When we read the scriptures it is apparent that the goal of righteousness is not just a destiny of either heaven or hell. We read in the admonition to the seven churches in the book of Revelation that they do not all receive the same reward. The reward or recompense for the believer in these seven churches is based on their particular situation and their response to this situation. If the believers remain faithful they have a reward.
The vision provided by churches today in the preaching of the gospel is so thin and weak that it is largely impotent in motivating the believer to sacrifice all for the kingdom of God. In scripture the things of God are likened to a great and valuable pearl of great worth. The preaching of the current gospel by many church leaders presents a ‘come se come sa, if you do or if you don’t is not really important…God is a loving God, you will be OK’. The vision of what God has for those who follow after him is almost eliminated by these preachers.
I recently read about a 16 year old girl who was kidnapped by Boko Haram in Africa. This young girl was executed because she would not deny Christ and claim Islam as her religion. The rest of the 300 or so school girls kidnapped along with her did apparently renounce their faith, as they were released from captivity several months ago. These school girls had been in captivity for some time. I would imagine they endured horrendous conditions.
I trust that Christ has a special place prepared for this 16 year old girl. The Bible says that she overcame and was faithful unto death, and that she will sit with Christ on his throne. What about the other girls? Christ says if you deny me, I will also deny you before my Father in heaven.
There is a palpable rotten doctrine being preached today from the mouths of our church leaders in the West that is not scriptural, but rather the doctrines of men who have been overcome or have been deceived by their lust for fame, power, and money.