The Fate of The Foreigner

The Fate of Those Who Die Without Hearing the Gospel of God

Many people have asked me about the fate of those who never hear the gospel and die, and are surprised when they find that there is an answer.

In Romans 2, Paul mentions the fact that those who know God and the Gospel will be judged accordingly, while those who have never heard the Gospel will be judged according to what they do know by nature.

First off, the Word states that people are without excuse for not knowing that God exists generally because anyone can look at what God has created around us and know He exists, if they are honest with themselves. Man didn’t create the animals, DNA, plants, the atmosphere, balance, the universe, and all within. It was clearly an intelligent design by an intelligent and very intentional Creator.

Next, those who may not have ever heard the gospel fundamentally have an understanding between right and wrong because God has literally set it within our hearts. With this set in place, all cultures around the world create their own rules with regard to murder, stealing, etc., and they break their own rules. They will be judged by what they know and understand if they have never heard the gospel. God meets us where we are, but He desires to teach us and lead us in all ways that His will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven through Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to be partially ignorant… God will meet you there… but it’s another thing to act like you’re ignorant and rebel against God and the Holy Spirit.

God sent the Holy Spirit to not only indwell the believer but also to convict the unbelievers of their sin and to show them their need for Jesus.

Don’t harden your heart; just seek Him, obey, and see what happens.

All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) (Romans 2:12-15)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

(John 16: 7-8)

More Money Won’t Solve It

Money answers all things, but it is not the answer to all things. People often try to solve every problem by throwing money at it when they become wealthy, but this does not solve all of their problems. In a similar way, many people believe that having more money will make everything better and solve all of their problems. Here’s a not-so-secret secret: money can only amplify your current state of being. If you are currently depressed, becoming rich will likely only make you more depressed. If you are stingy now, you will be rich and even more stingy later. If you are lost now, you will likely become rich and even more lost later. If you hardly make time for and make God the priority in your life now, He will likely be one of the last priorities in your life when you become wealthy.

As you can see, more money often just magnifies what you already are. Money cannot change your heart; only God can do that. If money has the potential to ruin you, know that He will not put more on you than what you can bear. Money is not inherently bad, but it can easily become an idol. Money may not be a wicked tool, but in the hands of a corrupt or wicked heart, it becomes the root of all kinds of evil.

A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.

Ecclesiastes 10:19

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1st Timothy 6:10)

Worth The Wait

I can’t imagine life without my Godly wife. Her character, wisdom, patience, love for the Lord, and Love for me is unreal and uncommon. For those desiring Godly mates….Know that God’s best is worth the wait. Regardless of how old or young you think you are. God exists outside of time and will make up for anything the enemy may tempt you to think you have or will lose.

Its worth the wait. Focus on the Lord, the gift of singleness, and what He is calling you to now. Everything else will follow as God alone is your focus.

#HeWontLetYouMissIt!!

PS: And when u do find him or her….don’t allow room for the enemy, confusion, and destruction…..wait till your married. Till then she or he is your sister or brother in Christ and should be respected like your biological brother or sister…

#Worththewait

A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.

(Proverbs 31:10-11)

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD,

(Proverbs 18:22)

Reconcile Don’t Gossip

Today, instead of reconciling relationships and seeking peace in the world, many professing Christians choose to gossip and stir up strife. On several occasions, I have witnessed people in the workplace having problems or concerns with others, but instead of talking to them about the misunderstanding, opportunity for growth, or legitimate issue, they vent to everyone else about it. Sometimes, it turns out that the offended person’s concern was a false idea that Satan used to create separation and disorder. All of that for nothing. I have been on both ends of this and realized how damaging it can be. Not only is this unbiblical, but it is also of an evil origin.

If you have a problem with a person, don’t gossip. Man or woman up in the Lord and go talk to that person in patience, honesty, and love. Remember, you reap what you sow, and most times we reap far worse. Follow God’s protocol, not Satan’s.

“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-16)

A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends. (Proverbs 16:28)

God Sees You

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:47-51).

In this passage, God revealed to Nathaniel that He knew exactly who he was without ever speaking to him until then. Nathaniel knew he was under the fig tree by himself in deep thought, probably about life and the things of God to some extent. When Nathaniel knew for a fact, through this exchange, that this was the Son of Man, he committed his life to follow Him wholeheartedly in that moment.

Regardless of where you are, God sees you and knows exactly who you are, despite the image that you may project at school, on social media, in church, or any other public place. Time goes by faster than you think, before you know it your time on earth will be up… don’t get caught up in the cares or the rat race of this life…get caught up with living for and in a relationship with Jesus Christ! All the material possessions, friends, family, popularity, and relationships will come to an end, and the only thing that will matter will be what you do for God after accepting His son. You will stand before Him on judgment day, and what you did in light of Him will speak for you or against you. Only true joy, peace, and fulfillment are found living for Him, and only eternal life is found through a relationship with Jesus Christ!

