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Baptism: What It Is And Is Not – Part 3

Originally published as Baptism part three 3/20/2012

Water Baptism

If you have not read Baptism: What It Is and Is Not part 1- you can find it here.
If you have not read Baptism: What It Is and Is Not part 2- you can find it here.

 

I would remind everyone this is what I teach from what I read in the bible. I’m not trying to start an argument, or offend anyone here. If you have a different point of view, feel free to express it, but please do so in a considerate manner. I hope in posting this series that it will bless someone, or at the least make us all ponder this issue. I appreciate everyone who reads this series and your thoughts on it. My apologies for taking so long getting back into it, I wanted to do some further editing of this and a couple additions to the text before posting it.

When should we be baptized? There is not one instance of infant baptism in the bible, not one. Jesus Himself was baptized at about the age of thirty. (Luke 3:23) Any verses in the New Testament speak of believing in Jesus and confessing, and repenting of sins to be baptized, or confessing and repenting of sins in the case of John the Baptist. So, one needs to be old enough to know they are a sinner in need of Jesus forgiveness. (Mark 1:5) (Luke 3:7,12) (Acts 2:38, 41) There are more verses then this, but the idea is that all the people being baptized knew they were sinners in need of a Savior. Baptism is supposed to be the outward reflection of the inward transaction that has occurred between an individual and Jesus Christ. If this is not the case, then why be baptized? I’m not at all suggesting that anyone who was baptized as an infant, that this was wrong (I was). I’m simply saying that from all the information in the bible, adult, or older child baptism is what is biblical, because then the one being baptized has an understanding of what the baptism actually means, and this is important.

Many people believe in the baptism of infants; there is not one verse in the bible that teaches this. John Calvin taught infant baptism, but this is not taught anywhere in the bible!

An example of a verse used to teach infant baptism is; Mark 16:15-16 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

First notice the above verses say nothing of infants. Next we see that Jesus says to “preach the good news”, you can’t preach the good news to a baby. Then we see that Jesus says, “whoever believes will be saved”, babies don’t “believe” anything about Jesus because even if you told them, the baby would be incapable of understanding!

Another set of verses used to “prove” infant baptism in the bible, Mark 10:13-16 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Notice first off that baptism is not mentioned in these verses anywhere.  Jesus laid His hands on the children and blessed them. He did not baptize them. Surely if Jesus wanted to baptize the children He would have. It is always stressed that one needs to believe in Jesus to be saved and believe the Gospel message; infants are not capable of this. Yes older children can believe and be baptized, but people use these verses as proof that infants be baptized. In Mark 10:15 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” This is a reference to child-like innocence, receiving what is spoken to them without doubting like an adult tends to do automatically. Compare Mark 10:15 with Matthew 18:3-4  And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Children are humble, and they are teachable, willing to learn. If the child does not understand, he/she asks questions until they get an answer they can understand. These verses have nothing to do with infant baptism.

Here is another verse used to indicate infant baptism, Acts 16:30-33 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. All his family were baptized” but look at what is said in verse 31,  ”Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved”, an infant is not going to be able to hear the Word of God and believe in Jesus. So the members of the household in view here were adults or adults and older children capable of understanding and believing in Christ. The bible says repeatedly that we need to repent of our sins; confess them to Jesus and believe in Him to obtain eternal life, if this precedes baptism, and it does, then an infant can not be baptized, for they are not capable of doing these things.

Nowhere does the bible ever mention a baby dying and being sent to hell because it was not baptized. That is simply not true, you will not find that in the bible. The bible also does not speak of an un-baptized infant winding up anywhere else either. The bible does not in fact address the issue of infants in relation to baptism at all. Therefore we must look for our answers elsewhere in other teachings of the Word.

Next time we will look at sin, hell, and the role of baptism as it relates to these things.


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What Is Awesome?

God IS Awesome!

Some words are over used; like, awesome, love among others.

That movie was so “awesome”
This steak is “awesome”

Is that stuff really awesome? I doubt it.

