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Why Should We Evangelize?

   

Why is it important for Christians to evangelize? There are so many Christians around the world and there are so many churches that exist today yet very few Christians actually go out and evangelize.
Evangelism is basically the presentation or communication of the Good News or the gospel of Jesus Christ to an individual or people.
Evangelizing is not only for the pastor or church leaders, but every Christian is mandated or commissioned to evangelize. Therefore if you are born again, God expects you to share the gospel of Christ to others especially to unbelievers / non-christians.
Matthew 28:18-20 says – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Below are 6 Biblical reasons as to why we as Christians should evangelize or witness

 

WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?

 

  1. God Is Not Willing That Anyone Should Perish

2 Peter 3:9 NKJVThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
It’s not the desire of God that people should perish in hell for eternity, but God desires that the gospel of Christ be spread and shared to all mankind with the hope that people may come to a saving knowledge and relationship with God through Christ.
QUESTION: Do you know a person or people in your life who are not Christians? Are you aware that God does not want them to perish in hell? Make it a goal in your life to present the gospel of Christ to them and speak to them about the word of God.

 

  1. We Have A Mandate To Evangelize

2 Timothy 4:5 NKJVBut you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Remember that evangelizing is simply the sharing of the gospel especially to unbelievers. Your pastor or church leader cannot reach every soul. Therefore every Christian is expected by God to play his/her part in reaching to the lost and helping the lost to come to salvation through Christ.
QUESTION: Are you doing the work of an evangelist?

 

  1. How Can People Know / Believe Unless The Gospel Is Preached

Romans 10:14-15 NKJVHow then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The scriptures say that he/she who evangelizes / shares the gospel has beautiful feet.
If we do not share the gospel nor have a desire to share it with others, we are being selfish as Christians. The gospel is about getting people saved from the fires of hell and getting people reconciled with God through Christ.
I once read a picture image on one of the social media platforms that said the following: REAL FRIENDS DO NOT LET OTHER FRIENDS GO TO HELL.
Do you have a friend in your life whom you have never share the gospel with? Do you have a member of your family who doesn’t even know that you’re a Christian?
Romans 10:14,15 says how can people know what the gospel is all about unless somebody speaks to them about it – and how shall they hear the gospel unless somebody is willing & bold enough to share it?
QUESTION: Are you willing to share and evangelize? Are you willing to find the strength through Christ to be bold and share the gospel to others?

 

  1. Jesus Preached Repentance & Died For Sinners

Matthew 4:17 NKJVFrom that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Luke 5:31-32 NKJVJesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Repentance is an important part of the gospel. We cannot become born again without repenting. To repent means to change your mind or to go in a new direction. The reason why we should evangelize is because Jesus Himself evangelized. Jesus preached to sinners and He died for sinners so that they may repent.
Therefore the reason why we evangelize is so that we help people to repent from sinful living so that they may live for Christ and not for themselves.
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and share the gospel with sinners? Do you know that Jesus died for the worst kind of people on this planet?

 

  1. We Should Extend The Same Grace Given To Us

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJVFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Another reason why we should evangelize is because grace is also an important part of the Good News / gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Christians we are saved by the grace of God and not because of our own goodness or our own righteousness. We are saved because of the work of Christ and NOT because of our own merit “lest anyone should boast”.
Therefore when we share the gospel of Christ especially to unbelievers or non-christians, it’s important for us to emphasize the grace of God and that this grace is offered to all mankind irrespective of their sins or how bad they think they are.
It’s also important to emphasize that salvation and eternal life is a free gift through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and explain about the grace and free gift of eternal life that God offers to all of mankind?

 

  1. The Harvest Is Plenty But The Laborers Are Few

Luke 10:2 NKJVThen He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Christ tells us that there is a big harvest of unbelievers who need to repent and who need to hear the gospel so that they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Another reason why we need to evangelize is because there are very few “laborers” or Christians who are willing to evangelize. Despite an abundance of churches and Christians, there is a very small ratio of people willing to evangelize.
Therefore Christ encourages to pray for more laborers to evangelize and share the gospel because God is no willing for anyone to perish.
QUESTION: Are you aware that the harvest is great? Are you willing to be one of the laborers?

 

  1. Because We Love God & We Love Our Neighbour

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJVJesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’   38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
If we love God and if we truly love our neighbour then we will be motivated to evangelize. If our neighbor is not a Christian we must be motivated by love to speak the gospel because we do not desire to see anybody perish in hell just as God Himself does not desire to see anyone perish.
God was motivated by love so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that if whosever believes in Him shall not perish (John 3:16). Therefore let love be our motivator.
QUESTION: Are you motivated by love of your neighbor – even if he is a stranger – to speak to him/her about the gospel of Jesus Christ?

