Saturday, November 28, 2020

Why No Christian Should Support The 

Democratic Party

The term Christian is used far too loosely today. Anyone who believes in Jesus is considered a Christian whether or not they understand the true Christian gospel, or regardless of how they live. Let me make this as clear and simple as possible. Should a Bible-believing Christian vote for the Democratic Party? It does not matter what any Christian leader may believe if their opinions conflict with the Word of God. Our final authority  for every issue in life must always come from the Bible. The Democratic Party has adopted a platform that is driven by anti-Christian presuppositions. It should be apparent that it is impossible for a true Christian to vote for the Democratic Party and at the same time be loyal to Christ. The Democratic Party has become the enemy to the teachings of Jesus. The Democratic Party promotes the following un-biblical positions:

  • Abortion and late-term abortion.

The Democratic Platform:

Opposes all federal and state laws that prohibit or restrict abortion.

Supports restoring taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

Supports the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from being used for abortion services.

Opposes restrictions on medication (i.e., non-surgical) abortions that are “inconsistent with the most recent medical and scientific evidence and that do not protect public health.”

Supports “medically accurate, LGBTQ+ inclusive, age-appropriate sex education.”

Opposes conscience-based exemptions that would allow medical providers, employers, and others to refuse to provide contraceptives and abortifacients.

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Transgenderism
  • The Democratic Party wages war on the traditional and biblical view of the family and marriage.
  • The Democratic Party supports Black Lives Matter which is a Marxist and racist movement.
  • The Democratic Party embraces and pushes White Privilege on the nation and is engaging in the reprograming and indoctrination of White children with this racist and discriminatory social philosophy. 
  • The Democratic Party supports reverse discrimination and the unjust idea of reparations.
  • The Democratic Party has been pushing the “Defund The Police” movements and has allowed anarchists to run wild in our streets and calls them “peaceful protesters.”
  • The Democratic Party has encouraged their constituents to get in the faces of those they oppose and harass them, push back on them, insult and shame them. The nasty divide in our nation has been fomented by the intolerance of the Political Left.
  • The Democratic Party promotes outrageous tax schemes that are nothing short of theft and the redistribution of wealth.
  • The Democratic Party justifies their outrageous tax schemes by saying the wealthy must pay “Their fair share” of the taxes. But they don’t tell us what “Their fair share” of the taxes means or who decides what is “Their fair share.” 
  • The Democratic Party advocates the most bizarre sexual behavior as curriculum for sex education in our public schools.
  • The Democratic Party promotes the view that all white people are racist. 
  • The Democratic Party is supportive to the erasing of our American history, encourages the dismantling of many of our statues around the nation, and is promoting political correctness, multiculturalism and revisionist history that is rewriting the amazing story of the founding of this great republic. 
  • The Democratic Party appeals to Christianity only when it conveniently serves some ulterior purpose. But most of the time, the Democratic Party would have the Christian faith remain in the shadows and have little, if any, influence on the culture at all.
  • The Democratic Party is promoting the unbelievable restrictions on freedom of speech, and is using a variety of hate speech laws to take away our first amendment rights. 
  • The Democratic Party is promoting socialism that will completely alter and destroy the fabric of this country. 
  • The Democratic Party has attracted some of the most radical communist, socialist and anti-American people into their leadership.
  • The Democratic Party favors open borders and will allow so many people to enter this country from third world nations that it will endanger the Christian culture that has characterized this nation for over two hundred years.
  • The Democrats welfare schemes, social engineering programs, eliminating the suburbs and their view that the Constitution is a living document that changes with time and culture will ensure that the United States of America in the future will look nothing like the United States of the past.

No matter how we spin it, a vote for the Democratic Party is a vote that sides with the enemies of Christ and is diametrically opposite to the laws of God’s Word. Gary Demar, a Christian theologian and writer said, “a political party that supports abortion on demand, recognizes same-sex marriage, believes that men can self identify as women, and women as men, is a party that Christians cannot support.”

