Please Do Not ADD Anything To Your Faith, Or Else You Won't Go To Heaven

Ephesians 2:4-9, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

I recently posted this intriguing picture below on Facebook. A sincere guest commented that they weren't sure if this message was Biblically accurate. She used the illustration of a sweet elderly woman who trusts Christ, but she also asks God to forgive her sins. Here is what she wrote about the message in the picture below:

So, if a little old lady who can't get to church due to ill health, asked Jesus to be her Saviour (after hearing and believing gospel on the radio ) would go to hell, if she asked God to forgive her sins?

I kindly posted this Biblical reply to help her understand:

Please understand that the preceding post is not criticizing "asking" God to forgive your sins. Albeit, Scripturally we don't need to "ask" God to save us, because He is already freely offering every human being eternal life as a gift (Titus 2:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:15-18). God will not penalize someone for ignorantly asking to be saved, but it is important to understand that you don't need to ask or pray to be saved. The Bible says to just BELIEVE (John 3:16).

The preceding quote is refuting the demonic heresy that says you must forsake your sinful bad habits to be saved. This is a popular false teaching in many churches today. So even if a sweet old lady partially trusts Christ, but she also trusts in her effort to avoid sinning, she will go to Hell forever. That is what the Bible teaches (Galatians 3:1-3; Revelation 20:12-15).

We must not ADD anything to our faith, or else it is not faith at all. Romans 11:6, "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." Salvation cannot be by both grace and works, it can only be one or the other.

So, kindly said, anybody who ADDS water baptism, turning away from sin, running the Christian race, counting the cost and paying the price, exchanging all that I am for all that Christ is, following Jesus as "Lord," or anything else other than resting in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. We need GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS (Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:3-4; Philippians 3:9) which is imputed (credited) to us by faith alone (Romans 4:4-7). God bless you my friend and kindest regards.
Dear reader, please do not make the fatal error of thinking that God will allow people to slide. That is, don't foolishly think that God will allow anyone into Heaven apart from FAITH ALONE in His only begotten Son, Jesus. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In the Gospel of Matthew, we have a remarkable true story of a group of religious people. These folks loved serving Jesus. They boasted on Judgment Day of their many wonderful works. They boasted to Jesus of their preaching, saying: “have we not prophesied in thy name?” Carefully notice that they did these good deeds in “Thy name.” They even followed Christ, calling Him “Lord, Lord” (there's your damnable heresy of “Lordship salvation ight there). What saith the Scripture? ...
Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The blessed Savior Himself plainly tells us the Father's will:
John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
The heavenly Father's will is that you and I, and everyone else, BELIEVE on Jesus Christ alone. God desires for ALL humanity to be saved (2nd Peter 3:9). I marvel in bewilderment and astonishment that so many preachers today fail to see the simplicity that is in Christ (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). Instead, they ADD repenting “OF YOUR SINS” to faith, which cannot produce the new birth. The only mindset that produces the new birth is that JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! That means there is absolutely NOTHING I can do to help save myself.

Preachers get into trouble when they start relying upon their own human understanding. The Bible warns in Proverbs 14:22, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” To the carnally-minded religious man, it makes perfect sense that you cannot merely come to God and receive His free gift of forgiveness of sins, while maintaining the shameful attitude that you intend to continue committing those very sins for which Christ died. But friend, if you don't believe exactly that—YOU DON'T GET GOD'S GRACE!!!

Whether a sinner intends to forsake his or her lifestyle of sinning at the time of salvation, has absolutely no impact on their faith in the Gospel (i.e., the Good News of Christ crucified, buried and risen the third day). That is why God calls it a free gift in Romans 5:18, “Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. This FREE GIFT is offered by God the Father to all mankind. You can have it for the taking dear friend, by simply accepting what the inspired Holy Bible tells us about Jesus Christ. These facts are properly called “the Gospel,” which means “Good news” or “Glad Tidings.” What saith the Scripture? ...
Romans 10:13-17, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How 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? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Please don't miss that! Faith cometh by HEARING. I love what the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:2-3, “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” I LOVE THAT! This passage shows the simplicity of salvation—when a lost sinner HEARS the Gospel preached, and BELIEVES what they hear, they are immediately, irrevocably and forever saved!!! That is God's simple plan of salvation.

Just Like The Devil And Shady Companies, Many Pastors Today Pervert God's Grace

Genesis 3:1-5, "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

I like that Google is honest, "FREE" truly means FREE. I signed up for Weebly because they advertise all over the internet that it is "completely free," but it sure isn't. The limitations imposed unless you pay them make publishing a decent website impossible. They hound you continually to get your money, for their so-called "COMPLETELY FREE" website maker. If you doubt what I say, don't take my word for it, read what others have to say negatively about Wix and Weebly (for their false advertising).

When I signed up for an account and  created a "free" website and then went to "Publish" it, Weebly demanded money or they wouldn't upload it. What liars!!! Weebly are dirty liars!!! They are greedy and exploit people with false promises of a "completely free website," but they don't really mean what they say. Weebly's owner's don't honor their word. You shouldn't have to go out of your way to contact them, to ask them why they aren't honoring their word. That is how Satan operates, with deceit and half-truths!!!

I m so glad that God is not a liar. The serpent (Satan) in Genesis 3:1-5 came to Eve and deceived her, which is what the father of all liars does (John 8:44). When humans play word games, withhold information, call things "free" that have strings attached and limitations—they are behaving like the Devil. 

After my frustrating experience with the fraud of Weebly, I couldn't help but be reminded of all the deceitful lying pastors today, who pervert God's grace. I am so sick and tired of hearing these false grace preachers stand behind the pulpit and say that salvation is by grace alone, but then no sooner after saying that so they start ADDING things to get to Heaven. 

For example: I attended the Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College (PCC) during the summer of 2021. At a Wednesday night Bible study on July 14, 2021, associate pastor Tim Zacharias got up and said, verbatim: "Repentance is a change of mind which results in a change of behavior." That is a lie of the Devil forks! Repentance is a change of mind only regarding salvation itself, a change of mind from unbelief to belief. Repentance has absolutely NOTHING to do with our behavior changing over time!

The great danger is what Pastor Zacharias is teaching is that it associates a change in one's behavior with salvation, inadvertently causing people to fear and worry that if their life hasn't changed they aren't really saved. I know, because I receive countless emails from the victims of these bad pastors

Another incompetent preacher, theologically, is Pastor James Knox of The Bible Baptist Church in Leland, Florida. In a horrible sermon titled: “Repent And Believe The Gospel: What Is Repentance?,” James Knox heretically states:

“Do you know why it's hard to know if people get saved or not anymore? It's because we've given them this option of salvation without repentance. You don't see a changed life, because no changed life was expected. No changed life was required. Look, you can stop drinking, stop cussing, stop chasing women, stop chasing men, stop chasing both—you can quit all that stuff and die and go to Hell—repentance is not the Gospel. But you're not going to come to God, without any sorry, any guilt, any acknowledgement, any desire, to do something about your sin. You're not going to get saved on those terms. Those are man's terms, not God's terms.” [emphasis added] SOURCE: Pastor James Knox, “Repent And Believe The Gospel: What Is Repentance?” (58:22 time in YouTube sermon video)

Wow, does he get his theology all wrong! Folks, you don't need to "DO SOMETHING" with your sin, because Jesus Christ has already DONE SOMETHING with our sin. He paid for our sins with His precious blood, which He shed on Calvary's cross (1st Peter 1:18-19; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5). Where in the Holy Bible does it say that we should "EXPECT" people to change as part of getting saved? It doesn't. Eternal life is a free gift friend. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." A "gift" by every definition of the word means: "something freely given without compensation." Since eternal life and forgiveness of sin are a gift from God, you simply need to accept them by faith.

