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Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort

“Hell” is a convenient place for really bad people, like Adolf Hitler and the like. Other than used in a few maxims such “As sure as Hell,” and “Till Hell freezes over,” it’s not taken too seriously as a place to be avoided at all costs. But Hell is more serious than a heart attack.

Jesus said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28, NKJV).

Think about what He said. We aren’t to be fearful when someone puts the cold steel of a gun barrel at our face, and screams that he’s going to blow our brains out!  Not fearful? Who in his right mind wouldn’t be? But Jesus is saying that such a terrifying scenario of being murdered is nothing compared to falling into the hands of Almighty God.

How many of us do actually fear our Creator, and can say with the Psalmist, “My heart trembles for fear of you” (Psalm 119:120)?

Why is it important to take our faith seriously? — Because Hell is a very real place. God means what He says about sin, and about Hell being our just dessert. If we believe that, we will take our faith seriously, and we will reach out to the lost with the utmost and urgency.

Ray Comfort is Founder, President- , and CEO of Living Waters Publications


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Vic Eliason

Vic Eliason

For the past 50 years in Christian Ministry I have been most alarmed by the drift toward “fun and games” Christianity.

In our churches today we “have need of nothing” from a material perspective.  Church has become something we do, rather than something we are.

When a church promotes an attitude of “Dancing in the Aisles” instead of “Weeping at the Altar”, we have trivialized the sacred things of scripture and developed a veggie tales mentality to the serious truths of God’s Holy Word.

Vic Eliason is Vice President of VCY America Radio Network


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Jospeh Farah

Jospeh Farah

If anyone truly believes that God’s one and only Son offered up His earthly body to be tortured savagely and hung on a cross as a substitute for them, I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t commit their lives to understanding what He expects of us in return.

That’s what taking our faith seriously means — a commitment to lifelong study of God’s Word and obedience to His commandments.

It ought to be the central focus of our lives — the prism through which we view the world and all around us. If we truly love Yeshua, our Savior and Lord, should we expect any less of ourselves?

Joseph Farah is Editor and Chief Executive Officer World Net Daily


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Kevin Swanson

Kevin Swanson

My only plea is that my pastor friends would encourage more fear of God, more love for God, more love for our sweet children, more worship in the chemistry laboratories, more intensive discipleship everywhere, more sincerity, more seriousness, and less hypocrisy.

The Christian faith is at a low ebb in this country. May God raise up serious and discerning men who have eyes to see, and the faith to repent, and the courage to call a nation to repentance!

Kevin Swanson is Pastor of Reformation Church (OPC) in Castle Rock, CO;
Producer of the “Generations” radio broadcast;
and  Director of “Generations with Vision”


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Joel Nederhood

Joel Nederhood

To act like a Christ follower but not to take the Master seriously is like playing games on the rim of an active volcano.

The Holy Spirit is deadly serious when, after describing the depths of God’s salvation, he states: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

The word bodies here is the “total package” that a person comes in.  Those who think they can play the Christian game without being totally committed to Christ  must repent and cry to the Lord, asking for forgiveness and renewal.

Praise God, when we come to him in confession, as we must do each day, he responds with the assurance of salvation and enables us by his power to become seriously Christian.

Dr. Nederhood was the voice of “The Back to God Hour” from 1965 to 1990,
former host of the “Faith 20″ television program,
and Chancellor of Eastern Ukraine Theological Seminary


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Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett

Most of us know that we live in apostate days.  It is imperative that we take our Christian faith seriously.  In similar circumstances JC Ryle the 19th century Pastor encouraged believers of his time not to compromise.  He wrote,

“This is the church, which does the work of Christ on earth.  Its members are a little flock and few in number, one or two here and two or three there a few in this district and a few in that.  But these are they that shake the universe; who change the fortune of kingdoms by their prayers; these are they who are the active workers for spreading the knowledge of pure religion and undefiled; these are the lifeblood of the country, the shield, the defense, the stay and the support of any nation to which they belong.”

Ryle wrote extensively about the great heroes who took their faith seriously so that there was even an awakening at that time in England.

Brethren we must therefore, “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3) In order that, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5: 20-21)

Richard Bennett is a former Catholic Priest
and founder of “Berean Beacon Ministries”


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Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley

It is not possible to take the name ‘Christian’ with disregard to the serious implications it entails.  Our faith impacts first on our own life, and then on the lives of those around us.  Taking it seriously is, if you like, ‘the proof of the pudding’.

It is that which turns the seed into fruit, the work into a harvest, and the agony of Calvary into the pleasure of the Saviour.

I have found that humanity is hungry for faith. Is it not so that you and I were ready for someone or something to make sense of life when we came to faith in Jesus Christ?