So why should we evangelize? It’s the will of God and it’s for His glory.

 

Who Created God?

“Dad, who made God?”. That’s a question my young 9 year old daughter once asked me.
I’m sure if you’re like me, whether you’re a Christian or skeptic, you must have asked yourself or somebody else that same question.
We sort of look at everything in existence around us and we know without a doubt that the cellphone we use, the car we drive or the home we live in all have their maker. And therefore, if we believe that God made the trees, the animals, the earth, the universe and us as humans – then who made God?

The answer to this question is this: NOBODY created God; God was NEVER made because God is ETERNAL and He therefore has ALWAYS existed. He is the UNCREATED Creator.

Why and How Is God UNCREATED?
God does not fall under the CATEGORY of created beings. To ask who created God would be the same as asking the following questions for example: “Can trees walk?” or “Can pigs fly?”
If these questions sound absurd or ridiculous it’s because we know without a doubt through personal knowledge & understanding that trees DON’T fall under the category of creation that walks and pigs DON’T fall under the category of animals that fly.
Therefore in relation to God and the things of God we must have a personal understanding and knowledge of what are some of the factors that make or categorize God as being – GOD.

These factors are the following:

1. God is Eternal
God has no beginning and He has no end. Everything that is in existence began with God and everything will end with God. (Isaiah 44:6 ESV – Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides Me there is no god.”).
NOBODY came or existed BEFORE GOD. According to Isaiah 44:6 we learn that God is first & last; He is eternal and there is no other God besides Him or before Him or who will come AFTER Him.
Therefore to suggest that somebody else made God, would raise the question of WHO made the person that made God; and WHO made the person, that made the person that made God? And the questions will go on and on and on and on…
However, God is clear in telling us through scripture that He is eternal and NO OTHER God came before Him and NO OTHER God will come after Him.
Revelation 22:13 ESV – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
John 8:58 ESV – Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

 

2. God as Creator of Time, exists OUTSIDE of time.
God is not limited or subject to time as we understand it. He is eternal. He has no beginning and he has no end.
Before God’s creation plan, time did not exist at all. Time actually began to exist only during the First Day of creation when God began the creation process – (Genesis 1:5 “…And there was evening and there was morning, the FIRST DAY”).
Therefore, if our bodies age; if our assets physically depreciate; it’s because we are subject to time; we live INSIDE of time. God does not age and will always be immortal because He is not bound by time because He exists outside of time.
Genesis 1:1-5 ESV – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

FI-B-WHO

 

3. Most Scientists Agree That The Universe Had a Beginning
While people may differ on precisely how or when the universe actually began, there is a general agreement that the universe did not always exist but that the universe had a starting point or a beginning. If you’re an Atheist or Skeptic you’re likely to believe in the Big Bang theory and the argument that there is no God or intelligent design that was involved in the creation process.
However, if you’re a Christian you will believe that the universe began according to Genesis Chapter 1. Therefore, if the universe had a beginning (as agreed by both Christians & skeptics) then there must have been a specific cause or intelligent Being that started it. Because nothing CANNOT make something. Skeptics & Christians differ on what this cause is, however the Bible is clear in Genesis Chapter 1 and Job 38 that God is the cause of creation.
Read Genesis Chapter 1
Read Job Chapter 38

 

4. We CANNOT Know EVERYTHING About God but We Must SEEK Him & Have FAITH In Him.
Our minds are limited. Our abilities are limited. Therefore our knowledge and understanding are limited. As people, at least as long as we are on this earth, we will never know EVERYTHING there is to know about God. Even the skeptics and science experts who deny the existence of God do not know everything which is why they continue to study, experiment, theorize, and hypothesize.
However, God has provided us with what we NEED to know and what is NECESSARY for us to know and understand for this life in relation to Him through the Bible and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (John 17:3 ESV – And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.)
There are some questions in life whether about God or other things that we might not receive an answer from in this lifetime and might remain a mystery to us whilst we are on this earth.
However in all things we MUST CONTINUE TO STRIVE & TO SEEK GOD AT ALL TIMES and to never lean on our own understanding, but to TRUST and have FAITH in Him and in our lives.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Proverbs 3:5 ESV – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

 

Summary
So who created God? NOBODY created God. God has ALWAYS existed. God is the uncreated Creator.
1 Timothy 1:17 ESV – To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Acts 16:30-31 ESV
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.