Dear guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-23), if you will simply come to God as a needy sinner (Galatians 3:24-26), receiving Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that after being buried, He bodily ressurected three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4), you will be immediately saved (Romans 4:4-7). It is that simple to go to Heaven! You are NOT required by God to stop your sinning, nor to give up even one sin, nor to turn away from your sins later on to prove that your faith is genuine to get to Heaven. We've got a bunch of foolish, blinded, corrupted and half-baked woefully ignorant preachers today, who are "CAUGHT BETWEEN GRACE AND WORKS" (a beautiful sermon by my friend Pastor Ralph "Yankee" Arnold).

When a lost sinner comes to Christ by faith and is saved, the Holy Spirit of God seals and forever indwells (lives inside) that person's body (1st Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 8:9). They are now and forever an adopted son of God (John 1:12; Romans 8:15). But Jesus is the only biological (begotten) Son of God (John 3:16). Beware of these modern Devil's Bible revisions, which ALL remove the important word "begotten" from John 3:16 and 1st John 3:16, thus attacking Jesus' deity (that He is almighty God).

Satan is slowly but consistently transforming today's churches from theology to spirituality, to prepare the apostate churches to receive the coming Antichrist (who will worship "the god of forces," Daniel 11:38). We need a revival of Bible theology being taught in the churches (e.g., Christ's deity, the Godhead, Jesus' bodily resurrection, His virgin birth, His vicarious death as our substitute, Jesus' literal blood sprinkled on the heavenly Mercy Seat, His sinless life, et cetera).

Dear reader, James Knox is not saved. No man is born-again who thinks that faith is not enough to get to Heaven. Repeatedly throughout the inspired Holy Bible we are simply taught to BELIEVE. Acts 16:30-31, "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Salvation is not a reward for the righteous; it is a gift for the guilty! The true Gospel always points you to Christ; a false gospel always points to you.

A good rule to follow when interpreting the Bible is to never use an obscure passage to contradict a clear one. James Knox cities several obscure passages about repentance, while totally ignoring the entire Gospel of John. According to John 20:31, the Gospel of John is God's Gospel tract—"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." Nothing more is required to learn how to go to Heaven, than the Gospel of John. It's all there my friend!!! In chapters 19 and 20 we learn about Christ's death on the cross, burial and physical resurrection. This is "THE GOSPEL" (the "GOOD NEWS") by which all who believe are saved immediately, irrevocably and eternally (Romans 1:16). Simply take God at His Word, as recorded in the inspired King James Bible, and you too friend will be receive the supernatural miracle of the new birth from the Holy Spirit of God (John 1:12-14; Ephesians 1:13).

The greatest truth you will ever learn dear reader is the Gospel ("Good News") of Christ crucified, buried and risen for our justification. If Jesus hadn't risen, then our faith would have been in vain. When Christ arose, He validated our trust in Him. Jesus overcame sin and the world, fulfilling what Adam failed to do. In Adam all men fell (Romans 5:12), but in Jesus Christ all men have the chance to be saved. Romans 5:15, "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one [Adam] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many." Thank God for the gift of His dear only begotten Son, Jesus (John 3:16).

I signed-up and made a small website, but then Weebly lied, demanding money, after advertising all over the internet that their websites are "completely free." That reminded me of all the corrupt pastors today, who are selling salvation in exchange for people's sins. Yet they deceitfully call it "completely free" and by grace. The Devil is a beautiful liar! Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life, without ever being born-again.

Faith alone saves! Beware of any Bible professor, chaplain, missionary, evangelist or pastor who tells you the Devil's lie that faith is insufficient to save. Beware of these devil-dog preachers today; namely, Gary Walton, Marty Herron, Tim Zacharias, James Knox, Charles Lawson, Chuck Phelps, Sam Horn, John MacArthur, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, Chip Ingram, William Lane Craig, Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, John Hagee, Jack Chick, David Cloud, and countless others—who pervert the grace of God, by requiring MORE than simple childlike faith in the 'Good News' of Jesus Christ crucified buried and bodily risen the third day!!!

Have You Repented Of Your Repentance?

Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

This may be a very hard truth for some folks.

But if you are trusting in your "repenting of sins" to save you (or keep you saved) then you haven't actually REPENTED and are NOT SAVED if that's all you've ever believed.

Sin is transgression of the law (1st John 3:4) and repenting of sins is FOLLOWING THE LAW!
If your faith is in law keeping ("repenting of sins") then you haven't truly repented.

The word "repent" comes from the Greek word, "Metanoeo" which means to "change your mind."

You cannot be saved unless/until you repent (i.e., change your mind from NOT trusting in Christ ALONE as Saviour to TRUSTING in Christ ALONE as Saviour.)

The key word is "ALONE."

As in nothing but the blood of Jesus ALONE!!!!

If your faith is in your law keeping (repenting of sins), then what you are essentially saying to God is: "I know Your Son Jesus Christ died for me and paid for all my sins and receive total forgiveness for all my sins and eternal life when I trust in Him alone for salvation but I need to do my part too and pay for all my sins by daily repenting (following the law) to be/stay saved.

So I'm trusting PARTIALLY in Jesus and PARTIALLY (mostly) in my law keeping (works)."

While you may consider yourself to be a believer, the truth is that you are not a BORN AGAIN BELIEVER according to the innerant, infallible and authoritative Word of God!

To receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life you must be born again!

And Jesus explains EXACTLY how to be born again in John's Gospel.

"For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would BELIEVE in Him would not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

To become a born again child of God, one must BELIEVE in Christ ALONE as Saviour!
Another word for believe is "to place one's faith in" or "to trust in."

The Bible teaches that the only way to get saved and receive the FREE GIFT of eternal life is to BELIEVE on (place your FAITH in, TRUST in) the Lord Jesus Christ!!!!
  • Not in Jesus PLUS your reforming your life.
  • Not in Jesus PLUS repenting of your sins.
  • Not in Jesus PLUS getting water baptized.
  • Not in Jesus PLUS surrendering every area of your life to Jesus.
  • Not in Jesus PLUS inviting Jesus into your heart.
  • Not in Jesus PLUS making Him Lord of your life.

JESUS + NOTHING = Salvation and Eternal Life!

Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ ALONE!!!!!

I pray someone gets this today!

The Gospel is so simple that most miss it...

PLEASE don't miss it!!!

God made salvation SUPER simple!!!!

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST." (2nd Corinthians 11:3, KJV) 

If you've never trusted in Christ and His finished redemptive work on the Cross ALONE (His death, burial and resurrection) for the remission of ALL your sins and eternal life, then you are 100% NOT saved.

