Last week in Oakland California, a fire erupted inside a warehouse, killing at least 33 partygoers, and the death toll may continue to rise.
Back in June of 2016 in Orlando Florida, an armed Muslim homosexual entered a gay Nightclub ‘Pulse,’ as he opened fire, wounding over 100 partygoers, killing 49 of them.
Back in 2003 in West Warwick Rhode Island, 100 partygoers perished in an inferno inside the ‘Station nightclub.’
Every 24-hours approximately 160,000 people die in this world (excluding suicide and abortion).
Why do I preface this post with the aforementioned? Because this is the time of the year whereas many ‘professing’ Christians will be partying directly alongside the unsaved world.
Whether you die like the above, or if you die today, or in the near future, judgement day is coming.
“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-29).
To my Christian contacts:
We are not to enjoy the things of this world i.e. immorality, sinful parties, revelries, etc. (1 Pet 4:3). We are not to partake in worldly sinful pleasures, but rather we’re to expose them (Eph 5:11). We are not to have fellowship with the world, nor to be unequally yoked with the unsaved worldlings (2 Cor 6:14-16). We are not to love the things of this world, and if we do, we are at enmity with God (James 4:4-5, 1 John 2:15-17). We are not to be conformed to this world (Rom 12:2,) instead we are to be sanctified and Holy, because God is Holy (1 Peter 1:13-16). We are to be clothed in His righteousness (Rev 3:4, Job 29:14, Zech 3:1-5). We are to be imitators of God (Eph 5:1). We are to walk circumspectly, to be wise, and to not get drunk (or methusko), but to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:15-18, 1 Cor 6:9-10).
The following is in the context of walking in Christian Love.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:1-21).
The Apostle Paul gave the following warning to those that profess to be Christian. This is not an exhaustive list of all hell-bound sins, but this short-list sure looks like so many churchgoers today.
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
As always – Ye must be born again. Christians love ‘biblically’ – repent – be salt and light – be holy – be sanctified – fear God – pray without ceasing – keep His commandments – walk circumspectly – believe in and trust Jesus – obey the Gospel – share the Gospel – preach the Gospel – contend for the faith, – hate the things that God hates, and love the things that God loves – keep the faith, work-out your salvation, and endure to the end!