The Dead Go To A Better Place – Lies of the Enemy #38 – Purity 1050
Purity 1050 05/23/2023 Purity 1050 Podcast
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Today’s painting of a view of the heavens and a flock of migrating geese flying through a multicolored sky comes to us from Catherine J Wayman who shared her work on social media yesterday explaining that she tried her hand at reproducing a photo that she had seen online. Although I guess that makes her painting a “reproduction” or sorts, I consider her work an original and have decided to take the liberty of naming Van Gogh like view of twilight time “Toward Heaven” because that view and those colors indicate that there is more to life than what we can see.
Well, Its Tuesday, and as I prepare the finishing touches on my own “reproduction” of Celebrate Recovery’s lesson on Hope for what will be a group presentation of this week’s lesson at the Wednesday Night meeting of the Celebrate Freedom I know that even our smallest contributions can make a difference and even though we are just repeating things many of us may have heard before or that are drawn directly from the truth of God’s word, when we add our own thoughts, experience, words, or work to something it becomes something new and it becomes our own. I am drawing from the leader’s guide for the material of course but as I reviewed my old word documents of the lesson I realized that I had added my own words and my own heart to some of the pages. In preparing the lesson for teaching so many years ago I had felt moved to share a few of my own thoughts to encourage those I would teach.
So last night, I had mixed feelings of whether or Into should let my adlibbed comments and encouragements stand or if I should remove them all together. Many of the references I had made in the lesson were a little dated or didn’t apply to this new ‘growth group”. Part of me rwas eady to remove them all together and to just present the original content form the Celebrate Recovery material but in the end I decided to just edit and keep most of the comments that I had made way back when I taught the lesson on Hope at my old church.
The comments and encouragements that I offered were gleaned from my experience and the things they taught were the result of much searching, trial, error, and struggling, to know how to walk out of the darkness of a life of addiction and to begin living a surrendered Christian life of “walking in the Spirit”. It took me a lot to understand the things I shared and if they can help someone else “to get there” a little quicker or to just encourage someone that they can “get there”, to give them hope, I know the additional time it will take to speak these truths will be more than worth it. I can’t walk the people in this discipleship/recovery growth group into freedom,but I will certainly do my best to point them into the right direction.
As I have walked further into my life of faith I realized just how ignorant we can be in regards to spiritual matters and how “common knowledge” is generally common ignorance because “everyone knows” the same false beliefs – or lies of the enemy. And we need to know the truth about what matters in life, and in death.
And that brings us to our current series the “Lies of the Enemy”, which is an examination of some of the common lies, sometimes sneakily whispered into our minds as “first person” statements, that the enemy tells us to cause us to doubt our faith, lose our peace, cause division, or influence us to not follow the Lord with the way we live our lives.
So today’s big lie is:
Lie #38: The Dead Go To a Better Place.
The subject of today’s lie is borrowed from my pastor, Roscoe Lily’s sermon from this past weekend. In his opening remarks, Roscoe confessed that in some ways he preferred to minister at funerals rather than at weddings because although weddings are a joyous occasion, he got the impression that few people cared about what the “officiant” says at a wedding because they are waiting to go to the “good times” at the wedding reception. Whereas people at a funeral may be more attentive to what the minister says because they may be hurting, looking for answers, or hoping to hear something to give them peace about their departed loved ones. However, as a Christian who seeks to only teach the truth drawn from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus, Roscoe admitted that it can be difficult to minister at times because sometimes the deceased had little evidence of faith in their lives, and everyone gathered at a loved one’s funeral wants to know that their loved one is in a “better place”.
Although many treat the idea of “the dead being in a better place” as a foregone conclusion based on the “common knowledge” of an all loving God, Jesus didn’t teach that.
While we should be kind and compassionate to the grieving, as Christians we need to follow the teachings of Jesus and encourage the living to put their faith in Him. For Jesus said in:
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.\
The implications of Christ’s words are that eternal life is found by those who believe in Him and those who don’t believe are condemned to perish.
