C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Spiritual Immigration

I was recently given an article speaking of the Dutch apparently, “have just instituted some of Europe's most stringent requirements for would-be immigrants.” It seems that “Verdonk argues that the Netherlands can no longer afford to welcome immigrants who will not integrate into mainstream society, which is why she has advocated a new restrictive visa system.”

I know here in America we have some of the same issues of immigrates coming to America, and rather than adapt into our culture and society, they would rather keep their culture and society, sometimes even demanding we accept and nurture theirs over Americas; But, this is not where I would like to go with this post. I am sure if one would like to argue for/against immigration in America, there are surely an abundant amount of places to visit to have your voice heard.

Today I would like to discuss the idea of Spiritual Immigration from a person without God, to a person of God. We understand Christianity is so-called, because it is made of persons who are called Christians, meaning they have put faith in Christ Jesus for forgiveness of sins unto salvation, and should desire to be Christ-like. So, although the context shall remain in Christianity, I would ask for the moment to dismiss the idea of denominations, for I would assume that any Christian denomination agrees that a person is either without God, or is of God (meaning Christ has saved them).

As a lost man, we are out of fellowship with God, living in our sin, and have no desire for the things of God. We are happy to do our own thing, and make our way upon this earth without adhering to what is written in Scripture. There may be times that we feel sorry, may even try to live by what Christian things we have heard, and may even try church for a while, but soon find ourselves pushing it all aside once more to do what we find pleasing in our own hearts and minds.

One day, whether at home, work, church, or merely anywhere one finds themselves, they come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit of their sin and need of Christ as Savior. By grace, they put their faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, as they are converted from a place out of fellowship with God, to a place of being in fellowship with God. Scripture declares, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” At this very moment of conversion, one has passed through Spiritual Immigration, from the devil unto God.

Why then, when we have been given a new birth by God Himself, do we wish to yet cleave to the old man, old ways, and desire not to embrace the new? Why do we believe that now that we have been placed into fellowship with God, by Christ, that we should try to bring with us those things which kept us out of fellowship with God? Do we not grieve the Spirit in trying to doing so? How is it that when we know God does not like that which we have been saved from (sin), do we think He will somehow accept it now within Himself, simply because we refuse to let it go?

Dear Christian, do we not see this as spiritual hypocrisy, as we claim to thank God for allowing us to spiritually migrate from the land of Satan to the land of God, only to desire the things of the land of Satan over the things of the land of God; further acting as if God doesn’t care that we desire sin over righteousness. God help us as professing Christians, to not hold on to our sins as we Spiritually Immigrate, by the hand of God, from the desert of Satan into the holy land of God.

6 comments:

BEAST said...

The last time I spoke to Lucifer, he's a vegetarian.

Beast

BEAST said...

Check out my latest post on the Turin Shroud, and tell me why we should give your religion any shred of credibility.

Beast

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

The last thing I read on the Shroud of Turin was that science had serious flaws in dating it (in fact embrassing flaws), so why hasn't science lost its credibility with you? Science even tried to create stories to back up their defense of the carbon dating, which apparently later were all incorrect, yet you still have no credibility issues with science?

If science has lost no credibility with you over this, why should credibility be lost to Christianity because of it?

http://www.shroudstory.com/

Tim

BEAST said...

You seem to have a thing going with the C-14 dating. I doubt whether you truly understand it.

As for the shroud of turin, scientists have proven without a shred of doubt that this was indeed a photographic image: The proportions of the figure are too uncannily alien, and the facial expressions of the shroud does not indicate a man who has gone through crucification. Besides, a 6feet 8 inch Jebus is definitely suspect. If you see the picture of the shroud in a dark room, it is exactly a replica of a photo negative.

The fact that C-14 dating dates the shroud to the 14th century coincides with the time of Leonardo, who at that time is the only man capable of forging such a masterpiece of a forgery.

No credibility you say? The only one with no credibility is the religious institution who dare fabricate such nonsense. Of course, you can only fool the masses for so long, until science exposes the fraud.

Beast

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Just for the record: I never once believed the Shroud of Turin was Christ, and I don't know any Christians personally that did.

BEAST said...

I think Christians like yourself can't read anything much anyway, let alone write anything worthy of note.

It strikes me as odd when I read the news that America's education system is disintegrating as I type, and that American students fare badly in terms of Science and Mathematics. And then I am reminded of you - the very moron parents entrust their children to impart knowledge, and all you do is dump your biblical bullshit into their heads. Any wonder, then, that America is going downhill?

Just as well. 20 yrs from now, India, China and all those "third world countries" you scoff at for producing cheap products will overtake America in science and technology. And morons like you who love to teach about the 6000 yr old Earth will take all the "credit" for it.

Beast

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.