LISTEN – Carson Wentz: Through Ups and Downs of His NFL Career, Faith of Eagles Quarterback Is Solidly Anchored in Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #250 with Daniel Whyte III)

Dec 3, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) takes a break during pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

He is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at North Dakota State University from 2011-2015 and was selected by the Eagles with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the highest selection ever for an FCS player. During his time at NDSU, the team won five NCAA FCS national championships. In his first year with the Eagles, he accumulated multiple NFL and Eagles rookie records, including most pass attempts by a rookie quarterback and most pass completions by a rookie. In the 2017 season, he was crucial to the strong and powerful start which had the Eagles at an 11–2 record at the time he went down with an injury. He was 2nd in the NFL in touchdown passes with 33, as well as a media and fan favorite to win MVP but unfortunately missed the last three games of the season due to a season-ending ACL injury in his left knee. However, the Eagles would go on to win Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots 41–33, the first in franchise history, earning him a championship ring. Some credited the Eagles’ victory to a revival in the team’s locker room led by their injured quarterback. In 2017, he launched the AO1 Foundation, with AO1 standing for “Audience of One,” referring to playing for God. He also started a project in 2018 in conjunction with Mission of Hope Haiti to build a sports complex in the country using funds from his NFL contract.

From the start of his NFL career, through all of its ups and downs, he has remained outspoken about his faith in Christ, once telling reporters: “If you love your wife, job or what you do, you’re going to talk about it. Well, I love Jesus. That’s who I love, so I’m going to talk about it.” He believes that he has an obligation to use his platform as an NFL quarterback to be a witness for Christ and spread the Gospel, often preaching at churches and sharing his testimony at colleges. During a sermon shared in 2017 at First Assembly Church in Fargo, North Dakota, he spoke to the congregation about salvation and quoted from Ephesians 2:8-10, which reads: “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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” “The myth in our world, in our society,” said Wentz, “and even in the church, is that if I just have faith in Jesus, and I do enough good, that I’ll have salvation. You see that’s wrong. The truth is faith alone in Jesus Christ is what equals salvation plus the works.” He went on to share about the importance as Christ followers to know that we all are on the same team. “It’s not just for the pastors to tell the world about Jesus. They can’t reach the majority of people that we can. We all have to work together to make a difference. … We all have a different mission field, but we all have the same mission. It’s to spread the gospel.” He shared how a recent Haiti mission trip experience opened his eyes to how Christians evangelize and share their faith with others that they come in contact with in their everyday lives. “We were sharing the gospel through a translator in another language, traveling across the ocean to do this,” he said. “[I thought,] I just did all of this to share the gospel but I can barely turn to the guy sitting next to me in my locker room and tell him about the gospel.”

In a conversation with Dr. Paul David Tripp, he discussed how his Christian faith got him through his season-ending injury in 2017 and the disappointment over the opportunities he missed. “It was tough,” he said about enduring this test of faith. Describing himself as a planner, with a need to be in control, he said: “I couldn’t do that anymore. “I had to surrender that and trust that [God] has something good on the other end. I don’t know what that is…I might never know what that looks like here on earth but I know someday there will be stories, powerful testimony of walking through those times. There’s a much bigger story being told than my knee injury. … Your emotions are telling you things like ‘be mad at God’ but knowing that my foundation is on the word of God, I had peace. I believe God uses trials and tough times to purify people. The Bible tells us we’re like gold, going through the refiner’s fire. Gold, when it is pulled out of the ground, it is ugly, it’s dirty. But how does it get made into pure gold? It’s put through the fire. That fire for some of us is the hardships, the trials, the struggles, the things that nobody wants to actually endure. But you come out the other end, brighter, shinier, more like Christ.”

His name is Carson Wentz.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Carson Wentz trusts Jesus Christ as her Saviour, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

  1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
  2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23“For the wages of sin is death…”
  3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
  4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
  5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in 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.”
  6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to GospelLightSociety.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. And Keep the faith!