My family and I have visited many churches in our lifetime. The first church I went to was Calvary Chapel of Rialto, then we switched to Sunrise Church of Rialto for a few years, then we switched back to Calvary Chapel. I am specifically going to talk about Sunrise Church. We had been attending services at Sunrise Church of Rialto for a few years when my mother made the decision to leave because there was a watered-down (lukewarm) message being preached in the church. My mother had read a lot of material by Ray Comfort who specifically talked about watering down the Gospel (I'd encourage you all to find and read his books). Watering down the Gospel is a sin and blasphemy to GOD. The preacher from said church, Jay Pankratz, would say things like: "You've tried drugs, you've tried sex, you've tried alcohol. TRY GOD," "You have a GOD-shaped hole in your heart," and "GOD loves you so much and just wants to forgive you." He was preaching the wrong way. We need to tell people that they are sinners, that they are going to HELL for their sins; tell them the consequences of sin is DEATH. AND THEN you give them GOD. Repentance has to do with confessing and TURNING AWAY from your sins. If you give them grace before you give them the knowledge of their sins and the consequences of the sins, they won't understand grace at all! That's putting the horse before the cart. You CAN'T take repentance and the commandments out of SALVATION! It's not about having a GOD-shaped hole in our heart! Knowing GOD and Yeshua doesn't make our lives BETTER! It saves us and it makes us STRONGER. So many Believers are being persecuted for their faith. AND even the devil KNOWS Yeshua! We don't accept GOD to be HAPPY. We need to accept him to be FORGIVEN of our sins and SAVED from the eternal torment.
Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, "For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD."
Romans 6:23 (NLT) says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
Matthew 25:46 (NLT) says, "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."
Isaiah 66:24 (NLT) says, "And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror."