3Does God Mean What He Says? In the last 50 years or so, there has been a trend in the religious worldThere used to be many preachers who were considered “hell, fire, and brimstone” preachersThese men taught the gospel with a passion and sense of urgency
4Does God Mean What He Says? Many decided along the way that they didn’t like that kind of preachingAs a result, we see less and less of itPerhaps that’s why we also are seeing a moral declineWhat is popular now is a non- offensive message
5Does God Mean What He Says? These sermons do not convict anyone of sin, they do not “cut to the heart”, nor do they push anyone to changeThey are just fluffBecause of this, people do not think that God means what He says in the Bible
6New Problem? Is this a new problem today? Perhaps this is a problem that has been around for quite a whileWhy do people not believe that God means what He says?Timothy was warned of a time like this (II Tim. 4:2-4)
7New Problem?Paul told Timothy that there would come a time in which men would no longer want to hear the truthRather they would desire something that was more pleasant to their earsThey will seek after the things that they want to hear
8What’s the Problem? Again, we ask why? Who do people seem to no longer think that God means what He says?Perhaps Peter gives us some insightMatthew 16:21-23Did Peter not understand what Jesus said?
9What’s the Problem?Peter’s problem was that he simply didn’t want to accept what Jesus said as a realityThe problem lied not with understanding it, but with accepting itAre we willing to accept God’s word, even if it’s not what we want to hear?
10Adam & EveGod created Adam & Eve and placed them in this perfect gardenHe had but one rule (Gen. 2:16-17)So what was the problem?Did Adam & Eve not understand what God had said?
11Adam & Eve Yes, they understood Did Adam or Eve believe or accept what God has said?No, they didn’tDid God mean what He said?Yes He did!
12Noah & His GenerationIn Genesis 6, God saw that the world was so wicked, it grieved Him and made Him feel regret for making manGod decided to destroy everything from the face of the earthHowever, Noah found grace in God’s eyes (Gen. 6:5-8)
13Noah & His GenerationGod told Noah to build an ark to save himself and his familyII Peter 2:5 tells us Noah was a preacher of righteousnessApparently Noah preached a message of repentance and possible salvation
14Noah & His GenerationDid the people of that time not understand what Noah was saying?Did they not believe or accept what Noah was saying?Did God mean what He said about flooding the earth and killing all, save Noah and his family?
15Lot’s Wife Jesus said in Luke 17:32 simply this… “Remember Lot’s wife” In Genesis 19, we see the story of Lot’s wife that Christ referred toAn angel of the Lord told Lot and his family to escape and not look back, lest they be destroyed (Gen. 19:17)
16Lot’s Wife Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt (v. 26) Did Lot’s wife understand what the angel of the Lord said to her? Yes!Did Lot’s wife believe or accept what the angel said? No!Did God mean what He said? Yes!!
17Nadab & AbihuNadab and Abihu offered up strange fire to the Lord (Lev. 10:1-2)God sent out fire and devoured them and they diedDid they not understand God’s commandments regarding this fire?Everyone else seemed to understand
18Nadab & Abihu Did they not believe God or accept what He said? Did God mean what He said concerning how He was to be worshipped?Look at God’s response in v. 3…What if God had let this slide?
19King SaulGod told King Saul to utterly destroy Amalek including all men and women, infants and nursing children, ox and sheep, camel and donkeys (I Sam. 15)Did Saul not understand that command?Did he accept what God told him, or believe it?
20King SaulSaul simply wanted to do things his way, so he chose not to accept what God saidGod took away the throne of Saul and gave it to David and cut off Saul from HimselfDid God mean what He said to Saul?
21UzzaGod specifically said in Numbers 4:15 that Israel should touch no holy thing, lest they dieThat seems like a pretty straightforward commandmentGod also gave specific commandments on how the ark was to be carried (by poles – Ex. 25:10-15)
22Uzza Did God mean what He said in Numbers 4:15? Did God mean what He said in Exodus 25:10-15?Uzza understood, as did David, but either didn’t believe or did not accept God’s commandment
23What About Today? We could go on and on with examples The reason why Moses never entered the Promised Land is because he did not take God seriouslyIf Naaman wanted to be cured of his leprosy, he had to take God seriously (II Ki. 5)
24What About Today? Does God mean what He says today? Does He mean what He says about worship in John 4:23-24?Many in the world base their worship on what is pleasing to men or what brings in the biggest crowdsFalse worship is possible (Matt. 15:7-8)
25What About Today? Does God mean what He says about our salvation? “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16)Most only believe that half of that verse is true
26What About Today? Is that command hard to understand? Is it rather that people refuse to believe or accept it?Is God really going to take vengeance in flaming fire on those who do not know Him or obey Him? (I Thess. 1:8-9)
27What About Today?It’s not difficult to understand, but it may be difficult to acceptJust because I do not accept it doesn’t make it falseHebrews 5:8-9Does God mean what He says?Will you accept and believe it?