We are no different from anyone else. Christ is a universal Redeemer. The Scriptures contain a universal message. Our faith becomes the vehicle that not only receives these universal truths, but which carries them into our society. How else will our families, our friends, our neighbours and our work colleagues hear the good news?

Faith is personal. The entrance to its promised land is narrow because we have to go through its doorway one by one.

That is precisely why we must take our faith seriously.  It came by One for one so that we might bring one.

Ian Paisley is a Minister in the Free Presbyterian Church
and founder of the Democratic Unionist Party in Ireland

 


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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Christianity is at war with the world.

Not in the sense that we use guns and bombs to annihilate our enemies, but in the hopes that their minds will be changed through the preaching of the gospel.

Sadly, in our narcissistic culture many Christians today view the gospel through the lens of self-interest, reducing it to a fire insurance policy; instead of a serious weapon.

Unlike the world, the tip of our sword is grace.  Because each of us knows that at one time, we were enemies of Christ just like the rest of the world.

Jerry Johnson is the Founder and President of Nicene Council.com
and The Apologetics Group, Inc. (Apologetics Group Media)


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Jospeh Parker

Jospeh Parker

For a believer, it is critical that we take our faith seriously everyday.

To be a believer that does not take his or her faith seriously, we become like a soldier in the midst of a war that is AWOL.  We are out of our battle position.

In the war of faith, every piece of ground is occupied.  There is no neutral ground.  It either belongs to the Kingdom of God, or it belongs to the kingdom of darkness.  It is very important that every believer take their battle position, and hold it.

We are a part of a spiritual unit.  We are made to be dependent on each other.  We need each other.   The only Super soldier is Jesus.  All the rest of us are desperately dependent on him.  Yet in him we are more than conquerors!

Joseph Parker is Director of Outreach and Intercession
for American Family Radio
(A Division of the American Family Association)


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Wes White

Wes White

Most Americans believe that there is a God.

If God exists, then there is a Being from whom everything came, upon whom everything depends, and to whom I am ultimately accountable.

If that does not call for serious consideration and action, then I suppose that nothing should be taken seriously.

Wes White is author of the “PCA “News & Views” website “Johannes Weslianus”


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Tom Ascol

Tom Ascol

Anyone who does not take his faith seriously is playing with fire.

How can you heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 and be nonchalant about your faith?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Tom Ascol is the Executive Director of Founders Ministries


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Sam Hughey

Sam Hughey

Jesus stated in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

That by which the physical life (in Adam) is sustained is physical food.  That by which the spiritual life (in Christ) is sustained is the entire word of God.

We do not live by our ‘pet texts’ as ‘proof texts’ to support personal belief systems.  We live according to the entirety of God’s Word.

Failure (or refusal) to take God’s Word seriously forces Scripture to become a secondary source of truth and God becomes a secondary ‘god’ who is worshipped in vain.

Sam Hughey is owner of the “Reformed Reader” website


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Jeff Baldwin

Jeff Baldwin

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer liked to point out, the first and last words Christ spoke to Peter were, “Follow me.”

Every Christian has the same call on his or her life–for example, in Mark 8:34, Christ challenges his people to die to themselves, pick up their crosses, and follow him.

This is serious business!

Following Christ obviously involves surrender, but it also involves intentionality.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians must be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).  Put simply, we must think well in order to follow well.

I’m convinced the Church won’t see another Awakening in America until we reclaim education, and seek to think biblically about every aspect of reality–that is, until we understand our faith as a total worldview.

Jeff Baldwin is research director for Worldview Academy


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Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas

Earnestness is the most important evidence that someone has truly grasped Christianity.

This characteristic of earnestness is so fearful to parents when they see their children getting interested in Christianity: They say, “I don’t mind them becoming religious, but I don’t want them to become fanatical.”

We are not fanatical – not fanatical at all.

Fanaticism is sending crusades across Europe to capture Jerusalem. Fanaticism is burning people at the stake. Fanaticism is children who through some cult cease being loving obedient sons and daughters to their parents. Fanaticism is living in communes, and pooling all the money which you get from begging on the streets, and being under the authority of some freaky tyrant who thinks he has a direct line to God. Those are some of the marks of fanaticism.

Being earnest is very different. It is taking God seriously, and taking seriously your own behaviour and the consequences of what you do on the lives of other people.

Would parents say to their son as he began a new job, “Don’t take it all too seriously. It’s only a game.”? Or would they say, “Show them you’re in earnest about this.” What would they say to their son appearing in a court of law on trial for a serious charge? Would it be, “Have a good old laugh”?