What does the term “to be saved” mean? Why do I need to be saved? What must I do to be saved?

What Does It Mean “To Be Saved”?
The term “saved” is a Christian/Biblical term which refers to a genuine believer and follower of Jesus Christ. The term “saved” also refers to the guarantee of heaven through Jesus Christ and therefore a person who is saved is – “saved” from eternal damnation in hell.
A person who is “saved” is a person who has a personal and genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He/she is a genuine Christian. Another term for saved used in Christian & Biblical terminology would be “born again”. (John 3:3 ESV – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”).
This salvation is FREE and only comes through the Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.
A Christian is therefore “saved” from eternal hell and “saved” to be eternally with God in heaven.
John 3:16-17 NKJV – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 

Why Do I Need To Be Saved?
The truth is every human being needs to be saved. Every human being needs Jesus Christ to become his/her personal Lord & Saviour. If a person does not receive salvation through Jesus, there are eternal consequences to such a choice.
Rejecting God’s free offer of salvation through Christ automatically means accepting (willingly or unwillingly) the fate of eternal damnation in hell (Romans 6:23 NKJV – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord).
Why does every human being need to be saved? It’s because every person is a sinner or wrong-doer before God (Romans 3:23 NKJV – For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God).
Every person has broken God’s laws and commandments and therefore deserves to be punished by a righteous and just God.
We also cannot save ourselves even through our personal good works because by nature we are sinners and lawbreakers and cannot satisfy the debt required to pay for our sins (Romans 3:10 ESV – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”).
However, because of God’s love and His mercy, God offers salvation freely through His Son Jesus who gave Himself as a ransom and the perfect sacrifice to pay the sin debt that we cannot pay.
Mark 10:45 ESV – For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

 

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.

5. RECEIVE: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

NB: You Are Saved by GRACE Through FAITH in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). This Prayer Is Only An Expression of Your Faith & Trust To Allow Jesus to Be Your Lord & Saviour. 

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

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How Can A Loving God Send People to Hell?

Many people have often wondered: If God is so loving, how can he send people to a horrible place like hell? This question could be answered in the following way:

Think of a person whom you love very dearly. It could be your wife, your child, your husband or even your best friend. Then one day you discover that a serial killer broke into your loved one’s home during the night and then raped your loved one and then killed her before escaping. Such an inhumane and disturbing crime committed to your loved one by this murderer would obviously grieve and horrify you I’m sure. However, after several investigations into this heinous crime, the police capture this serial killer and the killer is brought before the judge for sentencing. Before the judge’s sentencing it was discovered through evidence that the killer is unrepentant of his crimes and even scoffs at the law. How would you want this judge to sentence the rapist/murderer who committed this crime against your loved one?

Which of the options would you expect the judge to take? Would you want the judge to:

a)      Give this killer the just sentence he deserves and sentence the killer to jail according to the full requirements of the law? OR

b)      Allow this killer to go free; to immediately go back into society and not be punished for the heinous crimes he has committed against not only your loved one, but perhaps against many other people who also lost their loved ones as a result of this killer’s crimes?

Let’s just assume this judge does Option B and decides to allow this serial killer to go scot free and not be punished at all. As a person who lost his loved one because of the crime of this killer,

1)      How would you feel about this judge or this judge’s sentencing?

2)      Would you feel that the judge is a righteous, just and loving judge for allowing this unrepentant killer go free?

3)      Would you feel that there ought to be more judge’s like him/her who allow every or any criminal to be set free irrespective of their crimes; irrespective of the fact that they mocked the laws; irrespective that they were unrepentant; and irrespective that they had no regard for the authority in the land because these criminals believed that they should be allowed to do as they please?

I’m sure you would agree, that it would be a very suspicious and troubling scenario if the judge executed Option B. The judge’s ethics, morality and understanding of the law would be questioned given the crime. Because if a just judge is to judge the crime, then he would make sure that the time would fit the crime.

