing called “death.” Let me say before I go any further that I don’t think death is the scariest thing for us to face … for a Christian that is. Now for an unbeliever that’s a different story, but an unbeliever can be saved, if they just trust in Jesus while they are living.

When I was in school being called to the principal’s office was certainly scary. That’s why the smart ones behaved ourselves and avoided that area.

I can remember talking during the church service and my parents saying, “Just you wait ‘til we get home.” Another is when my Mother would say, “Just you wait ‘til your Dad gets home.” Now those times were attention getters and quite scary.

I can’t imagine how scary it must have been for our soldiers on D-Day, or for any soldier to face the guns and bombs of the enemy.

There are many things in life that can scare us until it seems our blood runs cold. Sometimes they are via movies, but we know they are not real. Other times, real life grabs us by the throat with wake up calls like cancer and other horrible illnesses.

Let me now state what I think is the scariest of all for any person to face. In my opinion, an unbeliever who has grown so cold toward God their conscience is seared is the scariest of all. The Lord Jesus said through the apostle Paul when he wrote his protégé Timothy that:

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 emphasis mine)

Can anything be scarier than having no desire to know Jesus? A person who has come to this point in their life has sealed their doom. There is nothing to look forward to but certain eternal judgment in hell.

Notice that Paul is speaking specifically of “hypocritical liars” who have reached this point in their hearts. Their hearts have become so cold, so hard; they have no desire for Christ. Is that to say that this only applies to this select group? Not really. For any man who has no desire for Christ is a hypocrite and a liar.

If there were ever a group of people who could be called the “walking dead,” this would be the group. Is there any hope at all for anyone who has reached this point in their lives? Yes, I believe there is hope. I believe that any person can be saved if they will call upon Jesus in this life, but here is the rub. Will they do so? Have they allowed themselves to become so cold and calloused they will never have any feelings for God but hate and/or indifference?

The thing about salvation is that Jesus is a perfect gentleman. He will not force Himself upon anyone. He has done everything possible to provide the only way to be saved from a devil’s hell, but now it is up to each one of us to come to Him individually to be saved.

Death is something each one of us must face alone. However, Jesus waits for the believer on the other side of death’s door, but the only thing waiting for the unbeliever is the judgment of hell. The same is true with salvation. We must make that decision, for or against, all by our self. No one else can die for us, and no one else can decide for us about Jesus.

I and anyone else who has put their faith in Jesus as their Savior can rest on the following Scripture passage.

“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5)

How can we have a good conscience toward God? We have a “good conscience” toward God because of our faith in Him, knowing He cannot lie. We wholly trust Him and want to live for Him.

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Titus 1:2)

If you will believe in Him, you too may have a good conscience, because you have rested your trust in Him. However, if your conscience has been “seared as with a hot iron,” fall on your knees today and ask Him to melt that stony heart. Why?

To reiterate, it is true that God’s grace can save anyone right up until they die, but every time we say no to Him our heart gets harder. It may get so hard we reach the point of no return. Each time one refuses the Holy Spirit’s call, it gets easier, and easier to do so. The heart and conscience become so hardened, so numb and so past any feeling, there is no going back. Eventually, God may pull away His convicting Spirit and leave one to his own ways.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.” (Romans 1:24 emphasis mine)

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.” (Romans 1:26 emphasis mine)

“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:28 emphasis mine)

There is nothing scarier than having a heart with no feelings, a heart that is stone cold. It may seem macho to you, but you are a fool. You are insanely begging for the judgment of Almighty God to fall upon you.

Call upon Him today, while you still can.

Grant Phillips

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Satan Brings Nothing But Death :: By Grant Phillips

Satan Brings Nothing But Death

This year hasn’t even gotten off the ground and a beloved pet of ours is gone. I had to take Mittens, our little black and white cat, to the vet this past Friday to be put to sleep. The agony of that experience still haunts me, and the pain is real.

I’ve had a lot of pets, cats and dogs but mostly cats, since I was a child, but I have never been as attached to any as I have Mittens. She lived four years and eight months, and during all that time she was my shadow (that is not an exaggeration). She and her sister Pepper have never been outside, so you can imagine the attachment, considering I’ve been retired five years and nine months.

I keep thinking about death and who is responsible for this curse on mankind. We all die. Some live many years and become old, while others’ lives are cut short, as in the case of my little friend, Mittens.

We have all faced death one way or another, whether through a pet, a family member or a friend. My wife and I have been there and so have all of you.

I realize that the fall of Adam and Eve brought death not just upon them, but upon us all. However, the real malefactor is Satan. He has brought so much heartache upon all of mankind, only God could fix it, and He did just that through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Because Satan is consumed with so much pride, he temporarily ruined what God had created. Notice that I said “temporarily.”

Through Adam and Eve we listened to Satan and were sucked into his vacuum of evil. Death fell upon God’s creation. Because of the corrupted mind of Satan, everything dies. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Oceans are polluted. The ground is choked with weeds. Man and beast age and die. Actually, everything ages and eventually dies.

Death claims us all through, not only aging, but wars, sicknesses, pestilences, accidents, murders, and catastrophes of every kind. Everything that brings misery upon man and beast is the result of one fallen angel who we know as Satan (and by many other names).

Jesus said Satan is the father of all liars (John 8:44), but people still listen to him, just as Eve did many years ago. For example, God says that sex is to be between a man and a woman who are married to each other; i.e. husband and wife, male and female. Satan says all sex is permissible and brings joy, but what he fails to mention is that STDs, broken homes, rape, murder, slavery, divorces, abortions (more murder), etc. are just a few of the repercussions that follow.

It is amazing to me that many in our society actually worship this worthless angelic creature. Millions upon millions of people have already been led to hell because of this evil demon, and who knows how many more there will be before God closes the books. During this time of grief over Mittens, I wonder at the grief God must feel over these many lost souls.

It was no small matter for Jesus to offer Himself as the only way for this evil to be removed and complete happiness and joy to be reinstated for all eternity. Yet, most remain blinded by Satan’s lies and avoid the Truth at their own detriment.

If the death of a beloved pet can break our hearts, don’t you think God cares about us? Even more so, when we lose a family member, don’t you think God longs for us to have peace, real peace? If you recall Jesus wept over his friend Lazarus (John 11:35).

It deeply saddens me that Mittens is gone, and it angers me that one mighty angel has brought such misery to all of God’s creation. But then I think about the love God has for all His creation, and all that He has done to provide a future eternity absent of all tears.

Jesus sits in Heaven today reminding us all to look toward Calvary. Satan has brought nothing but death, but at the cross Jesus defeated death and gives life to all who will come to Him. Satan bruised Jesus’ heel (Genesis 3:15), but Jesus will one day crush Satan’s head (Romans 16:20). Satan thought the cross was his greatest victory, but instead it was his greatest loss. There is victory in the cross, but only for those who look beyond and see an empty tomb, and rest their faith in the Son of God.

Grant Phillips

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