HOW LONG WILL GOD TOLERATE MAN’S REBELLION?

As we look at our current world, we can’t help but notice the rapidly growing cesspool of iniquity that threatens to engulf American culture. What is significant is that people are glorying in things that should properly bring them shame. Sexual immorality, sexual perversion, abortion, and the flippant disregard of the permanence of marriage, all spell a culture growing ripe for the sickle of judgment. Genetic attempts to clone human beings is also a sign of degenerate thinking, which degrades the sacredness of God’s handiwork in the creation of human beings. In Psa 139:14, we read that we should praise God that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Note the making of human beings is God’s prerogative. God makes people according to His plan and deserves the high praises of those whom He has made. We are to kneel before our Maker (Psa 95:6). Cloning make man the maker of human beings rather than God, the Creator. Someone’s clone must praise man for the way he is. Such things should never be.

How long will God tolerate such rebellion? According to His pattern in the past, it is only a matter of time before judgment falls. Perhaps it already has, because for a decade we have faced one calamity after another. People challenge those who entertain the idea that as a country we are perhaps under the judgment of God. They say, “How can you say with certainty that we are experiencing the judgment of God?” We can’t, but can they say with certainty that we aren’t under divine judgment?

One thing is certain, God hasn’t delivered the knock out blow yet. He appears to be patiently waiting. Why? He is giving people the opportunity to repent (2 Pet 3:9). Now is the day of salvation!

WHAT ABOUT FOOLISH PROMISES MADE TO GOD?

In the O. T. people made vows to God in an effort to obtain a special blessing or give thanks for a special blessing. These special promises were not to be made lightly, but every effort was to be made to fulfill them (Numbers 30:2). It was possible, however, to take a vow back. This mandated paying a penalty of 20% on the assessed value of whatever you devoted to God. Leviticus 27 deals with redeeming or taking back your vow. King Saul made a foolish vow to God. This vow involved executing his son, Jonathan (1 Sam 14:24-46). The people would not allow Saul to carry out his promise. It seems clear that it was not God’s will for Saul to carry out a foolish vow that he made rashly.

In the church age, we are not under the Mosaic law. If a believer makes a foolish promise to God, he does not have to pay a financial penalty for not keeping it. In my opinion, a believer who has failed to keep a promise to God, should confess that to God as a sin (1 John 1:9). The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin-even foolish, careless promises made to the Lord. If the vow involved obligating the person to things he cannot fulfill, or things that are contrary to God’s Word, he should confess that as sin as well. We should never make promises to God lightly, for that is tantamount to taking God lightly. I do not believe that God will hold a person to a foolish promise.

The person who has made a promise to God centered in something that he or she describes as “the only thing I have to live for” needs to confess and forsake the sin of idolatry. As Paul said, “For me to live is Christ.” The primary goal of life is not a particular blessing from God, but the God who gives the blessing. Having made a foolish promise to God will probably not result in losing something dear, for God merciful forgives, but to elevate a blessing above the Lord who gives it could likely be a reason for the Lord to withhold it.

WHERE DO BABIES GO AT DEATH?

The destiny of infants and children who die before they become capable of understanding sin and the Gospel of Christ has always been a subject of much debate. This is because the Bible does not directly address the issue. The interpreter must make inferences from biblical texts regarding this issue.

There are four compelling reasons for believing that such little ones will be accepted into heaven at death: (1) Logic
It seems logical to conclude that if a person cannot do the one thing that God
requires for forgiveness, then God will not hold him accountable to do so. For
example, what mother would hold her 9 month old baby accountable for not using the
toilet? For a baby, or young child, or a mentally deficient person, to truly
believe on the Lord Jesus is just that impossible.

In light of God’s great concern for those too young to possess moral discernment
(Jonah 4:11), it seem reasonable that God would not reject them, but rather accept
them on the basis of Christ’s death for the sins of the whole world.

(2) Not Present At The Final Judgment
Those too young to possess moral discernment are not present at the Great White
Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). According to this passage, all of the unsaved dead
are raised from the dead to be judged “according to their works.” This is why the
“books are opened.” However, the little ones under discussion have no works to be
judged, but all at this final judgment are judged “according to their works.” The
only people who are cast into the lake of fire are individuals who stand at this
judgment. Since these little ones are not present for this judgment, it seems that
they are safe in the arms of the Lord.

(3) David’s Confidence
In 2 Samuel 12:22,23, David made an insightful statement about his baby who had just
died. David said, “I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” David was
certain that he would be reunited with this child. And we know that David was
looking forward to entering the house of the Lord at death (Psalm 23:6).

We also need to realize that David was a prophet (Acts 2:30) and possessed prophetic
insight into the future. There is no reason why David’s hope for his child should
not also be our hope for a child that has passed on.

(4) Guarded By Angels
According to Matthew 18:10, these precious little ones have angels who are
positioned so close to the heavenly father, that they always see His face. This
suggests that these angels exercise a special authority to protect these little
ones. It is hard to believe that these little ones who are so protected by the
mighty angels could somehow be lost and condemned to Hell.

For these reasons I am compelled to believe that when infants, small children, and mentally deficient people, who are either too young to believe or are incapable of believing, die, that they are mercifully received into heaven, based on the all sufficient death of Christ on the cross.