Because the ONLY way to be saved is to trust in Christ ALONE as Saviour!!!!

Praying if there is anyone reading this who has not trusted in Christ ALONE as Saviour that you would do so today!

The only requirement to be saved from the penalty and punishment for your sins and to receive eternal life is BELIEVING the Gospel! (That Christ died for all YOUR sins, past, present, and future, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures for your justification) (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)

The INSTANT you BELIEVE the Gospel, the Bible says that you are IMMEDIATELY sealed by the Holy Spirit and baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ and sealed until the day of redemption and GUARANTEED never to perish or be plucked from God's hand or separated from His love!!!! (Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, John 10:28-31, Romans 8:38-39)
You can know right NOW that you are 100% saved forever!!!!

100% GUARANTEED that you won't spend ONE SECOND in hell and will spend eternity in Heaven!!!!

"I write these things unto you who have BELIEVED on the name of the Son of God that you may KNOW that you have ETERNAL LIFE." (1st John 5:13)

Until the ungodly Bob Jones University crowd repents of their false understanding of repentance, none of them will ever enter into Heaven! Salvation is by FAITH alone, not first turn away from your sin (false repentance) and then second, believe. Ray Comfort even uses the word "SECOND" when sharing his false plan of salvation. No Sir, that is not the free grace Gospel taught in the inspired King James Bible. We've got a bunch of arrogant wicked pastors today, who think they can change God's plan of salvation to fit their agendas. The Bible warns that such pastors are cursed by God (Galatians 1:6-7).

Tragically, foolish pastors like Jeff Redlin and Timothy Zacharias at Campus Church (on the grounds of Pensacola Christian College) sinfully bid Godspeed to these wicked false prophets in the Bob Jones University camp (2nd John 1:11). One of their wicked churches is the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, whose former (Marty Herron) and present (Gary Walton) pastors endorse the Satanic ministry of Pastor John MacArthur (another corrupt BJU alumni).

Lifestyle Evangelism—An Enemy Of Soul Winning

Acts 5:28, "Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us." Acts 5:42, "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." Acts 20:20, "And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house."

by Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001)
(Chapter 12 from Dr. Hyles book, Enemies of Soul-Winning)

In the beginning, let me make it plain that I am for lifestyle evangelism, but I am unalterably against ONLY lifestyle evangelism! There are those who have attacked personal soul winning. They love to use such terms as "confrontational evangelism" as they make light of and often even ridicule those who pass out tracts, witness from house to house, preach on street corners, etc. These are enemies to the salvation of men, and certainly, they are hindrances to the obeying of the Great Commission.

I have said before that I believe in lifestyle evangelism, if it is accompanied by what we call confrontational evangelism; that is, personal soul winning. Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." It is plain that we are to live in such a way that people will want what we have and that they may glorify God because of our good works. There are examples of this in the Bible. The best was our Saviour Himself. John 3:1, 2, "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." Nicodemus, an unsaved man, inquired of Jesus concerning his salvation, for he could tell that He was a teacher come from God. How could he tell this? By the miracles that Jesus did. In other words, we have an example of lifestyle evangelism. On the other hand, our Saviour did not limit His soul winning to His life, but He also was a confrontational soul winner, such as is found in the very next chapter of John, when in a public place He won a woman to Himself.

I was in southern California preaching. The pastor was driving me to the morning service. On the freeway, it was obvious that a lady in a car behind us was following us. If we would change lanes, she would change lanes. She made no attempt to pass us when we slowed down. We turned onto a busy street from the freeway; she turned on that same street and stayed right behind us. We again turned onto a little neighborhood street; she likewise turned and continued to follow us. Soon she motioned for us to stop. The pastor did so, got out of the car, thinking that perhaps something was wrong with our car. The lady wanted to talk to us about her relationship with God. The pastor asked her how she knew that we could help her. She said, "I saw a Bible on the dash of your car. I thought perhaps you could help me." The very placing of that Bible on the dashboard of the car was lifestyle evangelism.

I was eating in a restaurant in Illinois recently. As I was paying my bill, the lady cashier said, "You're a reverend, aren't you?"

I said, "Yes, ma'am. I'm a pastor. How did you know?"

She said, "I feel the Spirit."

On occasion people do notice our lives and seek us out. I was in Garland, Texas, pastoring. One day I was driving north on Garland Road. I noticed a policeman following me. I turned right onto Miller Road. As I traveled east, I noticed the policeman was still following me. I turned left on Fifth Street. To my surprise and disappointment, that policeman was still following me. I turned left on a little neighborhood street. If I remember, it was a dead-end street. The policeman turned left. I finally decided once and for all that I was going to find if he were really following me. I turned right up a little alley; he turned right up a little alley! I stopped, got out of the car, wondering what I had done to warrant such apprehension. He got out of his car and said, "I want to get right with God; can you help me?" That man got right with God and today is pastoring a Baptist church.

Many years ago when I was in college I worked at J. C. Penney Company. I worked hard; in fact, I led the entire men's department in sales, though I was only a part-time worker. I tried to be nice, honest and courteous. Soon I was called to pastor a little church out in the country. Within a matter of a few weeks, the secretary in the office was saved, her mother was saved, her father was saved, her sister was saved, her sister's husband was saved, the assistant manager of the men's department was saved, his wife was saved, a salesman in the men's department was saved, his wife was saved, the manager of the shoe department was saved, his wife was saved, a lady who worked in the hosiery department was saved, and her son was saved. If I remember correctly, and I think I do, 16 people were saved who worked in that one store. I trust that my life before them had something to do with it.

Therefore, I have no axes to grind with those who believe that we should live right and make folks want what we have. The axe I do have to grind is that it is not the only way, and that you can't have one without the other! If you don't love them enough to live it, you won't love them enough to tell it. If you don't love them enough to tell it, you won't love them enough to live it. If you live it, you can't help but tell it. Romans 10:11, "For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Acts 4:20, "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." These verses tell us that if we believe, we will not be ashamed, and that we cannot help but speak what God has done for us.

Let us address the issue of lifestyle evangelism by answering the many errors connected with this enemy of soul winning.

1. The error of saying we should witness only when the Holy Spirit leads. 

What is meant by this is that the Holy Spirit will direct us in some mysterious kind of way to know to whom we are to speak. The truth is the Holy Spirit does lead us, but not in the way that the lifestyle evangelism folks would tell us. Notice Matthew 28:19, 20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." This is a command for us to go soul winning, to witness to all nations. Notice Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Here we are told to preach the Gospel to every creature.

Now read John 6:63, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profit eth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Notice that the Word of God is Spirit, so when God tells us to get the Gospel to every creature, this is the Holy Spirit leading us. This lifestyle evangelism heresy that says God will give you special direction when He wants you to speak a word for Him is foolishness. It is very close to the fallacious "word of knowledge" that people claim to have. Brother, the "word of knowledge" is the Word of God, and when God says something in His Word, this is the Holy Spirit leading, because the Holy Spirit is the One Who gave us the Word.

