I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. —Deuteronomy 30:19
By thinking that you are safe, even though you fluctuate between Christianity and the world, you go on your way stripped of self-control and broken down by luxury. You are looking forward to so many things in vain. Why do you seek evil things? For you will account for everything you do when you die. Consider this, foolish one. Once you didn’t exist, but now you live. You don’t know where you have come from, how you are sustained. You avoid the kind and excellent God of your life and your Governor, who wants you to live. You rely on yourself and turn your back to God. You drown yourself in darkness, when you think you are living in the light. Why do you run into the synagogue of the Pharisees to find mercy from the One whom you deny and then go out again to seek healthy things? You hope to live between Christianity and the world, and consequently you will die. Because punishments will be awarded, you ask, “Who is He who has redeemed from death, that we may believe in Him?” Ah! It won’t be what you think. For those who live well will benefit after death. You, however, will be taken away to an evil place on the day you die. While those who believe in Christ will be led into a good place and will experience God’s kindness, you who are double-minded will receive punishment of your soul, and your torment will provoke you to cry out against your Christian brother.
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