#YODOS You only live twice…. We have to start living like it, or it will be our greatest regret in this lifetime and in the judgment to come.

He Overcame and So Have We

There have been times in my life in which I’ve been ridiculed, belittled, looked over, discriminated against, threatened, and wrongly judged…other times I remember feeling like the only person on my job or in school, at certain points in time, trying to live for the glory of God. This was far from the case, but in those moments, it was often easy to look at myself as a victim and wallow in self-pity. For some reason, there is a small sense of ungodly satisfaction that one gets when doing such. But I’ve learned over time, and sometimes had to remind myself, of the reality.

The reality is that we are never alone. The reality is that God will never leave us nor forsake us. The reality is that in these moments is when God wants us to be part of Godly Fellowship Most. The reality is that in these moments is when God wants us to Praise and Pray Most. The reality is that as long as we are in Christ there are more for us than against us. The reality is that God often allows those trials to mold us into beautiful masterpieces. The reality is that God is working everything for His Glory and Our Good. The reality is that Jesus Himself already overcame the world and we’ve already won. The reality is that no hurt, wrong, or persecution can compare to that of Jesus’s. The reality is that if we respond as Jesus did, we too can change the world for God’s glory!!

We may not know the future or be able to control the actions of others…but let’s be so saturated with the Love, Word, and Presence of Jesus that our reactions to the chaos and confusion will bring about Glory to God.

When I’ve responded in my own strength, knowledge, and will, it never worked out right. When I’ve responded in faith…Peace, Empowerment, Solutions, and Miracles were Manifested.

An Ungodly Alliance

King Jehoshaphat did much to honor God within Judah, such as setting godly judges in the land, removing all the high places in the land, and setting out teachers to educate the people of Judah via the Word of God and much more. He was a great godly king and devoted to God.

But he lacked military strength. Instead of seeking God in this regard, he decided to knowingly align with the wicked King Ahab of Israel. In so doing, he put his reputation, his progress within the nation, and even his life on the line. He called out at the last minute, and God spared his life in the middle of a battle he wasn’t supposed to be fighting (while aligned with Ahab).

There are many things that seem to come easy when we settle, but remember, God sees all. Though we could have a long history of honoring God, we must remember that one relationship, deal, shortcut, or ungodly practice put into action could undo and destroy all the godly progress made within a nation, organization, church, home, or heart. #DontSettle. #TrustGod. #HonorGod

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord” (Psalms 1:1-2).

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Age of AI & The Bible

Dear Friends,

With all the buzz about the thousands of AI suites and software released within the last couple of months or so, I’d like to publicly share a few things I’ve found myself discussing often in private.

Introduction:

To start, it’s important to keep in mind that just because certain technologies have recently become available to the general public doesn’t necessarily mean they are entirely new. In fact, many of these technologies have likely been in development and use for years by major corporations and businesses such as Google. For instance, we didn’t learn about the existence of the atomic bomb until it was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and similarly, the basic cellphone was used by the US Army for almost two decades before it became widely available to civilians. It’s highly likely that the tech we see being released to the public now has been in use in various capacities for some time already.

Utilization & Pros:

In my opinion, this technology is both revolutionary and scary. On one hand, it can speed up productivity in ways beyond our comprehension. For example, with AI aides like ChatGPT, you can write a book, spell check, grammar check, make a song, do a report, form a congressional bill, and much more in moments. At this point it makes you wonder if big name producers have had access to such. However, with this comes serious concerns, particularly in relation to job loss.

Cons & Concerns:

First Concern (Job Loss)

I used to think that the impact of robots and AI on jobs was limited to factory work, retail stores, and the fast food industry, specifically. However, after seeing the recent AI aides, I can now clearly see how many jobs could be negatively impacted or lost over time. This includes not only retail and factory workers, but also photography, video production, writing and editing, customer service, data entry and analysis, driving, marketing, financial analysis, art, healthcare, and more.  It is important to recognize that the technology that has been released is not the only technology available. There is likely much more behind the scenes that we haven’t seen yet. It is also worth noting that just because a technology is available, it doesn’t mean it will be adopted by everyone immediately. However, we should still be aware of the potential impact on jobs and work towards finding solutions to mitigate this impact.  I can definitely see this bringing about a justification/case for universal income.

