Salvation Without Cost

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It is the greatest desire of man that he could live forever. There have been many books written, movies produced, and songs sung; that express our desire to live a life that would never end. When we think about the ceasing of our existence here on earth, it doesn’t make sense. How could we suddenly cease to exist? It is our sense of eternity and fear of death, that haunts us our entire life. The Bible states that God placed eternity within our heart when He made us, but none of us understands How to achieve it.

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)

If there was a fee that could be paid in order to gain access to eternal life, it is certain that many wold endeavor to pay it. The reason that people explore religion in the first place is to understand what happens at the moment of death and seek to know if they will go on living after their body dies.

Amongst all religions of the world, there is a common thread: The fact that eternal life can be achieved, at a cost. Those who will acquire the right to live forever, must perform certain rituals, procedures, or follow a set of rules. Only the Bible reveals that eternal life is a free gift that cannot be purchased. God will give any person the right to live forever, without cost, if they will simply believe what He has said.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

The way to heaven is not by a religion, it is through a person. Jesus has already purchased our salvation by the giving of His life. All that we must do is believe this and receive His gift. Continue reading “Salvation Without Cost”

Why I Do Not Post Comments on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, or MSNBC News Sites

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You Can't Say That

In the United States, the right of free speech is protected by the first amendment to the Constitution. This is, of course, unless you are a Christian. Try to post a Christian perspective on ABC News, CBS News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and other news agencies and see what happens.

Over the past several years, I have attempted to post a Biblical/Christian perspective on the online news organizations and every one was deleted, except Fox News. I made my comments in a respectful, intellectual, and informative manner. I did not disparage any other religion, person, or company. I simply answered the way that someone who believes in God would answer. I was told that my comments did not meet the requirements set by the particular news company. The reason: It was a comment by an Evangelical Christian.

I have several web sites and I often receive very disturbing and controversial replies to the articles that I post. I never delete any comment. I give my readers the freedom to express themselves in any way that they want, without censure or deletion. It is my opinion that allowing everyone to say what they want to say, gives us a wider view of the mindset of a greater number of people. Continue reading “Why I Do Not Post Comments on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, or MSNBC News Sites”

A Murderer Can Go To Heaven, While His Victim Goes To Hell

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Several years ago, I was watching a television show in which a man was seeking to illustrate how anyone; regardless of how evil they might have been, can go to heaven.

A young man who was having a hard time understanding the concept of a murderer going to heaven, asked a question:

“So you are saying that the Nazi soldier who gassed my grandmother at the German death camps under Hitler can be forgiven by God?”

The host told him, “yes of course. Anyone can be saved by the sacrifice that Jesus has made on the cross for all sins.”[1]

But what if my grandmother never received Jesus as her savior, what if she refused to accept his offer of salvation.”

The host continued: “Unfortunately, she would be lost forever.”[2]

The young man, now quite angry, began to speak again: “Do you mean to say that a Nazi butcher who tortured my dear grandmother, then threw her into a furnace and burned her to death, can go to heaven; but my grandmother, who never hurt a sole, who never said an unkind word about anyone in her life, will go to hell, if she does not receive Jesus Christ?

The host answered, “Yes that is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ says.”[3]

The young man replied: “That is why I would never believe in the God that you believe in.” Continue reading “A Murderer Can Go To Heaven, While His Victim Goes To Hell”

The Bible And Slavery

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This morning in South Carolina, the Confederate flag was removed—never again to be publicly displayed. For many millions of Americans, this remaining emblem of the Civil War, continues as a symbol of slavery and hatred.

The battle over slavery was a stunning low point in the early history of America. An issue so divisive, that more than 500,000 men were willing to die to determine the final outcome.

There are some today, who believe that the Bible was responsible for the enslavement of human beings in the early history of the United States.

When we examine the text of the Old and New Testaments we find that it was men who instituted the practice of slavery, not God. There is no place in the Bible where the Bible instructs, nor condones the enslavement of another human being. Continue reading “The Bible And Slavery”

Gay Marriage is the Law of the Land; So Also is the Right of Free Speech

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As the Supreme Court of the United States has made gay marriage the law of the land in the United States, there will certainly be many who fight against the Christian stance in opposition to gay marriage.

