The Day There Will Be No Joking – Sunday Thought For The Day
Not only does the devil know God exists; the devil knows it based on face-to-face experience.
Think of the irony exhibited by those who mock God’s Word and those who make vulgar jokes about not believing in God and not needing salvation and/or those who think they’re being funny when they say: they’re going to hell to be with all of their friends or make some other crude joke about their going to hell when they die. Persons who make such ill-considered statements are fools who do not understand what they’re saying.
I think of all the so-called famous people and celebrities who have mocked their need for salvation and who have made crude jokes about eternity. While alive those persons thought they were being clever.
Those who believe they will go to heaven based upon their own form of righteousness and good deeds, are no better than those who deny they have any need for biblical repentance. Paraphrasing the late American evangelist Billy Sunday: I have more respect for the devil, because he doesn’t deny the existence of God. That said, I hold him in the lowest of contempt, because he has deceived many into disbelieving the existence of God and the need for forgiveness, i.e., salvation – that can only come from accepting Jesus Christ and our Savior.
You cannot be a Christian and live your life contrary to what Christ calls us to be. There’s only one way God accepts for a person to become a true born-again Christian; it’s by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. As the scripture says, and as I with all truly born-again believers know and believe: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)
But, as the American minister and theologian, Dr. C. I. Scofield rightly notes: The belief referenced [in John 3:16] is more than intellectual assent to a fact. The word belief means adherence to, committal to, faith in, reliance upon, trust in a person or an object, and this involves not only the consent of the mind, but an act of the heart and will of the subject. “Whosoever believeth in Him” is equivalent to “whosoever trusts in or commits himself to Him [Christ].” Belief, then is synonymous with faith, which in the New Testament consists of believing and receiving what God has revealed.
I can think of nothing more frightening than the moment those who scorn salvation, stand before God unsaved. It’s the most frightening thing I cannot imagine. I cannot imagine, because there are no words known to man sufficient to fully convey the horror of an eternity of relentless, unending pain and suffering in hell.
That notwithstanding, it’s also the most preventable thing that can happen to us, but the devil has deceived many into thinking it’s something to be joked about. So go ahead; mock and laugh now, because the day of reckoning awaits us all. The difference is whether we’re judged as saved or unsaved.
Isaiah 47:10 KJV
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
Hebrews 10:31 KJV
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here