Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; beause that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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 exuse:
Put plainly we already know the truth, God has already put it inside each of us. There is no need to preach about hell, as some do, drawing people by fear. In contrast
Romans 2:3-4 And thinkest thou this, O man that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgement of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth them to repentence.
Fear of damnation doesn't lead people to repentence. God's Love and goodness does. Yes, there is a time and place to rebuke and exhortation, but when trying to save a "sinner" that isn't the time. Many will argue that many accept Jesus after putting the"fear" of God in them, that is temporary, which is why we have so many "backsliders" or revolving door christians. Once the true Love of God is felt, that is when a lifetime Believer is Born.
Acts 4:30-33 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 5:29-32 29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Acts 13:31-41 31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
Acts shows us how to preach the Gospel, Just as Jesus showed us. Where is the condemnation that is wholly preached today? It isn't there. The Apostles bore witness to Jesus, then by The Holy Spirit performed signs, wonders and miracles. Then multitudes were baptized and recieved the Holy Spirit on the spot. The scriptures have been corrupted to the point, where few have signs, miracles and wonders follow them. The Gospel is not fully preached until there have been signs, wonders and miracles. What has happened to the Body of Christ? It is a simple answer, mankind has used fear of damnation in place of signs, wonders and miracles. Because unbelief has become the normal for "Christians". Unbelief neutralizes Faith, we need only faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed, yet as Jesus often told his disciples it is your unbelief.
So quite simply treat the reason for the impotency of the Body of Christ. Unbelief can be put in four categories
1)Ignorance-Atheism, complete disbelief in God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit...........Remedy: A Fully Preached Gospel, including signs wonders and miracles
2)Mis-information- Study the Word as a child without denominational prejudice. Allow the Holy Spirit (not man) to teach. 1 John 2:27 but the annointing which ye have recieved of him abideth in you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (We need true leaders that exhort and rebuke and fellowship, but we are responsible for the seeking of the True Word of God and to discern, truth from lies)
3) Disbelief-this is from the five senses controlling you and telling you what to believe (living in the physical world) ...........Remedy: Praying out loud and yes in tongues, and much fasting.....Being more sensitive to the spiritual world than to the physical senses.
4) Hardness of Heart-What you think about is what you are sensitive to and will result in what your actions are. Remedy........Ponder and meditate on the things of God 24/7. Instead of focusing on the dr's diagnosis, the arguement you had with you spouse, significant other, boss etc......
This is how we live a life in the Spirit and not in the physical world. This is how we live a victorious Christian Life walking in Grace (unmerited favor using God's abilities through Jesus)and the Power of the Holy Spirit. This is when signs, wonders and miracles will return to the true Body of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness then all these things shall be added unto you.
Definition of SEEK. transitive verb. 1: to resort to : go to . 2. a: to go in search of : look for . b: to try to discover . 3: to ask for : request <seeks advice>
Mankind tries to make things so complicated, it isn't. Jesus fulfilled the Law by committing Himself 100% to the Father. He took all of our sins and sicknesses and death upon Himself and destroyed all evil once and for all. We continually bring evil back to life by focusing on it. Count the number of times in a day, we focus or think about a particular sin, or sickness. It is inumerable, to many times to count. We can only think about one thing at a time, so if we're thinking about, for instance, a beer or better yet trying not to think about a beer, we're still thinking about a beer.
Instead of trying to not think about any sin, replace that thought with Jesus, or in other words, The Word! Bingo, we just changed our focus from sin (carnal thinking), to Jesus (spiritual thinking). So we are now focused on Jesus, all other thoughts pass by and we cannot be tempted. We do not, nor can we change ourselves so quit trying to. Focus on Jesus...........simple! Seek.........read the Word which is Spirit.........find........... all the Gifts that the Father has already given us.
Fear does not draw anyone, it paralyzes. LOVE draws us to itself. Think of a bully, kids run from a bully. Where do kids run to the person that loves them. Now the kids that hang around a bully are doing so out of fear. What happens?Eventually they rebel against that bully.
It is the same way with The Father when we try to draw people to God through fear of punishment, what happens they will stick around Him for a period of time then they will rebel against Him.
Teach the real side of the Father, which we see in the Son, Love, Mercy, Kindess, Forgiveness, longsuffering all Good things come from God and are good. Then it not only draws us in ..........but keeps us there! It is simple!!! We don't change ourselves, the Love of the Father does, which is shown to us by JESUS and He changes us! Perfect Love casts out all fear.