From Mirriam Webster: Awesome–: causing feelings of fear and wonder : causing feelings of awe
: extremely good

I doubt that steak instilled those feelings, the movie maybe a little. I have been guilty of using “awesome” for many things I should not. I’m consciously trying to change that.

Why you ask? Because only ONE thing is truly “Awesome” God is Awesome!

God as Jesus Christ came here to this little place we call Earth and willingly gave His own life that you and I may be forgiven of our sins that bring death. That we may have His forgiveness of those sins and receive eternal life with God forever unending.

Life here with God may be tough, even brutal. Life with God in the eternal realm will be anything but…it will be peace and joy unending – no more pain, no more sorrow, no more sin.

None of those things however are “awesome”, the One who made all those things possible…now He IS Awesome. God


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Baptism: What It Is And Is Not

Originally published as Baptism part one 3/11/2012 (Revised)

Water Baptism

Baptism, a much contested subject within the church. What is it, at what age should it be done, what about infant baptism, how should it be done? There are many questions about the subject of baptism.

As you read this series please realize that what I am saying is based on what the bible says, and I will provide bible verse references. This is meant to be informative and thought provoking, I am trying to be as honest and forthright as I know how here without falling into overt speculation, nor am I looking to argue or offend anyone. Still, this is my teaching on the matter of baptism, and I certainly can’t claim to have all the answers. This is my interpretation from what I have studied in the bible. With this in mind, lets proceed.

Just what exactly is baptism anyway? What does it signify when one is baptized? When we are baptized, it is a public affirmation of our faith in God. Or even better than that, through baptism we are identified with the Triune God.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Through baptism, (often referred to as the believers baptism) we are expressing our willingness to be forever more associated with God. We claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior not in private, but before other witnesses. Water baptism is the outward sign of what is happening on the inside. We are being made spiritually new, we are reborn, not by the baptism itself but by what has transpired spiritually between ourselves and Christ, of which the water and the baptism are symbols.

1 Peter 3:21 And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So if baptism does not really accomplish anything really meaningful, then why do it?

As outlined above, it is a symbol of what we believe, what or more appropriately Who we have committed to. Water baptism is also an important first step of obedience.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized.

Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 16:15

The above verses all clearly show that we are to be baptized. Obedience is very important to God and so should be to us as well. Keep in mind that Jesus Himself was baptized, if Jesus was baptized, we need to be as well.

Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

There are many theories as to why Jesus was baptized, and I’m not going to  delve into that here. What I do see as of utmost importance here is this; Jesus says to follow Him, the Apostle Paul said to follow (Paul) as he followed Christ. Following in this instance means to emulate, to do as they are doing. As Christ was baptized, Paul was baptized…so we need to be baptized.

Baptism as referred to in 1 Peter 3:21 is a symbol of what has occurred. Baptism does not save us; the resurrection of Jesus Christ saves us, as we believe in Him and His finished work. Baptism is a symbol, an important one, but nonetheless a symbol. It signifies our proposed intent, which is to be committed to God, to let Him take first place in our lives, to obey God and His calling on our lives. To commit to living a life defined not by sin, but by the absence of constant sin in our lives. Therefore obeying God and what His Word says about baptism is very important. It is one of our first opportunities to obey what we are called by God to do.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The above verse seems to say that we need to be baptized in order to receive salvation; this is taught by some but is unbiblical. We need to remember that biblical doctrine is not taught by one verse alone and that we must be careful to take verses in context. We are saved by Christ alone, adding any requirement to that including baptism is legalism and taking away from what Christ accomplished on the cross; setting us free from the law that does not save and purchasing our forgiveness with His own blood. In Acts 10:44-48 we see that people were saved first and then baptized after the Holy Spirit had come upon them. Rather than go into all the specifics here I have referenced a very good article on this.

Baptism and Acts 2:38

Next time we will look at what exactly Baptism is.


