Save Your Self From This Untoward Generation
By David J. Stewart
Acts 2:40, “...Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”
Acts 2:40, “...Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” The word “untoward” in Acts 2:40 means “perverse, crooked”; and that is exactly what America has become today. The Bible says, SAVE YOURSELF FROM THIS PERVERSE GENERATION.
That's a strange command from God... SAVE YOURSELF. But you read correctly... SAVE YOURSELF! That is exactly what the King James Bible, God's holy and inspired Words, tells us.
This is strong evidence against the lies of Calvinism, which say that only certain people whom God choose can be saved. I don't believe in the heretical teachings of John Calvin (1509-1564), who taught that God forces salvation upon certain people. Calvin's demonic teachings are commonly referred to still today as “Calvinism.”
Heretic John MacArthur is a staunch supporter of Calvinism. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are followers of John MacArthur. Pat Robertson promotes Kirk Cameron and Bill Hamon. Bill Hamon supports Benny Hinn. They are all following the Devil. Save yourself from this untoward generation.
Such doctrines of devils totally ignore the freewill ability given to humanity by God. God has given the sole choice and ability to be saved to each and every individual. The choice to receive or reject Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is a personal decision that you must make alone. No priest can do it for you; no church can do it for you. You must personally acknowledge your guilt of sin before God and BELIEVE on Jesus Christ to forgive your sins. That's Biblical salvation. You come to Jesus to be forgiven of your sins. If you think some Catholic priest can absolve your sins, then you will burn in Hell with this untoward generation. SAVE YOURSELF FROM THIS PERVERSE AND CROOKED GENERATION.
Although the precious Lord Jesus Christ is the only One Who can save you, the ultimate decision of whether you're going to escape the fires of Hell is YOURS alone to make. Hence, the meaning of SAVE YOURSELVES in Acts 2:40. Christ will only save those who come to Him. John 5:40, “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”
Acts 2:40, “...Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Again, the word “untoward” in Acts 2:40 means “perverse, crooked”; and that is exactly what America has become today. The Bible says, SAVE YOURSELF FROM THIS PERVERSE GENERATION. And then the next verse in Acts 2:41 tells us that 3,000 souls were saved that day and added to the Church. The answer is not rehabilitation, nor education, nor reformation, nor legislation; but rather, REGENERATION through the redeeming power of the Gospel by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16). Ye must be born again (John 3:5). To be “born-again” means to have He Who is the Beginning (Jesus) born in You! That is the hope of America!
No one has to go to Hell. The only people who go to Hell are those who make their bed there, just as Psalm 139:8 teaches. We read in Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” God never intended for one human being to enter into Hell. It is mankind who makes his bed in Hell, choosing to burn in the flames of God's vengeance forever (2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9).
Don't make the mistake of believing that skeptics and naysayers would convert if only they had more evidence or proof...
“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:27-31).
If a person will not listen to the Word of God (i.e., Moses and the prophets), then nothing is going to convince them of the truth. Romans 1:20 tells us that nature itself PROVES, beyond any reasonable doubt, that there is a God... “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”
Oh, listen my friend, you will have no valid excuse on Judgment Day when you stand trial before God (Hebrews 9:27; Romans 14:12). If you die in your sins, you will go to Hell (John 8:24). You need to have your sins blotted out; but you cannot do anything of your own merit or self-righteousness to remedy the problem (Isaiah 64:6). No matter how much good you accomplish in your earthly life, you'll still have sins on your record against you. The answer is Jesus Christ, Who paid for your sins in full with His own precious blood... “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1st Peter 1:18,19).
We need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to have our sins forgiven... “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). 2nd Corinthians 5:21 states, “For he [God the Father] hath made him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” This is why we read in Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Amen! Any sinner can be saved and go to Heaven because Jesus took our sins upon Himself; and when we place our faith in Him as our Savior, He places His righteousness upon our record. This is called IMPUTATION. We go to Heaven not because of our own self-righteousness; but rather, because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 5:14, “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” Hell is getting bigger and bigger every day, being occupied by tens-of-millions of people every day who die in their sins without Jesus Christ as their Savior. Please don't make your bed in Hellfire. If you do go to Hell, it will only be because you turned down the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23), which God offers exclusively through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Acts 10:43).
SAVE YOURSELF FROM THIS PERVERSE AND CROOKED GENERATION. If you go along to get along, then you'll end up damned in the Lake of Fire for ever. There were untold multitudes of unbelievers in Noah's time, who heard Noah preach the Gospel for 120-years; but not one person repented toward God to be saved from their sins. Only Noah and his immediate family entered the ark and were saved. The message hasn't changed in 4,500 years since Noah. The Apostle Peter preached the same message 2,500 years later at Pentecost: “...Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). And I preach the same message to you today in the year of our Lord 2011... SAVE YOURSELF FROM THIS CROOKED AND PERVERSE GENERATION!!! Time is running out.
“They Have No Rest Day Nor Night”
”...if I make my bed in hell..." —Psalm 139:8
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