Oh, yes, I believe that God opens doors for us. Just yesterday I walked into a gift shop at the hotel where I was staying. There were several newspapers lined up in front of me. I wanted to buy a paper and did not know which was the best, so I kindly asked the little lady in the gift shop, "Which one of these papers is the one that has the good news in it?"

She replied, "I haven't read it." Then she said, "I don't know any good news, do you?"

Well, praise the Lord, it so happened that I did know some good news, and it was not long until I explained the plan of salvation to her and she prayed the sinner's prayer.

2. The error that "just the Bible is enough."

These advocates tell us that the Bible is all that is necessary, as they criticize those of us who practice personal soul winning, obey the Great Commission, and, yes, even practice confrontational evangelism, as they call it.

Look at Acts 8:30, 31, "And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him." Notice especially the words, "except some man should guide me." The Ethiopian was asked by Philip if he understood what he was reading. He replied that he could not understand unless some man should guide him. The Word of God was not enough. This man was reading the best part of the Bible that was available then to deal with salvation. He was reading the clearest book of that Bible concerning salvation. He was reading the clearest chapter of that book concerning salvation. He was reading the clearest part of that chapter concerning salvation, and yet he needed somebody to guide him.

Now read Psalm 126:6, "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Notice the first word is "he." Following that it says he should "go." Then it says we should weep and bear precious seed. Notice what the enemy has done; he first takes off the "he." In other words, "Let the Bible do its work." The deterioration starts when soul winning stops, so it is not surprising that once we have taken away the "he," we have taken away the "weepeth." When you stop your confrontational evangelism or soul winning, it will not be long until the burden is gone. Now the next line is "bearing precious seed." They first take away the "he," then take away the "weepeth," then they take away the "precious seed." What is the precious seed? The King James Bible, of course. The New International Version is not precious seed. The New Scofield Bible is not precious seed. The New King James Bible is not precious seed. Good News for Modern Man is not precious seed. The Reader's Digest Bible is not precious seed. The American Standard Version is not precious seed. The Westcott and Hort manuscripts are not precious seed. The precious seed is the King James Bible, preserved for us word-for-word, but, don't be surprised when they give us seed that is not precious.

So, they first took away the "he," then they took away the "weepeth," then they took away the "precious seed" and substituted for it seed that is not precious.

There are organizations that specialize in placing Bibles in public places. Certainly I am not opposed to this, but it is not enough. The Bible itself will not do its work without a soul winner. Oh, yes, there are people who have been saved in motel rooms just reading the Bible, but somewhere back yonder there was a human instrument who planted the seed. As I travel across the country, I find in some places and in some motel rooms the Precious Seed. Then there are times I find seed that is not precious, but, it is not surprising. When you take away the sower, you will eventually substitute for the precious seed.

3. The error of those who say, "If you live right, people will initiate the conversation." 

How foolish! Look at John 4:7, "There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink." Here is the dialogue between Jesus and the fallen woman at Sychar's well. Notice that Jesus initiated the conversation in verse 7 when He said, "Give me to drink."

Now look at Luke 19:5, "And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house." Here is the story of the conversion of Zaccheus when Jesus won Zacckeus to Himself. In verse 5 the first words that were spoken were spoken by Jesus. "Zaccheus, make haste, and come down." Jesus initiated the conversation. He was the soul winner and started the dialogue.

Now notice John 5:6, "When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?" The Saviour was at the pool of Bethesda. He was going to heal a man and win him to Himself. Notice who initiated the conversation. In verse 6 Jesus said, "Wilt thou be made whole?"

Now look at Acts 8:30, "And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?" Here we have the story of Philip, the soul winner, winning the Ethiopian eunuch to Jesus. Notice who initiated the conversation. In verse 30 the soul winner, Philip, asked, "Understandest thou what thou readest?"

Notice Acts 16:28, "But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here." The jailor was about to be saved. Notice, the soul winner spoke first. The Apostle Paul initiated the conversation by saying, "Do thyself no harm."

As mentioned before, there are isolated instances when the conversation is initiated by the sinner, but for every one case like that, there are thousands where the conversation is initiated by the soul winner.

I was in the Dallas airport. It was near midnight. I was catching a late-night flight to Chicago. I went to the gift shop to buy a newspaper. The gift shop was just closing. One of the clerks was a young lady speaking to another clerk. She said, "I'm so tired I could just die." She did not know I was there. I was bent over picking up a newspaper. I said, "Then what?"

She said, "What are you talking about?"

I said, "Then what?"

She said, "What do you mean?"

I said, "You just said you were so tired you could die. I asked you, 'Then what?"' In a few moments she was saved.

I was in the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport. I stopped to buy a newspaper at a little newsstand that was in the hallway. I was singing and whistling. The lady selling me the newspaper said, "You sound like you are happy."

I said, "You never sold a newspaper to a happier man than the one you're talking with now."

She said, "You must have a good boss."

I said, "The best!"

She said, "Who is your boss?"

Well, praise God, in a few moments, my Boss was her Boss!

I was walking down the concourse toward my gate to catch a plane at O'Hare Field in Chicago. A man almost bumped into me coming the opposite direction. Suddenly he said, "Oh, my lord."

Instinctively I said, "You must know Him, too."

He said, "Who?"

I said, "You just talked about my Lord." He had forgotten something on the airplane. I walked with him to the gate and led him to Christ.

I have been winning souls for many, many years. I could count on the fingers of my hands the numbers of times that people have initiated the conversation, but thousands and thousands of times I have initiated the conversation.

4. The error that says soul winning is just for the preacher in the pulpit. 

They love to use Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." The word "preach" simply means "evangelize," and what they should do is read the entire verse where it says every creature," which means that most of the people who are saved are won to Christ by individual, personal soul winning. It is with the tongue that people are saved as the soul winner tells them the story of Christ.

Matthew 28:19, 20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." The word "teach" implies that it is the use of the tongue.

Notice again Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." You have the word "preach" which necessitates the use of the tongue.

Luke 24:47, 48, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things." You have the word "preached" and the word "witnesses." Both these require the use of the tongue.

Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." You have the word "witnesses," which again means the use of the tongue.

We are supposed to tell people how to be saved. It is not enough to live a sweet, Christian life and expect people to flock to us asking for what we have.

Apply the same thing to other truths. Suppose the average pastor taught tithing by lifestyle tithing. In other words, he says nothing about tithing, preaches nothing about tithing, teaches nothing about tithing, but gets in front of his people with a collection plate and drops his tithe into the collection plate, hoping that someone will get the idea and follow suit. Of course, this is absurd.

Try the same thing about separation. Suppose a preacher does not preach against the Hollywood movies. He just goes to a movie house and stands outside. As people see him not going in, they will not go in. This also is absurd. It is foolishness. We are supposed to speak the things we have seen and heard.

Something wonderful has happened in our generation. The New Testament church in the book of Acts was a soul-winning church. Through the years we transferred the soul winning to evangelism, and for these many centuries, there has been an emphasis on the evangelistic church.

