What is most important to God our Father during this dispensation? What work does He consider to have the greatest gravitas? Our Heavenly Father has a heart that beats for the salvation of sinners. In the Gospel of Luke the holy angel shared the good news with the shepherds.
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David of Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:10-14
God’s heart for the salvation of sinners is widespread throughout the Word of God. Again, in the Gospel of Luke God expresses His desire for the salvation of sinners through His servant Simeon.
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:25-32
Almighty God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world, there is no other way for anyone to be saved. Repentant faith in Jesus Christ and belief in Him is God’s means of saving sinners. More than that, we must believe the truth about Him. We must believe that Jesus Christ died upon the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our resurrection and that He is coming again to set up His kingdom upon this earth. Every sinner who believes in Him has eternal life, a blessed life of God’s intimate care for them as they traverse this earth until taken home to heaven. Every sinner who rejects the Son has the wrath of God abiding upon them, and if they die without repentant faith, then that sinner will endure eternal damnation in fiery hell.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also out to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 1 John 5:9-14
9 “If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:9-12
14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God…36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who doest not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:14-18 & 36
24 “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” Isaiah 66:24
God’s will is that everyone should repent and put their faith Jesus Christ. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to prove that and He says as much in the New Testament. Here are a couple of passages that declare His heart towards sinners.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,..1 Timothy 2:3-6
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Considering God’s fervent love for sinners and everything He’s done to accomplish the salvation of sinners, what should our response be to any ism that specializes in killing people and vehemently attacks Christians and their faith? Think about the horrific despotic isms of the past century and their mass murdering of millions of people. Communism and Nazism were responsible for over 100 million murders in the 20th century, while they also systematically opposed Christianity, especially outlawing biblical faith. Thwarting God’s will in the salvation of sinners is the work of the devil. Scripture specifically states the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Isms are Satan’s opposition to God’s work of saving sinners.
In the 21st century the most dangerous ism facing humanity is Islamism. Islamists brutalize people for no other reason than that they are women, children, or non-Islamists. They behead, burn alive, disfigure, maim, rape, enslave, oppress people; people whom Christ came to save! These are brutal beasts who care nothing for humanity but have a satanically inspired fervor for their benighted religion started by a murdering pedophile. Their cruelty knows no bounds and they are equally cruel to animals.
The above are their actions one on one, but they also mass murder “infidels” by blowing them up, or running them over, or attacking with guns. Islamists have no place in the civilized world and should be kept in the Middle East where they belong. Wherever they go crime, terrorism, rape, brutality, hatred, increase. They are maniacal in their adherence to their false cultic religion & hate anyone who isn’t them! They especially despise “people of the Book” Jews and Christians. Do you remember other isms that attacked Jews and Christians? That would be the Nazis and Communists. If we are believers in Christ Jesus and desire to see sinners saved, then we must oppose any spread of Islam beyond the borders of the Middle East. Even Muslims in the Middle East oppose these dangerously brutal people. God’s Word aptly describes Islamists in 2 Peter.
10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. 12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 2 Peter 2:10-12
What I am saying will go against much of what is being spread throughout the church today, but realize the church has been infiltrated by liberals who care nothing for the salvation of sinners. They are the ones who supported communists and now support socialists. They care only for their false teaching that supports everyone who despises the gospel. As believers in Jesus Christ we must do all we can to support our God who cares about the salvation of sinners. That is His heart and should be our heart too! We must not only preach the gospel but must also fight against everyone who seeks to destroy humanity & enslave them to satanically designed Isms. May God empower us for His high calling.
15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15
Jesus Christ may we as Your people, Your beloved sheep, stay true to You by sharing the gospel and fighting for the protection of our ability to share the gospel with sinners. Bless us mightily through Your Holy Spirit. Amen!