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Title: Why do people reject genuine Christianity?


1
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • In order to find the favor of God a man must
    repent!

2
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • In order to find the favor of God a man must
    repent!
  • How did Jesus and John begin their ministry? (Mt
    32 417)

3
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Matthew 32 (NKJV) - and saying, Repent, for
    the kingdom of heaven is at hand!

4
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Matthew 417 (NKJV) - From that time Jesus began
    to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of
    heaven is at hand.

5
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • John knew the difficulty of repentance and how
    many were hypocrites in what they
    claimed that they were. (Mt 37-8)

6
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Matthew 37-8 (NKJV) - But when he saw many of
    the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his
    baptism, he said to them, Brood of vipers! Who
    warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8
    Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

7
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • One brother said The bottleneck of conversion
    is repentance!

8
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • What if Jesus came to the University church? What
    would be His message for us?

9
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • What was His message to the seven churches?
    Ephesus (Rev 25), Pergamos (Rev 216), Thyatira
    (Rev 220-22), Sardis (Rev 33), the Laodicean
    Church (Rev 319-20)

10
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Revelation 25 (NKJV) - Remember therefore from
    where you have fallen repent and do the first
    works, or else I will come to you quickly and
    remove your lampstand from its placeunless you
    repent.

11
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Revelation 216 (NKJV) - Repent, or else I will
    come to you quickly and will fight against them
    with the sword of My mouth.

12
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Revelation 220-22 (NKJV) - Nevertheless I have
    a few things against you, because you allow that
    woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to
    teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual
    immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21
    And I gave her time to repent of her sexual
    immorality, and she did not repent.

13
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and
    those who commit adultery with her into great
    tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.

14
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Revelation 33 (NKJV) - Remember therefore how
    you have received and heard hold fast and
    repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will
    come upon you as a thief, and you will not know
    what hour I will come upon you.

15
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Revelation 319-20 (NKJV) - As many as I love, I
    rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and
    repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
    If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I
    will come in to him and dine with him, and he
    with Me.

16
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • We can easily become like the Pharisees of Jesus
    day. Those who have a great knowledge of God
    without repentance are often very harsh and
    dangerous.

17
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Maybe you should ask the question the disciples
    asked Jesus Is it I?

18
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Maybe you should ask the question the disciples
    asked Jesus Is it I?
  • Remember that Judas also asked the question! (Mk
    1419 Mt 2622, 25)

19
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Mark 1419 (NKJV) - And they began to be
    sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, Is it
    I? And another said, Is it I?

20
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Matthew 2622 (NKJV) - And they were exceedingly
    sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him,
    Lord, is it I?

21
Why do people reject genuine Christianity?
  • Matthew 2625 (NKJV) - Then Judas, who was
    betraying Him, answered and said, Rabbi, is it
    I? He said to him, You have said it.

22
What is repentance?
  • Repentance is brought about from a knowledge of
    God's will.

23
What is repentance?
  • Repentance is brought about from a knowledge of
    God's will.
  • God tells us what sin is. (1 Jn 34 517)

24
What is repentance?
  • 1 John 34 (NKJV) - Whoever commits sin also
    commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

25
What is repentance?
  • 1 John 517 (NKJV) - All unrighteousness is sin,
    and there is sin not leading to death.

26
What is repentance?
  • We are to repent of sin! (Acts 822-23)

27
What is repentance?
  • Acts 822-23 - Repent therefore of this your
    wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought
    of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see
    that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by
    iniquity.

28
What is repentance?
  • In order to repent we must know God's standard.
    We must know God!

29
What is repentance?
  • In order to repent we must know God's standard.
    We must know God!

30
What is repentance?
  • Repentance is preceded by godly sorrow. (2 Cor
    710)

31
What is repentance?
  • 2 Corinthians 710 (NKJV) - For godly sorrow
    produces repentance leading to salvation, not to
    be regretted but the sorrow of the world
    produces death.

32
What is repentance?
  • Satan's substitute for this is worldly sorrow.

33
What is repentance?
  • In worldly sorrow we are sad about the
    consequences or being caught.

34
What is repentance?
  • In worldly sorrow we are sad about the
    consequences or being caught.
  • Many have this kind of sorrow over their sin.

35
What is repentance?
  • Godly sorrow involves a complete focus on God.
    (Psa 511-4)

36
What is repentance?
  • Psalm 511-4 (NKJV) - Have mercy upon me, O
    God, According to Your lovingkindness According
    to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out
    my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my
    iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I
    acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is
    always before me.

37
What is repentance?
  • 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done
    this evil in Your sight That You may be found
    just when You speak, And blameless when You
    judge.

38
What is repentance?
  • We are grieved because God knows. What if you do
    not know God?

39
What is repentance?
  • We are grieved because God knows. What if you do
    not know God?
  • If no one else knew we would still repent because
    we have grieved God.

40
What is repentance?
  • Repentance is a turning of the will. (Mt
    2128-32)

41
What is repentance?
  • Matthew 2128-32 (NKJV) - But what do you
    think? A man had two sons, and he came to the
    first and said, Son, go, work today in my
    vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not,
    but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then
    he came to the second and said likewise. And he
    answered and said, I go, sir, but he did not
    go.

42
What is repentance?
  • 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?
    They said to Him, The first. Jesus said to
    them, Assuredly, I say to you that tax
    collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God
    before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of
    righteousness, and you did not believe him but
    tax collectors and harlots believed him and when
    you saw it, you did not afterward relent and
    believe him.

43
What is repentance?
  • There becomes a complete yielding to God and a
    desire to see it all. No more lies and deceit.
    (Psa 515-7)

44
What is repentance?
  • Psalm 515-7 (NKJV) - Behold, I was brought
    forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived
    me. 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward
    parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to
    know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall
    be clean Wash me, and I shall be whiter than
    snow.

45
What is repentance?
  • The will is actually crushed and replaced with a
    great humility.

46
What is repentance?
  • The will is actually crushed and replaced with a
    great humility.
  • No one can have pride and repentance at the same
    time.

47
What is repentance?
  • Repentance has fruits that will follow. (Mt
    37-8)

48
What is repentance?
  • Matthew 37-8 (NKJV) - But when he saw many of
    the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his
    baptism, he said to them, Brood of vipers! Who
    warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8
    Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

49
What is repentance?
  • This will involve restitution where possible.

50
What is repentance?
  • This will involve restitution where possible.
  • This will involve confession to those we have
    wronged.

51
What is repentance?
  • This will involve most of all, ones seeking the
    forgiveness of God. (Psa 518-12 Acts 238)

52
What is repentance?
  • Acts 238 (NKJV) - Then Peter said to them,
    Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
    the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
    sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy
    Spirit.

53
What is repentance?
  • Psalm 518-12 (NKJV) - Make me hear joy and
    gladness, That the bones You have broken may
    rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot
    out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean
    heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within
    me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
    And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

54
What is repentance?
  • 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And
    uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

55
What is repentance?
  • A common mistake we make is to baptize one before
    they repent!

56
What is repentance?
  • A common mistake we make is to baptize one before
    they repent!
  • A fruit of repentance is praising God and telling
    others about Him.

57
Three things that block repentance
  • A dishonesty that refuses to see clearly admit
    wrong. (Prov 1215 162)

58
Three things that block repentance
  • Proverbs 1215 (NKJV) - The way of a fool is
    right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel
    is wise.

59
Three things that block repentance
  • Proverbs 162 (NKJV) - All the ways of a man are
    pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the
    spirits.

60
Three things that block repentance
  • Did the Laodicean Church want to see this? (Rev
    317)

61
Three things that block repentance
  • Revelation 317 (NKJV) - Because you say, I am
    rich, have become wealthy, and have need of
    nothingand do not know that you are wretched,
    miserable, poor, blind, and naked

62
Three things that block repentance
  • Do you want Gods eye salve? (Rev 318)

63
Three things that block repentance
  • Revelation 318 (NKJV) - I counsel you to buy
    from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be
    rich and white garments, that you may be
    clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not
    be revealed and anoint your eyes with eye salve,
    that you may see.

64
Three things that block repentance
  • David did not appeal to the sins of others or
    tried to lay the blame on others. (2 Sam 1213
    Psa 5114)

65
Three things that block repentance
  • 2 Samuel 1213 (NKJV) - So David said to Nathan,
    I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said
    to David, The LORD also has put away your sin
    you shall not die.

