The Sheep and the Goats

The Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25: 31-46

31 ” When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33 “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36 ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38 ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39 ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

40 “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’

45 “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” NKJV

Many people use this passage to try and prove various theological and doctrinal errors, such as that Jesus is in everyone, or that we can be saved by good works, or that everyone is part of the family of God, and will be saved in the end (universal reconciliation). However, this passage teaches none of these things.

First of all, this is an eschatological (end times) passage that deals with the judgment of nations at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is not the same as the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15, which takes place after the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:1-10). Matthew 25:31-46 deals with the judgment of Gentile nations (ethnicities) and how individuals within those nations treated believing Jews during the Great Tribulation period (Revelation 11-14). Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Not all human beings are the brethren of Jesus Christ, but only those who have trusted Him for salvation through faith.

It is true that every human being is in the image and likeness of God, but that image has been marred by sin. Yet, while the image of God is in everyone, the presence of God does not abide in every person, but only in those who are saved. Therefore, this passage cannot be dealing with our general responsibility to minister to others, especially the poor, the widows, and orphans (2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Galatians 2:10; James 1:27). It specifically refers to those who minister to the persecuted Jews during the Great Tribulation period. So, Christians need to stop saying that Jesus is in everyone because that IS NOT true. Minister to the needs the Lord brings to your attention as best you are able, but tell them about Jesus while you do. Otherwise, we send them to hell with their thirst quenched, their bellies full, their minds educated, and their health improved.

Second, this passage does not mean that all will be saved in the end. In fact, verses 41 and 46 clearly state that those who did not care for the needs of Jesus’ brethren during this time will be sent to everlasting punishment.

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” NKJV.

The obvious reason for their refusal to minister to these needs is that they are unbelievers. Sadly, we are seeing a trend in the Western world even now where unbelievers are becoming ever more belligerent toward believers in Jesus Christ. While this attitude has been pervasive in most of the world for most of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ, it is a relatively new phenomenon in the West. This attitude is also experiencing a resurgence in areas that had been fairly tolerant of Christians until recently, which is largely the result of the resurgence of fundamental Koranic Islam. Again, we should minister to the needs the Lord brings to our attention as best we are able, but let’s tell them about Jesus while we do. Otherwise, we send them to hell with their thirst quenched, their bellies full, their minds educated, and their health improved. Let’s not fail to give them the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whether a government likes it or not.

For more information than I can put into this short post, see the following sources:

The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries

AN INTERPRETATION OF MATTHEW 24-25: Part 39 – Matthew 25:31-46 Christ’s Glorious Coming and Judgment, by Thomas Ice

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106 Faith-Leaders Sign Letter to Congressional Leadership

I wish so-called “Christian” leaders would do as good a job at preaching the true Gospel as they do pontificating about our responsibility to “protect the International Affairs Budget.” Considering the demonstrated morality, or rather lack thereof, of some of the signatories to this letter, it sounds more like a propaganda piece for the Marxist Social Justice Warrior crowds.

Furthermore, bringing Muslims to this country from countries that have no government structures to allow us to vett those who are coming into this country as part of some “refugee program” is just asking for trouble. And why is it that about 80% of these so-called refugees are men of military fighting age? This is the cultural invasion of Islam going on throughout the Western world, and we need to wake up and smell the Sharia coming our way, or else we are doomed to face the same cultural collapse that all of Europe is facing this very moment.

If we really want to help as many of these people as possible, then we can set up safe zones in their countries, and take care of 12 refugees for what it costs to settle 1 refugee here in this country. It really isn’t about helping refugees, or getting the Gospel to them, it’s about the agencies that are bringing them in and resettling them getting big bucks from the federal government. Now some ill-informed religious person will say, “But we’re giving them the Gospel!” The truth is, these Muslim refugees aren’t being given the Gospel. How do I know they’re not getting the Gospel? It’s because every one of the agencies bringing the Muslims into this country have signed contracts with the federal government expressly forbidding them to proselytize or evangelize the Muslims. Anyone who says differently is either ignorant or lying.

Also, I reject the notion that showing compassion means we must risk national suicide. It is a fact that Muslims DO NOT assimilate into any culture where they go. Even in our own country, just look at cities like Dearborn, Michigan, which is called such things as “Little Mecca,” or Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is being called “Little Mogadishu.” Look at any place the Muslims go—they do not assimilate!!! Just look at Europe right now. Even after having been in Europe for several generations, there are Muslims committing horrific terrorist acts. They are homegrown terrorists. We are either stupid or insane to think it will be different for us. When I hear these “leaders,” both political and spiritual, going on about compassion, I NEVER hear them talking about compassion for the citizens of this nation, the welfare of said citizens, or the preservation of our culture, however messed up it currently may be. I must insist it is better than any so-called “culture” Islam has, or ever has had, to offer. I’m certain these leaders WILL NOT step up and bear the responsibility of showing compassion to, and caring for, the victims of the terrorist attacks these people are bringing. Yes, over 70 terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by people from the countries President Trump is trying to put a temporary travel restriction on. And many political and religious leaders act like it’s the worst thing since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I think the victims, and the families of any future victims, of Islamic terrorist attacks should call these very signatories to give an account of themselves for aiding and abetting terrorists to enter the country and attack our citizens.

Finally, I’m sick and tired of ivory tower intellectuals and religious elites who live in gated communities with private security guards trying to tell the rest of us how bringing in these non-assimilating people will all be okay. Right!!! Perhaps they should forego their closed gates, private security, and securely alarm systems on top of that, then their reassuring words might be a lot more reassuring. Well, I doubt it! They just need to stop trying to act like they know what’s best for the rest of the citizenry. I dare one of these turkeys to start talking this smack in a meeting where I’m in attendance. I will have my own very LOUD protest. It’ll be peaceful, but LOUD!!!

And I will reiterate something I’ve said many times in the last few years. NOBODY HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ENTER THIS COUNTRY!

Here is the link to the letter “106 Faith-Leaders Sign Letter to Congressional Leadership Supporting U.S. International Affairs Budget“.

Distractions to the Gospel

Distractions to the Gospel

Today Christians, and those professing to be “Christ-followers,” are forsaking the preaching of THE GOSPEL and the teaching of THE SCRIPTURES for things that make them “feel better about themselves.” I will readily agree that we need to be concerned about the many needs that affect people in our world and willing to do our part to help in those areas. However, we also face the very real danger of making too many of these things, even though they may be noble things, the main things, rather than secondary things we do in order to get THE GOSPEL to people. For example, if a person is hungry, you may have to feed them or even make long-term provision for feeding them in order to reach them with THE GOSPEL, but don’t feed them without giving them THE GOSPEL. If you do, then you’re just sending them to hell on a full stomach. The main thing is not that they are hungry. The main thing is their need for the Living Bread of THE GOSPEL, so they can be in eternal fellowship with the Living God Who created them. So let’s look at some of these distractions so pervasive in hindering our focus on and the spread of THE GOSPEL in the early part of the 21st Century.

ECUMENISM

People love to point out that Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17 that His people would be one (vv. 11; 21-23). This is true. But it is unity in the truth (John 17:17, 19). There can be no unity that is not found in the truth of Scripture.

Furthermore, the unity Jesus prayed for is a spiritual unity, rather an organizational unity, as is clear from the whole context of John 17, as well as from the specific word of Jesus’ prayer.

Not only can we not find unity with the systems of 7th Day Adventism, Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, or the Watchtower Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses), we most certainly cannot unite with the systems or the people of religions outside of any semblance of Christianity, such as Islam or Hinduism. Yet teachers like Rick Warren, Tony Campolo, Jim Wallace, and others are promoting the idea of Christians uniting with all sorts of groups, including homosexuals and Muslims, to promote religious unity and social change. These teachers should consider the words of 2 Corinthians 6:15, “And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?”

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM

Another distraction from THE GOSPEL is environmental activism. While we should try to be good stewards of our environment, many of the so-called “earth-care” or “creation-care” groups feature only a thin veneer of Christian (or pseudo-Christian) spirituality over their nature worshiping, pantheistic, or panentheistic worldview. They view the earth as our “mother,” which is a totally pagan idea, and not a biblical one. The earth is not our “mother” and time is not our “father.” See Links below for more information.

