Saturday, September 25, 2010
On Monday, I went to one of my favorite stores, Sam's Club. I only needed to get four items and hoped to be out of the store easily, for, the weather was nice and that means more people are shopping and walking through the parking lots of the stores. I got inside the store and encountered a young man who was trying to sell a product. I took the product and will use it for a present later on. He saw the million dollar bill tracts I had and had already seen them before. In fact, he recommended that I give them out to as many people as I could! I got to talking a little bit to him, and as we were talking, he make mention of 'his girl'. Well, that could mean a girl friend. Not unusual at all. I probed further. I asked him about his 'girl'. Well, I found out that he was living with her and they had a couple of children together. I was saddened. I asked him where he went to church, and he said he didn't go anywhere. It is possible that I might see this man again, and hopefully will be able to go further with the Gospel with him. Please pray for a strong conviction of his sins and that God would grant him repentance. His name is Ira. I think I'll get out my 10 Commandment coins and give him one and hope that will lead to the Gospel. Thanks.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have a feeling that people are thinking that there are different ways that we can believe in Jesus. At least, they agree with the Bible about Whom they should believe in. But now the question remains, are there different ways people can come to Jesus? Let me explain further: I put a Bible verse on my Face Book status a couple of days ago. Here is the verse I put there:
1 Cor. 6:9,10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
So far, so good right? Well, a person challenged me with a response that goes something like this: I like the Bible verse Acts 16:31, the 'easy' way to come to God. I thought about it for a minute. Basically, Acts 16:31 has to do with the Philippian jailor wanting to know what he had to do in order to be saved. We actually don't know how much background information on the Gospel this man had. Maybe Paul and Silas's singing had words that he could hear, and the Gospel was communicated to him through the singing. Maybe he had heard the Gospel from somewhere else, or maybe God was revealing Himself to this man and making his heart ready for him to come to Christ. Whatever it was that caused him to ask the question about salvation, and caused Paul to respond by saying to him "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved...", he had enough understanding to know that God is holy and that he was a sinful man in need of a Savior. This man's life was changed and now he was serving the prisoners that were in there because of their faith in Christ! Salvation only comes to those who are repentant and will come to Jesus in faith. So can we conclude that there is an 'easy' way to be saved that doesn't require us to repent? How would you respond to someone who makes that kind of remark when you talk about sin? If you preach the Gospel to others, you will probably hear this, among other remarks that are similar, so be ready for them. Help these people come out of deception so they can see the light.