On August 30th, 2019 the Democratic Party passed the following resolution:

“…Those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of “religious liberty,” to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities …”

This outrageous and biased statement underscores what I am saying here. Christians are not making personal claims based on their own opinions. Christians are not pushing their own personal views. Christians are not threatening anyone’s civil liberties. Christians are only stating what the Bible clearly teaches. When we can no longer say to our generation, “Thus saith the Lord,” we have ceased to be a nation that is standing on the Word of God. How can any Christian vote for the policies of the Democratic Party that prohibit us from declaring what the Bible says to the nations of the earth?

How any Christian could support the murder of millions of babies annually by abortion, and support a variety of sexual perversions that are condemned by the Bible, and try at the same time to justify their vote for the Democratic Party, leaves me absolutely speechless. A vote for the Democratic Party, no matter how you cut it, is a vote that sides with the enemies of Christ and violates the laws of God.

When we list the many biblical reasons why a true Christian cannot vote for a Democrat we anticipate that those Christians who vote for the democratic party will try to justify their decisions by a number of arguments. They may argue that the Democratic Party is more sympathetic with the poor. They may argue that the Democratic Party has a great health care program for the elderly and those with mental health issues. They could suggest that the Democratic Party is more sensitive to environmental issues. There may be a number of other similar reasons that they could cite. However, let’s examine this line of reasoning by comparing it to Nazi Germany. During WWII the Nazi war machine exterminated 6 million jews. Since Roe v Wade in 1973, 61 million babies have been murdered by the abortion mill supported, defended and funded by the Democratic Party. Suppose in 1939 the German Nazi Party tried to defend their policy by saying, “We may be exterminating Jews but don’t forget all the good that we are doing for Germany. We have ended unemployment. We have increased programs for the poor and disenfranchised. We have given aid to the mentally impaired. We have used our taxes to help with sensitive environmental issues and many other issues.” How does this resonate with history? No one in 1939 or in 2020 would accept such pathetic arguments to justify the Jewish holocaust. Yet today millions of professing Christian Democrats use a similar approach to justify their support for a party that is involved in one of the worst holocausts in history.

Why is there not more of a moral outrage over the Democratic abortion machine? One reason is the moral decline of the general population in our country. Yet another reason must be the biblical ignorance that many professing christians have regarding the contents of the Bible. Finally, one reason why there is not an outrage about this holocaust of the slaughter of innocent babies is the we don’t have piles of dead corpses buried in trenches or dying in concentration camps. We don’t get to see the horrific results of abortion. The sight and stench of death does not engage our senses. Abortions are done in a sanitized way that hides this hideous and barbaric act of murder from the general public. When we listen to those professing Christians trying to justify their support for the Democratic Party we are not moved by their hollow arguments. We are shocked by their hypocrisy. And we are disgusted by their compromise.

Those who may differ with what I’m saying can try all they want to marshal arguments, play with words, invent clever slogans, try to rationalize their vote for the Democratic Party, and disagree with me vehemently. But it is not me that they need to worry about. Trying to win an argument with me proves nothing. Going head-to-head in debate with me, regardless of whether or not they think they can win, means nothing. Those who differ with what I’m saying must argue with the Almighty. They must justify how they could give financial and personal support to positions that are so clearly spelled out in the Bible as being utterly godless, perverted, and wicked. Those Christians who vote for the Democratic Party must explain how they can side with the multitudes in our population that are amoral, godless, and openly anti-Christian. Those Christians who vote for the Democratic Party, ultimately, must make their case to their Creator. I am absolutely convinced that those who try to make such a case will be utterly condemned at the day of judgment. Argue with me all you want, scoff at everything I’m saying, spin your arguments anyway you wish, but remember this—those who vote for the Democratic Party, if they are professing Christians, have much to give an account for. How does a professing Christian, who votes for the Democratic Party, explain that the vast majority, and I mean overwhelming majority of Christian pastors, leaders, theologians, and respected conservative seminaries and Bible colleges reject nearly all of the positions held by the Democratic Party? What answer can you give? When you frame your answer, do so in this manner see yourself before the judgment seat of Christ standing before the Lord Jesus, and you must make your case to Him why you stood with those who promoted the killing of babies by the millions. Why you stood with those who dismantled a Christian civilization, trampled the Word of God under their feet, supported every perversion imaginable, persecuted Christians, called good evil and evil good. You must explain how you could do this! Faithful pastors and those who love the Word of God should call upon every so-called Christian that voted for the Democratic Party to repent. The Scripture tells us “for him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not it is sin.”

