This commentary is second in a three-part series and is to dispel the false accusations by many at Tech during the three days we were there preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The most common objectors to our preaching are professing “Christians” who know very little of the Bible they say they believe.
Their objections are: 4. You are judging and condemning all people to hell. 5. How many people got saved today? 6. Everyone is a sinner, including you.
In regards to judgment and condemnation, we do judge what people say and do as the Bible requires (1 Cor 2:15, Matt 7:1-5, 1 Cor 6:2-5). But Jesus warns they are condemned for their unbelief (John 3:17-20). We are not judging them eternally, as this is clearly God’s job, not ours (James 4:11-13, 1 Pet 1:16-18). We judge temporally to warn the people to flee the wrath of Jesus Christ and run to the mercy of God.
When we are preaching we will tell the sinner they are condemned if they don’t repent and submit to Jesus Christ. The unbiblical judgment of many of the students’ opinions there is the epitome of hypocrisy (Matt 7:1-5).
To assert no one was saved during our preaching is to know everything. We did talk to many humble unbelievers and also proud “believers.” But, as the Bible instructs, some plant, some water and God grants the increase.
One hundred percent of the people who heard were brought to the teachings of Jesus. The Holy Ghost is able to save them if they will humble themselves, confess and forsake their sin and trust Him (John 16:8, 2 Cor 7:10). Does a farmer plant a seed and expect corn that day?
The concept that everyone is a sinner is true in the sense that we have all sinned (Rom 3:23). But Jesus died to set the sinner free from the power of sin that they may obey God (Rom 6:1-2, 8:1-2, 2 Pet 2:20-22, 1 Pet 1:13-15).
Sin is a transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). So sinners are properly defined as criminals or rebels. Unbelievers are those who will not submit to the authority of God. Those that profess to be “Christians” still living in rebellion to God will have a greater judgment than others. They have knowledge yet do not love or obey Jesus (Matt 7:22-24, 13:41, 23:28, 1 Tim 1:8-10, Titus 2:11-14).
Only the saints of God will enter into Jesus’ Kingdom (1 Cor 6:9-10, Rom 1:18-32). The word “saint” means to be a believer who is a sanctified from the world in thought, word and deed. This is the calling of everyone who is following and loving Jesus Christ (John 14:15, 15:14). The modern church treats the word “saint” as if it is a sin to agree with and obey God. I don’t wonder why they do that. Do you? What shall become of them that obey not the Gospel?