"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved," Romans 10:13.


Dear Friend,
Could I please have a minute of your time?  I humbly ask you to consider the fate of your eternal soul.
 
"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 3:16
  

Friend, God loved you so much that he sent Jesus to take your place on the cross.  You see, the penalty for sin is death and an eternity separated from a just and Holy God in Hell.  God is so holy that He cannot even look upon evil (Habakkuk 1:13).  In your dire state of sin and unbelief you are in danger of hellfire and you must be reconciled to God--His way.
  

"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."
John 3:36

"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day,"
Psalm 7:11.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord,"
Romans 6:23


Friend you do not earn salvation by your good works.  Salvation is a gift from God that we cannot earn.


"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,"
Ephesians 2:8-9

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"
Romans 5:1

"Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness,"
Romans 4:4-5


If you want your sins forgiven you must confess to God that you are a sinner and then turn from these sins.  Ask our Loving Father to forgive you of your sins then confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior believing that He took your place on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins that you deserve to pay for yourself.  You must believe that there is no other way to heaven except through His finished work on the cross.  We are saved by; grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.


"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,"
Romans 10:9-13


There is only one way to God and it is through Jesus Christ, He alone paid the price for our sins.


"I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by me,"
John 14:6
  
"Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,"
Acts 4:12

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man, Christ Jesus,"
1 Timothy 2:5



  Here's Something to Ponder...


Here's something to think about--let's say that I'm wrong about the Bible, let's assume that it is false.  50 years from now it won't matter because we will both be dead and buried pushing up daisies.

But if it is true, 50 years from now you will be in unspeakable agony, wishing for all of eternity that you had just one minute back on earth to repent of your sins.  But there will be no second chance my friend--you are in hell and there is no way out.

Have you ever thought of this?  Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow, it could be you, or me, who is translated into eternity this very day!  People spend so much time planning for the next 10, 15, 20 years, all the while neglecting eternity.  That is very foolish indeed, be wise and prepare to meet your Maker.

Take the time to carefully examine the historic, manuscript, prophetic, biblical, and the internal evidence of the Gospel's themselves.
 
"Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away,"
James 4:14




     "Your Own Salvation"
   C. H. Spurgeon



"But salvation means more than that: it includes deliverance from the power of sin.  Naturally we are all fond of evil, and we run after it greedily; we are the bondslaves of iniquity, and we love the bondage.  This last is the worst feature of the case.  But when salvation comes it delivers the man from the power of sin.  He learns that it is evil, and he regards it as such, loathes it, repents that he has ever been in love with it, turns his back upon it, becomes, through God's Spirit, the master of his lusts, puts the flesh beneath his feet, and rises into the liberty of the children of God. 

Alas!  There are many who do not care for this: if this be salvation they would not give a farthing for it.  They love their sins; they rejoice to follow the devices and imaginations of their own corrupt hearts. 

Yet be assured, this emancipation from bad habits, unclean desires, and carnal passions is the main point in salvation, and if it be not ours, salvation in its other branches is not and cannot be enjoyed by us.  Dear hearer, dost thou possess salvation from sin?  Hast thou escaped the corruption which is in the world through lust?  If not, what hast thou to do with salvation?  To any right-minded man deliverance from unholy principles is regarded as the greatest of all blessings.  What thinkest thou of it?

Salvation includes deliverance from the present wrath of God which abides upon the unsaved man every moment of his life.  Every person who is unforgiven is the object of divine wrath.  "God is angry with the wicked every day.  If he turn not, he will whet his sword."  "He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." 

I frequently hear the statement that this is a state of probation.  This is a great mistake, for our probation has long since passed. Sinners have been proved, and found to be unworthy; they have been "weighed in the balances," and "found wanting." 

If you have not believed in Jesus, condemnation already rests upon you: you are reprieved awhile, but your condemnation is recorded.  Salvation takes a man from under the cloud of divine wrath, and reveals to him the divine love.  Then can then say, "O God, I will praise thee, though thou was angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me." 

