The Offense Of Sin

Matthew 5:29-30 “And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.”

Mark 9:43-48 “And if your hand offend you, cut it off: for it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your foot offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your eye offend you, pluck it out: it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.”

Jesus is clearly stating that if we have unrepented sin in our lives, and we die in that condition, we will go to hell, where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. Sin is deadly. It will kill you ETERNALLY. Do you really want to live eternally in hell fire, with maggots crawling all over you? Why maggots? They eat rotten flesh. You will have rotten flesh in hell. When the maggots eat your rotten, stinking corpse flesh, you will immediately grow more. The maggots will feast on your rotten corpse flesh for all eternity. It will NEVER end. Neither you, the fire, or the maggots will ever die or cease to exist. All are ETERNAL.

Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Luke 12:1-5 “In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they stepped one upon another, and began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid that shall not be known.Therefore whatsoever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: fear him, which after he has killed has power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, fear him.”

Everything that you do in life will be laid bare before the Lord, and everyone else, on judgement day. All hypocrisy, all deeds done, and all words spoken in secret, will be proclaimed loudly and openly before everyone. I don’t care what you, or anyone else says.  Jesus Christ says, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (The false teachers of grace today, say that you are not to fear God. He is your Heavenly Father who loves you. So don’t fear him, just respect and reverence him. You are saved and going to heaven.) Jesus Christ said repeatedly to FEAR GOD!

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

The fear of the Lord is the very BEGINNING of knowledge. You know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING until you learn to fear God. The false teachers of grace are “but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” If you refuse instruction and the fear of God, wisdom herself will mock you when you are destroyed.

Proverbs 1:20-31 “Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets: she cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she utters her words, saying, How long you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But you have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity: I will mock when your fear comes: when your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: for they would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.”

Did you notice how wisdom cries out and tries to warn people? Long before calamity strikes, wisdom is crying out her warning. Most people don’t know that grace came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17 “For the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

Jesus Christ brought in grace and he is the embodiment of grace.

John 8:3-11 “And scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what do you say? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, woman, Where are your accusers? hath no man condemned you? She said, no man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn you: go and sin no more.”

Jesus showed grace unto this woman. The woman was guilty. The penalty was death. Yet, Jesus showed her grace and did not condemn her. She was forgiven and delivered. There is a condition to grace, “go and sin no more.”

John 5:2-14 “Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he said unto him, Will you be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me. Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up your bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, it is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed. He answered them, he that made me whole, the same said unto me, take up your bed and walk. Then asked they him, What is that man that which said unto you, take up your bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more unless a worse thing come unto you.”

Again, Jesus gives grace unto this man. He heals him and he forgives his sins. He also gave the warning and admonition to “sin no more, unless a worse thing come upon you.” Grace is given, but if a person continues to sin, the day will come when grace comes to an end, and eternal judgement comes. The greatest demonstration of grace by Jesus was given to Judas Iscariot. For three and a half years, Jesus treated and loved Judas equally with the other eleven disciples. Jesus loved Judas to the very end.

John 13:21-26 “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in Spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him,that he should ask who it should be of whom he spoke. He the lying on Jesus’ breast said unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.”

So complete was the love and grace that Jesus showed to Judas, that the other disciples never knew anything was wrong with Judas. “The disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spoke.” Listen again to what happened as Jesus was arrested in the garden.

Matthew 26:47-50 “And while he yet spoke, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Master; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore are you come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.”

Even at the moment of his betrayal, Jesus showed grace, and called Judas “Friend.” Today the professing Christians love to sing about how they are a friend of God, and how Jesus calls them friend, as if this guarantees them entrance into heaven for all eternity. It does not. Jesus shows them grace and calls them friend, just as he did to Judas.

Matthew 14:18-21 “And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you who eats with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dips with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goes, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.”

