Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Welcome . . .

Welcome to "The Atheist Church"--a place where atheists can fellowship, share their thoughts, and come to know God.

Today’s sermons is once again from the Gospel of Luke:

"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours. And Jesus answered and said to him, Get behind me, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you: And in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said to him, It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord you God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season" (Luke 4:5-13).

"The father of lies" will offer you the world. It's his to give. The Bible calls the devil “the god of this world” (see 2 Corinthians 4:4). He is the father of the sinful human race, and race to do his will we gladly do. He promises power, lust, and a mass of the temporary pleasures of sin. All you have to do to get it is become a satan-worshipper.

Of course a 'satan-worshipper" isn't someone who worships the devil. He is someone who worships himself. He on his own little throne and thinks that the world is at his feet, something called "inordinate affection."

After Jesus was tempted to became a satan-worshipper, the devil tempted Him to commit suicide. If you don't fear God, that same temptation is always an option if you feel like opting out. So the next time the devil whispers to you to take your own life, do what Jesus did. Quote Scripture. He hates that, and so do his children. Tell your spiritual father to get behind you (or use a more contemporary phrase--"Get out of my face!") And if the devil backs off with his temptations for you to serve him or to take your own life, you can be sure he is only withdrawing for a season. He will be back.

The Bible admonishes the Christian: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Notice the word "may." That’s a word of permission. If any of us serve the devil, we give him permission to devour us. Jesus said that he came to kill, to steal and to destroy (see John 10:10), and unbelief is his unhindered pathway to do his will.

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