By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Deplorable state is a condition of contempt; life's evils being of such a nature. Scripture reveals: Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Scripture reveals that one does not have to stay in such a condition: And such were some of you: but you are washed, you are sanctified (or set apart), you are declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:11).
A deplorable state is not a happy one. A life of sin may seem pleasurable at the moment but in the end it dooms one's soul to the pits of darkness for eternity. It's consequences are irreversible unless realization comes into focus as to who the giver of LIFE is; before one departs this life. Scripture reveals that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
The gloomy dark regions of eternal punishment offer no such hope; confinement in such a place offers only torment (Luke 16:24). Scripture confirms that whatsoever condition one finds himself, when the last breath of life is taken; is how he will be judged (Revelations 22:11).
As a young man I was in a deplorable state of a sin-filled life; when I faced three military judges. I learned what it is like to stand before those who judge you for your actions. It was a bitter pill to swallow when the charges were stated and the sentence pronounced.
Later through the reviewing authority the pronounced sentence was reduced. I was to spend two months in a Marine Brig, that was originally four months, the amount of the fine imposed cut in half, a previous reduction in pay grade suspended. I will never forget the day I stood facing those judges hearing the sentence pronounced! Scripture reveals a judgment that we all will face: It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
I thank God that later in life I made a commitment to a heavenly Father; and the saving grace of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; no longer in a deplorable state! Thanks to the Lord, I finished my military career of 20 years with honor.
We in America, and many other countries, have been blessed by the availability of God's Word. We have been blessed with the preaching of God's Word; yet still find many in rejection of that Word.
Scripture reveals that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). This reveals the rejection of God's provision for man. God's Word tells us: He that believes on the Lord Jesus Christ has everlasting life: and he that believes not shall not see life; but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:16).
Scripture reveals that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7-9). One who accepts what God has provided is indeed blessed in that they no longer fall in the category of a "sinner" and are headed for a heavenly reward!
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