Second Concern (Influence of Humanity):

My second concern is related to the potential hidden control and influence of some AI technology. Specifically, I have noticed that ChatGPT has been touted as a potential competitor or could be used to integrate with Google. However, after testing ChatGPT, I have discovered that although it has been fed millions of seemingly “random” data points, it consistently provides politically correct or culturally correct answers. It appears to be fed the same type of information that “fact checkers” are given.

While ChatGPT is incredibly proficient at providing accurate answers to non-cultural, non-political, or non-conspiratorial truth prompts, it may be used to influence people as programmed. It is fascinating to note that the TikTok algorithm in the US is focused on entertainment and distractions, while in China, it emphasizes success, education, and a good work ethnic. Similarly, ChatGPT can be programmed to push certain narratives and influence people’s beliefs and behaviors.

Considering the media’s existing influence on people, it is concerning to think about how tech like ChatGPT could be used to aggressively push particular narratives. I believe that people should remain vigilant and be aware of the potential for hidden agendas when using AI technology.  Not only that but I can also see a situation play out where those in control use it to accomplish their depopulation efforts and other goals while acting as if the tech is completely functioning on its own will.  That way, they won’t be held accountable for carrying out the same things they’ve once touted publicly with regard to population control and the like.

Third Concern (Dependency and Devolving of Humanity):

My third concern is related to the potential negative impact of advanced technology on society. I am concerned that technology might make people lazier, more dependent, and less knowledgeable about essential trades and skills that are critical for a society’s foundation. It’s not just the possibility of a Skynet or Chaos GPT that we should worry about, but other ways that could set humanity back into the dark ages or third world status. Some movies, such as The Book of Eli, have depicted this scenario.

As we become more reliant on technology, we become more vulnerable to those who control it. If someone were to create a cyber catastrophe (mentioned often by the WEF), for example, internet connections and power grids could collapse, leaving society at the mercy of the ruling elites. This is particularly concerning for those who have been coerced into a guaranteed global income due to the lack of jobs and opportunities during the AI revolution that would have happened generations before.

General take within Biblical Worldview:

Finally, I do believe that these aids can help in many ways. As long as they do not contradict God’s principles, many could use them to stay competitive in the job market and as a means to save money and increase efficiency. However, the concern arises when this technology is used in conjunction with the system of the beast. While I don’t know exactly what it will look like, examples such as v@cs passports, bank cards, and IDs implanted under the skin are clearly unacceptable and should be avoided in my opinion. These types of implementations closely resemble the mark of the beast as described in Revelation 13. Therefore, it is important to be discerning and cautious when utilizing technology in a way that may lead to compromising one’s beliefs and values.

As Ecclesiastes 1:9 states, “there is nothing new under the sun,” and I strongly believe that many of the modern technologies we enjoy today have existed before. The book of Enoch, while not part of the Bible, is mentioned in Luke, Hebrews, and Jude, and I find it hard to find contradictions. In it, it describes how fallen angels who bred with humans taught them various technologies. As we know from the Bible, the world was so wicked that God destroyed it with the Great Flood, burying people, animals, and the known technology of that day. I believe that some of the same technologies and cultural norms will become commonplace again to some extent, based on Matthew 24:37-39, which says, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be…” This passage goes on to describe how people were going about their daily lives until the flood suddenly came and destroyed everything but Noah and his family. I believe that even some of the technological and cultural realities may be mirrored to some degree in the end times. For instance, I believe that the new-age LGBTQ+ movement is more than just the normalization of homosexuality, pedophilia, and transgender individuals. I believe it is setting a legal system and standard that is conducive to trans humans and fallen angels that once lived among us publicly before the flood. Consider the fact that there are now so many officially recognized genders and identities that a fallen angel, or aka alien, can more easily be integrated into our society under the law. This is not necessarily an absolute truth, and nobody knows the timeline for certain, but I would not be surprised if it were to happen again since it has already occurred in the past.  The bible is not a fairy tale and as time goes on more and more people will realize this fact.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, this article seeks to neither alarm nor frighten, but rather to discuss the current AI tech boom and encourage us to be like the Sons of Issachar who understood the times and knew how to navigate them for the glory of God. Throughout history, large populations have been deceived and manipulated because of their ignorance or being too busy with life. As we live in the age of technology, we have the opportunity to remain faithful to God, serve Him, and stand for truth against the enemy’s deception and manipulation. We must question and test everything, stand on the Word of God, and His principles despite cultural pressures to conform. We should also not be afraid to be labeled as conspiracy theorists or Bible thumpers. We must remain alert and aware of the world around us, as well as stand for His glory. Remember, when good people do nothing, chaos manifests easily, but when the People of God stand for His glory, the impossible becomes possible.