Friday, August 28, 2020

It’s Time For A New Narrative

  The Political Left in this country has been operating on a false narrative. Ever since the George Floyd incident, the Political Left has been telling the country that the Police are going around killing innocent black men. This narrative is entirely false. Every time the police shoot a black man, thousands of young Blacks rampage our city streets destroying property, burning down buildings, and looting stores. They shout slogans such as “No justice – no peace.” These young anarchists justify what they’re doing based on the false narrative that the police are killing innocent black men. Labron James, a professional basketball player said, “The police are hunting down black men every day in this country.”  This is not a true statement. Again, let me emphasize that this is a false narrative. If this were true, there would be a great need to address a corrupt police force in the United States. However, this is a total distortion of the real situation. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to reason with the general black population. Why is this? Because, the black community has been politicized, and prejudiced against the police by this false narrative. The majority of the black people in our country are racially polarized. They hold strong prejudicial attitudes against both white people and the police.

  Here is the real narrative: the vast majority of police officers in this country are doing a fine job policing our communities. In nearly every instance where the police shot a black man he was breaking the law and was resisting arrest. Those are the cold, brutal facts. Somebody needs to speak up and tell the black community to stop rioting, looting, burning down stores, and beating people. This violence is not a proper response to their concerns. It’s time that somebody tells the black community that they should take responsibility for their actions. The black community needs to tell their young men, quit breaking the law, quit resisting arrest, and if you do, the police will not shoot you. What every intelligent citizen should ask is this: “if a person is breaking the law, resisting arrest, and fighting the police, what in the world do they expect?” People with a criminal record, who are breaking the law and resisting arrest are responsible for their own behavior. 

It’s time to have an honest and frank talk with the black community. It’s time to quit tearing down the country. It’s time to quit your whining.  It’s time to stop justifying violence because you can’t control your young men. Nearly every single young man shot by the police would be alive today if they were obeying the law and not resisting arrest. It can’t be any clearer than that. Obey the law. Stop resisting arrest. Quit making excuses for those who are criminals and lawbreakers. Start teaching in your churches the 10 Commandments. Start teaching character, integrity, and responsibility. These things must begin in the church and the home. The black community is becoming so detached from reality, filled with so much prejudice and bitterness against their white neighbors, its becoming nearly impossible for racial harmony to exist. Black pastors should teach their young people that stealing, destroying  other people's property and burning down stores is not condoned in the Word of God. 

  If the country does not have this kind of talk together as black-and-white citizens, this country's future is in great danger. The Bible wisely asks the question, “Can to walk together unless they are agreed?” Of course, the answer is no. We will either all stand together, or we will all fall together. There is a very large amount of black crime that happens every day in America. That is a fact. When you have large numbers of black men committing an exorbitant amount of crime every day you are going to have confrontations with the police. These confrontations with the police will lead to shootings. It’s inevitable. As long as Black men are committing crimes and resisting arrest this problem will not go away. Add to this that Civil Rights workers are making a living and a career fanning the flames of racial hatred. Unless we have a honest and straight talk soon this will not get any better. The day of reckoning is at hand. Unless something is done to reverse the bitter spirit and the attitude of victimization held by the black community, this country will sink into a terrible civil war of racial hatred.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Made In The Image Of God

The Christian Perspective On 
Race Relations

 Because the political left, in this current war on Christianity, is quick to label any comments that view Western civilization and white European culture positive in any way as bigoted and racist it is necessary to state the Christian perspective on race relations. The Bible teaches that God made all men in His image. As the image bearers of God, all men of every ethnic background are born with a sacred dignity as the apex of God’s creation. This demands that all human beings be treated with respect, dignity, and justice before God. Prejudice based on skin color or ethnic background is a sin and forbidden in the Scriptures. While all men must be treated with biblical justice, righteousness and Christian kindness the behavior of all men is to be evaluated by the laws and commandments of God’s holy word. Therefore, while every person of every ethnic background is to be treated with Christian love and respect, the particular beliefs and behaviors of the various cultures, religions, and world-views are to be accepted or rejected based on their adherence to or departure from God’s word. The result of this may include censure, rebuke, or condemnation. 

