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What Excuse Will You Accept?

WHAT EXCUSE WILL YOU ACCEPT?

            “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets” (Proverbs 22:13). “The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets” (Proverbs 26:13).

            Paul told the brethren at Rome that there was no excusing ignorance and unbelief among the wicked.  He wrote “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:15-21 NKJV).

            Paul spoke to the men of Athens stating that they worshipped gods, who in truth were not gods at all (Acts 17:21-23).  As God’s creation mankind should recognize that there is only one God and He accepts no excuses for disobedience.  Paul concluded his discussion with the words “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). 

            God did not accept the excuses made by Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6-11). He drove them out of their garden home and pronounced a curse on the earth and its inhabitants (Genesis 3:15-24).  God gives man the opportunity to obey His will and promises salvation to all who do so (John 14:1-3; Matthew 11:28-30).  The destiny of the soul depends upon whether or not one does what He instructs mankind to do (Matthew 7:21-23).  In the Hebrew letter we read, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will? (Hebrews 2:1-4).

            Excuse has been defined “The skin off of reason stuffed with lies”.  God accepts no excuse for disobedience (Romans 1:20).  Yet, we live in a world where excuses are made and embraced as “reason” by many who claim to be God’s people.  We hear and sometimes make excuses for our failure or refusal in following the word of Christ which Paul says is His power to save “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

            Many refuse to be believe and be baptized because of false teachings or selfish pride. The words of Jesus echo through the ages, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16). Some have twisted the words stating “He doesn’t say he that is not baptized shall be damned”.  Some would erase the inspired words of Peter from the Bible when he wrote of the death of Christ and the inheritance received by the obedient.  He stated, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him” (I Peter 3:18-22).

            Many make excuses as to why they can’t worship God regularly. God blesses us with 168 hours a week and yet many make excuses as to why they can’t give Him more than one hour a week or some even fail to give Him one hour a month.  Jesus stated, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The Hebrew letter tells us that it is sinful to forsake the assembling of the church (Hebrews 10:25-26).  He concludes, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

            God does not accept excuses!  “What Excuse Will You Accept?” or What excuse will you make?

 

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