Here is something I read on Facebook.
Twenty years ago today, at 1:47am Ingrid grabbed my hand and said “This is what we prayed for.” (She always prayed that we would die together). What neither Ingrid nor I knew is that we were not going to die and go to heaven as we believed but would have gone to a hypocrite’s hell. What a double shock that would have been. No words.
But in God’s amazing mercy and grace, He saved us 11 years later. He showed us our sin, He showed us the lie of easy believism, He granted us repentance and saving faith. All of mercy and all of grace.
When I first got saved, I had a former pastor say to me that he was worried we were going to burn out, that we were going too hard giving the gospel on the streets, he was worried about us. My reply even surprised me. I said that he who is forgiven much, loves much. I realized later, I got that from scripture Luke 7:47. I later realized that my nature had been made new 2 Cor 5:17, that I was not doing what I didn’t want to do, but that I was doing exactly what I wanted to do. Not sure if he ever understood that nor what regeneration looked like, but I understood for the first time in my life.
In the TBN interview we were asked what would you say to people who may be false converts like you once were. I said that I would plead with them to examine themselves to see if they are really in the faith for that is what Paul told the carnal Corinthians to do 2 Cor 13:5 and read the first book of John so you can examine yourself, (that is why John wrote the book). In John 5:13, John writes “I write these things down little children so that you know that you have eternal life.” What did John write down? Only 5 chapters.
The earthquake of the century in Taiwan killed 2,400 people. 2400 people entered eternity on that day. Are you ready? We weren’t.
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matt 7:21-23
We want you to be saved like we are saved, we want you to have eternal life! Please humble yourselves and ask God to show you your heart in His Holy light.
Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
The gospel in a verse…throw away any perceived righteousness and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t jump into eternity flapping your arms, put on the parachute, put on Christ….He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. John 6:37
for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Rom 10:13
and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31
There is no fitness required, come to Christ for dress!