reply to post by holyTerror
But Jesus did:
Of course He did!
That is not the point.
The point IS...it has already been done here at ATS/BTS. A REAL conspiracy would be if anyone here has NEVER heard the Gospel. I've never once seen a
post here, or on the Internet from anyone who has NEVER heard the Gospel. They've either HEARD IT and embraced it, or they have HEARD IT and rejected
The problem isn't that "they haven't heard the Gospel", they have. They just didn't receive it.
Let me say it again:
I highly doubt there is a single individual on BTS/ATS that has never
heard the Gospel. With this in mind, the only "conversation left" is to
fulfill Jude 3.
Jesus forbid going "house to house" to share the Gospel. I also find it interesting that the law of harvesting (fields...crops...), in the Old
Testament FORBADE a farmer from going over his field more than once to harvest. Any crop that was not taken in the first harvest was to be left in the
field and not touched by the farmer.
Don't misunderstand me, though. I will be willing at any time to share the Gospel with someone who has never heard it. I just haven't met any adult
recently...perhaps even in decades? (My kids first heard the Gospel from me, though.)
It's not that people (non-Christians) haven't heard it: They HAVE and they've rejected it. (The 'honest' ones, at least.) By the time we get to
Jude, in the New Testament, Jude isn't concerned about "growing the Church", he was VERY concerned that there were some VERY VERY bad people
claiming to be Christians within their assembly.
ATS/BTS is the wrong crowd
to be preaching the Gospel to. They've heard it already. That is the reason why I brought up Jude 3.
I (sometimes) hold out more hope for the "self-avowed atheist/agnostic" than for these:
Matt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done
many wonderful works?
The atheist or agnostic AT LEAST has the integrity to READ what Jesus said and to REJECT IT. They take it more seriously than those described in the
Book of Jude.
The atheist or agnostic has taken the Bible SO SERIOUS they are willing to take a stand AGAINST IT. Those who are described in Jude don't CARE what
the Bible says. They are even too cowardly to SAY they disagree (otherwise how would they be able to CREEP IN UNAWARES?
Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God
into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
These aren't atheists and agnostics...they are flat out LIARS. How can an atheist or agnostic "creep in unawares" and "turn the grace of
Jesus warned us about ravenous wolves coming coming to us in SHEEP'S CLOTHING:
Matt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing
, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Atheists and Agnostics don't don "sheep's clothing" and walk around masquerade as a sheep!
Christianity (circa 2008) doesn't have a problem with the numbers being too SMALL, it is the other way around: It is FAR bigger than it is supposed
Rather than quote the entire Scripture right here, I'll just point you to the prophecy of Jesus about this time: