Seeing the above tweet from Saddleback Church brought back memories of junior high, when boys and girls would express their "feelings" for one another in the manner of a carefully folded note, passed quietly in history class.You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
Friend, if you have not repented and placed your faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, then you are not a friend of God. You are His enemy. All have sinned, all have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). If not covered by the perfect blood of the spotless Lamb, we cannot stand before our holy God, for we are not righteous of ourselves.
And if, then, we are living lost and dead in our sins, we are at war with a holy God.as it is written:“None is righteous, no, not one;no one understands;no one seeks for God.All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;no one does good,not even one.”“Their throat is an open grave;they use their tongues to deceive.”“The venom of asps is under their lips.”“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”“Their feet are swift to shed blood;in their paths are ruin and misery,and the way of peace they have not known.”“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18)
So, either Saddleback lied, or God has lied to us in His Word. It shouldn't take too long to figure out which. But hey, anything for a warm-fuzzy tweet on Christmas Day, right?God is a righteous judge,and a God who feels indignation every day.If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;he has bent and readied his bow; (Psalm 7:11-12)
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers. (Psalm 5:4-5)Without Jesus Christ, you are not and cannot be reconciled to God. And so, with the Apostle Paul, I implore you, "on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).