Over the past few weeks, the following verse has stood out to me more than any other verse in the Bible. It is one of the last verses of Revelation and should cause us to pause and take a good, long look at our lives … that is, if you truly want to make it to Heaven.
Rev 22:14-15 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
It appears that there are a few things that will keep you out of heaven:
- sexually immoral
- whoever loves and practices a lie
I could write a sermon on each of the points above, but today I want to pay special attention to is the last point … whoever loves and practices a lie.
Do You Live a Lie?
If you look at the various translations of the bible, this is more than just the sin of “lying”. This part of verse 15 refers to those who both lie, practice a lie and love to have it that way. As we consider what it means to both lie, live a lie, and love a lie, we should be gripped by the Fear of God. How do we live? Are we transparent, or do we need to fool everyone?
Even more important than living transparently, what do we accept as Truth? Everything our pastor said? Everything we were taught growing up? Everything we were taught in church? Or do we deeply search His Word for ourselves?
Spoon Fed “Traces” of Truth
Many of us were taught “traces” of the Truth by good-hearted people who meant well, others were taught by those who trusted in their seminary degrees (don’t get me started). All of us, at one time or another, have probably incorporated somebody else’s “slant” on the scripture into our theology … it’s human nature to take the path of least resistance.
But friends, it is OUR responsibility to diligently search the scripture to find Truth for ourselves. We can no longer just accept what we have been taught by our parents, our churches and our leaders “at face value”. God will not accept “Well, my pastor said ….” or “Well, my momma said ….” when we stand before Him on that Day.
Additionally, God will look at those of us who have hidden behind the “well, it bore witness with my spirit” excuse and send us to hell as well (if our “witness” went against His Word). All eternity will know if we have lived and loved a lie … but by then it will be too late.
Questioning Status Quo “Christianity”
I’m writing all of this to you because, as of the last few months, I have studied some things out that have shaken my foundations. Not my fundamental belief in Jesus as the Messiah and the core values of what is commonly known as “christianity”, but my viewpoints as to how a believer’s life is to be lived out before God and the world. Trust me, because I live in the Last Days, the last thing I want to do is to be deceived into living a lie. What’s more, I feel a responsibility to “bring you along” on my journey.
I strongly feel that God has instructed me to write this blog, primarily to teach the Word, but also to do some research on church history, current belief systems within christian circles and to prove if they line up with the Word, or if they do not. No, this is not going to turn into another “heresy hunter” site, there are plenty of good (and bad) sites out there for that. But I am probably going to end up going after some pet doctrines that have been part of the western church for years, view them in light of church history and other data (translations, etc), and see if it all “adds up”.
This may cast me in a bad light to some people. It may even irritate and/or challenge you, depending on where you stand. But if we’re all ready to put aside our personal biases and opinions (of which I have PLENTY) and search out His Truth, perhaps we can gain some ground and move forward.
Isn’t it time for His Church to move forward?
The Need for Truth
This responsibility weighs very heavily on me and I cherish your prayers for me and my family. Things are going to get “kicked up a notch” in the world, and the need for Truth is greater than ever before. That said, I do not want to be guilty of adding to or taking away from His Word.
Rev 22:18-19 “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.”
For more information on the purpose of this web site, you can read the “About Honor of Kings” page.
Additionally, if you know anyone who is tired of status quo “christianity” and may need to know that they are not alone, tell them about “Honor of Kings“!
When He returns, may we all be found in His Truth.
For the Love of the Search,