 Not all cultures, religions, lifestyles, beliefs, or practices are endorsed by the Holy Scriptures. When any belief or practice departs from God’s Word it will and must be rejected by the Christian church. To do otherwise is to be unfaithful to the Christians high calling in Christ Jesus. In every era of every century since the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the founding of His church Christians have faced the culture, kings, kingdoms, parliaments, and people of the world and have declared, “Thus saith the Lord.”

 Because of their courageous stand through the centuries, many of God’s choicest servants have been imprisoned, tortured, killed and martyred. The religious freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us  are being slowly taken away. Christians are under increasing pressure to either compromise their faith or to remain silent on issues where the Bible speaks. Personal rejection, persecution, stiff penalties, and imprisonment is rapidly increasing in the Western world towards those who take a stand on biblical issues.

Christians are now being called bigots and racists for being faithful to the historic Christian faith. But God’s people must fearlessly repeat what German reformer Martin Luther said before the Diet of Worms, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God…Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Danger Of Not Applying What You Read, Hear, And Study

"...For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required." Jesus, spoken in Luke 12:48

 To all my brothers and sisters in Christ! As you read good books, listen to great sermons, study deep theology, and read the Bible, beware that you apply and practice what you are taking in. "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14. The following warning from Thomas Brooks should give us reason to  search our hearts.

If it is not strong upon your heart to practice what you read, to what end do you read? To increase your own condemnation? If your light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing a man you are, the more miserable a man you will be in the day of recompense; your light and knowledge will more torment you than all the devils in hell. Your knowledge will be that rod that will eternally lash you, and that scorpion that will forever bite you, and that worm that will everlastingly gnaw you; therefore read, and labor to know that you may do--or else you are undone forever.” Puritan Thomas Brooks

Holiness in this life prepares us for happiness in the life to come. God bless you all! 

Pastor Robert L. Dickie

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Why Would Anyone Want To Read 
The Bible?

Someone once said, “God’s Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from God’s Word.

I've spent my entire life telling people about Jesus Christ. I was converted as a young man at the age of 16. Now, I get up in the morning, I look in the mirror, and I'm almost 70 years old. The years have come and the years have gone. I have enjoyed many unbelievable blessings from the Lord. My life has been rich and spiritually fulfilling. But I also have regrets. I regret I have not done more, loved more, forgiven more, lived better, obeyed more consistently, lived for Christ more passionately. I regret I do not have more lives to give my Savior. I identify with the hymn writer who cried, "O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise."

  If an angel stood before me and said, "The Father at the throne is asking for volunteers to go to the front lines and there resist the powers of darkness and die for Jesus will you go?" I would shout like Isaiah of old, as loud as I could, "Here am I send me." Isaiah chapter 6 verse eight. Indeed, the hymn writer has stated it right, "Love so amazing, so divine demands my life my soul my all."

  Let me plead with you to take up your Bibles and to read them as if your eternal destiny depends upon it—it does. Let me plead with you to confess all past sins of negligence and to read your Bibles with a holy desperation. Time is passing by so quickly. Eternity is coming at a terrifying speed. Too many people live like the fool that Jesus spoke about in the parable in Luke 12,

"Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
 And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' 
So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 
And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' 
But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." 

Let me plead with you to read your Bibles with this prayer to God, "Dear Lord, open  the eyes of my soul, that in this book, I might see my need of Jesus."

The great tragedy of life is that so many people spend their entire lives without having read the greatest piece of literature the world has ever known, the Bible.

They'll be ignorant of the greatest love letter ever written to man. This is God's love letter to you.

They will have spent a lifetime and countless hours on TV, degrading movies, cheap entertainment that is more detrimental than elevating.

These individuals will never know the rich treasures that the Bible unfolds to us. They will never appreciate a book whose thrilling stories, unmatched poetry, fascinating histories, and compelling teaching is far more profound than any philosopher, more mysterious and enchanting than "Star Wars," "Game of Thrones," J.R.R. Tolkien's “Lord of the rings, or even C.S. Lewis’ "Chronicles of Narnia."