Oh, it is not hell hereafter which is the only thing a sinner has to fear, it is the wrath of God which rests upon him now.  To be unreconciled to God now is an awful thing: to have God's arrow pointed at you as it is at this moment, even though it fly not from the string as yet, is a terrible thing.  It is enough to make you tremble from head to foot when you learn that you are the target of Jehovah's wrath: "He hath bent his bow, and made it ready." 

Every soul that is unreconciled to God by the blood of his Son is in the gall of bitterness.  Salvation at once sets us free from this state of danger and alienation.  We are no longer the "children of wrath, even as others," but are made children of God and joint heirs with a Christ Jesus. What can be conceived more precious than this?...

Now I must close: but one or two thoughts press me.  I must utter them before I sit down.  I would anxiously urge each person here to see to this matter of his own salvation.  Do it, I pray you, and in earnest, for no one can do it for you.  I have asked God for your soul, my hearer, and I pray I may have an answer of peace concerning you.  But unless you also pray, vain are my prayers. 

You remember your mother's tears.  Ah!  You have crossed the ocean since those days, and you have gone into the deeps of sin, but you recollect when you used to say your prayers at her knee, and when she would lovingly say "Amen," and kiss her boy and bless him, and pray that he might know his mother's God.  Those prayers are ringing in the ears of God for you, but it is impossible that you can ever be saved unless it is said of you, "Behold, he prayeth."  Your mother's holiness can only rise up in judgment to condemn your wilful wickedness unless you imitate it.  Your father's earnest exhortations shall but confirm the just sentence of the Judge unless you hearken to them, and yourselves consider and put your trust in Jesus. 

Oh I bethink you each one of you, there is but one hope, and that one hope lost, it is gone forever.  Defeated in one battle, a commander attempts another, and hopes that he may yet win the campaign.  Your life is your one fight, and if it be lost it is lost forever.  The man who was bankrupt yesterday commences again in business with good heart, and hopes that he may yet succeed; but in the business of this mortal life, if you are found bankrupt, you are bankrupt for ever and ever.  I do therefore charge you by the living God, before whom I stand, and before whom I may have to give an account of this day's preaching ere another day's sun shall shine, I charge you see to your own salvation. 

God help you, that you may never cease to seek unto God till you know by the witness of the Spirit that you have indeed passed from death unto life.  See to it now, now, NOW, NOW.  This very day the voice of warning comes to certain of you from God, with special emphasis, because you greatly need it, for your time is short.  How many have passed into eternity during this week!  You may yourself be gone from the land of the living before next Sabbath-day. 

I suppose, according to the calculation of probabilities, out of this audience there are several who will die within a month.  I am not conjecturing now, but according to all probabilities these thousands cannot all meet again, if all have a mind to do so.  Who then among us will be summoned to the unknown land?  Will it be you, young woman, who have been laughing at the things of God?  Shall it be yonder merchant, who has not time enough for religion?  Shall it be you, my foreign friend, who have crossed the ocean to take a holiday?  Will you be carried back a corpse? 

You who dwell in London will remember years ago when the cholera swept through our streets, some of us were in the midst of it, and saw many drop around us, as though smitten with an invisible but deadly arrow.  That disease is said to be on its way hither again; it is said to be rapidly sweeping from Poland across the Continent, and if it come and seize some of you, are you ready to depart?  Even if that form of death do not afflict our city, as I pray it may not, yet is death ever within our gates, and the pestilence walketh in darkness every night, therefore consider your ways.  Thus saith the Lord, and with his word I conclude this discourse: "Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel."




           Are You Being Honest with Yourself?


Simon Greenleaf:
The primary founder of Harvard Law and one of the greatest authorities on legal evidences in the history of America.  He set out to disprove the Gospel accounts based on the evidence and after careful study he was compelled by the evidence to accept the Gospels as faithful and trustworthy.  Will you follow the evidence wherever it may lead?

