WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL:

Promises & Responses OR Responsibility

Promises without conditions, which call for no responsibility on the part of the one receiving the promise to respond to, are rare if not nonexistent in the Bible. The closest I can think of is God’s plan to love us unconditionally, which He does. However, that only becomes available to those who meet the conditions of such, which are “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Text Acts 20:21, context: entire New Testament).
 
The Bible says that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever – – should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John  3:16). So everyone traipses off to Heaven when they die, right? Wrong! Read the whole thing without taking the condition out of the middle. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten on that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” An active, committed faith in Christ, as defined in the New Testament, is an imperative condition of “not perishing” and “eternal life”.
 
Please read the whole text of 2 Peter 1:1-13, it would be helpful. Note especially the response required in verses 5-7, to the promises of verses 2-4.
 
I see a philosophy being pushed violently in leftist politics just now, by secular humanists, who way there are no “absolutes”, because they believe there is no God (atheism). The humanist belief that rejects all thought of God, naturally posits the thought that there is no Divine order of life, no revelation higher than the ideas of men, and certainly no responsibility or accountability to obey or give reverence to such. This is in direct opposition to the unanimous belief of the the founders of this nation who openly and repeatedly affirmed responsibility to God as basis of human government. Beware who and what you pray for.
 
–Pastor Don Foster, Sr.

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