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"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few be there that find it."  Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:13-14)                             

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Imagine the plight of one whose taken his or her final breath and reached the realization that death is not the end, but the beginning.  All agnostics and even the most devout atheists will be convinced of God's existence upon finding themselves in His presence.  But after death, the decedent's eternal destiny is irrevocably fixed, as their time on earth was their opportunity to prepare.  No honest person will deny having experienced fear at some point in his or her life, but nothing is more terrifying than entering eternity unprepared to meet God.

However, every person alive on earth will one day stand before God, including the creator of this website.  Not if, but when this happens, things we consider important on this side of eternity will be of no importance or consequence. Your college GPA, credit rating, and bank account won't be a consideration, as all that will matter is if our names are in the Lamb's book of life.  

An appointment with God isn't our only commonality.   Unfortunately, all have sinned and come short of His glory (Romans 3:23).  The amount, type and magnitude of sin vary from person to person, but even so-called little sins are an affront to a supremely holy and righteous God whose holiness demands payment for all sin, no matter how trivial we think it is.  Abraham Lincoln said you can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. Well, you can't fool God any of the time.  We can deceive others, and even ourselves, but can't hide anything from God.  He knows our every thought, word, and deed.

Sin puts man at enmity with God, and all who trust in good works, religion, morality, church membership and other works of the flesh will be rejected on the day of judgment.  Fortunately, God has mercifully made it possible to acquire the righteousness needed to escape eternal punishment in hell and the lake of fire.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He alone can provide eternal life.

Conceived of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin, Jesus Christ bore the likeness of sinful flesh, but lived a uniquely sinless life.  Nevertheless, He was falsely accused of blasphemy for (truthfully) declaring that God is His Father, for which He was put to death. Three days later, He rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, ready to extend mercy to those who call upon Him.  Because of His virgin birth, sinlessness, death, burial, and resurrection, the free of eternal life is available to all who request it (John 6:37, Revelation 22:17).  Not even by our best efforts can we earn the righteousness required to escape eternal punishment for sin.   We simply call upon Christ and receive it.

But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy  mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation  (Romans 10:8-10).

God, who cannot lie, promises to reward those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).  Get a King James Bible, which has God's warnings, promises, and instructions to the believer.  As food provides physical nourishment, the Bible provides spiritual nourishment and should be read daily and diligently.  Start with Matthew and read the New Testament, adjusting your behavior accordingly.  In fact, the King James Bible should not only be read, but studied (2 Timothy 3:15), but that won't avail unless the knowledge gained is actually put into practice (Matthew 7:24-27, James 1:2).

Fasting is an essential element, as it enables Christians to keep their flesh under subjection.  If a child is also given what he wants when he wants it, he controls his parents.  Likewise, if you feed your flesh whenever it wants to be fed, it controls you.  The Lord, who gave instructions to believers on what to do when. not if, they fasted (Matthew 6:18).

Prayer is also important, because that's how believers communicate with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells Christians to pray without ceasing.     

Forsake everything the Bible reveals is sin.  God is not a cosmic bully intent on forcing us to obey Him, but the first thing Jesus preached is repentance, the forsaking of sin.  God gave us all free will, and if you persist in rebellion against Him, He will allow you to do it.  But at the end of your life, He will cast you into hell without batting an eye if you haven't repented.

Telling others about for Jesus Christ is not just the job of pastors, evangelists, or missionaries, but is expected of all believers.  Who among us does not have lost friends, relatives, or co-workers who are headed for the lake of fire?   

Measured against eternity, even the longest human life is comparable to a grain of sand on the ocean floor.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14).  Eternity is of such duration that the human mind can hardly even begin to grasp its enormity, and you will spend it in heaven or the lake of fire.  Countless people are in hell suffering indescribable agony at this moment, and multitudes more go daily.  They'd give anything for the chance you have right now to call upon Christ and be saved.  

A word of warning is in order here.  Satan the devil, and the master of all non-Christians, utterly despises God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, but in a contest of power, he'd be crushed like a bug.  He is a defeated foe, but that doesn't negate the fact that he's mighty.  Try to rescue an inmate incarcerated at San Quentin or Alcatraz, and you can expect strenuous opposition.  Likewise, because Satan wants his hellbound captives to remain as such, you will draw his fire if you attempt to rescue them.

I've encountered opposition to creating this website, so I know from personal experience that Satan works through other people to try to ensure that the lost remain lost.  Obey the King James Bible, not your own inclinations, and submit fully to the Lord Jesus Christ.  "These things I have spoken unto you, in that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  Jesus Christ (John 16:33).  All Scripture quotations are from the Authorized King James Bible, and all articles not denoted with an asterisk (*) are written by me. Web Site Hit Counter
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