The Bible opens up worlds for us that we never knew existed. It gives us a challenge to face, a mountain to climb, a reason to live, and a purpose for life.

Millions of people go through life like zombies, more dead than alive. Filled with emptiness, loneliness, having no purpose, no joy, and no hope for the future.

Can anything be more challenging in life than to walk with the true and living God?

Can anything be more fulfilling than to serve and your fellow man by serving the high King of heaven Jesus Christ?

Can anything be more rewarding than to live for the glory of God?

Can there be anything more important than seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness?

Can there be any comfort more profound than to know your sins are forgiven?

Can there be any joy greater than to know that you are destined for heaven?

Can there be any peace greater than the peace of God?

The Bible opens up for us all these precious joys and blessings.

If we were really wise, we would consider the Bible the greatest treasure and most priceless possession we owned.

Solomon challenged his son in Proverbs 2:1-5 to read the Scriptures. His words are really the words of our Father in heaven. Here is what our heavenly Father says to us about reading His Holy Word, the Bible:

"My son if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you. So that you incline your ear to wisdom, apply your heart to understanding, yes if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding. If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Our Father in heaven is telling us that when we read the Bible we find things more valuable to us for our lives than  silver and hidden treasures. 

Jesus said to His disciples, “Search the Scriptures…these are they which testify of Me.” The greatest treasure you will find in the reading of the Word of God is the hidden treasure of a personal relationship with God’s Son Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 40:8,  "The grass withers the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.”

My friend, read the book that does not wither and never fades but stands forever. Read the book that will give you the pragmatic solutions to every problem of life, that will give you the secret of your existence, that will teach you how to live and prepare you for death. Read the Book that will nourish your soul and lead you to heaven. Read the book that will lead you to Christ. Read the Word of the Living God.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Encouragement For Those Who Think They Are Too Bad To Be Saved

"…So Great Salvation"
Hebrews 2:3

(Encouragement for those who think they are too sinful to be saved)

  I'm writing to the one who is doubting his salvation. You have great sins in your past. You feel that because of these sins and failures you cannot enter heaven. You believe these sins will prevent you from entering the Kingdom God. You wish you could erase them all. You grieve that you committed such acts of rebellion and treason against the Lord. Because of these sins you have concluded that God would never save someone like you. Therefore you have lost all hope of going to heaven and being with Christ.

But dear friend, did Christ die for only the perfect? Did Christ die only those with little sins or few sins? Did Christ die only for "good" sinners but "bad" sinners He cannot save? If you could erase all of the sins you recall in your past would that make you any more lovable to God? What did the Apostle Paul say? "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8. Jesus died for sinners not for those who were righteous and good. No man is worthy of salvation. Again Paul says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.

  My friend, how can you refuse to believe what the Savior has said to us all? "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. Is this not a gracious invitation for someone precisely like you? You are burdened over your sin. You mourn that you committed those sins. You would die a thousand deaths to rid yourself of these sins if you could. Just as Jesus said, because of these sins in your past, you are laboring under an enormous weight of guilt, conviction, shame and sorrow. You stagger daily at the weight of your spiritual burden. How is it that you cannot see that the Savior's words were intended for someone just like you? “Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Why do you refuse to see this?

  Again I ask you, "Did Jesus die only for sinners who weren't too bad? Or did He die for great sinners, for big sinners, for sinners like you who feel there is no hope for them? The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, atones for all our sins. Jesus is the sinners hope. Jesus is the sinners refuge. Jesus is the sinner's hiding place. My friend have you forgotten this? 

Is Jesus not big enough, gracious enough, loving enough, kind enough, that He cannot save a sinner like you? Do not lose sight of what a great Savior He is! As the Apostle Paul said, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" Hebrews 2:3. Jesus has provided not just any salvation, the apostle tells us it is a great salvation. 

  Jesus is the friend of sinners. Jesus is the only hope for sinners. Jesus is the rest for sinners. Jesus is the peace for sinners. Jesus is the hiding place for sinners. As the Bible says, Jesus is the rock cleft for you! The hymn writer said it so well:

"Rock of ages cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee,
 Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side that flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure."