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Reduce Your Time in Purgatory: Follow Pope Francis on Twitter…Yes Really

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This is an old post from last July, but I wonder how many people have seen this?

Catholics believe in Purgatory. Purgatory is where people supposedly go after death if they have not done enough penance for their sins according to the Catholic church. In the churches own words: God requires satisfaction, and will punish sin, and this doctrine involves as its necessary consequence a belief that the sinner failing to do penance in this life may be punished in another world, and so not be cast off eternally from God.

You can read more on that here

So, while Christ’s sacrifice on the cross did indeed bring forgiveness of sin, according to the Catholic church, you still have to pay enough for your sins or you will go to Purgatory for additional punishment. This smacks of buying your salvation, works based salvation.

Either Christ paid for our sins, our He did not. You cannot have it both ways. If the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid for our sins, and it did…then we cannot do anything to pay for them ourselves or we are invalidating the crucifixion of Christ. The idea here is that one must be perfectly clean, pure and holy to enter God’s presence after death (I agree but that is accomplished by Christ)…so we need to have been punished enough to completely remove the stain of sin upon us according to Catholic doctrine. This is purely ridiculous. I know someone will argue that my interpretation is wrong here…but go read what the Catholic church says itself! Again…we can do nothing to remove the stain of our sins, only Christ can do that. If we need to suffer for our sins so that we may enter into the glorious presence of God after death, then I ask you why did Jesus have to suffer and die for us? Insisting that we as humans need to suffer a certain amount so that we can be unstained in order to enter into God’s presence is saying we need to make payment! Salvation is a free gift, yet the doctrine of the Catholic church would have you believe that you must purchase it. You need to suffer enough for your sins, you must give enough etc. In other words: if you MUST do anything to offset your sins, that is paying in some way and you are effectively destroying the gift that God gave you in salvation. If you pay anything no matter how small, then it is no longer a gift! Ephesians 2:8-9

Now while I fully agree that God punishes sin here on earth, the amount and duration of that punishment is at the sole discretion of God, not any man. The Pope does not have any authority over this, and certainly not any Vatican council. The fact that the Catholic church seems to think it can make all kinds of extra rules such as with Purgatory, granting indulgences, granting forgiveness of sin if you do as the priest tells you to do, and the required veneration of Mary…well they are much more descended from the Pharisees than from Peter.

Think about this, first the Catholic church suggests that you must suffer enough for your wrong doing or you cannot enter into God’s presence, then they say: oh wait…we can lessen your additional punishment in Purgatory if you do these things we say. Like Follow the Pope on Twitter. Really??? Ok so you also have to pray, confess your sin, and go to mass. Still sounds like purchasing favor to me.

Where is any of this in the Bible? Did I maybe miss Twitter in the Bible? Anyone?

I have had believing Catholics tell me they doubt the veracity of the Pope, then say that the doctrine of the Catholic church is sound. Uh…you just contradicted yourself. Don’t get me wrong here, this is no attack on Catholic people as I have been accused of. I hope people read this and search out the truth for themselves. How can anyone see all the contradictions in the Catholic church and believe in it? Many many people who took up their Bibles and read them for themselves have left the Catholic church…there is a reason for that.
The Catholic church leads people astray and does them a disservice all to often. They tie up loads on the people’s shoulders that no one should have to bear. The Pope wants to make nice with every other religion. We are to be separate from other religions.
Deuteronomy 13:6-10 The Pope says it is not up to him to judge if homosexuals go to heaven. The Pope is taking things of the Living Word of God and ignoring them! In the Old Testament God said to take two men who had lain together and kill them! Leviticus 20:13 How much more clear does anyone need this to be? Just for the record…God does NOT hate homosexuals as some sites wrongly say! God loves them as He does you or me. If the homosexual repents of this behavior asking forgiveness…that person will go to heaven. It’s all in the Bible, look it up!

One last thing on Purgatory: remember the story about Lazarus and the Rich man? Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus and the rich man both died. Lazarus was being comforted by Abraham while the rich man was in hell in torment. There was a chasm in between them that none could cross over. So much for Purgatory.

