A caption in the Tennessean this week read, “More People Losing Religion” and stated that Americans are becoming more secular. The article said that the number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years. What a great day of surprises it will be for this group and all who don’t believe in God or obey the gospel of Christ! (II Thess. 1:7-9) The judgment day will be a day in which the hearts of men will be laid bare, and things will be seen as they really are (Ecc. 12:14).
How surprised the atheists and infidels will be! How surprised will be those who all along have ridiculed the idea of God and cheated Him out of the respect that He deserves. How foolish for a person to believe not in God when there is such irrefutable evidence to the contrary (Psa. 14:1).
How surprised for those who don’t believe in Christ. The Bible says, “That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father” (Phil. 2:10-11). Now while we live, we have the privilege of voluntarily confessing Jesus to be the Christ, but at the judgment all will have to acknowledge that He is the Christ. Those who cheat themselves by saying that Jesus was nothing more than a mere man will be proved wrong, but this change of mind will do them no good. One had better change his mind now than to have to change his mind then!
How surprised for those who don’t believe in punishment for the wicked. Some cheat themselves out of knowledge that there will be a Hell for the wicked. Some can’t conceive of an eternal punishment for the wicked. God said that He and man don’t always think alike (Isa. 55:8). God says there will be punishment of the wicked, and men had better believe it.
How surprised for those who don’t think God meant what He said. Some cheat themselves out of the knowledge that God has never said anything that He didn’t mean! He said that He will condemn those who do certain things and will bless those who do certain things. He will do just that, because God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
How surprised for those who don’t believe in a hereafter. Some cheat themselves out of the knowledge that there is something beyond the grave. How surprised they will be to find out they were in error (Job 14:14) (John 5:28-29).
How surprised for those who thought the Lord would excuse ignorance. God no longer excuses ignorance (Acts 17:30). There is no excuse for man’s not knowing what God requires of him. We all need
to check the scriptures and see if we are doing the things that are recommended in order to avoid cheating ourselves out of Heaven (II Cor. 13:5).
----- Earl Sutton