I like clean air and water as much as anyone else, and I want the same for my extended family, friends, and neighbors. However, I’m not nearly so concerned about a cow crapping in an Ozarks stream as I am about nuclear and other toxic waste being pumped into food and other products that we purchase from places like China. Yet all the activists seem unconcerned about the worst pollution and the worst polluters in the world. I hear nothing of the pollution in India, China, Cuba, Pakistan, and other Communist or Islamic countries. Instead, they seem intent on destroying the American economy, the American way of life, and America itself.

Furthermore, if these folks think mankind is messing up the earth, then they should take a look at what God Himself does to the earth and the heavens in judgment for mankind’s sin during the Great Tribulation Period (Revelation 6-19).

SOCIAL ACTIVISM

Social activism takes many forms, and I won’t try to cover all of them here. But I do want to address a few of the most prominent “social” concerns being circulated in the American church today.

Social Justice

Social justice is a term used, even by well-meaning Christians, that primarily deals with using the government to steal money and property from those who have earned it, to give it to those who didn’t earn it. Instead of these folks giving to others out of their pockets, they stick their hand in someone else’s pocket to give to others. To be more precise, they use government to put a gun to the head of those who have, in order to steal their money and give it to those who do not have. In its most virulent form, it is called Marxist-Communism, and in its more unobjectionable form, it is called Socialism or Fabian Socialism. It’s still stealing, and it’s still evil. So why are Christians buying into the lie that justice must come in the form of Socialism? Socialism is not just; it is unjust on its face. In fact, there is coming a time when the whole world will be under the control of a world government, and one will only be able to buy or sell by pledging total allegiance to that system (Revelation 13).

Pro-Life Movement

I’m all for doing what we can to stop abortion, but the reality is that we will not stop it at this point in time by laws. The country and the church are too far from God for that. But we can stop abortion one person at a time by leading people to repentant faith in Jesus Christ. When people really come to faith in Jesus Christ, they will stop practicing those things the Bible calls sexual sin, which is sex outside of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman. In fact, we can know that abortion and other forms of murder won’t stop because it is one of the things listed in Revelation 9:21 for which people in the Great Tribulation Period will not repent.

Stop Human Trafficking

Human trafficking too is a great evil, whether for purposes of sex slavery, or any other kind of slavery. However, I don’t usually hear the folks protesting human trafficking or slavery mentioning the African countries governed by Arab Muslims where this is prevalent and even legal. Even Saudi Arabia is a nation of slavery, although it’s behind the tent coverings of the royal family. Human trafficking too is a practice that will continue into the Great Tribulation Period (Revelation 18:13). What’s the best way to stop a person from being involved in this evil practice, either on the buying or the selling end of things? Give them THE GOSPEL of repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ!

War On Drugs

As a former drug and alcohol abuser myself, I am radically opposed to the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of all drugs and alcohol. In fact, I’ve been a teetotaler for almost 35 years, and I’m fine with that. But the use or abuse of drugs too is one of the sins mentioned in Revelation 9:21 as continuing into the Great Tribulation Period. It is usually translated as “sorceries,” “magic arts,” or sometimes even “witchcrafts.” The Greek word is pharmakeia, from which we get words like pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, and pharmacist. It refers to the practice of using potions or drugs to control someone, and in essence casting a spell on them. Biblically, the use of mind-altering drugs for that purpose is the practice of witchcraft, even without any of the other trappings of what we commonly think of as witchcraft.

Again, the best way to get a person away from this practice is to give them THE GOSPEL of repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ. When people truly commit themselves to Jesus Christ, they will leave the practice of sin behind. While they will still sin, it will not be the practice of one’s life, or the motivation for one’s living.

CONCLUSION

So what should concerned Christians do about these things? Should we stop being concerned for the poor, oppressed, oppressors, sick, and so forth? No! Absolutely not! Yet it isn’t that important how it makes us feel to do something good for someone else. It is about helping that soul in need and glorifying the True and Living God in the process.

We must remember that all the things we tend to focus on, such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, murder, gossip, stealing, cheating, lying, abuse, disease, poverty, drunkenness, drugs, and so on, are not THE PROBLEM.

These are SYMPTOMS of THE PROBLEM.

THE PROBLEM is SIN, which can only be dealt with by THE GOSPEL of repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ.

If we focus on giving THE GOSPEL of repentance and salvation in Jesus Christ to others, then giving the cup of cold water or doing any other good work will accomplish the purpose of ministering to the physical needs at hand and glorifying God in the process.

 

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