“The Bible is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach, and young children are made to learn by heart.” –Voltaire
How many are there today who profess faith in Christ yet, live their lives in service to the devil (1 John 2:4,3:8)? Many act more like atheists than they do Christians (1 John 2:6). It has been said that the reason for atheism in the world is because of the hypocrisy in the Church as a whole. I understand what is being said here, though it is not true, nor is it an excuse for critics to excuse themselves from Hell, for they are just as guilty as those who they are criticizing. One such atheist was Voltaire.
History tells the story of the renowned atheist, Voltaire, one of the most aggressive antagonists of Christianity. He wrote many things to undermine the Church, and once said of Jesus Christ, “Curse the wretch. In 20 years, Christianity will be no more. My single hand will destroy the edifice it took 12 apostles to rear… Christianity would be swept away from existence and the Bible would pass into the obscurity of history.” Yet, 50 years after his death, in 1778, the Geneva Bible Society used his house and printing press to produce stacks of Bibles! Voltaire’s house was used by the Geneva Bible Society as a distribution center for Bibles.
Since Voltaire’s death, millions of copies of the Bible have been printed. The demand for Bibles increases.
The eternal Book lives on while Voltaire’s works have yet to reach a complete English edition!
Needless to say, Voltaire was less than successful. On his deathbed, a nurse who attended him was reported to have said, “For all the wealth in Europe, I would not see another atheist die.”
The physician, waiting up with Voltaire at his death, said that he cried out with utter desperation, “I am abandoned by God and man. I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months of life. Then I shall go to Hell and you will go with me, oh, Christ, oh, Jesus Christ!”
Maybe Mr. Voltaire had forgotten that reason is the enemy of faith and that Christians walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthains 5:7).
Regardless if most agree with what Voltaire has said or not, there is no doubt that 86% of Americans claim to be Christians, but live in direct contradiction of Scripture.
“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” -1 John 2:6
Therefore when you are born of the Spirit you will do the things of the spirit (John 3:3, 6; Romans 8:14).
They do not walk accordingly as Christ did because they never repented of their sins (Acts 20:21).
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” -2 Corinthians 7:10-11
This all comes with working out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), sanctification (John 17:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:4), unto the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:2), justification by faith (Romans 5:1-5), etc.
How foreign this is to most Christian professors in America today.
They somehow believe that their Church overseer is going to open the door (John 10:9) for them to get into Heaven (John 14:6). They are sadly mistaken.
I had an older lady tell me that her children and grandchildren can live like the devil all week, but they better be in Church on Sunday. That is often what is seen today. What’s worse is those who believe that they are going to live their selfish little lives (Matthew 10:32-33) and somehow are going to end up in Heaven (Mark 8:36). It is not scriptural, friends. Furthermore, if these people were not dying, how many of them would continue on in their sins?
“Deathbed repentances are often looked upon as very sincere although too frequently we fear, they are but the first gnawing of the worm that never dies.
A woman many years ago was condemned to death for murdering her child, and was hung in the grass market at Edinburg. She very diligently improved the six weeks allowed by the Scotch Law, previous to her execution, and the ministers who were with her continually gave it as their own opinion, that she died in the sure and certain hope of salvation.
The appointed day came; she was hung; but, it being very rainy, and no awning having been prepared, those who had the charge of her execution were in a great hurry to complete it, and to get under shelter, so she was cut down before the legal time, and, as the custom is, the body was given up to her friends to be buried.
A coffin was provided, and she was removed in it to East Lothian, where her husband was going to bury her. They stopped at a public house, on the road, to refresh themselves, when to their great surprise an alarm, in rushed a boy, and said he heard a noise in the coffin.
They went out, and found that the woman was alive; the vital powers had been suspended, but the life was not extinct, and the jolting of the cart had restored her circulation. And after a few hours, she became quite well; they removed their residence, and went to another part of the country.
But the sad part of the tale is this, that the woman was as bad as character as she ever was before, and, if anything, worse. She lived as openly in sin, and despised and hated religion even more than she had previously done.
I believe that you would see that the great majority of those that profess to retreat on their deathbeds, if they can rise again from their graves, would live as profane and godless as ever.
Rely on this; it is nothing but the grace of the Spirit of God that makes sure work of your souls.
Unless he shall change you, you maybe changed, but it will not be a change that will endure. Unless he shall put his hand to the work, the work will be marred, the pitcher spoiled on the wheel. Cry unto Him, therefore, that he may give you the Holy Spirit, and not a base counterfeit. Take heed sirs, take heed!
Natural fear, natural love, natural feeling’s, are not conversion. Conversion, in the first instance, and by all subsequent edification, must be the work of the Holy Spirit, and of Him alone. Never rest comfortable, then, until you have the Holy Spirit’s operations most surely effected in your hearts, that you may have the evidence of a real conversion and not a base counterfeit.” –Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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