“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 53:1-3 KJV)
This is the state of all humankind from our physical birth, until one accepts the gift of the atonement for our sins through Jesus Christ the Son of God. So TODAY, there are two types of humans: The Redeemed (also known as the ‘righteous’, ‘saved’ , ‘forgiven’) and the Unrepentant (also known as the ‘wicked’, ‘lost’ , ‘unsaved’, ‘unforgiven’ ). Many who pick up a Bible and read it see the word ‘righteous’ and think it is all about a person that does good. And that the ‘wicked’ is a person that does evil. While a person who is a Christian may perform good works this is NOT what these two words mean. It is not what a person does (good works vs evil works) determining which group you are a member of. These two words are talking about a person positionally in regards to eternity. You are in one of two camps; those who call Jesus Lord or those that deny Christ. Those that deny Christ are referred to as the ‘wicked’, ‘unrepentant’ and ‘those that are perishing’ in the Bible. As we see above, ALL have sinned and are born into this world with the sin nature. All belong to the group called ‘the unrepentant and the wicked’. Also , ‘There is none that do good’. So doing good works will not allow a person to become part of what the Bible describes as ‘the righteous’ group of people who are heaven bound.
Who Are The Redeemed / Righteous / Saved?
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:4-5 KJV)
To be translated from the camp of the unredeemed and wicked into the camp of the righteous is not something our works can accomplish. It is through faith alone. That is, doing good works is not how a person can become righteous. Jesus said we are all imprisoned and slaves to the sin nature. There is NOTHING a person can do themselves to erase the sins they have committed. In fact, it is God who provided a way for us to be part of the group called the ‘righteous’. Those the Bible calls the ‘righteous’ and the ‘redeemed’ are those individuals who believe that Jesus is the Son Of The Living God. The third part of the Triune God (The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit). Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and was not born in sin as humankind has been since Adam and Eve fell in the garden of Eden. Jesus lived a sinless life and was God in human form; Jesus is fully God and fully man. Ultimately, Jesus (God in human form) took the punishment for the sin of the world on the cross and all who accept His free gift of salvation are forgiven their sins because Jesus took the punishment for the sins we have, or will commit.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
These are called the “Righteous” in the Bible. It is not being righteous through good works but is the fee gift from God for all who accept Christ as the Lord of their life. It is not that Christians are any better, or more ‘good’ than non Christians. We ALL are sinners – even after accepting Christ! John writing to believers in Christ clearly states that, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10) If you are a believer and are a ‘Christian’ and you think you are good and others are evil. That you are somehow better then an unrepentant person then you REALLY need to re-evaluate what you think it means to be a Christian!! You are giving real Christians a very bad reputation indeed. Do not leave out the “lest any man should boast” part of the above Scripture!! I write this because we see this happening much today. And the lost see it and dismiss the truth of Christ because of it! You misrepresent Jesus by doing this.
Please STOP. Change the way you think about others. Do not be a boaster as if you did anything good to gain salvation.
The devil is working through you if you do this. If you are shocked by me saying this.. read my article ‘The Sifting of a Person” where I talk about the fact that even the Apostle Peter had the devil work through him. We are all sinners – that is a fact! Only God can save us from our sins and the resulting everlasting punishment. There are many articles on this website on why this is true and I encourage you to read them. This article however, focuses more on the group of people the Bible calls the Unrepentant and the wicked.
Some would say, “I believe in God”. That is enough.
However, to believe in God is NOT ENOUGH. James states clearly that “…Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19) So not all who believe in God will end up in Heaven. So there is a distinction between the redeemed and the lost. So which camp of people are you currently a part of? To answer that you need to see the truth of the Bible in how it describes the wicked/lost.
What The Bible Says About The Lost (The Wicked)
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (Ephesians 4:17-19 KJV)
The lost, of which myself was also a part of prior to my salvation in Christ (as were all Christians beforehand), have a futile mind, having their understanding of God’s truth darkened. The more they rebel against God the more alienated they become from God. The more they reject God the more blinded they become in their heart – their very being. Once a person rejects Christ and the Gospel they remain “in sin”, controlled by the ruler of this world who is currently Satan. They eventually become uncaring and care only for themselves as they do not believe there is a God. It’s every man for himself.