Now what is the difference between the soul-winning church and the evangelistic church? In the evangelistic church, the pastor stands behind the pulpit and preaches the Gospel to the unsaved people whom the folks have brought to church. In the soul-winning church, the people leave the church and go out into the highways and hedges, win them to Christ, bring them to church to walk the aisle and make public their profession of salvation. In our generation, we have seen the better churches turn from evangelistic churches to soul-winning churches. This enables people to be saved more than one day a week - every day of the week! It enables hundreds of people to preach the Gospel, rather than just one man on Sunday. It also enables the man of God to preach to the Christian people on the Lord's Day, realizing that they will be going into the highways and hedges and bringing folks to Christ.

5. The error of saying, "Just be Christlike." 

Yes, we are to be Christlike. I John 4:17, "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world." Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Psalm 1 7:15, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness."

However, one cannot be totally Christlike unless he is a soul winner. Jesus was a soul winner. Oh, yes, He did some wonderful works. John 21:25, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen." However, He did more than just wonderful works. He also spoke the message. He sought sinners. He did not wait for them to seek Him out; He sought them out.

Notice Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." He came not only to save the lost; He came to seek the lost. He sought them out and won them to Himself.

Let's read I Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." He came into the world to save sinners. If we are like Him, we will have to do more than just be sweet, kind and forgiving, though those things are a part also. We will likewise have to speak the words of salvation.

Let's read again John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." It does not say here that we should just live the life that He lived, love as He loved, though the Bible does say that. It does not say here that we are to forgive as He forgave, though the Bible does say that. It says we are supposed to do the works that He did.

What works did He do? He came to seek and to save that which was lost, so we cannot be completely Christlike until we do likewise.

Notice in this passage who it is that is supposed to do the works that He did. "He that believeth on me," said the Saviour. That means that every single believer is supposed to be a soul winner.

6. The error that says we should not win souls in public places and from house to house. 

We are to win souls in public places and from house to house! Acts 20:20, "And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house." Then the street preacher is right! The person who goes from house to house knocking on doors is right! The one who passes out tracts in public is right! The one who practices confrontational soul winning is right!

Notice Acts 5:42 "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." There are those who teach that this means we are supposed to preach salvation in the pulpit and then go to every house and preach salvation. Now I have no problem with that, though when he is talking about the temple there, he is not talking about a place where they went for preaching. The temple was a place that was used several times a year, and was a place of activity, a public place, if you please. These people were simply doing the same thing that the people were doing in Acts 20:20 - they were witnessing in public places and also in the homes.

7. The error that we should not persuade people to be saved. 

One verse will take care of this heresy: II Corinthians 5:11, "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences." The word "persuade" means "to prevail upon." We are supposed to prevail upon people to be saved.

Now turn to Luke 14:16-24, "Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper."

First, notice where we are to go. Verse 21 says we are to go to the streets and the lanes. It says to bring in the poor, the maimed, the halt and the blind. In verse 23 we are to go to the highways and hedges.

Then notice that we are to compel them to come in. The word for "compel" is a very strong word which means, "to constrain by threat, force or persuasion." At the least it means we are to plead with men to come to Christ.

Yes, we are to be a testimony through the way we live, but that is not enough, and I believe it is impossible to do only that. As was said before, if you don't love them enough to live it, you won't love them enough to tell it; and if you don't love them enough to tell it, you won't love them enough to live it; and if you live it, you can't help but tell it!

8. The error of those who call personal soul winning "easy-believism." 

Those who are too lazy, too indifferent or too embarrassed to go into the streets and tell about Christ and to go from house to house knocking on doors telling about Christ have coined a wicked term and attributed it to those who are soul winners. This term is "easy-believism." (I always wonder what "hard-believism" is!) These are often legalists who add things to belief and faith for salvation. Often they are people who disobey the command to baptize Christians as soon as they are saved.

When I came to Hammond in 1959, here at the First Baptist Church before a person could be baptized, he had to appear before a committee. The committee met at 6:00 on a Sunday night, right before the evening service. At this meeting they questioned all the converts who wanted to come into the church. Each convert had to give his testimony (in other words, he had to be a public speaker) so the committee could decide whether or not he was saved and ready for baptism. (Be reminded that on Pentecost they were saved and baptized at the same time. The eunuch in Acts 8 was saved and baptized at the same time. Over and over again in the Bible, baptism immediately followed salvation!)

The first month that I was pastor of the church, I did nothing to change this. Then it came time for the monthly meeting. (We had 92 people that month who wanted to join the church because they had been saved!) The committee met in my office, and in poured 92 people! (Twenty people could fill my office.) The converts were lined up outside the door, down the hallway and even out onto the sidewalk. The chairman of the committee rushed up to me and said, "We won't have time to do this! What can we do?" I said, "The best thing to do is obey the command of God and follow the plan of the New Testament church and baptize them when they are saved!" That is exactly what we did from that time on.

You see, this kind of a lackadaisical, half-hearted attempt to get people saved along with this committee system just will not work when God's people are obeying the Great Commission and going everywhere preaching the Gospel!

I was in Jamaica preaching. We had a question-answer session. A Jamaican stood up, and with perfect diction and ministerial deliverance, he asked me about my plan concerning baptizing converts. I knew what he was hoping to hear, so I gave him what he wanted to hear. I said, "My plan is that when a person gets saved, we wait for about 6 months, check him out, have him approved before a committee, and then once we feel he is sincere, we will baptize him."

Oh, the Jamaican liked that! He smiled and said, "That's exactly my plan."

Then I said, "But since my plan and God's plan differ, I decided to use God's plan instead of mine, so we baptize them as soon as they profess faith in Christ."

To be quite frank, I do not know what "easy-believism" means, but I do believe in "believism." Look at some of the Bible conversions; for example, the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch. In Acts 8:36, the eunuch asked, "What doth hinder me to be baptized?" In verse 37, Philip said, "If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest." Later on in verse 37, the eunuch said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." In verse 38 he was baptized. This, my friend, is believism-the only way a person can be saved.

Now notice the conversion of the Philippian jailor in Acts 16. In verse 30, the question is plainly asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" In verse 31, it is answered plainly, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." This, my friend, is believism.

Now read Acts 4:4 where 5,000 men were saved by believing. "Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand." This, my friend, is believism.

Look down to Acts 4:32, "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common." Notice that those who were saved were those who believed. This, my friend, is believism.

Now notice Acts 8:13, "Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done." Simon believed and was baptized. This, my friend, is believism.

Now turn to Acts 10:45, "And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost." These Jews believed and were saved. This, my friend, is believism.

Now read Acts 11:17, "Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was, I that I could withstand God?" Notice the words, "who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ." This, my friend, is believism.

Now turn to Acts 11:21, "And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord." It says a great number believed and turned to the Lord. This, my friend, is believism.

Now read Acts 18:8, "And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized." Crispus was saved by believing, and many of the Corinthians were saved by believing, and they were immediately baptized. This, my friend, is believism.

Now turn to the following passages in John 3. John 3:15, "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." All of these, my friend, are believism.

The word "believe" is the Greek word which means "to depend upon" or "to roll up on." It means faith. What it means is trust. As this chapter is being dictated, I am on a 737 jet, flying to Chicago; in fact, we are close to making our approach at this time. I am totally relying on this airplane to get me to Chicago. That is believism. I believe it will get me there, and I am trusting it to do so. I am sitting in a seat on that airplane. All of my weight is now on this seat. I have just lifted my feet from the floor. I am trusting this seat to hold me up. When a person realizes he is a sinner, realizes he is lost, realizes Jesus has paid the price for his sins and was raised from the dead after three days and three nights, and relies upon that Saviour because of what He did to save him, he is saved! That, my friend, is believism.

