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Say to them, “As I live!” declares the Lord God. “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?” – Ezekiel 33:11
It’s simple and it’s the reason why every lost person who has ever lived does not come to Jesus Christ. It’s not hard. It’s another one of those things that’s as clear as the nose on your face, but we want to get caught up in all of these philosophical, intellectual, and theological arguments. None of that matters. Here is the simple reason why you are lost in your sin today: you love sin more than you love the Savior. It’s not about the intellect; it’s not about philosophy; it’s not even about theology. The simple truth is you don’t come to Christ because you love sin. Is that hard preaching? No, that’s preaching that will save men’s souls.
Soft preaching will not save your soul. You don’t need to be coddled in your wickedness. You need to be told the state of your condition before a holy God. The children of Israel would not come to Christ and would not be gathered together by God in refuge and protection simply because they loved sin, and they wanted prophets, preachers, and a religious system that allowed them to be coddled in their sin.
Now, when you are truly converted, you want to be under a pulpit that confronts you about your sin. You want to come to church with a humble spirit of repentance because you joy in being near to God. You have found a new treasure better than the old treasures of the earth, and you want to be under sound preaching. There is only one reason why men and women, boys and girls, young people and senior adults do not come to Christ: you love sin. You will die in your sins and be accountable for your sins and experience the wrath of God on you for your sins. And it’s not even the fact of sin because all men are sinners. It’s that you loved your sin and would not turn to Christ.
God has done all that is needed for us to be saved. He has done all that is proper for us to be converted. We are not saved because we choose not to be.
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