The Unrepentant – The Wicked
Here is a passage in Scripture that describes an unredeemed, wicked person. And remember this means all of us prior to accepting Christ.
“A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (Proverbs 6:12-19 KJV)
“A proud look, a lying tongue”. Sound like anyone we know? This describes Satan to a tee. He deceived Adam and Eve and continues doing so to all the world today. We see here the wicked give “False witness”. Do you know those who continually see the worst in everyone? Those who gossip behind your back to make others hate you? They wink at you, smile and shake your hand under a false pretense. They seem good to your face but they stab you in the back when you are not looking. Those that act as if they are the most important? Show offs? Boasters in themselves? Those that put down another so that they will look good themselves. Do you know anyone like that?
Yes, I know you do!!! We all have!! Why? Because humankind has a “sin nature” and it is the nature of Satan – not God. And we all have this to some degree. Even the redeemed still have the sin nature fighting within our minds. And if I am honest, many professing Christians act like this too and have turned others away from Christ in doing so.
The Wicked Are Already Condemned
The Bible calls the wicked “the condemned”, even before physical death.
“ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3: 16-19 KJV)
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16 KJV)
The World Is Being Greatly Deceived
The wicked are deceived and do not believe on the one thing God wants for each of us; to have all our sins wiped out through the sacrificial death of Jesus the Christ on that cross. To have all our sin debt paid so we do not have to receive the punishment for our sins which is eternal death – separated from the love of our Father, God Almighty, forever. The name Satan means “Adversary”. He is the enemy of humankind. He is an Angel that was once closest to throne of God Almighty in Heaven and his name was Lucifer. Until he wanted to be like God and through Pride he fell and became the evil one and our adversary, Satan. He deceived 1/3 of the angels of heaven to rebel against God. Today Satan and his fallen angels are the ones ruling the world as we know it behind the scenes
However it is important to remember that Satan is not like God. He is not all knowing and he cannot be everywhere at one time. He is an angel, a creation and he uses his fallen angels to rule this world. Today’s culture has been orchestrated by Satan and he is very good at how he is deceiving us and keeping us all too busy to learn the truth of the Gospel because he knows time is now very short because Christ is coming again soon for His redeemed.
What We Are Today, In One Word
If there was a word to describe our current state of being today it is the word “BUSY”. There is hardly time to eat and sleep these days. Pursuit of “the good life” and wealth is the pinnacle of success. So many of youth’s role models are doing evil things that just 50 years ago would be appalling and something done in secret and hidden from others knowing how evil they are. These same things are being done in the open and are being portrayed as “good things” today. In Isaiah 5:20-23 it reads,
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!” (Isaiah 5:20-23 KJV)
Even many of our entertainment media “stars” and Politicians are acting like this blatantly. The time we now live in, during the end of the Church age, is filled with these kinds of things. And they are things called WICKED by God. He will not let it continue forever.
Mobile Communication Technology
The explosion of mobile devices and texting is having a huge negative impact on our youth that is only now coming to light. As parents, we never seen it coming! We thought it was a great way to communicate with our children at school and when they are out and about. We thought, This will be great! But is it really?
When I was young, there were times when I did nothing but just watch Television or go outside and ride my bike alone. You know.. alone time. Quiet time! A chance to regenerate the batteries. The attention spans of our youth (and our adults too!) today are very small and it is becoming an epidemic. They need to be doing “something” every second of the day. Mobile devices are glued to their hands. Many will not speak on the phone to friends and they only text. This technology is pushing people away from each other and it seems the kids believe much of what they see on their mobile devices, taking it as truth without investigation or proof. It is so bad that even on school buses, it is prevalent. Texting each other when they are only 4 feet from each other is a common occurrence. (I know.. I drive a school bus every day).