  My dear friend, you think your sins are too great and that God would never pardon you. You think you cannot be forgiven. But your Savior has provided for you a hiding place in the "clefts of the rock." As it says in the Song of Solomon 2:14. Jesus is that cleft Rock. Jesus is that hiding place. When Satan condemns you, chastens you, rebukes you and accuses you then run to Jesus by faith. Run to Him!  Trust in His blood. Rejoice in His righteousness. And hear Jesus say to your weary heartbroken soul, 

"O My dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let Me hear thy voice, for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." Song of Solomon 2:14

  My friend, your Savior has provided you a hiding place.  A dove is a helpless bird when hunted by the eagle or the hawk. The only hope he dove has is to fly to the rocky cliffs and hide in one of the many crevices or clefts and there find safety from the clutches of the eagle. The sinner is the  dove. The cleft of the rock is Jesus our hiding place. Just as the dove finds shelter from the birds of prey in the clefts of the rock, so too, the sinner finds safety from the judgement in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself is the secret stairway to Heaven. His love for you is so great that He invites you to approach Him. He desires to hear your voice in prayer and worship. He tells you that the very sight of you is precious to His eyes.

The Lord is your hiding place. He is you refuge where you can run and find safety, forgiveness, acceptance, peace, pardon, adoption, fellowship, friendship, sonship, and a host of other blessings too wonderful to fully comprehend. 

So my dear friend, how can you despair and feel as if there is no hope for you? Has He not invited you, a great sinner, to come to Him? And did He not say,  "…and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out?" John 6:37. Why can’t you trust Jesus to do what He says He will do if you come to Him? Come to Him and He will not cast you out.

  Friend, it is Satan who whispers in your ears that Jesus will not forgive you. It is Satan who seeks to rob you of joy, peace, rest and happiness. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…" Satan is that thief who comes to do these things. But Jesus came, "…that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Remember my dear friend the words of the Apostle Paul, "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7. Redemption is the act of being purchased out of the slave market of sin. The price of your redemption (purchase) was the precious blood of Christ. Peter tells us, “Knowing the you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” I Peter 1:18-19. When you were a slave, trapped in the spiritual world of darkness, dead in trespasses and sins, Jesus came and paid to set you free The purchase price was His life and death. 

When you allow the Devil to fill your heart and mind with doubts you are falling into the same trap God's people fell into during the days of the Babylonian Captivity. The Babylonian captives doubted God's love and forgot His kindness and grace. To a despondent people in captivity God commanded them to sing and to worship Him. But they refused because of their lack of faith. God said to them: "Sing O heaven's and be joyful O earth…" "But Zion said, the Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me." O, but notice God's response to their despair! God uses the analogy of a nursing mother with a new born infant to make His point that He will never forsake those who trust in Him.”Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee on the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." Isaiah 49:13-16. It is highly unlikely that a mother would forget or neglect her new born infant that she nurses on her breast. But even if some mother would be so hard and unloving to do that God says He will never forsake His people who have put their trust in Him. The hymn writer put it this way. 

"My name from the Palms of His hands 
Eternity cannot erase,
Impressed on His heart it remains,
With marks of indelible grace."

 My dear weary, depressed, and despondent friend. I beg of you to look to Christ! He is our only hope. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12:1.  Do not look to your past. Do not look to your sins. Do not look to your feelings, or your failures. If you look there you will be filled with despair.  Just look to Jesus by faith. Lift up your eyes and look to Him. Jesus is our hiding place. Jesus is our fountain filled with blood. Jesus is our mercy seat.

Jesus is our hiding place:

Hail Sovereign Love
 Jehoiada Brewer

Hail sovereign love that first began,
The scheme to rescue fallen man.
Hail matchless, free, eternal grace,
That gave my soul a hiding place.

Against the God who rules the sky,
I fought with hand uplifted high;
Despised the mention of His grace,
Too proud to seek a hiding place.

Enwrapped in thick Egyptian night,
And fond of darkness more than light;
Madly I ran the sinful race,
Secure without a hiding place.

