Salvation Walks the Earth
"If any many will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow me. "
"It is like the Lord to fasten a world upon nothing, and make it stay in place. Here He takes that wonderful, mysterious microcosm we call the human soul and makes its future weal or woe (prosper or be miserable) to rest upon a single world - "if." "If any man," He says, and teaches at once the universal inclusiveness of His invitation, and the freedom of the human will. Everyone may come; no one need come, and whoever does come, comes because he choose to...
There is a strange beauty in the ways of God with men. He sends salvation to the world in the person of a Man and sends that Man to walk the busy ways saying, "If any man will come after me." No drama, no fanfare, no tramp of marching feet or tumult of shouting. A kindly Stranger walks through the earth, and so quiet is His voice that it is sometimes lost in the hurly-burly; but it is the last voice of God, and until we become quiet to hear it we have not authentic message. He bears good tiding from afar but He compels (forces) no man to listen. "If any man will," He says, and passes on. Friendly, courteous, unobtrusive, He yet bears the signet of the King. His word is divine authority, His eyes a tribunal, His face a last judgement...
Silently, terribly the work goes on, as each one decides whether he will hear or ignore the voice of invitation...
And those who would follow Him must accept His conditions. "Let him," He says, and there is no appeal from His words. He will use no coercion, but neither will He compromise. Men cannot make the terms; they merely agree to them. Thousands turn from Him because they will not meet his conditions. He watches them as they go, for He loves them, but He will make no concessions. Admit one soul into the Kingdom by compromise and that Kingdom is no longer secure. Christ will be Lord, or He will be Judge. Every man must decide whether he will take Him as Lord now or face Him as Judge then."
A. W. Tozer - "The Set of the Sail"
How do I know if I am "saved" and going to go to heaven?
Have you ever wondered (as I often have)... Why, when one goes to a funeral of a relative or basically anybody you knew, that the minister or priest will almost always say "such and such was a good person" and that they are now safe with God? I have never been to a funeral where I have heard for example, "John Smith was a drunkard and a sinner and lived a Godless life." I find this hypocritical... and basically a person who did not bother to get to know God should not have a Christian funeral at all. If the Bible is true, then that person will NOT be going to heaven, but rather to hell.
Ponder these lines below... which were written by a man of God - His name was Aiden Wilson Tozer. A.W.Tozer (April 21, 1897 – May 12, 1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. This is an edited version of a chapter of the book "The Set of the Sail." I hope you will read this and honestly reflect upon his simple analysis of this one scripture taken from Matthew's Gospel in the Bible (see below):
Whilst there are many people who inspire us in their ministries (some mentioned above), our main inspiration of course comes from God's Holy Word. Men/women may be a motivation, but there is no replacement for DAILY personal study in God's Word.
Rom 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...
Everyone everywhere is in need of REPENTANCE... which means to turn away from sin (change of heart) and to follow Jesus Christ. It is also important to be baptised by FULL IMMERSION in water.
Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
THE BIBLE is the inspired and infallible Word of God.
There is ONE GOD, eternally existent in three Persons:
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
In the Deity of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right Hand of the Father, His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule. In the BLESSED HOPE - the rapture of the Church at Christ's second coming.
The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
We believe in regeneration by the HOLY SPIRIT is essential for personal salvation and that the redemptive work of Christ on THE CROSS provides healing for the body in response to believing prayer. We believe in The BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it, with the evidence of "speaking in tongues".
We believe In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is able to live a HOLY LIFE and in the RESURRECTION of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.