20 Reasons NOT to Hope for Christ’s Return in 2011

Posted on January 4, 2011

As a follow-up post to yesterday’s 14 Reasons to Hope for Christ’s Return in 2011, I have put together 20 reasons why not to hope for Christ’s return this year. Those falling into this category include lukewarm professing Christians, nominal or casual professing Christians, procrastinators who know they should submit to the Lord Jesus Christ but have yet to do so, the self-righteous, religious hypocrites, cult members, worshipers of false gods, and blasphemers outright rejecting the Son of God as Lord over all.

1. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. – John 3:18-19

2. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. – 1 John 2:15

3. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4

4. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:4

5. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. – Colossians 3:5-6

6. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. – Romans 2:5

7. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. – Titus 1:16

8. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. – Philippians 3:18-19

9. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. – Ephesians 5:5-6

10. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption… – Galatians 6:7-8

11. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! – 1 Corinthians 16:22

12. For if you live according to the flesh you will die… – Romans 8:13

13. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. – 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

14. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

15. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. – 1 John 3:6

16. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 13:49-50

17. For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. – Mark 8:38

18. …that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:10-11

19. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. – James 1:22

20. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. – 1 John 1:6

Of course, there are many more Scriptures and reasons not to want Christ to return in 2011, and they all have to do with the lifestyle one might be living and the righteous indignation that is being stored up for them by a holy, angry God. On the day of judgment, there will be no acceptable excuses for rejecting the grace of God, who offers you mercy today. Should you continue to procrastinate or continue in a lifestyle of habitual, willful sin, or continue worshiping false gods or continue in your hatred for God, the day is coming when the full fury of His wrath will come upon your head.

I do not want that for you. Please, by all means, ask me how you can avoid that great and terrible Day and begin following the Lord Jesus Christ in humble submission and intimate love for His grace, mercy, and sacrifice. The days are numbered, and 2011 just might be the year you find yourself rejoicing in glory or wailing in destruction. Either way, God will be glorified!

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. – Revelation 19:11-16

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