Pastor's Article March 26, 2023

Weekly Article
Throughout the Word of God there are references to people who look and think they are alive, but the Bible refers to them as dead. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Mt 23:27–28).
In Ephesians 2:1 Paul says, “that we have been quickened who were dead in trespasses and sin.” 
There are a lot of people who are trying to keep from dying that are already dead in their sins. They go from day to day trying to stay alive and according to the Word of God they are dead within because of their iniquity and trespasses. Over the last few years there have been multiple tv shows centered around zombies, the walking dead. And yet the Bible teaches us that there have always been people walking about who were spiritually dead. So, question for you, what does a spiritually dead person look like? The answer is they look just like a spiritually alive person. When you look at what Jesus says they may look a bit more religious as they try to cover up their inward deadness they often overcompensate with a hyper religious appearance. So the difference is not in how they look it is how they act, they are hypocritical in their lifestyle, they talk about love but have no deeds to show their love. They talk about righteousness but, their life is not lived in a right way. A spiritually dead person has no spiritual life, no Holy Spirit guidance, no Jesus loves me confidence, no live for eternity vision, nor do they have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. They are dead on the inside waiting until the outward body dies. A Spiritually alive person is alive on the inside waiting for the outside to die so they can be alive whole in eternity, which they have been living for. Our hope in not in this world, as we are simply pilgrims passing through. At death we gain, for the spiritually dead, at death they lose. Think about it friend, at death will you gain, or will you suffer great loss?
Rev. Wayne Marcus