It is sad to say that you will find these enemies of soul winning (confrontational evangelism) in every fundamental movement on earth, but there are several things that are normally associated with them - formal worship services, a church controlled by committees, an enslaved pulpit, etc. There is more to it than a fervent soul winner criticizing fervent soul winners; it is a group of what I call "white gloves" Christians who don't want to get soiled by old-fashioned personal soul winning, building bus routes, etc.

Dr. John R. Rice used to say, "Everybody wants to be in the army of the Lord, but everybody wants to be in the quartermaster corps; nobody wants to be in the infantry."

These enemies of soul winning love to cast reflection upon those who are obeying the Great Commission, and they have many little clich├ęs to try to put us in a bad light. It seems to me that if they were going to fight someone, they would fight the liberals. The truth of the matter is, these pacifist Christians seem to hate fundamental soul winners far more than they hate the liberals, but, thank God, there are hundreds and hundreds of great soul-winning churches in America who are obeying God's command to take the Gospel to every creature - the halt, the maimed, the blind - to the highways, the hedges, streets and the lanes of the city, etc. May their tribe increase, and may they not be thwarted or hindered by those who like to coin phrases to be used as a shield for their indifference.

And The World Passeth Away...

1st John 2:15, And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Please understand that I don't condemn anyone, for the Bible condemns all of us as guilty, dirty, rotten, hell-deserving sinners. My salvation solely rests in Christ's righteousness, because of the precious blood that He gave for our sins. My intention is not to be unkind; but rather, to address the issue of salvation.
Brad Delp in 1970

On March 9th, 2007 I was saddened to hear about the suicide of Boston lead singer Brad Delp, who was only 55. What many fans of Boston don't know is that all vocals on the first three albums were sang by Brad Delp exclusively. That's quite amazing from a musician's perspective. Tom Scholz, the bands leader, has often been referred to as a musical genius.

Boston's debut album, Boston (1976), sold over 17,000,000 copies! Tragically, Brad Delp committed suicide on March 9th by placing two charcoal grills in his bathtub in New Hampshire. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Delp had been a vegetarian for 37 years, and took care of his health. Brad certainly wasn't your typical drug-addict, wild-partying Rocker. Brad was known to break out the apple juice after his concerts instead of booze.
Brad Delp in 2006

Sadly, and tragically, I fear that Brad Delp is suffering in Hell this moment. Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Jesus plainly taught in John 3:3, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Being a nice guy like Brad, who raised lots of money for various charities, and was a decent person, just isn't enough to merit Heaven. I know this upsets many people to hear, but you'd better obey the Bible. The Scriptures tell us frankly that Heaven cannot be merited in any way (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5; Romans 10:3-4). The only people who get mad at me are the people who don't believe the Bible. If you believe that the Bible is God's inspired Words, then you will agree with my Biblical preaching concerning the necessity of being born again.

All I am saying is that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven. I do not know where Brad Delp went, but he is either in Heaven or Hell. I don't know if he died IN THE LORD (Revelation 14:13) or IN HIS SINS (John 8:24). Jesus said that except a man be born again he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5). We are all living on borrowed time my friend. Brad's high vocal range on Boston's debut song, 'More Than A Feeling,' took the world by surprise, unsurpassed by none. Delp's suicide is tragic. Before long, all of us will join Brad Delp in eternity. That is the focus of my article. Where will you spend eternity?

Led Zeppelin's hit song Stairway to Heaven, contains the lyrics, “And she's buying the stairway to heaven.” May I say, it's not for sale friend. You can't buy your way into Heaven. You need Jesus' righteousness! Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay. The only way into Heaven is through Christ's righteousness, which is by faith alone.
Boston's debut album cover in 1977

A lot of wonderful people will be burning in Hell one day, sorry to say, because they saw themselves as being good; however, if we all compare ourselves to the holy Word of God, then we all fall short of the glory of God and will see our desperate need for the Savior (Romans 3:10-23).

I cannot say for certain if Brad Delp went to Hell, but I've found no profession of faith in his life, nor any reason to believe he was a born-again Christian. I wish it were so. The question is, again, where will you spend eternity?

The Bible, God's Word, warns us in 1st John 2:17 that this world WILL PASS AWAY... "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." In a little over 100 years from now, if the Lord tarries His return, all 6,800,000,000 people living upon the earth today will be dead and gone into eternity. Think about that. Life is too short to risk going to Hell forever. The Bible tells us exactly what God expects from us. Praise God, eternal life is a free gift, paid for by Jesus' precious blood. All you need to do is acknowledge your SINNERSHIP and believe on Jesus, that He is the SAVIOR, the Son of God (John 20:31). It's that simple to be saved. This is NOT religion; but rather, genuine Christianity. We are woeful SINNERS and Jesus is the redeeming SAVIOR.

Brad Delp was admired by millions of people around the world, but where is he now? Do you believe that the Bible is God's Word? Romans 1:20 declares that mankind is WITHOUT EXCUSE... "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."

We are all warned in 2nd Thessalonians 1:8, "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." Those are frightening words!

I thank God I am a born again Christian, and my sins have been taken away by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19). Nothing else matters if you die in your sins without Jesus Christ. Life is short, too short (Proverb 27:1). Before we know it, this life will be over, and others will follow after us... AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY!

Of course, if you're a rock star your life-expectancy is MUCH lower. Take a look at Rock's Death List.

No one ever goes to Hell but those who CHOOSE to go there. John 5:40, "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." Notice that Jesus didn't say CANNOT, He said WILL NOT. The choice is yours.

Brad's family members gave a statement to the press on March 14, 2007: "He gave as long as he could, as best he could, and he was very tired. We take comfort in knowing that he is now, at last, at peace."

I wish with all my heart I could believe that Brad Delp is AT PEACE, but John 3:3 states, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."

This world will soon pass away. All of the things which seem so important to most people today won't matter one bit 10,000 years from now! All that will matter then is whether you died in your sins (John 8:24), or in the Lord (Revelation 14:13).

I have no doubt that Brad Delp was a good man, as far as sinners go; however, he was still a sinner, as I am. Although there is good and bad in all people, we are all still sinners under the condemnation of God's Law (Romans 3:19-23), and deserving of Hellfire (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15). We all need God's salvation, which is obtained only through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Do you know for sure if you died today that you would go to Heaven? You can know for sure, by coming as a sinner and trusting Jesus to take your sins away (Colossians 1:14; 1st John 1:7; 1st Peter 1:18,19-King James Bible). We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR, it's that simple.

I feel sorry for Brad. When he commit suicide, his wife Mickey horribly blamed Tom Scholz. Did Mickey ever stop to think that she killed Brad? Brad's suicide note said in Latin. "I am a lonely soul." He didn't say, "Screw Tom Scholz!" Of course Brad was lonely, because the wife of his youth took his two children and moved 3,000 miles away to California. She might as well have put a gun to Brad's head. I don't care what that man did, you don't take his son and daughter and abandon him to move 3,000 miles across the damn country!

