Daily Devotional for Thursday August 23, 2007
The Blasphemy Challenge
"But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." (Mark 3:29)
One of the things that amazes me as much as anything in this life, are those people whose hearts become so hardened, that at some point they decide to go to war with God. I honestly don't know if there is anything more stupid a human being could do. The Bible says in the 14th Psalm, "The fool says in his heart there is no God." If the Bible declares that a person who simply says there is no God is a fool, what does that make a person who decides to go to war against God, the One who created them?
Two such men, clearly fools who have become tools of satan are Brian Flemming and Brian "Sapient." Sapient is not really the second Brian's last name. He simply uses that because he fears for his life if his real last name was known. Now that I actually find amusing. A guy who thinks he is big enough to fight God, but so concerned about his personal safety he has to hide his identity.
Just for a quick contrast, my real last name is Keller. My office address is published to millions often. Where I produce my TV program each night is published to the world often. Despite receiving an average of 10-12 death threats a month for 8 years now, I have no security detail and no huge staff. I don't hide in secret offices or disguise myself when out in public. I am a servant of the Lord, and a true servant has to be accessible or what good is he? I find that only those who live in fear have to hide and worry about people trying to harm them.
Flemming is the founder of "Beyond Belief Media" and the producer of a movie called, "The God Who Wasn't There." Sapient is the founder of a group called the "Rational Response Squad." You can Google their names and these groups they lead to read more about them. They have evolved over the years into nothing more than tools of satan to actively lead people away from the Christian faith and have now made it their life's work to attack God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ.
These two men have recently come together to start what they call the "Blasphemy Challenge." Again, you can take the time to Google "Blasphemy Challenge" and go to their website and read all about this bold and brazen outreach to lead your children straight to hell! This whole challenge is based on the passage out of Mark 3:29 that says whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit has committed the unpardonable sin and will never be forgiven.
There has always been much theological debate surrounding this passage and what it really means. Let me break it down for you in simple terms. The bottom line is that there is only one sin that you cannot be forgiven for, and that is rejecting Jesus Christ. Period. As long as you have breath, at any moment you can cry out to the Lord, repent of your sins, and ask Him to forgive you and your sins will be forgiven and you will be saved.
To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to literally reject Jesus Christ. While technically you can always ask God to forgive you, in reality what happens is that a person's heart becomes so hardened that it becomes virtually impossible for them to ever have the desire or will to ask God's forgiveness. A perfect recent example is Adolph Hitler. Up until he pulled the trigger and killed himself, he could have called on the name of Jesus and been saved. However, his heart was so hardened from his rejection of Christ, that was not even something he considered.
Satan's tools Brian 1 and Brian 2 have put out a challenge for young people to make a video of themselves blaspheming the Holy Spirit, or rejecting Christ in different ways, and then post it on the popular video-sharing website YouTube. So they are giving young adults who have rejected Christ and the Truth of God's Word at this stage of their life already, an excuse and forum to make a bold and visible stand against Jesus Christ. This only helps them to harden their hearts even more from being able to receive the love of Jesus Christ. How sad is that?
These groups that these Brian's have formed, "Beyond Belief Media" and the "Rational Response Squad," are activist organizations designed to bring together others who reject God, the Bible, and Jesus, while boldly, visibly, and without shame standing in the marketplace and tearing down the Christian faith and those who follow Jesus Christ. The movie, "The God Who Wasn't There" and the "Blasphemy Challenge" website are tools they are using to help people who have already rejected the love of Christ to justify their rejection and find comfort in their choice.
REMEMBER, SATAN IS THE GREAT JUSTIFIER AND HE WILL ALWAYS HELP YOU JUSTIFY YOUR CHOICE TO REJECT GOD, HIS TRUTH, AND THE LORD. SADLY, IT IS ONLY AFTER YOU DIE AND YOU ARE SPENDING ALL ETERNITY IN HELL THAT YOU REALIZE HOW WRONG YOU WERE. UNFORTUNATELY, AT THAT PONT IT IS TOO LATE!
I love you and care about you so much. Pray for Brian Flemming and Brian "Sapient." Flemming was actually raised in a solid Christian home and went to a Christian school through high school. It was in college that he decided to reject the faith, and slowly over time, began to allow satan to use him to actively lead people away from Christ. Both of these men, like all men, will die one day. At that moment they will stand before God their Creator, the One who they have denied and mocked, and be cast into hell for all eternity for their sins.
It is not God's desire for any man to go to hell. As a matter of fact, the Bible declares that it is God's desire for ALL to come to repentance, that none be lost. Hell was not created for man, but for satan and the fallen angels who followed him. God has never sent one soul to hell. Those who end up in hell are there because they choose to go there. How very sad when the glories of Heaven are available for all who will simply humble themselves and turn their hearts and lives to Jesus, the One who died for their sins.
Also, pray for our children and young adults. They are growing up in a world where men now actually use the media to defy God, openly spit in His face and without shame or conscience reject the love of Jesus Christ. The fact is we ALL do that every time we sin. Most who sin feel guilt and shame and sadness. Some men's hearts are so hard, they plan their sin, video tape it, and proudly broadcast it for others to see. This is the sick and evil world we are living in in the year 2007!
Maybe now you can understand my passion each day to reach more people here on the Internet, more people through our TV program on secular television. As I tell you often, we are battling for the souls of men! Literally! Tools of satan like these two Brians are using their time, effort, gifts, talents, and energy to lead people into the eternal fires of hell. If people can so faithfully serve satan, why can't people be even more faithful in serving our Lord?
Let me tell you how foolish these two Brians really are for serving satan. Satan has no real power and is already defeated. What they are doing is taking people who are simply looking to affirm their rejection of Christ's love. In reality, that is all they are doing. What we do literally 24/7/365 is take people who have been living without Christ in their hearts and lives, and by the power of the Holy Sprit, helping them find everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ.
THE SUPERNATURAL ACT OF TAKING A HEART OF STONE AND TURING IT TO A HEART OF FLESH, TAKING A SOUL BLACKENED BY SIN AND TURNING IT LILY WHITE, IS SOMETHING ONLY GOD CAN PERFORM!!!
Rather than help the lost insure they are going to hell when they die through things like the blasphemy challenge, let's help them find everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ through the SALVATION CHALLENGE!!!