 

One hell of a deal: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter

Court in charge of forgiveness of sins says those that follow upcoming event via social media will be granted indulgences

Around 1.5 million are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day with the Argentine pontiff later this month. But for those who can’t make it to Brazil,  forgiveness may be available to contrite sinners who follow Francis’s progress via their TV screen or social networks.

The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

The Penitentiary said that Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has already gathered seven million followers, would be one such medium.

Vatican officials, noted however, that to obtain indulgences over the internet or otherwise, believers would first have to confess their sins, offer prayers and attend Mass.

“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

SOURCE: The Independent


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AN INDISPENSABLE PREREQUISITE

By Neil Anderson

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January 6

John 17:3 NIV
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent
 
The focus of my ministry, both as a pastor and a seminary professor, has been the interrelated ministries of discipling and Christian counseling. I have been a discipler and a counselor of countless individuals. I have also taught discipleship and pastoral counseling at the seminary level and in churches and leadership conferences across the country. Much of my interaction with people has been to expose the insidious reality of Satan’s relentless assault of deception on the Christian’s mind. He knows that if he can keep you from understanding who you are in Christ, he can keep you from experiencing the maturity and freedom which is your inheritance as a child of God.
 
I am intrigued by the overlap of the ministries of discipling and counseling. Christian discipleship focuses on truth and tends to be future-oriented, provoking spiritual growth and maturity. Christian counseling considers the past to correct problems and address areas of weakness. Your past has shaped your present belief system and will determine your future unless it is dealt with. Biblically, discipleship and counseling are not separate ministries. Both are intensely personal ministries which are necessary to apply the truth to set people free from their past and establish them complete in Christ.
 
Furthermore, it is my conviction that discipleship and counseling must both start where the Bible starts: with a knowledge of God and our identity in Christ. If we really knew God, our behavior would change radically and instantly. That’s what happened in Scripture. Whenever heaven opened to reveal the glory of God, individual witnesses were immediately and profoundly changed. I believe that the greatest determinant of mental and spiritual health and freedom is a true understanding of God and a right relationship with Him. A good theology is an indispensable prerequisite to a good psychology.
 
Prayer: Father, I am eternally grateful to You that in Christ I am a saint dwelling in the heavenlies instead of a sinner wallowing in the mud.


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The Must Read Interview with Satan!

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Me: Do you acknowledge Jesus as being truly God?

Satan: Of course I do as do the demons, it is only foolish humans that do not.

Me: So why do you think so many people refuse to acknowledge Christ as Lord?

Satan: Because they want to live any way they choose doing what they want when they want to, works for me! It makes my job easier.

Me: Did you really temp Jesus?

Satan: Of course I did! If Jesus would have accepted my offer of all the kingdoms of the earth being His to rule we would not be having this conversation because I would have won!

Me: How do you figure the earth and its’ kingdoms are yours to give?

Satan: When Adam disobeyed God his dominion over all the earth passed to me. You did notice that Jesus did not say I was wrong when I offered Him MY kingdoms right?

Me: Did Jesus truly die on the cross?

Satan: Yup He sure did, I was there and had a hand in that…one of my finer moments.

Me: But then on the third day Jesus rose from the dead…

Satan: Oh…yes that was a really bad day for me. He was not supposed to come back to life that really upset me. I’m still angry about that day.

Me: Lets talk about the people of this world. Why do you temp people so much with so many evil things?

Satan: HA…don’t make me laugh! Have you not read James? That miserable cretin got the picture right away.

Me: Explain please…

Satan: People believe (at least those that believe I exist) that temptation originates with me. It does not it originates with the people I tempt! I only encourage all those foul thoughts that are already there in their minds.

Me: So we are to blame for the temptations that overtake us?

Satan: Precisely…that is why most of the world is mine! I just encourage all those bad thoughts, those actions that people know they really should not do.

