What loopyloo305 observes is that instead of worshipping God, some would rather adore the collective society of man. Yet even the combined efforts of mankind cannot solve the problem of death. Thus, to worship anything other than our Creator, the Holy One, leads to futility.
Nonetheless, in the name of Secularism, these collectivists would force their religious choice upon everyone else.
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Sad to say but this fits so many who refuse to see and accept Jesus. Those who find the very representation of His cross offensive go beyond this though. By their actions they deny themselves and those who choose to follow them, the possibility of overcoming the stumbling block that they themselves have placed in their path.
1 Peter 2:6-8 King James Version (KJV)
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Like criminals who run to evade punishment, these same people try to convince those around them that they are the ones in the wrong. Failing that they would rather bring down all by doing as much as possible to destroy the very foundations of faith. By doing so they act as agents, willing or unwilling of the adversary. They reject the cornerstone that is Jesus Christ our Lord!
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
Sadly there are others who believe that our salvation can only come collectively. These pervert the word of God and deny Jesus in doing so.
Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Those that believe in the collective, believe that only through the combined effort of all can we be saved. In order to fulfill their desires, they believe that this gives them the right to force their will, no matter how wrong, upon others, in order that all may be saved. In doing so they deny Jesus as surely as those who would deny His existence. While one profess’ not to believe and attempts to force their will upon us, the other attempts to force their will upon us in a false promise. Both paths lead to damnation not salvation. And yet perhaps many of these truly believe that they are doing what is right. These are blind and deaf. They are dead to Christ. Some of these still have a opportunity to change. When Jesus sent a message to John the Baptist was He also speaking in parable?
Matthew 11:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
What will become of those who deny Christ, both those who profess to not believe, as well as those who try to convince us that our salvation depends on their ideas of what we should do as a collective? Jude has the answers:
Jude 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
To those who presume to teach that we can only be saved by the collective works that would reach salvation, Paul tells us in Galatians that:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Yet there are many who would deny that Paul teaches the word of God, that the books that he wrote are mistakenly added to the whole. And yet Jesus Christ Himself gave us the same word.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Only through faith can we be saved, only through faith can we believe in things unseen.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Those that feed us the pabulum of collectivism would have us believe that they can force salvation on all by forcing all to practice the works that they preach will obtain that salvation. It is impossible! Faith cannot be forced, it must be accepted by trust and increased by belief. No matter how hard one tries, he cannot and will not ever reach collective salvation. It is a road that leads only to destruction. It in itself is a “stumbling block.” We cannot and must not judge those who teach such, but we can and must point out the falseness of what they teach. Those that are blind and deaf, can have their eyes opened if they wish. They have only to ask. We worship our God by our choice, not by someone else’s desire. Those that deny the reality of the salvation that Jesus offers will be judged by the very one that they deny.
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: