Saturday, December 14, 2013

                                              By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
The vanity of human sophistication, the shallowness of human pride, the stupidity and arrogance of celebrated human accomplishments, without giving thanks and praise to Almighty God! 
All of these are more than enough to bring sorrow and sadness to intelligent human beings and born again Christians and remorse and revulsion to Preachers of the Gospel of Christ.
In His great grace and mercy Almighty God waits for sin-blinded humans to be awakened by His gracious Holy Spirit and in repentance and godly sorrow find their way to His Mercy Seat for forgiveness, cleansing and redemption!
How the heart of God must long for His wayward sons and daughters to return to His loving embrace and to be filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
The Evil One – destroyer of mankind – in his twisted, sinister and perverted sense of pride must rejoice in his cunning victories of enslaving so many unsuspecting souls through temptation, guile and lying trickery. 

Satan's victories are however, short-lived as the Coming of Christ draws ever nearer and the LIAR'S DAMNATION becomes a REALITY.
That all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God is evident in the depravity that is the hallmark of this PERVERTED generation which continues in the footprints of countless millions of boastful, hate-filled, greedy and rebellious sons of Adam!
Only an imbecile or hermit who has no knowledge of this generation's perverted beliefs and life-styles, would be unable to know that something is desperately wrong with our Society's twisted culture.
WILLIAM GLADSTONE, Prime Minister and Statesman and one of Great Britain's greatest legal minds in the 19th Century stated: “Talk about the questions of the day. There is but one question, and that is the GOSPEL. That can and will correct everything!” Jesus Christ is the ONLY HOPE and remedy for this world's ills. Amen.
BLAISE PASCAL stated: “For after all, what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity; all in relation to nothing; a central point between nothing and all and infinity far from understanding either.”
He stated: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator made known through Jesus Christ.
The Encyclopedia Britannica says that: “Pascal believed that man's wretchedness is explicable only as an effect of the Fall and that for Pascal as well as St. Paul, Jesus Christ is the Second Adam inconceivably without the First.”
Without doubt, Blaise Pascal believed that the events described in the First Book of Moses called Genesis were actual, historical events!
PASCAL wrote: “For in the end, what is man in nature? A nothing in respect to the infinite, everything in respect to the nothing, a halfway between nothing and all. Infinitely far from comprehending the extremes, both the end and the beginning or principle of things are invincibly hidden in an impenetrable secret; he is equally incapable of seeing the nothing whence he has been drawn, and the infinite in which he is engulfed."
CONCERNING FAITH he wrote: “The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by reason. The two principles truth, reason and senses, are not only both not genuine, but are engaged in mutual deception.
"What a FREAK is man! What a novelty, a monster, a chaos, a contradiction, a prodigy! Judge of all things, an imbecile worm; depository of truth, and sewer of error and doubt; the glory and refuse of the universe. Who shall unravel this confusion?
"Man is only a disguise, a liar, a hypocrite, both to himself and to others."; "How hollow is the heart of man, and how full of excrement!" YET MAN IS NOBLE! "The grandeur of man is great in that he knows himself to be miserable."
                       MANKIND IS LOST WITHOUT GOD!
The Bible says: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom.3:23); “The wages of sin is death but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6: 23)
On the Futility of Man, PASCAL wrote: “Picture a number of men in chains, and all condemned to death; each day some are strangled in the sight of the rest; those who remain see their own condition in that of their fellows, looking at one another with sorrow and without hope, each awaiting his turn. This is the picture of the condition of man."
Again the Word of God states: “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 
Much more then, being now justified by His BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath (Hell) through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more being reconciled , we shall be saved by His life.
JOSHUA made his appeal to Israel: “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth... Choose ye this day whom you will serve.” Then he gave his personal testimony: “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24: 15)
JESUS CHRIST said: “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and no man cometh to the Father (and to Heaven) but by Me.” (John 14:6); “Him that cometh unto Me I will in wise cast out.” (John 6: 37) 

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)  

“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life and he that hath NOT the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12) Amen.