But thus the eternal counsel ran,
"Almighty love, arrest that man!"
I felt the arrows of disgrace,
And found I had no hiding place.

Indignant Justice stood in view,
To Sinai's fiery mount I flew.
But Justice cried with frowning face,
This mountain is no hiding place.

Ere long an angel's voice I heard,
And Mercy's angel face appeared.
She led me on with placid pace,
To Jesus as my hiding place.

Should storms of sevenfold thunders roll,
And shake the globe from pole to pole.
No flaming bolt shall daunt my face,
For Jesus is my hiding place,

On Him, eternal judgment fell,
That must have sunk a world to Hell,
He bore it for the chosen race,
And thus became their hiding place.

A few more rolling suns at most,
Shall land my soul on Canaan's coast.
Where I shall sing the songs of grace,
And gaze upon my hiding place!

Jesus is our  fountain filled with blood:

There is a Fountain Filled With Blood

There is a fountain filled with blood, 
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood 
Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see

 that fountain in his day;

And there have I, though vile as he, 

washed all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
 shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God 
be saved, to sin no more.

E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream 
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
 and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
 I'll sing Thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue 
lies silent in the grave.

Jesus is our mercy seat:

Approach My Soul The Mercy Seat

Approach my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.

Thy promise is my only plea;
With this I venture nigh:
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, Am  I.

Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By wars without, and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.

Be Thou my shield and hiding place,
That sheltered near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him, Thou hast died.

O, wondrous love! To bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious Name! Amen.

John Newton, 1779

Dear struggling, doubting friend. Let us be clear about sin. All sin is a violation of the holy laws of God. Sin is willful treason and rebellion against the High King of Heaven. Sin is an insult to our Creator. All sin must be confessed and repented of. Why? Because "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23.

So you feel you cannot be forgiven. Did Jesus not come to save sinners? An angel, in a dream, appeared and told Joseph, the husband of Mary "And He (Jesus) shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21.  Yes, Jesus will save His people from their sins. If you are broken hearted over your sins. If you have turned from them and have forsaken them why would the Savior not do what He has promised and forgive you? John tells us, "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9. Paul told the Philippian Jailor in Acts 16:31, "…believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."

My dear friend, the very fact that you mourn over your sins and failures, that you confess them and repent of them is an indication that the Lord has worked in your heart. Be encouraged by these signs. If you had no desire to be forgiven or free from the lusts of your flesh you would have reasons to be alarmed at the condition of your soul.

  God Himself has invited sinners like us to come and reason with Him. In Isaiah 1:18 the Lord says, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

I invite you to come to Jesus with all your sins, with all your guilt, with all your sorrows and shame. And by one act of faith roll this entire burden upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died for sinners and to sinners, He says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me." John 14:6.

Jesus is the doorway to heaven. Jesus is the path that leads to the Father. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. My dear friend throw yourself by faith into the arms of Jesus. If you perish, perish there. But I remind you that no one who has ever come to Jesus in faith with repentance was turned away.  So lay your sins on Jesus. Confess them and bring them to Him. The hymn writer makes this point crystal clear:

"I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God,
He bears them all and frees us
From the accursed load.

I bring my guilt to Jesus,
To wash my crimson stains,
White in His blood most precious,
Till not a spot remains."

  Jesus died and paid the price for all our sins. Jesus has promised a great salvation. It is great in its design. God designed His salvation to save sinners, even great sinners. It is great in its accomplishment. When Christ said on the cross, “It is finished.” He accomplished your salvation. It is complete. It is finished. It’s done and paid for. The salvation that Jesus provided is great enough and big enough to save every sinner, big or small, from all their sins. Jesus lived the life you could not live and He died the death you should have died. Therefore, my friend, come to Jesus. Come and find that His love and His grace is big enough and great enough for a sinner like you. O the life Christ lived! So pure, so holy, so perfect! And O the death Christ died! Dying for every sin we ever committed. Dying for our every word, thought or deed that violated the law of His Father. Trust that life and that death. It is the finished work of Christ in His living and dying that saves us from all of our sins, even our big sins. Hallelujah! What a Savior!