3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 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.
Blinded the MINDS of them which believe not.
Not the eyes nor the hearts of men are blinded, but their minds are, and this is done by bombarding them (in every aspect) with garbage that is preached from the pulpits f 99.99% of churches, by man-made theories and culture. By telling them THEY have to do the work in order to save themselves, which basically renders Christ’s finished work on the cross and His resurrection null and void because what He did is ignored, and what YOU do becomes tantamount to “pleasing God” in order to “be saved”.
I came across a teaching of a so-called church which they themselves consider/state to be highly “practical” and “in-depth”, the teaching was titled, “What kind of heart do you have?”, it continued :
“Do you have an understanding heart?” Yes, or no – then YOU need to work on it, and so the questions continued, “Do you have a kind heart?”, “Do you have a loving heart?”, etc, etc. Of course all the scripture they quoted to back this up came out of Hebrew Doctrine.
Imagine trying to work on your deceitful, evil heart and making it kind, understanding and loving? How long do you think your heart will be “understanding, kind and loving?” One day? One hour? One minute? It all boils down to a works-based (performance) programme where you are working so hard at trying to be good, you don’t see the wood for the trees – one good example how the devil keeps your mind blinded.
All I know is that one cannot depend on someone else’s “kind, understanding, loving heart” because in reality –
Jeremiah 17:9 ~ The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
The same desperately wicked and deceitful heart that mainline denominationalsm says Jesus stands at the door of and knocks to be let in. A righteous, holy, sinless God wanting to enter Man’s desperately wicked and deceitful heart. There’s something very wrong with that picture.
The main problem with lost people to begin with is that they do not consider themselves to be bad people, hence the reason they believe they don’t need a saviour and why they find it difficult to believe the Gospel.
The same so-called “church” mentioned above, hands out old-fashioned tea (leaf) strainers for one to use as a daily reminder that one has to “strain out the bad from one’s life”, in order to become a “good person”, or a “good Christian”. Works. When the Apostle Paul says, we are saved by grace through faith, not of works, lest any man should boast- Ephesians 2:8-10. He means we cannot do anything in order to save ourselves, and for the same reason, no-one can boast about their good works – Christ gets all the glory, not any man.
It’s fruitless to work for one’s salvation. Do these people ever reach the conclusion sometime in their lives that they are heaven bound, – or is it one hard slog to reach/attain their goal of salvation? And how do they know they’ve attained it? Through faith in themselves?
All that when Christ already did all the work – all they have to do is believe. So simple, yet so difficult for most to let go and have faith in His death for their sins, His burial and resurrection on the third day for THEIR SALVATION.