66
Three things that block repentance
  • Psalm 5114 (NKJV) - Deliver me from the guilt
    of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And
    my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

67
Three things that block repentance
  • A fear of the consequences of repentance.

68
Three things that block repentance
  • A fear of the consequences of repentance.
  • Consider the man who confessed a murder after
    seeing the movie about Jesus.

69
Three things that block repentance
  • Davids call to repentance involved strong
    consequences. (2 Sam 127-12)

70
Three things that block repentance
  • 2 Samuel 127-12 (NKJV) - Then Nathan said to
    David, You are the man! Thus says the LORD God
    of Israel I anointed you king over Israel, and
    I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave
    you your masters house and your masters wives
    into your keeping, and gave you the house of
    Israel and Judah. And if that had been too
    little, I also would have given you much more!

71
Three things that block repentance
  • 9 Why have you despised the commandment of the
    LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed
    Uriah the Hittite with the sword you have taken
    his wife to be your wife, and have killed him
    with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now
    therefore, the sword shall never depart from your
    house, because you have despised Me, and have
    taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your
    wife.

72
Three things that block repentance
  • 11 Thus says the LORD Behold, I will raise up
    adversity against you from your own house and I
    will take your wives before your eyes and give
    them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your
    wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it
    secretly, but I will do this thing before all
    Israel, before the sun.

73
Three things that block repentance
  • David offered no excuses and accepted whatever
    God would do.

74
Three things that block repentance
  • What if he had said, "What's the use of
    repenting?

75
Three things that block repentance
  • Real repentance will not focus upon the price
    that must be paid!

76
Three things that block repentance
  • Real repentance will not focus upon the price
    that must be paid!
  • A refusal to pay the full price of repentance.

77
Three things that block repentance
  • We must surrender all that is dear to us and turn
    to God. (Lk 923-24 1433)

78
Three things that block repentance
  • Luke 923-24 (NKJV) - Then He said to them all,
    If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny
    himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow
    Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will
    lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake
    will save it.

79
Three things that block repentance
  • Luke 1433 (NKJV) - So likewise, whoever of you
    does not forsake all that he has cannot be My
    disciple.

80
Three things that block repentance
  • We must learn and live a new way of life. (Acts
    1917-20 Lk 310-14)

81
Three things that block repentance
  • Acts 1917-20 (NKJV) - This became known both to
    all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus and fear
    fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus
    was magnified. 18 And many who had believed came
    confessing and telling their deeds.

82
Three things that block repentance
  • 19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic
    brought their books together and burned them in
    the sight of all. And they counted up the value
    of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of
    silver. 20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily
    and prevailed.

83
Three things that block repentance
  • Luke 310-14 (NKJV) - So the people asked him,
    saying, What shall we do then? 11 He answered
    and said to them, He who has two tunics, let him
    give to him who has none and he who has food,
    let him do likewise. 12 Then tax collectors also
    came to be baptized, and said to him, Teacher,
    what shall we do? 13 And he said to them,
    Collect no more than what is appointed for you.

84
Three things that block repentance
  • 14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, And
    what shall we do? So he said to them, Do not
    intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be
    content with your wages.

85
Three things that block repentance
  • "To move across from one sort of person to
    another is the essence of repentance the liar
    becomes truthful the thief, honest the lewd,
    pure the proud, humble."

86
Three things that block repentance
  • Many accept that which is not repentance at all.

87
Three things that block repentance
  • Many accept that which is not repentance at all.
  • We must live a life of repentance.

88
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • How do we view and treat other people? (Lk
    189-11)

89
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Luke 189-11 (NKJV) - Also He spoke this parable
    to some who trusted in themselves that they were
    righteous, and despised others 10 Two men went
    up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the
    other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and
    prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You that
    I am not like other menextortioners, unjust,
    adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

90
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • One characteristic of the Pharisees was the use
    of social exclusion of sinners.
    (Mt 910-11)

91
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Matthew 910-11 (NKJV) - Now it happened, as
    Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold,
    many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down
    with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the
    Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples,
    Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors
    and sinners?