Kindly said, Mickey more than anyone else is to blame for Brad's suicide! I am not condemning her, but she caused Tom Scholz (Boston's lead guitarist, producer and founder) a lot of grief and financial loss ($140,000 for legal fees), because deep in her heart she knows that she caused Brad's untimely death. Brad was lonely. Moreover, Brad needed Jesus Christ as His Savior. I am sadly confident that Brad went to Hell. Christ Himself warned in John 3:7 that except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. I hope secretly that Brad accepted Christ as his Savior.

I simply wrote this article to address the matter of eternal life. Brad Delp was well loved, famous, a gifted singer and a great guy; but where is he in eternity? The Bible says that those who do not obey the Gospel go to Hell forever (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9). I can only hope that Mr. Delp was a Christian.

1st John 2:15-17 tells us that this life will soon PASS AWAY, and all that will matter then is whether one obeyed the Gospel or not.


We All Have An Appointment With Death

Hebrews 9:27-28, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

I was thinking this week about George Harrison (1943-2001) of The Beatles. George was such a beautiful man. He had a great sense of humor. George loved life and people. Sadly, he didn't love the living God of the Holy Bible. Like tens of millions of American children, I remember seeing 'The Beatles' on television and I instantly loved their music. My favorite song by The Beatles, which I have seen bring men to tears, is 'All My Loving'...

All My Loving (by The Beatles)

Eerily, “All My Loving” was the song playing on the hospital radio, while medics were trying desperately to save John Lennon's life in 1980, after being shot by a nutcase with a .22 caliber gun. Mark Chapman (the gunman) is still serving life in prison in New York state. Gloria Chapman, Mark's wife, is an amazing woman, a born-again Christian, who has remained married to Mark for the past 40 years! She flies a few times a year to New York for pizza and congenial visits. I have always been intrigued by the history of The Beatles, from start to finish. The band has at least 140 iconic hits, which are truly masterpieces of music. I am a musician myself, so you may not understand my infatuation with The Beatles if you don't love music like I do. It amazes me how those young men were able to come up with so many beautiful songs, and incredible poetic lyrics like "Strawberry Fields" and "Penny Lane."

Now, before someone roasts me over their self-righteous legalistic flames, I do not sanction The Beatles. Today we look back on The Beatles as a novelty, but during their youth and hey day The Beatles led millions of youth into lives of sexual immorality, drug abuse and false religion. Sadly, none of The Beatles have honored Jesus Christ with their lives. I heard Paul McCartney boasting on a Late Night TV show a few years ago, that their U.S. tour manager brought them two prostitutes each in Las Vegas. Sin is no longer awful as it once was. Romans 7:13 teaches that God gave us His Law so that sin would become "exceedingly sinful." I wrote this article addressing whether or not Sir Paul McCartney is a Christian.

When I realize that Paul is going to Hell very soon, at age 79, it makes me sad, because I don't want to see someone that I admire so much burn in Hell forever. But dear reader, Paul has made his own choice! I am saddened that George is almost assuredly burning in Hell this moment and forever. Why? It is simply because no one can go to Heaven who is a sinner. You read correctly! NO ONE who has ever commit even one sin can enter into the Kingdom of God (James 2:10). So then who can go to Heaven? On your own it is impossible. That is why God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to die on a cross to pay our sin debt. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.

You see friend, to be permitted into Heaven when you die, YOU MUST BE 100% SINLESS AND PERFECT, JUST LIKE GOD. But you say, "That is utterly impossible!" Yes, you are absolutely right. That is why we all need GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! Romans 10:3-4, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Have you, dear friend, submitted yourself unto the righteousness of God, which is through faith alone in Christ Jesus? I have. I got saved at age 13, by simply ceasing from my own efforts and RESTING completely in Jesus Christ, and what He did to pay for my sins on the cross. It's that easy, free and simple to be saved. Simple BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (Acts 16:30-31).

I have always loved George Harisson's music. George wrote this song...

Here Comes The Sun (by The Beatles)

I began this article saying that I was thinking about George Harrison this week. I thought about him mainly because he died so young, at only age 58. George ruined his health with cigarettes. In nearly every picture of him, he has a cancer stick in his mouth. Tobacco kills! Most people don't know that a crazy lunatic on prescription drugs broke into George's home in 1999, stabbing him 40 times! George's wife stopped him, hitting the criminal over the head with a vase. George came so close to dying. One of the stab wounds barely punctured his lung. Being famous has its pitfalls.

I loved George's sense of humor. He had just hired a new grounds-keeper to attend to the greenery of his mansion in England. It was the young guy's very first day on the job! While Harrison was being loaded by paramedics into the ambulance, George called him over and asked: “So, how do you like working here so far?” You gotta love George for his high spirits! I've studies his life. Harrison was a ladies man, a whoremonger (Hebrews 13:4).

It makes me sad to know that George's faith was in the false prophet Hara Krishna, instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. George thought Jesus was a good man, a prophet, a man full of wisdom, but by all indication Harrison never received Jesus Christ alone as His personal Savior. Jesus warned in John 3:7 that unless a man is born-again, he cannot enter into God's Kingdom. Being a generous, fun-loving and nice guy isn't enough to get anyone into Heaven! Jesus said in John 14:6 that He alone is the only way to God the Father.

If there's a chance that any of The Beatles will be in Heaven, it is John Lennon. You can verify online that for a brief time in his life, John professed faith in Jesus Christ. But because of public criticism against him, John fell away and did not mature in his faith (Luke 8:13). I would like to believe that this is the case with Lennon, but we simply do not know for sure. Was it just a publicity stunt? Did John just decide (as so many millions of people do) to merely live the Christian life, but he wasn't genuinely born-again? I cannot tell you. I don't know.

I sure hope John Lennon is in Heaven. I would like to believe that before he died, that George Harrison accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, but I find no evidence that he did. I do pray for The Beatles who are still alive (and I do literally pray for Paul and Ringo), that they would come to Christ before it is too late. There won't be any parties in the Lake of Fire, I promise you that on the authority of God's Word (Revelation 14:11).

I heard a sermon yesterday by Pastor Jack Hyles called: “She Sojourned Seven Years.” In this sermons Dr. Hyles says: “I'd better be the worst of the best, than the best of the worst!” Yes Sir! The church on its worst day, is better than the world on its worst day!!! The Beatles are of the world. That doesn't mean it is a sin to listen to their music. I don't see any harm in listening to songs like "Penny Lane" and "'Til There Was You" and "Silly Little Love Songs" (by Wings). I love those songs and grew up hearing them on the radio. They are not Christian songs, just like our national anthem and children's nursery songs are not Christian songs either.

As a Bible preacher, I take a stand against The Beatles because people need to know the truth. Although much of their music is pretty and enjoyable, the lifestyles of these unsaved men has been worldly and of the Devil. Today, as far as I can tell, The Beatles have matured and are living decent lives. But that doesn't make them Christians! Paul McCartney gave up substance abuse over 40 years ago. Paul is the epitome today of good health at age 79.