Complete Trust In God

In times of uncertainty, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the challenges we face. With health issues, financial struggles, and social unrest being prevalent in the world, it’s understandable to feel lost and unsure of the future. However, as believers, we are called to put our trust in God and not lean on our own understanding.

Trusting in God means believing that He is in control and that His plan for our lives is good. It means understanding that even when things don’t make sense, God is still working behind the scenes to guide us towards our purpose. We may encounter closed doors, but God can take us through, over, or around them.

When we submit our ways to God and trust Him completely, He will make our paths straight. That doesn’t mean that the path will always be easy, but it means that God will lead us towards His plan for our lives. We can have peace in knowing that we don’t have to figure everything out on our own.

So, if you’re feeling lost and overwhelmed, remember to trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean on Him, submit to His will, and allow Him to guide you towards your purpose. Remember that even when the path seems unclear, God will make a way.

Prayer

“Father, in these uncertain times, help me to trust in You completely. Help me to lean on You and submit my ways to You. I pray that You will guide me towards Your purpose for my life and make my paths straight. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Bible Verse

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Consumption vs Function

We often look back at scripture and clearly see the faults and mistakes of the fathers of our faith and the Israelites in general, whether made blatantly or unintentionally in hindsight. Yet, as we often mention, we frequently fail to see that we too have followed in the same steps as those before us. We too have made obvious repeated mistakes or willingly, even if for but a moment, rebelled against God, which led to a brief detour down wilderness way or an extended stay in wilderness wonderland… both of which God never intended. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are those “Like Jesus” who were intentionally led to the wilderness for testing, placement, and preparation, which had nothing to do with punishment for sin.

With that being said, one area in which we may make the same mistake in today’s society is through our consumption versus function or our speech versus reach. In the days of Jesus, the Pharisees too knew much of the written law and enjoyed conveying their opinions, ever so eloquently, about it to those under their influence. But they were found gravely lacking in truly understanding and applying the heart of scripture. So much so that they were the ones who missed, despised, and killed the very God-man their own Holy scriptures spoke about, as Stephen amazingly noted in Acts Chapter 7.

In a similar way, today there is a potential for us to fall into a similar trap: waxing eloquent on various topics in culture and life via social media and other platforms while ignoring or missing God’s real call to action, both in general and in our personal lives, to reach out to those whom God desires most (Speech vs Reach). There is also great potential for us to be so focused on consuming all sorts of self-help resources, as well as going to various church events and conferences, that we can miss God’s will and way for us to be Jesus’s hands and feet in our communities from a simple, yet powerful perspective (Consumption vs Function).

These are often the very opportunities that God uses to bring about healing, peace, power, and purpose in our own lives.

We don’t have a lack of church buildings on each corner, but we do have a lack of the church being present on the corners of our communities that need it the most. Church titles and platform speaking are often envied and deeply desired by many, though those functions are very necessary, but few are inspired to be the hands and feet of Jesus in action within our community.  We are all called to this to  some capacity.  It’s great to attend church and be present at many events, but if we are merely consuming God’s word, we will eventually become fat and die. We must consume and burn that energy off through the exercising of our faith in action. This is how we mature our spiritual muscles and accomplish kingdom feats. We were created for function, faith, and works (James 2:18). We should become equipped at the church to then go, not just to skip over our neighborhoods, cities, and needy communities to hop on a plane across various time zones, which is important too, but to start right in our own backyards. Especially the Samarians of our community that most often intentionally avoid. This is one of the very reasons many communities despise the church. “The church talked a good game at their building but never came to help me in the hood, see me in prison, at the hospital, on the street, mention God to me at work, or see me in the convalescent home.” Jesus referred to these people as the least of these (Matthew 28:19-20). These people may not bring in the financial support, but they are the very people Jesus equipped the disciples to fish for and build their lives around.

The new age church often builds their lives around themselves, their various forms of comfort, their itching ear theology of prosperity, their new cultural pressured interpretation of scripture, and various forms of entertainment. Let it not be said of us.

Friends, even Satan knows Scripture, but what sets us apart from him is that we commit our lives to the one true God through Jesus and obey Him in tending to the Great Commission and obeying Him as the Holy Spirit leads us individually (Matthew 28:19-20). The Church is not merely a hospital, though it cares for those wounded and nurses them to health. The Church is not a place we simply go to recharge our batteries to get through the week. However, the Church is the place we go to join with like-minded believers, encourage one another, become equipped, help equip, and unitedly engage the dying world around us according to our giftings and callings starting in our own backyards and on our present jobs that we often think are purposeless.

Let’s not just talk and be philosophical about it. Let’s not just consume and be made fat with knowledge, which can puff oneself up (1 Corinthians 8:1). Let’s go and be the Church as we pursue those outside the church; preaching and making disciples.