Saturday, August 23, 2014

THE TEN PERCENTILE



THE TEN PERCENTILE
Today’s Leper...
Leper; According to Merriam-Webster  
lep·er
 noun \ˈle-pər\
: a person who has leprosy
: someone who is disliked and avoided by other people
Full Definition of LEPER
1
:  a person affected with leprosy
2
:  a person shunned for moral or social reasons

I believe it’s safe to say that the world today is filled with many lepers. If we compare today’s alcoholics and addicts, drug dealers, child molesters, homosexuals, and other deviant sinners by the above definitions with the lepers mentioned throughout The Bible, I suspect there is little difference. I believe that Luke 17: 11-19  can be interpreted as telling us that for every 10 “lepers” who ask God for forgiveness and deliverance, 9 will stay on the same road they’ve been traveling on, and only one will turn back and praise, worship, glorify, and follow Him! When Jesus travels through our villages today…. In the form of a Holy Spirit filled Christian serving Him by sharing His Gospel Truth with the many “lepers” in the world today, a few of them will come out of their closets and ask to be set free from the bondage of their sin.
Whether we find them in our Churches, hospitals, mental institutions, addiction recovery programs, prisons and jails, homeless shelters, or in the streets and alleys, many will reach out to God for deliverance from the pain and suffering that their sinful behavior is causing them. And many also, because of today’s false teachings and consequent misbelief and misunderstanding of God’s Truth, will believe that they’ve been Saved simply for asking, not realizing the need to repent and turn from their sinful behavior, and to turn to Jesus Christ and follow Him! They believe God’s Grace is a license to sin! The one who recognized the miracle of Jesus’ deliverance, turned back to praise and glorify Him, and Jesus’ words to him were, 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.  Our salvation is based on repentance and determination to change and live a new life worthy of God’s Grace which we will need when we do fall short. The other 9 above never turned back to praise God and accept His Grace, and hear His words,  19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

All of the unsaved world today needs to hear God’s Gospel Truth! They need to search it as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11 until they understand it. Not until then will we know if we’re Saved or lost!    

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