Column: "One Layman's Outlook": A little compromise to truth makes it a little false

Friday, February 7, 2003

by Larry Elkins

It seems like there has been something swimming around in my head for years.

Sometimes I can almost get a grasp on it just before it swims away into some inaccessible area of my mind.

It's frustrating, like trying to remember the words to a song or the name of a person. But with a song there is music to connect it together ---- a name goes with a face. The annoying part is, I have no idea what this "something" is or even what subject to connect it with.

The closest I can get to describing it is that it is like being on a sidewalk or a geometrical plane stretching into infinity. Sometimes I can even feel my face flattening, becoming two-dimensional. That is when the "something" starts to clear and become ---- what? I have no idea. A thing, a person, a thought, or an emotion, or memory ---- it could even be gas.

Yeah! Gas, that'll bring a person back into a three-dimensions pretty quick.

I know some New Age believers who would say I was projecting into the astroplane or remembering how in a past life I was crushed to death or some other nonsense.

Hebrews 9:27(King James Version) says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

God is a God of second chances; in my case I'm on my second thousand probably.

God is still faithful and Jesus' blood still washes sin away. As long as there is the breath of life in the body, the spirit of man can be reborn into God's spiritual kingdom. When the breath of life is gone from the flesh then the spirit will remain in the same condition as it was at the time of the body's death, no more second chances.

Romans 10:9 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

These are part of your fleshly body. How can you be saved without them? Of course this brings up the question of how can someone without a tongue be saved? I'll get to that later.

My point here is physical death is the cut-off for salvation. Until then, Lamentations 3:22-23 "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."

Of course this brings up the question, what about people who die without having heard about Jesus and the gospel?

The truth is that I don't know the answer to either of these questions. But as one of my friends once said, "I trust God to do the right thing."

I guess it all comes down to trust. If we trust God we will believe that everything He allows to enter our lives is to make us stronger in Him. James 1:17 says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Some people may wonder why I chose to address such a blatant New Age subject as reincarnation on the Faith Page. Well, I know most people who read this page are confessing Christians, but just maybe there may be one person who isn't. Also, there is a lot of New Age stuff trying to creep its way into the church.

We have to know where we stand to take a stand against false doctrine. Galatians 1:6-8 says, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

"Accursed" sounds very unpleasant. What I'm saying is keep your gospel pure. Your belief in Christ must be unblemished, completely solid and absolutely total. Otherwise, you're letting something accursed into your church or even into your heart.

A little compromise to truth makes it a little false. When it comes to your eternal salvation, how much falsehood are you willing to trust?

John 17:17 says, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." It always comes down to God's Word.

That is where your trust must be. Nothing more and nothing less than God's Word.

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