My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?
God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again.)
In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?
First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God) (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages [payment] of sin is death) (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
" . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment) (Hebrews 9:27).
But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. " . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him) (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood) (Lev. 17:11). " . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]) (Hebrews 9:22).
" . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us) (Romans 5:8).
Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.
My friend, "God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent) (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: " . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .' )
Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name) (John 1:12).
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.) (Romans 10:13).
Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.
Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner.) Just pray: "Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.)
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
God's simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
You say, "Surely, it cannot be that simple.) Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.
If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?) (Mark 8:36).
Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.
God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it) (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:
Pray -- you talk to God.
Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
Witness -- you talk for God.
You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .) (2 Timothy 1:8)
"Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven) (Matthew 10:32).
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when your ass is knocking on the pearly gates trying to get in. What will you ask of the almighty God? Does he have fish for you to mount cause gasoline is so high?
and he gives me a hard time I'll say, "Hey smarty pants remember when the cock crowed twice?" LOL
Seriously I'm saved and have no problem with salvation. But to think you're going to save someone by posting it here is nonsence. In fact you're probably turing more people of of God than turning them on to him.
Some people like to shine the light in your eyes Blinding you instead of in front of you so you can see.Dont get me wrong i confess JESUS as my lord and savour and thank god every day for his saving grace and what hes done for me .I believe there is a GOD !,in JESUS CHRIST!,that there's a heaven & Hell !AND there's probably a Forum out there devoted to this topic,HHMMM ya no maybe Jesus was a Taxidermist not a carpenter.
And just for the record I think he was a stone mason. Not much wood in that area back then. I think they covered it on the History channel.
Those that used animal skins to make leather (closest thing to taxidermy) back then were on the same level as the modern garbage man btw.
Elmer loves you Cecil, butt not in a Brokenback Mountain sort of way
"...They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
That's SATURDAY, by the way (Sunday is the first day of the week). I used to visit a hunting forum that was taken over by pornographers. I'm not sure I didn't prefer them over this holy roller stuff. I feel God intended for man to bear spiritual fruit, not turn into religious nuts. Cecil spoke a parable, it's just a shame you guys were preaching too loudly to appreciate what he said.
But which parable was ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz in?
Some good when I got Cecil and George agreeing, although it might be anti-christian agreement at least they agree in something ,LOL
as that's one of the premises of the religion I was raised with. I don't see too many on here arguing with you, George. Then again, do you go to church on Saturday?
just as lots of folks in my relgion do. Guess what religion that is? You know the one Alex and Rich like to bash?
But the earliest recordings of the early Christian church clearly show they assembled together on Sundays.
Cecil you just explained a lot to me.
Repent before you get hit by an earthquake.
I don't see why I would bash you, since I go to church on the Sabbath also.
Now if you belong to one of those cults that go to church on saturday and prohibits people from eating pork and the heck with the other 211 commandments then I will critisise you.
You may find we aren't as different as you think.
say it ain so. You're not a Catholic basher too.
So much for a "good" Christian not casting condemnation. Christians commonly violate the commandment about the Sabbath as they celebrate Christ's resurrection on SUNDAY (as in Easter - the first SUNDAY after the first full moon after the spring equinox) The faith of Moses AND JESUS was celebrated on Saturday, the Sabbath. And since you're obviously biased against those who adhere to the letter of the commandments, did you bother to conside Seventh Day Adventists? What judgment do you have against their practices?
I don't bash Catholics as I feel there are a great many Catholics who will be in Heaven. My family once was prodominatly from the Catholic faith. I do feel the Catholic church itself has went down the wrong road and some of their doctrien is bad.