Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sinners prayer?

There are a lot of churches and pastors today that like to tell everyone listening that God loves them and wants to be their friend and all they have to do is say they want to be friends with God in order to be a Christian. And, while that is true in part, God does love us, it does not convey the fact that in order to be a Christian you have to realize, and repent of your personal sins and accept Christ's sacrifice on the cross. I do not believe one can be a Christian without repentance, you have to admit you have sinned and accept that Christ bore that sin on the cross so that you can have a relationship with God.

Sadly, this fact is not emphasized in churches today. They tell you that God loves you, He wants to be your friend, He wants to "open the windows of heaven and pour blessing out," but, to these people, the mention of sin is not something they will do. They don't want to offend anyone by calling them sinners and telling them that without repenting and turning to Jesus they will go to hell. The modern church has incorporated the world's view of heaven and hell. "Nice" people go to heaven and "evil" people go to hell. Your next door neighbor who waters the lawn for you while you are on vacation will go to heaven and Hitler is obviously a case for hell.

But this isn't scriptural. Anyone who rejects Christ is hell bound. You can be a "good" person all you want, but without a true acceptance of Christ as your LORD and Savior, you're going to hell.

What is my point? Simply this: The modern church is not teaching repentance. Sin isn't mentioned, nor is hell. Everyone who walks through the doors of many churches will walk away feeling loved and accepted thinking they are best buddies with Christ simply because the pastor told them so. If you don't talk about sin, hell, repentance, and Christ's sacrifice how can you in good concience tell someone that God is their friend?

Why aren't prayers like this offered up at the end of the services on Sundays?

Psalm 51:1-19

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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