Pastor Lewis Cushman. St.Cloud Church of God.
People will be lost.
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
People will be wicked.
In Noah's time people were wicked. Back in the days of Noah the people did not see it coming till it was too late. They were all living in their own world. Doing what was right in their own site. They did not care about what God wanted.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”
People won't know when.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
There will be a great falling away.
What about you today? Are you falling away?
What's your excuse for being a stale Christian?
Have you compromised the bible to fit in with the world view?
If you don't want to be here then ask yourself these questions.
Q: Is your life committed to God?
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
Q: How can you know what is right?
Religion will NEVER get you to heaven.
It's a relationship with Jesus that will see you through.
Q: How can we know the truth?
Jesus said he WAS the truth.
If you are not following Jesus, then you are NOT following truth.
Q: Do you believe Jesus is coming again?
If you did it would alter how you live.
You might start reading and following the Bible.
“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT SIN.
Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
James 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.
Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 John 1:8-10 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Galatians 5:16 - Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 John 3:4 - Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
John 3:16-17 - 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.
1 John 5:17 - All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
James 1:15 - Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Matthew 5:28 - But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
John 8:34 - Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE HEART OF MAN:
Jeremiah 17:9-10 - The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Proverbs 4:23 - Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
Psalms 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Luke 8:15 - But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience.
Ezekiel 36:26 - A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Mark 12:30 - And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.
Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Matthew 12:34 - O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 13:15 - For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Matthew 15:8 - This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Matthew 15:18 - But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Romans 10:9-10 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
NOTE: The word abortion is not found in scripture, but there are references to life in the womb and taking another’s life. We do know that shedding blood of the innocent is considered an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 6:16-19 - These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 - Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Exodus 21:22-25 - If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart [from her], and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges [determine].
Exodus 20:13 - Thou shalt not kill.
Psalms 127:3 - Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.
Exodus 23:7 - Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Leviticus 24:17 - And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.
Matthew 5:21-26 - Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
1 John 3:15 - Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT MARRIAGE:
Genesis 2:24 - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
2 Corinthians 6:14 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Ephesians 5:31 - For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Proverbs 18:22 - [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Ephesians 5:25-33 - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:22-33 - Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Proverbs 21:9 - [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Proverbs 19:14 - House and riches [are] the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife [is] from the LORD.
Matthew 5:32 - But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Ephesians 5:33 - Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT CREATION
Hebrews 11:3 - Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Colossians 1:16 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Genesis 1:1-31 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Revelation 4:11 - Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Genesis 2:7 - And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
John 1:1-3 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Exodus 20:11 - For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Genesis 1:24-25 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Hebrews 1:10 - And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Romans 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Genesis 1:26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
2 Peter 3:5 - For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Hebrews 1:3 - Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Genesis 1:20 - And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Isaiah 42:5 - Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Psalms 90:2 - Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ASSOCIATING WITH THOSE WHO DON’T FOLLOW GOD.
Ministering and helping people to come to know the Lord is a part of being a Christian. Be compassionate and show the love of God to those you are around each day. But be aware when you are around a group of people they can change your standards of living so you blend in. It’s called peer pressure. We are to bring people to a relationship with the God who loves them, not be lead away from following God. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
What you do after reading is between you and the Lord. If you’re not a Christian let me ask, why not? So let’s open the bible and see what it has to say….
Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Exodus 23:2 - You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;
Proverbs 22:24 - Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man.
Numbers 16:26 - He spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin."
Psalm 28:3 - Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.
Psalm 84:10 - For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalm 141:4 - Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Proverbs 1:10 - My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.
Proverbs 4:14 - Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
Proverbs 13:20 - He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 20:19 - He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
Matthew 24:12 - Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
Romans 16:17 - Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
1 Corinthians 5:6 - Your boasting is not good Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?
1 Corinthians 15:33 - Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."
2 Corinthians 6:14 - Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Ephesians 5:6 - Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 - Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.
Christian let me ask a few quick questions… What if the Bible was inspired by God? Would that change the way you look at scripture? Would you hold it in a higher regard? Would you want to try to live by its instructions?
Well it’s not a “WHAT IF” Not just because of 2 Tim 3:16, it has stood the test through history and proven to be inspired time and time again. The Bible is unlike any other book in the world. As a Christian we need to educate ourselves as to what the scriptures teach us. The Bible is the foundation of our faith and what we base our teaching on. We are not much of a Christian if we don’t do the best we can at following what Jesus taught. The following verses are JUST about DRUNKENNESS. By definition in the scriptures the word means intoxicated.
Greek: μέθη méthē, meth'-ay; apparently a primary word; an intoxicant, i.e. (by implication) intoxication:—drunkenness.
What you do after reading is between you and the Lord. If you’re not a Christian let me ask, why not? So lets open the bible and see what it has to say….
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GETTING DRUNK?
Ephesians 5:18 - And BE NOT DRUNK with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Galatians 5:21 - Envyings, murders, DRUNKENNESS, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 20:1 - Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
1 Corinthians 6:10 - Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor DRUNKARDS, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 23:29-35 - Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that TARRY LONG AT THE WINE; THEY THAT GO TO SEEK MIXED WINE. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright. At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. Your eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shall be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lies upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shall thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Isaiah 5:11 - Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow STRONG DRINK; that continue until night, [till] wine inflame them!
Proverbs 23:20-21 - BE NOT AMONG WINEBIBBERS; among riotous eaters of flesh:
1 Corinthians 5:11 - But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a DRUNKARD, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1 Timothy 3:8 - Likewise [must] the deacons [be] grave, not doubletongued, NOT GIVEN TO MUCH WINE, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Titus 2:3 - The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, NOT GIVEN TO MUCH WINE, teachers of good things;
1 Peter 5:8 - BE SOBER, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
There you have it. 11 scriptures that speak about getting drunk.