Me: What are your thoughts about prayer?

Satan: I HATE prayer! Then people don’t listen to my “suggestions” so easily. So don’t pray people and do not read the Bible.

Me: So you DO believe the word of God is real and powerful.

Satan: Ummm yeah unfortunately I have to. People have been using that book against me for a long time. The Apostle Paul did lots of damage and he used to be on my side!

Me: So the Pharisees were your children?

Satan: That’s what Jesus said.

Me: So what about those who do not even believe you are real?

Satan: That is one of my finest works! I deceive and lure people to their deaths…permanent separation from God Himself and they do not even believe I exist…I love it!

Me: But the Bible says you are real…

Satan: True it does, but people have to actually read the Bible and then believe what they read. I deceive people into NOT believing what the Bible says. And then they argue over what is real and what is not…I whole-heartedly encourage this!

Me: So do your deceptions also work on Believers?

Satan: Oh my yes! Many believers in God do not want to acknowledge that true evil exists…after all a loving God would not permit that now would He…

Me: So you are evil then?

Satan: No no…of course I’m not! I just give people what they want! You only have one life to live after all!

Me: True…but the question is where are we going to live our eternal life?

Satan: With me! It will be one big party with friends!

Me: Oh come now Satan, you know that is not true! According to the word of God hell is anything but a party, it is a place of eternal suffering.

Satan: People don’t believe that.

Me: But it is true nonetheless. Why don’t you give your life to Christ and have your sins forgiven and be set free?

Satan: NEVER!! This interview is over!

This is of course not real, but the principles of this interview are. Satan is a master of deception even among people who DO believe in Christ. So many do not believe in Satan because they are blinded by the fact that God DOES allow evil. I did not say God causes evil, but it IS allowed…for now. You have only to look around you at the world in general to see that this is true.

So you have two choices: believe that there really is no God because of the rampant evil in this world…or you believe that God is real in which case you MUST believe that God allows evil things in the world. If God be God, and He is all-powerful, then it only stands to reason that evil IS allowed. Evil in this world was and is brought about by the sin of man…so no one should be blaming God for it!

The rightful ruler of this world has allowed it to be ruled by Satan…for a time. If you read your Bible you know this. But that time is fast drawing to a close. We live in the end of the End Times. It will not be long before the return of Jesus Christ to this world once more.

So where do you stand? Have you given your heart and soul to Jesus, or are you still serving Satan? You cannot have it both ways you know. Your Father is God Himself, or your father is Satan…choose this day whom you will serve! Not making a choice IS making a choice. You will NOT have a second chance after death as some teach! If you die today without having accepted Christ, your fate is sealed…hell for all eternity.

There are no scare tactics here as I and many others have been accused of but rather simple facts. You cannot serve two masters, and God will not be mocked! You serve Him, or you serve your father the devil…Satan.

No matter what sins you have committed, you CAN be saved! Do NOT wait until you are “better” to except Jesus. This is another lie fostered by the father of lies Satan! Jesus will accept you as you are; no matter what you have done if you come to Him truly repentant of the things you have done. If you have lived 70 years as a wantonly evil person…God will accept you as His child provided you come to Him and repent of what you have done and ask His forgiveness! Hitler himself had he dropped to his knees and earnestly prayed for forgiveness would now be in heaven…that may offend some of you but it is the truth!

No fancy words are needed, just pray…tell the Lord you are sorry for your sins and ask for forgiveness. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today! Accept that Jesus death on the cross was enough to pay for your sins. Place your trust in Him, not yourself or your works that are of no value without first trusting in ONLY Jesus to save you. If you hear His voice calling, do not wait another moment! Commit your life to the only One who can save you, Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins, meaning that you change your life and live the way that God wants you to no longer living the sinful life you once did.

Yes it really is that simple. God will give you the strength to change! True change comes from within, the power of Christ within you once you have accepted Him.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.


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What do Babies, Jesus, and Your Death (or not) Have in Common?