I have read that Ringo became a Christian, joining the Church of England. If that be true, George is still as lost as the Devil, because in the Church of Christ people are required to be water baptized (the heresy of Baptismal Regeneration) to go to Heaven. Friend, not one verse in the Holy Bible says to get dunked in a baptistery to get your sins forgiven. You need God's imputed righteousness, which only comes through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:9, “ And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

Someone who is older than me might criticize me for saying that I like The Beatles, but then they like Dean Martin (1917-1995), Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) or Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990). These three men were nicknamed "The Rat Pack" in Las Vegas, where they made their fortunes, mostly from entertainment. They drank booze, chased lewd women and lived lives of wickedness. Dean Martin was involved with the mob, which he later regretted his entire life. Sinatra was infamous for romancing underaged girls. Sammy Davis Jr. was made an honorary member of the 'Church of Satan' by its founder, Anton LaVey (1930-1997). The world is the world! So please understand that I separate my personal feelings (that I like The Beatles' music), from my Christian feelings (that they are serving their father, the Devil).

There are pastors whom I personally like (e.g., Marty Herron). But my Christian view of him is that he is a deadly snake, a wicked man who belongs in prison. Some people cannot separate their Christian opinion from their personal feelings, but I can and do. That is why when I met Pastor Herron at the GPO Mall on Guam in 2018, I walked right up and shook his hand. His mouth literally dropped open, because he was astonished that I wasn't upset with him, after I wrote and published hundreds of articles exposing the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam.

Kindly said, and God knows my heart, if Pastor Herron had simply invited me back to church, we would have become friends and I would have removed all my writings against him and Harvest from the web, but he refused. This ongoing battle between me and the Bob Jones University camp has always been a matter of principle, and not my own feelings. They made an issue of my telling THE TRUTH in 2014 at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, which compelled me to REBUKE THEM SHARPLY (Titus 1:13-14) for their ungodly pastors telling me to shut up. God wants us to SPEAK UP; Satan wants us to SHUT UP! I'm speaking up!!!

George Harrison died in 2001, at only age 58. That was too young! I like to mention the year someone was born, and the year they died, as a reminder to all my web visitors that life is so short! We're here today and gone tomorrow! The days quickly turn into weeks, and then months, and before you know it years have passed, and decades. By God's grace, I will turn 55 years old on march 5, 2022. I will officially be a senior citizen. Say it ain't so! Where did my life go? It seems like just yesterday that I was playing football with my buddies in the street in Chicago where I grew up. It seems like just yesterday that I was playing the console video game "Space Invaders" at the local burger hangout for teenagers, while hearing the popular song "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (which mentions the game Space Invaders). It was great to be a teenager in the 1970 and 1980's! I loved it! But now I am old and in chronic neck pain all the time. My how time flies. My life will soon be over (and so will yours).

The $64,000 question is: "Have you been born again?" I mentioned being "born again" to a co-worker about 30 years ago, to which he replied: "That born-again stuff doesn't make any sense to me!" Well of course it doesn't, which is why Jesus explained it to Nicodemus in John chapter three. I encourage you dear reader to read or listen to John chapter 3, again and again, until it makes sense to you.

God told Adam and Eve that the day they sinned, they would die. The deceitful serpent told Eve that she wouldn't die, saying that God had lied to her. So Eve did eat, and then gave the forbidden fruit to Adam and he also did eat. They didn't die physically, just as the serpent had said. But they DID die spiritually, just as God had said. So both God and the serpent, didn't tell Adam and Eve all the facts. God was speaking in spiritual terms, but the serpent (Satan) was speaking in physical terms. That has been the way it is since the beginning—Satan appeals to our carnal flesh, but God's Holy Spirit appeals to our spirit. Romans 8:4, "That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." The Devil always appeals to our fleshly desires, tempting us to eat the forbidden fruit of sin; but the Holy Spirit always encourages us to walk in the Spirit of the Lord, that we might please God.

Life is so short! I could mention thousands of examples of people who have died so young. I watched a documentary today about World War II. The last battle fought by U.S. Soldiers was on the Japanese island of Okinawa in 1945. In one day 3,500 men were killed. U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt cried when he heard this tragic news. Before it was over, at the end of 82 days of fighting, a total of 12,281 U.S. soldiers were killed just on Okinawa. The reason why the battle was so intense was that Okinawa was Japanese territory, not some rogue island in the Pacific. All toll, the war with Japan cost 25,000,000 lives. The saddest part is that 19,000,000 of those killed were civilians. Wars are started by old men, fought by young men, and everybody in the middle loses!

Just last week deadly tornadoes set down in the wee hours of the morning, killing 88 people! One just one block 7 children were killed. One victim was a precious 3-year-old little girl. Why do such tragedies happen? It is because of sin dear reader (Romans 5:12). It's not because of the particular sins of the people killed. Jesus made this truth clear in Luke 13:1-5). It is because of sin in general. The human race is depraved. All men are sinners (Romans 3:10-23). Every human being is a guilty sinner, both by nature and by choice.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:11 that "TIME AND CHANGE" happeneth to all. That is an easy verse to remember because of "911." Those people were in the right place at the wrong time on 911. Have you ever thought about that? You can be in the wrong place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time, or the right place at the right time, but you CANNOT be in the wrong place at the wrong time!!! If you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, you wouldn't be there at all! So keep that in mind.

The GOOD NEW is that God doesn't want anyone to perish into Hell in their sins (2nd Peter 3:9). God in His wondrous love has made a free way of escape, through faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Simply BELIEVE dear friend. BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who died in your place on Calvary's cross, to pay your dent of sin. Jesus was buried and three days later He miraculously resurrected from the dead victoriously. This is "THE GOSPEL" by which we are saved, if we BELIEVE IT! (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Nothing more is required by God oh needy sinner, than simple childlike faith in the Gospel.

We all have an appointment with death. Only God knows that appointed time. It could be a fatal car crash this afternoon. It could be a sudden brain aneurysm, where a vein bursts. Or perhaps it will be a sudden heart-attack, which is what killed Pastor Jack Hyles in 2001. It could be a slower death, like prostate cancer, which killed Dr. Curtis Hutson in 1995. What will it be friend? We simply don't know until we know! Although I am ready to go to be with Jesus, I hope that God will give me as much time on earth as possible, so I can continue preaching THE TRUTH. I suffer in constant chronic neck pain.

My heart breaks to see so many stupid pastors today, like Jeff Redlin at Campus Church at Pensacola Christian College, sinfully bidding Godspeed to the Calvinists in the corrupt Bob Jones University camp. These wicked men only care about money, but they would never admit to such a shameful thing. Their deeds say otherwise than their words. I am faithfully exposing the error within the demonic BJU campo today, including their use, sale and support of the Devil's corruptible seed!

By changing the Word of God, Satan has lured tens of millions of churchgoers away from the inspired Word of God, leading them instead into the modern ecumenical church movement. The Devil's goal is to replace Bible theology with spirituality. But that is a different article for another day. Right now I am encouraging you to think about the fact that YOU dear reader have an appointment with death. I am ready for my appointment, are you?

The Gift Of Eternal Life Is Wrapped In The Wonderful Package Of Jesus

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