Those who now have the right to marry, under law, should remember that the Constitution also gives Christians and others, the right to speak out freely, against gay marriage.  Continue reading “Gay Marriage is the Law of the Land; So Also is the Right of Free Speech”

When America Abandons God: The Signs And The Consequences

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One of the stunning developments that has occurred in the United States during the past 60 years, is the movement of our citizens away from God and the Bible.

After decades of eroding morality and a rise in secular humanism, we no longer possess the faith of our forefathers. Beginning in the fifties, the Christian church ceased from teaching its members the principles of the Bible. This resulted in a nation of individuals who did not know what God has said, nor what He requires. This famine of God’s word produced an eroding national morality, and the acceptance of abhorrent lifestyles that were formerly considered illegal or perverse. Under the guise of equal rights, an onslaught of court cases, sought legal recourse to redefine marriage and what America considers normal in sexual relationships.

During this same period, Colleges and Universities began to teach evolution as the reason for all life, resulting in the exclusion of God from government and educational institutions.

As same-sex relationships became acceptable to the American people, the insistence for more rights, to a wider group of alternative lifestyle and gender identities, has also increased. In April of 2016, a 16 year old North Carolina student, who was born a female but identifies as a male, sued the Gloucester County School Board that had created a policy the prohibited any student from using a restroom that is contrary to their biological sex. On April 19, 2016, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, gave permission for this case to go forward as a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the school board. According to the federal court, the basis of the case is Title IX of the Federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.

We are seeing an ever increasing movement by the LGBT advocates to demand that every phase of American culture; government, churches, business, and education, accept every abhorrent demand that is made to accommodate their chosen lifestyles. This movement towards a national acceptance of gays and lesbians as normal and acceptable in every phase of American society, began in 1962 Continue reading “When America Abandons God: The Signs And The Consequences”

Are Christians Who Judge Others, Hypocrites?

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Yes. Those who judge the sins of others, while maintaining problems with their own moral behavior, are hypocrites. 

By this definition, every person on the planet is a hypocrite. There is not one of us who is capable of perfection in all of our actions and words. This is what the word “sinner” means. One who has fallen short, the goal of perfection. Does this mean that no person should ever speak against the wrongful actions of another? No of course not. If this were true, a judge sitting before an accused, jury, and the attending witnesses for the trial, could not judge a person of any wrongful action. For all judges, are also themselves—sinners. Continue reading “Are Christians Who Judge Others, Hypocrites?”

Salvation Without Baptism, Altar Call, or Church Membership

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According to many Theologians, Churches, and individual Christians, a person cannot be saved apart from Baptism, or membership in their particular church. The final authority on all matters of doctrine resides with the Bible, not what men say, nor the tradition of the church. According to Jesus, the requirements for salvation are extremely simple and even the worst sinner may find forgiveness and eternal life–even during the final moments of their life.

As a person goes through each one of the individual parts of the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, we are struck with the details that are included in these many faceted predictions.

In the prophecies of Isaiah chapter 53, we see the specific detail that the Messiah will be condemned and put to death along with other criminals. Although this may be seen as a very common occurrence in the carrying out of a sentence for crimes committed, in the case of a prophecy written over 700 years in advance of its fulfillment, this detail is a stunning inclusion.

Isaiah 53:12c Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Luke 23:32-33 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.

When we examine the New Testament, we discover that there were two thieves who were also condemned to die by crucifixion along with Jesus. They are placed on either side of the Lord. At first, it seems that both condemned men ridicule Jesus for also being crucified along with them. After one of these men witnesses the grace and the love with which Jesus endures His suffering, praying for those who placed Him on the Cross, this dying criminal has a change of heart. He cries out to Jesus: Lord, Remember me when you come into Your kingdom. A subtle statement of salvation from a man doomed to die, during the final moments of his life. Though his confession is short and simple, yet it is sufficient to move Jesus to pronounce him: forgiven and worthy of eternal life.

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Telling the Truth about the Tradition of Halloween

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How many of the traditions which people practice today are rooted in a pagan or occultic tradition? 

There is one popular holiday that is viewed by most people as a harmless night of dress up and fun. In reality, this night of “tricks and treats,” rests upon a foundation of evil, and horror–the likes of which most people have no idea. The Bible describes a time when God will send His Son into the world, so that we might know the truth. Jesus said that when we begin to understand who He is and comprehend the words that He is saying to us, for the first time in our life, we will truly be free. Continue reading “Telling the Truth about the Tradition of Halloween”