As for other ways to eternal life in God’s kingdom, Jesus spoke plainly that He is the only way in:
John 14:6 (NKJV) where the word tells us
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
As for the idea of reincarnation the word tells us:
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
We die once and then are judged – not many times to be “born again” as another life form, over and over again until we “get it right”. Reincarnation and Karma are logically hopeless as all men sin, no men would have a “higher” birth. If this system were true all men would become bugs…. But I don’t like to entertain discussing such ludicrous ideas when Jesus proved tha authenticity of His teachings and as His divinity by his death and resurrection.
To believe in reincarnation or any system that deviates from what Jesus taught, denies Christ and is thus leads to condemnation and perishing. If you don’t “know Jesus” and more importantly if He doesn’t know you as one of His followers, you are not going to a “better place”.
25:31-46 really breaks down how we must believe in and follow the Lord with the
way we live our lives and if we don’t Jesus us tells us”
46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
The evil will be judged and punished in hell but those who seek God’s forgiveness, repent, and surrender to the Lordship of Christ will be saved.
So don’t believe the lie that “the dead go to a better place” because only those who put their faith in Jesus will be declared righteous and will receive eternal life in God’s kingdom.
If in that “number” of that saints that will go marching in, be kind and loving to those who are grieving, but speak the truth in love and share the gospel of Jesus Christ to show others that God loves them and in Christ He made a way for them to be forgiven, righteous, saved, and free.
For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Today’s verse encourages us to do good works and to let others know that it is only because of our faith in Jesus and because we represent the kingdom of God that our lights shine so brightly. Again Christ encourages authentic faith in His disciples by doing good and giving glory to God in heaven. Here He assures us that His disciples have a place in God’s heavenly kingdom and that we are to represent the King by the way we live our lives. So Do Something to show people you are a Christian but make sure they know that it is only because of God’s grace you are able to give God the glory.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.
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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit
3 - The Deity of the Holy Spirit
In the last chapter we endeavored to supply from the testimony of Holy Writ abundant and clear evidence that the Holy Spirit is a conscious, intelligent, personal Being. Our present concern is the nature and dignity of His Person. We sincerely trust that our present inquiry will not strike our readers as being a superfluous one: surely any mind which is impressed with a due reverence for the subject we are upon will readily allow that we cannot be too minute and particular in the investigation of a point of such infinite importance. While it be true that almost every passage which we brought forward to demonstrate the Spirit’s personality also contained decisive proof of His Godhead, yet we deemed the present aspect of our subject of such importance as to be justly entitled to a separate regard—the more so, as error at this point is fatal to the soul.
Deity or Not Deity
Having shown, then, that God’s Word expressly and unequivocally teaches that the Spirit is a Person, the next question to be considered is, Under what character are we to consider Him? What rank does He occupy in the scale of existence? It has been truly said that, “He is either God, possessing, in a distinction of Person, an ineffable unity of the Divine nature with the Father and the Son, or He is the creature of God, infinitely removed from Him in essence and dignity, and having no other than a derivative excellence in that rank to which He is appointed in creation. There is no medium betwixt the one and the other. Nothing intermediate between the Creator and created can be admissible. So that were the Holy Spirit to be placed at the top of all creation, even as high above the highest angel as that angel transcends the lowest reptile of animated life, the chasm would be still infinite; and He, who is emphatically called the Eternal Spirit, would not be God” (Robert Hawker).
We will now endeavor to show from the Word of Truth that the Holy Spirit is distinguished by such names and attributes, that He is endowed with such a plentitude of underived power, and that He is the Author of such works as to altogether transcend finite ability, and such as can belong to none but God Himself. However mysterious and inexplicable to human reason the existence of a distinction of Persons in the essence of the Godhead may be, yet if we submissively bow to the plain teachings of the Divine Oracles, then the conclusion that there subsists three Divine Persons who are co-essential, co-eternal, and co-equal is unavoidable. He of whom such works as the creation of the universe, the inspiration of the Scriptures, the formation of the humanity of Christ, the regeneration and sanctification of the elect, is, and must be, GOD; or, to use the language of 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit.”
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 Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).
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