There was a book written in the 19th century by John Angell James the minister in Carrs Lane Congregational Church in Birmingham for fifty-five years. The sub-title of the book was, “The Want of the Times.” Now what do you think is the want or need of our times? James entitled his book, “An Earnest Ministry.”

The chapters on earnestness are worth the price of the book. James has five headings:

1. Earnestness comes from selecting one object which you especially pursue. “This one thing I do.”

2. Earnestness means that that one object has taken over your heart and mind. God is more important to you than anything else.

3. Earnestness means you use every legitimate means to serve that object.

4. Earnestness means that you subordinate everything to second place to accomplish that end.

5. Earnestness means that you use all your energy untiringly to achieve that end.

No Christian will be really effective in anything he does, however intelligent he is, unless he has three qualities, strong faith, true godliness and deep earnestness.

Earnestness is Abraham’s immediate obedience when God called him to leave Ur of the Chaldees. Earnestness is Noah going on building that ark for decades when there was no hint that there was going to be a flood. Earnestness is Stephen preaching to the Sanhedrin as they gnashed their teeth with murderous rage at him.

Earnestness is C.T.Studd saying, “If Jesus Christ be the Son of God and died for me then nothing I can do can be too great for him” Earnestness is Thomas Brooks saying that, “It is our duty and glory to do every day what we would willingly do on our dying day.” Earnestness is William Carey saying, “Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.” Earnestness was the whole demeanour of Robert Murray M’Cheyne as he led the worship and preached to the congregation in Dundee.

It is the very antithesis of the laid-back casual folksiness of some of today’s churches. And they are perplexed why revival tarries!

So it was in Corinth; they were once careless about the Christian message and about their behaviour. They were getting indifferent to God, but Paul wrote his letter to them and as soon as they heard those sentences a tremendous change took place. They began to see sin as God saw it. That always happens. A man who shows true repentance is someone who looks at his life from the divine perspective. He becomes an earnest man.

Geoff Thomas is pastor of the Baptist Church in Alfred Place, Aberystwyth


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Dominic Aquila

Dominic Aquila

Why we should take Christianity seriously:

- Because God did (He loved us so much that he gave us his only Son, John 3:16);

- Because God calls believers to conformity to Christ (God predestined us to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, Rom 8:29);

- Because we are to live counter to this world, not being conformed by it or to it (not enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season, Heb. 12:26-26);

- Because eternity really does count: it should impact and influence what we do in this present life (God has placed eternity in our hearts, Eccl. 3:11).

Dr. Dominic Aquila is President New Geneva Theological Seminary (Colorado Springs, CO)


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Mark Hamby

Mark Hamby

Serious faith requires sacrifice.

A serious sacrificial faith is the glue that holds marriages together and the catalyst that moves one to a humble state of repentance; it is the faith that builds unity in families, churches, and organizations; it removes us from a state of motionless indifference to the diligent practice of godliness and excellence.

In 2nd Peter 1 we read “Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge…”

The word “add” carries the idea of adding at one’s own expense. It is a word that reflects the serious decision of someone who desired to leave everything behind and become a new citizen of Greece. To be accepted however, you had to either pay or find a sponsor to pay for the celebration of your citizenship ceremony as well as payment to the state.

To embark on this new journey required a serious sacrificial faith–an advancement that require a total abandonment of what was behind.

Mark Hamby is President of Lamplighter Ministries


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Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett

Many Christians seem to have a problem with the Christian life.

Faith loses its attractiveness. Initial enthusiasm dwindles, and disillusionment sets in.

For some Christianity is just a set of beliefs – for others a rigid set of standards.

Nearly every new movement in the larger church sphere is an effort to capitalize on the dissatisfaction of Christians who have failed to understand or to take seriously what the Bible says about the Christian life.

It is amazing that truths that so overwhelmed the thinking of 1st century Christians never seem to cross the minds of 21st century believers.

There is in the gospel a dynamic to energize and guide life. It is only when Christians ignore, failing to take their religion seriously, that they find Christianity to be a drudgery.

All of life for the Christian must be squarely focused on Jesus Christ: His cross and the completeness of the gospel must govern life. It is always the case that right thinking about the gospel produces right living in the gospel.

Michael Barrett is President  of Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville, SC
and submitted this article on behalf of the “Let the Bible Speak” radio ministry


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G.I. Williamson

G.I. Williamson

One of my great-grandsons wrote me recently asking this question:

“What advice can you give a young person like me in regard to my faith?”

I responded with these words:

1. Be serious about your life [and your faith is your life].

2. Listen to those who faithfully teach you what the Bible teaches.

3. Make haste to have heart dealings with Jesus (cry out to him).”

G.I. Williamson is a reformed theologian, pastor, and author.


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