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A Word from Pastor Tate Crisp

John Lennon wrote a song that list a number of things that he thought that the world would be better off  without, such as;  WAR, HATRED, and GOD.  “Imagine if there were no God, it isn’t hard to do”  Unless John accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior he does know what it is like not to have God in his world.

I. WHAT SHALL BE TAKEN OUT?

First of all before we can see what the world would be like we need to see what will be taken out.  Exodus 33:18-20  Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."  And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." Exodus 34:6-7   And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,  maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."  Notice that there is no description of God other than His character or who He is.  Let us look at another scripture.

Psalm 119:64  The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; Teach me your decrees. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. James 1:16-18

Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.

What about Order?  Genesis 1:1

  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Formless and empty = No Order

God is a God of Order and nothing is random;  We really do not know how much evil is held back. We really do not understand what it is to be totally separated from the presence of God.  A life without love, joy, peace or righteousness. God  alone provides the things that we enjoy such as;  

Love, Order,  Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness, Goodness, Joy,  Justice and Righteousness.  Ps.9:16 The LORD is known by His justice;

II. Here is what the World Will Be Like without God:

 “satan is the opposite of God”

God           verses            satan

                             Love                                                 hate

                             Order                                              chaos

                             Mercy                                          vengeance

                             Compassion                                  cruelty

                             Forgiveness                              unforgiveness

                             Goodness                                         evil

                             Righteousness                           wickedness

                            Joy                                                     sorrow

                            Justice                                             injustice

John 10:7-10  Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Here is a small look at the world without God Rev. 13:11-17

Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.  He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.  And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.  He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Conclusion: For those who would choose a world without God; they will get what they want for all eternity and the Word of God says that for eternity there will be groaning and gnashing of teeth. God the one true God doesn’t want that for anyone, for it is God’s will that no man should perish.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.  That whosoever, would believe on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16  For Christ did not come into the world to condemn the world, for the world was already condemned.  He came to save the world! Surely, He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrow and by His wounds we were healed.  Choose life, choose Christ.

Every person must make the choice of a eternity…..  

“Do I want a life with or without God!”

Today you must choose Life or Death.

“JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!”

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!

God Bless Your Decision for Christ!

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