So, how can a loving God send people to hell? To further and fully understand the answer to this type of question, we also need to understand the following 5 issues:

 

1)      WHAT IS GOD’s NATURE?

a)      God is Love – 1 John 4:16-17 ESV – So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

b)      God is Just & Righteous – Psalms 7:11-12 ESV – God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. 12 If a man does not repent, God will whet His sword; He has bent and readied his bow;

c)       God is Holy – 1 Peter 1:16 ESV – Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”.

d)      God is Forgiving – 1 John 1:9 ESV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

e)      God wants EVERYBODY to Repent and NOT Perish – 2 Peter 3:9 ESVThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

f)       God chooses to be gracious and merciful according to His will – Exodus 33:19-20 ESV – And he said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you My name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

 

2)      WHAT IS SIN, AND HOW DOES GOD FEEL ABOUT SIN?

a)      God sees sin as being a crime against His law and His principles. Therefore in God’s eyes, sins are like crimes that cannot be allowed to go unpunished.

Proverbs 11:21 ESV – Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered

b)      Sin can basically be defined as any type of wrongdoing against God. In other words, if God says that a certain behavior, thought pattern or lifestyle is wrong or bad, then that behavior or lifestyle can be defined as being a sin. Sin cannot be defined through the eyes of the world or by the world standards and systems. Sin can only be defined through God’s eyes and by God Himself.

c)       Everybody is a sinner and is guilty of sin. Nobody is inherently good and all of mankind is capable of sin no matter how big or how small we may think our sins are.

1 John 1:10 ESV – If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Romans 3:10 ESV – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”

Romans 3:23 ESV – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

d)      Sin has the detrimental effect of causing a spiritual separation between God and man. Therefore sin causes rebellion against God and if allowed to rule in a person’s life – without true repentance – sin will prevent a genuine and saving relationship with God.

Isaiah 59:2 ESV – But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that He does not hear.

 

3)      WHAT IS GOD’s SOLUTION FOR SIN?

a)      Since God desires that EVERYBODY would repent and NOT perish according to 2 Peter 3:9, God’s solution for the problem of sin is to save mankind from the punishment of ETERNAL HELL through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-17 ESV –  For God so loved the world,  that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.

b)      Because EVERY person is a sinner and is guilty of sin, therefore every person should be punished. However, by God’s love, grace and mercy, He sent Jesus who was sinless, to take our punishment as a sacrifice for our sins in place of us. Jesus came to take the punishment for our crimes against God. Therefore Christ died in our place as our substitute. The price of our redemption had to be the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Hebrews 9:22 ESV – Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

John 1:29-30 ESV – The next day he (John) saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV – For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 3:18 ESV – For Christ also suffered  once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

 

4)      WHAT ARE GOD’s CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION FROM HELL?

God’s offer of salvation is FREE. You don’t have to pay any pastor any money for it. You are not saved by your own good works, but you are saved by God’s grace or undeserved kindness. Therefore in order to be saved, you must

a)      You must ACKNOWLEDGE: You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Luke 18:13 – “God be merciful to me a sinner”

b)      You must REPENT: Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action; Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him.

Luke 13:3 – “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish”

Acts 3:19 – “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out”

c)       You must CONFESS: God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

Romans 10:9 – “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”

d)      You must BELIEVE: You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God.You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.

John 1:12-13 – But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

e)      You must RECEIVE: By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God; you are saved from eternal hell.

John 1:11-13 – He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

 

5)      WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCE FOR REFUSING GOD’s SALVATION PLAN

So how can a loving God send people to hell?

a)      If we make the choice of refusing to receive God’s FREE offer of salvation through Jesus Christ we are in fact refusing to be aligned with God.

b)      If we make the choice that we do not need God or the Lordship of Christ Jesus in our life, we automatically condemn ourselves.

c)       If we mock God and mock His word and scoff at God’s loving act of sending Jesus for our sake, to become our substitute, we are in fact refusing to be part of God’s salvation plan.

d)      If we make the conscious choice to not believe in God’s existence and to not follow or believe that His word gives us moral and spiritual guidance then we risk taking the path that leads to eternal damnation if we do not repent.

e)      If we refuse to repent but instead continue to be led by the standards of this world and false doctrines, we might risk the chance of leaving no room for the one true God to save us from eternal hell.

f)       If we do not believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour we become condemned already. However if we receive Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour we become a new creation who will not be condemned to hell – but instead we will receive the free gift of eternal life and reside in the eternal presence of the Lord.

Romans 6:23 ESV – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:17-21 ESV – For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  19  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.  20  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 ESV – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Revelations 21:6-8 ESV – And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7  The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Romans 1:18-32 ESV – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened

Conclusion

The truth is this: People send THEMSELVES to hell by the rebellious choices they make against God and by not heeding to God’s warnings and not committing to God’s FREE plan for salvation through Jesus Christ.

