I published this on August 1 at 11:49 A.M., but it got “lost” somehow.
So, I’ll try to remember it, and do it again. Perhaps this time it will “stick.”
We had a discussion in our Sunday School class about the atrocity of an 86 year old priest in France being killed by Muslim terrorists. The Catholic Church deems those terrorists “misguided souls.” It is my belief that those killers were totally depraved; without Christ; and estranged from God. To call them merely “misguided” is to miss the mark by a wide margin. Furthermore, I believe it is best, always, to say what God says, and to agree with Him, rather than attempt to be more astute than He in definition.
If we go to the statement about sin made by the Apostle Paul through inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we’ll see in depth the condition of humans without Christ: Quoting from Romans 3:10-20: “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none that understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no not one. There throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now that is a far more extensive definition of the depravity of humankind, than to say merely, that they are “misguided souls.” They are without Jesus Christ, and therefore without hope; without compassion, without any true sense of God at all. You’ve seen the T-shirts with “No Fear” on them. Well, sadly, this may mean no fear of God!
When true believers quit listening to the watered down notions of what it means to preach the Gospel, and live its message before the world, we may have a “Holy Spirit Revival.” Meanwhile, we will continue to see the kind of atrocities that are engendered by those who have no desire for peace; and no fear of God; i.e., those who have not been saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in the Lord Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us in Holy Scripture (alone)!
As ever, from a sinner saved by irresistible grace. Bill