People are dying in cars driven by those texting while driving. Even if they are just going 5 minutes to the store – they are on the mobile devices and not paying close enough attention to the road. People are walking across streets on their mobile phones and getting hit by cars, or falling in construction holes because they are not watching. It is crazy – and it is REAL.
Zombies Of The Media
Through mass media and mobile technology those in power are duping the world and deceiving them about what is truly happening. The New World Order and the world leaders are pushing this on society. The One World Religion that our current Pope Francis is promoting.
Keep being busy at all times with irrelevant topics of the entertainment world. Believe that evil things are good things and good things are evil. These are the messages being conveyed. We are being blasted with these ideas as being good things. But according to Bible Prophecy it is the beginning of the end for this world system as the Antichrist will be ruling this New World Order and using all this technology in ways Adolf Hitler would have envied having in order to control the people of the world. SATAN IS KEEPING US ALL VERY BUSY INDEED!
Judgement Day Is Coming
The Day Of The Lord (known as the 3 1/2 year Great Tribulation Period) will soon be upon this entire world where God will judge the unrepentant. (see articles on Bible Prophecy) Those left behind at the Rapture are those that simply will not believe in salvation through Christ. So many people today say and believe that, ‘we have everything we need. We do not need God’. The Rapture and ultimately the Great and Terrible Day of The Lord will change those ideas! It is God’s last attempt to have the unredeemed to come to an end of themselves so that as many people as possible turn to Christ for salvation.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4 KJV)
“The god of this age” is Satan. He is blinding the people of the world to the truth of the Gospel. Bible Prophecy points to an end time deception of such enormity that even the elect of God may believe the lie. The world is deceived greatly. Such lies about God abound only because people are not “seeking” the truth. If people would SLOW DOWN and seek the truth…they would find how truthful and reliable the word of God (the Bible ) is and the blinders would come off and they would truly start knowing the TRUE heart of God towards us and accept God’s only method to pardon our sin; the salvation only provided by Jesus the Christ.
Do not be deceived any longer!
Those who reject Christ are greatly deceived and will end up in everlasting punishment just like Satan and his fallen angels. It is a lack of the knowledge of the Gospel truth that is condemning the wicked.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10 KJV)
“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:” (Matthew 25:41 KJV)
Note to the reader… the Bible tells us that hell was created for Satan and his fallen angles – not for humankind! But if you side with Satan, you will follow where he will end up. This is NOT God’s desire for you!
Jesus Christ Is Returning – And Soon
Jesus Christ is going to return and Bible Prophecy shows that this event will happen sooner than many think. The last 2000 Bible Prophecies were 100% fulfilled. The 500 or so about the Second Coming of Christ in the End Times will also be fulfilled 100%. In fact, quite a few are already fulfilled and being fulfilled right now in our modern times!
Many today are scoffers and are saying “Where is His return? Things are the same as they always have been”. But what they do not realize is they are fulfilling end time Bible Prophecy (2 Peter 3:3-4) by doing so. The real reason the Messiah, the Christ (the anointed one), has not yet returned in the last 2000 years is because “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) God wants you to be with Him forever.
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.“ (John 6:28-29 KJV)
Trust In The Lord Jesus or Trust In Other Men?
“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:5-10 KJV)
Do Not Refuse To Know Jesus!
God’s greatest desire is that you know Him. Not just know He exists but to have a relationship as a Father to a son or daughter. For the yet unredeemed wicked, “Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:5) God says to the wicked of the world,
“ Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.“(Jeremiah 9:23-24 KJV)
Are you one of the world’s wicked people?
What about you? Are you a Biblical Christian? Or do you just think you are because you attend church? Or because you are a good person? Are you heaven bound or bound for everlasting punishment for your sins against a Holy God?
Base your knowledge ON THE BIBLE and what it says – not just assuming that another person reads and should know. Check if what your pastor and Christian religion is teaching is actually Biblical. When I did.. I WAS SHOCKED and I found the truth. God’s truth. And THAT is the ONLY TRUTH that matters.