Does God kill people for not giving Him all the glory? What I gleamed from my own Pastor’s teaching on Acts 14:8-18, then watch this short video!

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God willing our Pastor did an excellent teaching on Acts 14:8-18. I gleamed much from this teaching, but I want to zoom-in on verse 15 (to God be all the glory).

In summary Paul and Barnaba’s where in the city of Lystra, Paul miraculously healed a man. But the people that had witnessed this began worshipping Paul and Barnabas. Did Paul and Barnabas accept their applause, and congratulations? No, they boldly rebuked them shouting, “And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:” (Acts 14:15).

Our Pastor also reminded us of the event in Acts 12, where men praised Herod, and Herod accepted their praise. What did the Lord do? He sent an angel to kill him. “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12:23).

Why am I sharing this particular portion of this sermon?

Because it made me mourn for the many professing Christians today, that are praising men on their Facebook wall, rather than praise God. Furthermore, I am troubled as to how so many are attributing their salvation to men, to their churches, or to ministries.

We live in a dispensation whereas the Lord is being very patient and graceful. As our Pastor said, the Lord is extending His “common grace” to Christians, and non-Christians. But I believe the time is coming soon, where the Lord will begin smoking men for not giving Him all the glory.

Recently I saw a Facebook friend (a Pastor) post something similar to, “Who are you thankful to for your salvation?” A majority of his friends responded by thanking men, pastors, evangelists, a ministry, and/or their church. It is only by God’s grace that they are still breathing.

I want you to watch how these professing Christian men introduce Francis Chan, but worse, watch how Francis Chan sinfully accepted their praises. It is only by God’s grace that they are still breathing. It is only by God’s grace that I’m still breathing. Christians you must repent, and give all the glory to God – Soli Deo Gloria!

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