While listening to a funeral service sermon this past week, it became clear that there are MANY points about death which those sermons leave out, change so that the result is NOT true OR skip altogether.
AND SO, a listing of a few things about DEATH about which the reader would be UNinformed if listening to many of those funeral service sermons.
1- Because funeral service sermons are a PAID ADVERTISEMENT (for the funeral parlor, for those who utilize that particular parlor, for the deceased), they pretend that EVERY person who is being ‘laid to rest’ was GOOD.
Therefore, many words are expended on “She was a GOOD woman” or “He lived a GOOD life.”
God’s Word has the TRUTH of the matter.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. “
2- Because friends and family want to be reassured about the unknown finality that is DEATH, those who stage the funeral services say reassuring things about the deceased–whether those things were true or not.
3- It is speculated that the funeral parlor patron who is NOT going to heaven has never been spoken about in one of the PAID ADVERTISEMENTS that are funeral service sermons.
YET, God’s Word informs that FEW will make it to heaven–regardless of what the funeral sermons claim.
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
4- MANY who attend funeral services are SURPRISED to learn of the wonderful qualities of the deceased.
The thinking seems to be that those qualities were NOT discovered while the deceased was alive.
5- Occasionally, the deceased was such a WELL-KNOWN scamp that little smiles will form on the faces of those who knew the deceased when they are told about how GOOD, KIND or NOBLE the deceased was.
6- What the funeral services say to friends and family are OFTEN what the friends and family want to hear.
IF the deceased regularly beat those who had no money, then this might come out as “He worked with the poor.”
Those who hear such things might think, “Well, Harry DID have his own ways of speaking to the less fortunate.”
7- There is little mention of man being dirt and returning to dirt once he dies–as was featured in years past.
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
8- The funeral services pretend that it is in the power of the deceased as to where that soul shall spend eternity.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
9- Funeral service sermons appear to be filled with happy talk about the deceased’s “good heart” and HOW that ‘good heart’ influenced the behaviors of the dearly departed.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
10- There is NO mention of being a follower of Jesus and what this might mean for the eternal destination of the deceased.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
And so, these are a few of the points the reader might miss IF the reader was a regular listener–and believer–of funeral service. sermons.
HAS the reader listened to many funeral service sermons?
WAS the reader uneasy about what he had heard in those sermons?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 25, 2022.]
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