92
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • They did not hate the sin but the sinner.

93
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • There are many who will punish other Christians
    socially because of others weaknesses and even
    because one is socially awkward.

94
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • There are many who will punish other Christians
    socially because of others weaknesses and even
    because one is socially awkward.
  • These actions tear down the work of God. (1 Cor
    1220-25)

95
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 1 Corinthians 1220-25 (NKJV) - But now indeed
    there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the
    eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of
    you nor again the head to the feet, I have no
    need of you. 22 No, much rather, those members
    of the body which seem to be weaker are
    necessary.

96
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 23 And those members of the body which we think
    to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater
    honor and our unpresentable parts have greater
    modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no
    need. But God composed the body, having given
    greater honor to that part which lacks it,

97
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 25 that there should be no schism in the body,
    but that the members should have the same care
    for one another.

98
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Am I willing to be tested? (Jn 932-34)

99
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • John 932-34 (NKJV) - Since the world began it
    has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes
    of one who was born blind. 33 If this Man were
    not from God, He could do nothing. 34 They
    answered and said to him, You were completely
    born in sins, and are you teaching us? And they
    cast him out.

100
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • I have seen people harshly turn on the perceived
    faults of another in order to stop them from
    pointing out their sins. (Ex. Hypocrites in the
    church.)

101
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • I have seen people harshly turn on the perceived
    faults of another in order to stop them from
    pointing out their sins. (Ex. Sending a brother
    to jail.)
  • We are facing a trend in churches to preach a
    positive gospel.

102
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • I have seen people harshly turn on the perceived
    faults of another in order to stop them from
    pointing out their sins. (Ex. Sending a brother
    to jail.)
  • We are facing a trend in churches to preach a
    positive gospel.
  • Some that write and warn others run from open
    study!

103
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Great arrogance can come from those who have a
    position to protect. Listen to Jesus warning.
    (Lk 121-3)

104
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Luke 121-3 (NKJV) - In the meantime, when an
    innumerable multitude of people had gathered
    together, so that they trampled one another, He
    began to say to His disciples first of all,
    Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is
    hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered that
    will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be
    known.

105
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark
    will be heard in the light, and what you have
    spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be
    proclaimed on the housetops.

106
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Is the joy and purpose of repentance in my life?

107
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Is the joy and purpose of repentance in my life?
  • A fruit of repentance is praising God and telling
    others about Him. (Psa 5113-19)

108
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Psalm 5113-19 (NKJV) - Then I will teach
    transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be
    converted to You. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of
    bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my
    tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
    15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show
    forth Your praise.

109
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I
    would give it You do not delight in burnt
    offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken
    spirit, A broken and a contrite heart These, O
    God, You will not despise.

110
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices
    of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole
    burnt offering Then they shall offer bulls on
    Your altar.

111
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • One of the worst things you can do it take an
    unrepentant Christian to talk with the lost
    about salvation. (Rom 217-24)

112
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Romans 217-24 (NKJV) - Indeed you are called a
    Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in
    God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things
    that are excellent, being instructed out of the
    law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a
    guide to the blind, a light to those who are in
    darkness,

113
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of
    babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in
    the law. 21 You, therefore, who teach another, do
    you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man
    should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say,
    Do not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?
    You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?

114
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you
    dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For
    the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles
    because of you, as it is written.

115
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Evangelism will be a hunger for those with a
    repentant heart.

116
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • We need to understand and willingly pay the price
    of repentance.

117
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • We need to understand and willingly pay the price
    of repentance.
  • In Jesus' day there were many who would not. (Jn
    1242-43)

118
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • John 1242-43 (NKJV) - Nevertheless even among
    the rulers many believed in Him, but because of
    the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they
    should be put out of the synagogue 43 for they
    loved the praise of men more than the praise of
    God.

119
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Any consequences of sin can be borne if we know
    God is with us. (Heb 135-6)

120
Are the fruits of repentance in my life?
  • Hebrews 135-6 (NKJV) - Let your conduct be
    without covetousness be content with such things
    as you have. For He Himself has said, I will
    never leave you nor forsake you. 6 So we may
    boldly say The Lord is my helper I will not
    fear. What can man do to me?
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