Do not mistake the grace of God for salvation. Grace without true repentance, which simply means that you quit sinning, will not save you. You can believe on Jesus all you want, but if you continue to sin, you will go to hell, where the fire is not quenched, and their worms die not. So back to our original thought. “If your right hand offend you, if your foot offend you, if your eye offend you.” Jesus spoke of body parts, because sin is a part of us, as long as we do it. To get rid of that sin is just as painful as chopping off a hand or foot, or as plucking out an eye. As long as you love that sin, you will not part company with it. As long as you like your sin, you will not get rid of it. It is only when that sin OFFENDS you that you will get rid of it. This is where the fear of God comes into play. As long as you think that you can sin and still go to heaven, you will not truly repent and stop sinning. When you fear God, it is when you realize that Jesus truly meant what he said, when he told us that those who do evil, that is sin, they will go to hell. The lying grace gospel leads people to believe that they are saved and going to heaven, even though they DO NOT OBEY the commands of Jesus Christ! There are sins of commission and there are sins of omission. There are sins that we do, and there are sins because of what we don’t do.

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one who says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.”

Today people believe that heaven is populated and that we are surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses”, as if the people in heaven watch what goes on here on the earth from stadium seats. It gives birth to false visions of going to heaven and of going to hell. I know they are lying visions because they are completely different to what Jesus taught and what the Apostle John saw in his true revelation. Many say that they have gone to hell and met people there. They all say the people look normal and are clothed, although in flames. Jesus said “their worms die not.” People in hell are naked, rotting corpses full of maggots. So all the people who had visions or near death experiences, had LYING visions and near death experiences. You see, people are DECEIVED and the deception continues on even after death for a time.

Matthew 22:11-14 “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he said unto him, Friend, how came you in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called and few are chosen.”

People in hell do not carry on normal conversations with “special visitors”. They are weeping, gnashing their teeth, in torment of flames, and even interested in the salvation of family members.

Luke 16:19-31 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed; so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot: neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. He said, I pray thee therefore , father, that you would send him to my father’s house. For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham said unto him, They have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

So I will no longer be deceived by lying visions of heaven and hell. I don’t care how good the person may seem to be. The righteous are in a place called Abraham’s bosom and the evil in hell are in great torments. This place where the righteous go, to await the resurrection from the dead, is also called paradise. Instead of a stadium seat looking at people living on earth, they can see into hell and watch their torments and hear their voices.

Luke 23:39-43 “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him saying, if you be Christ, save yourself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Do you not fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly: for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto you, Today you shall be with me in paradise.”

What else does Jesus and the Apostle John say about where the righteous dead go?

Revelation 6:9-11 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and of the testimony which they hold: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that they should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

Here we see those people being held in a place of rest until the number of people on earth could join them. They were not walking on the streets of gold, or living in their mansions.

John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there you may be also.”

Jesus went to heaven to prepare a place for his disciples. He has been working to prepare that place for over 2,000 years now. What an awesome place that will be! Jesus clearly said he would come again and receive you unto himself. It is at the second coming of Jesus when the saints will be received into heaven. Everybody enters heaven at the same time. Jesus said the last shall be first, and the first last. How can that be if there are already people in heaven? So don’t be deceived by people with lying visions of going to heaven, when neither they nor the people they see obey the teaching and commands of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

So we see that people are held somewhere until they are resurrected to be judged.

1 Peter 3:19,4:6 “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”

Peter called the place where the righteous dead are held “prison”. Jesus went there after his own death and preached the gospel to them. So Noah, Abraham, David, Adam, Moses, and all of the others, needed to hear and believe the gospel, just as we do. Now back to our original thought. To be offended by sin, we need to understand God’s view of sin.

Matthew 7:23 “And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.”

All that work iniquity shall go to hell. It doesn’t matter if you think you are “saved” or “born again”. If you continue in habitual sin, YOU WILL GO TO HELL!

Matthew 15:16-20 “And Jesus said, Are you also yet without understanding? Do you yet not understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man.”

As long as there is sin in your heart, you will sin outwardly too. We all need to repent.

Luke 6:25 “Woe unto you that are full! for you shall hunger: Woe unto you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep.”

James 4:4-10 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the scripture says in vain, the spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be afflicted and mourn and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

It helps to picture clearly in your mind yourself in hell, eaten by maggots, in torment of flames. This produces the fear of God and the reality that unless you truly repent, and stop sinning, you will suffer the torments of hell for all eternity. Jesus DID NOT save you, so you can continue sinning and live in pleasure while on this earth. My prayer for you is that you learn to fear God, to become offended by your sin, and that you cut it off from your life. Do this and you will enter God’s kingdom and live for all eternity there.

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