This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #384 titled, “You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
How clear and concise: there should be neither confusion nor contradiction. There are many names under Heaven in which we can find religion; but salvation can be found in One only. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned…” So, all need a Saviour; Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” At Calvary, Jesus paid sin’s awful penalty for all who accept Him; but His death there was not to give men a religion; it was to provide Salvation through redemption.
There is no salvation in priests, penance or prayers; but only in Jesus Christ. Service and sacraments, churches and charities, tears and treasures, ritual and reformation — ALL are alike, helpless to save.
Men are willing to give assent in their heads to the claims of Christianity while refusing to accept in their hearts the Christ of Christianity, Jesus.
Men are willing to take the high place in the work and rituals of the church while refusing to take the low place of guilty sinners needing a sinner’s Saviour, Jesus.
Men are willing to believe in the moral precepts of God’s Word, as based on the Ten Commandments while refusing to believe in, rest on, and receive God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as Saviour of their souls, because of His finished work in their behalf at Calvary.
RELIGION OR SALVATION?
Religion is the improvement of the old nature through respect for lofty principles.
Salvation is the imparting of a new nature through receiving a Lowly Person, Jesus Christ. The Bible says in John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…”
Religion clothes us with the robes of our own righteousness, which God says “…are as filthy rags…”
Salvation clothes us in the perfect righteousness of Christ, which alone can make us acceptable in the sight of God. The Bible says in Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…”
Religion is what man does for God.
Salvation is what God does for man.
Religion says, “Something in my hand I bring.”
Salvation says, “Nothing in my hand I bring.”
Religion is trusting in a work we do.
Salvation is trusting in a work that Jesus Christ has already done.
Religion depends on our behaving.
Salvation depends on our believing.
Religion says we must act our best.
Salvation says we must accept God’s best.
Religion depends on the sufficiency of our character.
Salvation depends on the Sacrifice of the Cross.
Religion tries to furnish a sacrifice.
Salvation trusts in a finished sacrifice.
Religion is striving for a better attainment.
Salvation is secured through a perfect redemption.
Religion tries to bring us from darkness to light.
Salvation does bring us from DEATH unto LIFE.
Religion says we must be found in a church building.
Salvation says we must “be found in Him [Jesus Christ], not having (our) own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ…”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died in your place and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected]pellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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