“If in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 1 Corinthians 15:32
Paul quotes from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah in this epistle written to the church in Corinth, Greece. Isaiah was expressing the heart of the people of Israel. In the face of looming catastrophe, instead of crying out to God in repentance with sorrow for their flagrant sin, the people responded with drunkenness and mirthful conduct. They willingly continued in their self-willed destructive life choices. And although they were warned repeatedly, blinded by their own lusts, they continued to travel down a path to destruction and judgment.
It is obvious that the apostle, teacher and pastor, Paul, was equally concerned about those who enjoined themselves to the church but who were unconverted. With no hope in the resurrection, their behavior reflected unrepentant Israel some seven hundred years earlier.
In the 1960’s there was a beer commercial that proclaimed, “You only go around once in life, so live for all the gusto you can.” The point they were trying to sell was just drink more beer and let’s have fun. That attitude no longer has to be advertised, as such, because it is a constant reality, and sadly, the only reality that some people possess.
Our advertising machine is an ever constant drone of self-indulgence and perverse behavior that is absent of all morality and absolutes.
Our president this past week has vomited on this nation a contumacious agenda that willingly disregards godly standards of right behavior that has been accepted throughout centuries and cultures.
Woe to any within the church who slothfully accept such desecration of morality and right behavior.
The massive engine of demons and their hatred toward all that is righteousness according to God’s commandments, is gathering a momentum liken unto the deadly mountain avalanche we experience here in Colorado.
With such disregard, too many turn into the coming fury, and with no hope in eternity, in drunken stupor, they willfully shun the hope which Christ alone brings.
But dear church, will you throw out the life line of the Gospel to those who are perishing? You may be the last voice of hope they will hear.