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Babies are so cool…little bundles of cuteness, a new life created by God. Their needs are really pretty simple if at times very overwhelming! They want to be fed, held and loved. When they do not feel good…they look to us as the parent to fix it, make the problem go away.

So what do we as adults have in common with babies? Lots and at the same time little. Let me explain…

Babies all have one characteristic in common; they are completely helpless. Anything babies’ need is provided for them by the parents.

We all began life as this helpless little new life dependent on someone to take care of us; if someone did not fulfill the responsibility of taking care of us as babies…we would have surely perished. Then we grow up and outgrow this need…or do we?

Soon before you know it that baby is a toddler, and then in a blink of an eye they are the willful teenager…and right around the corner they morph into the young man or woman that knows it all while you the parent are an idiot that knows nothing. Not all kids are like this, but many are to some degree.

We live our lives, we learn our lessons in school, and we gain life experience. At some point we live on our own and manage our own lives. We are adults and can make our own decisions and take care of ourselves now right?

I would submit to you that this is an illusion. Don’t feel bad…we have all participated in this illusion and many still are. NO one is self sufficient…many think they are but it is not so. This is another lie fostered by Satan himself. If you truly believe you are self sufficient, then you have no need of God do you?

As I said before babies are born helpless. As a matter of fact, we are all helpless in a way and it does not end because we can manage our own household.

You see my friends…we are all born dead. Yes dead! We are born spiritually dead, separated from God. During the course of our lives we have opportunity to reverse this “spiritual deadness”. We are helpless to do this however without the help of our Creator…God.

You may very well get through life just fine without God…but what are you going to do when your physical body dies and your eternal soul stands before Christ? When Christ says to you why should I let you into my heaven…what are you going to say? You were a good person? Sorry…that does not count. There is only one correct answer to that question; I trust in Jesus.

As a baby is utterly helpless to take care of itself, we are utterly helpless to bring our eternal spirit to life without Christ. We are all born spiritually dead, the only way that condition changes is by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Why are we born spiritually dead? We all sin, sin is death and it only takes one. Not death of the body as we all will die unless Christ comes back first but that is another topic altogether. We are speaking of the death of your spirit. Let me make this as simple as possible. We all have a soul and spirit. Our soul is what makes us who we are; gives life to the otherwise inanimate body. Our spirit connects us to God. When we are born, the soul is alive so to speak, but the spirit is not as our spirit is not yet connected to God. If you die without connecting your spirit to God…well you will be separated from God forever and your spirit will die forever. However…your soul on the other hand will live on eternally…in hell. Yes that is right, your soul will life forever tormented in hell…Bibles words not mine.

The thing is loved ones…it does NOT have to be this way! Jesus Christ regardless of what you do or do not think of Him came here to save you! Jesus died on the cross so that you may go to Him, ask for forgiveness of your sins, change your life to live for Him and receive eternal life in heaven…your spirit alive and your body perfectly restored better than it was in life. What does not sound good about that?

Either you accept Christ and live forever with Him; no more pain either physical or emotional, no more death, no more anything bad ever! Or…you refuse Christ and you will suffer for that decision forever in hell. God sends no one to hell…you choose that eternal destination for your self at the same time you willingly choose to refuse the One who created you Lordship over your life.

You can refuse Christ now and party down and do anything you want to, but you WILL pay for that decision!! Please realize that your decisions now will affect you in eternity.

Christ is soon to return to this earth. Time is short…the need to accept Him as Lord and Savior is now, not tomorrow. You may not have a tomorrow.

Watch this video on our YouTube channel about how quickly one can be here today and gone tomorrow. WARNING…this video is VERY graphic. You will see people actually die.

To accept Christ simply pray to Him. Ask Him into your heart and confess all sins to Him. Believe that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was enough to pay for your sins. Place your trust in Jesus for your eternal life not yourself. Believe that Christ rose from the dead and lives even now with the Father in heaven.

Welcome to the family of God!

God bless you all
Greg