Just because we decide to believe in our mind that neither God nor hell exists, it does not mean that the TRUTH will change. Hell exists and it is eternal.

The GOOD NEWS is that God offers a way of escape from the punishment of hell through Christ Jesus.

To know more about what the Bible says about hell, read BIBLE VERSES ABOUT HELL.

 

 

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHILD OF GOD? DO YOU WANT TO BE SAVED FROM ETERNAL HELL?

God exists. God loves you even if you are a sinner. Jesus died for ALL of us who have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). God also loves you even if you don’t believe in Him. However, if you really want to know what a person’s character is like – you have to get to know that person one-on-one. We cannot accurately judge a person unless we personally know him/her.

God wants to have a one-on-one relationship with you. God wants to show you how much He loves and cares for you. If you would like to know God and to have a personal relationship with Him you need to believe and ask Jesus Christ to become your Lord & Saviour.

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What Are Christians Saved From?

 

 

Romans 10:9,10,13 ESV
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved … 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

What does it mean when somebody becomes biblically saved? What does Biblical salvation mean to the Christian and what are Christians saved from? Also – why is Biblical salvation important?

Biblical salvation is the means by which God provides redemption and deliverance from sin through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Biblical salvation is an act of God’s love and grace through Jesus Christ to provide man with eternal life and an eternal relationship with Him. Man cannot save himself, but only Jesus can save man because Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through” Him (John 14:6).

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Therefore, when a person becomes a Christian, what is the Christian saved from and why is it important for all non-Christians / non-believers to be saved?

The Christian is saved from the following:

(1) ETERNITY IN HELL – (Revelation 21:8But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”)
Life on this earth is temporary. However, the “second death” as mentioned in Revelations 21:8 is eternal separation from God where people who have not been saved will spend an eternity in hell. Therefore a Christian is saved from eternity in hell while the non-believer will spend eternity in hell upon death on this earth.
(Matthew 25:46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.“)

(2) THE POWER OF SIN IN ONE’S PERSONAL LIFE – (Romans 6:5-7For if we have been united with Him (Jesus) in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with Him (Jesus) in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.)
Christ Jesus has saved us from the power of sin over our lives and we are given strength and the ability to overcome sin through the Holy Spirit. The Christian’s character and nature should resemble that of Jesus and not of the worldly lusts and sinful passions. Sin no longer has dominion over the true born again Christian.
(Romans 6:12-14Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.)

(3) THE WORRIES & INFLUENCES OF THIS WORLD – (Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.)
The Christian is saved from such issues like anxieties, depression and the worries of the world for long as he/she is truly trusting in God. The peace of God is not necessarily the absence of problems or challenges, but the peace of God is an internal peace and tranquility in the midst of the problems. Therefore even though the Christian faces external problems, he is internally and spiritually confident in Christ that he will overcome the problems and he is not allowing such problems to negatively hurt him. The Christian continues to be governed by the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit.
(John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.)

(4) THE POWER OF THE DEVIL & THE DEMONIC – (Luke 10:19-20 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”)
The Christian is saved from demonic influences. For example, a Christian cannot be demon possessed. Instead a Christian has power in Christ Jesus to overcome demonic influences and attacks. The Christian is protected by God from the devils influences and God is able to provide a way out whenever we are tempted by the devil. (1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.)

(5) FROM THE WRATH & JUDGMENT OF GOD – (Romans 1:18-19For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.)
Sinful living does not please God and neither does He tolerate sin. A Christian is saved from facing God’s wrath and God’s judgment upon the unbelievers and those who would choose to live an ungodly life on earth. The non-believer will face condemnation while the Christian will not be condemned; therefore a Christian is saved from condemnation.
(John 3:18-20Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.)

 

GOD OFFERS SALVATION TO EVERY PERSON & NON-CHRISTIAN

2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God offers salvation to EVERY person who has not yet become a Christian. It is God’s desire that EVERYONE should have eternal life and that EVERYONE spend eternity in Heaven with Him as long as we accept, believe, repent & receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Salvation is a CHOICE that a person must choose to want. To refuse the Biblical salvation that God offers through Christ Jesus is to choose eternity in hell (and the 4 other points mentioned above). But to choose salvation through Christ Jesus is to choose eternal life with God.

 

HOW TO BECOME A GENUINE CHRISTIAN
If you are not a Christian, and you want to become a born-again Christian, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He paid for all your sins and came to save you from the power of the enemy so that you may have an eternal everlasting relationship with Him.

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.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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