      
Sir William Ramsey:
A Professor at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and regarded as one of the greatest archaeologists to ever live.  He set out to disprove the Gospel of Luke and Acts based on the archaeological evidence.  After 30 years of painstaking archaeological research he was compelled to accept the biblical accounts as faithful and trustworthy.  He eventually became a Christian by accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior.


Lew Wallace:
A famous general and literary genius who was an avowed atheist.  For two years Mr. Wallace studied in the leading libraries of Europe and America seeking information to write a book that would forever destroy Christianity.  While writing the second chapter of his book he suddenly found himself on his knees crying out to Jesus, "My Lord and my God."
      

Sir Lionel Luckoo:
The brilliant attorney whose 245 consecutive murder acquittals earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most successful lawyer.  Knighted twice by Queen Elizabeth, this former justice and diplomat scrutinized the historical facts of the Resurrection for several years and came to this conclusion, "I say unequivocally that the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt."
      

John Singleton Copley:
Recognized as one of the greatest legal minds in British history, comments: "I know pretty well what evidence is; and I tell you, such evidence as that for the resurrection has never broken down."


Dr. Frank Morison:
A lawyer and engineer that believed the resurrection of Jesus was just a myth.  He set out to write a book to refute this "fairy tale" and in the process of sifting through the historical evidence he like the others was compelled to accept the biblical accounts as faithful and trustworthy.  His findings are in the book, "Who Moved the Stone?"





    The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a Historical Certainty



"All that Christianity asks of men...is, that they would be consistent with themselves; that they would treat its evidences as they would treat the evidence of other things; and that they would try and judge its actors and witnesses, as they deal with their fellow men, when testifying to human affairs and actions, in human tribunals.  Let the witnesses be compared with themselves, with each other, and with surrounding facts and circumstances; and let their testimony be sifted, as if it were given in a court of justice, on the side of the adverse party, the witness being subjected to rigorous cross-examination.  The result, it is confidently believed, will be an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability, and truth."
(Dr. Simon Greenleaf, "The Testimony of the Evangelists" page 41)


"The simple faith of the Christian who believes in the Resurrection is nothing compared to the credulity of the skeptic who will accept the wildest and most improbable romances rather than admit the plain witness of historical certainties.  The difficulties of belief may be great; the absurdities of unbelief are greater."
(Dr. George Hanson, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 272)


"Are these men, who helped transform the moral structure of society, consummate liars or deluded madmen?  These alternatives are harder to believe than the fact of the Resurrection, and there is no shred of evidence to support them."
(Dr. Paul Little, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 252)


"In 56 A.D. Paul wrote that over 500 people had seen the risen Jesus and that most of them were still alive (1 Corinthians 15:6).  It passes the bounds of credibility that the early Christians could have manufactured such a tale and then preached it among those who might easily have refuted it simply by producing the body of Jesus."
(Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 249)


"The emptiness of the grave is acknowledged by opponents as well as affirmed by disciples.  The narrative of the guards attempts to account for the fact as a fraudulent transaction (Matthew 28:11-15).  'But this Jewish accusation against the Apostles takes for granted that the grave was empty.  What was needed was an explanation......This acknowledgement by the Jews that the grave was vacated extends to all subsequent Jewish comments on the point."
(Dr. W. J. Sparrow-Simpson, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 245)


"In all the fragments and echoes of this far-off controversy which have come down to us we are nowhere told that any responsible person asserted that the body of Jesus was still in the tomb.  We are only given reasons why it was not there.  Running all through these ancient documents is the persistent assumption that the tomb of Christ was vacant.  Can we fly in the face of this cumulative and mutually corroborative evidence?  Personally, I do not think we can.  The sequence of coincidences is too strong."
(Dr. Frank Morrison, "Who Moved the Stone?" page 116)


"The empty tomb stands, a veritable rock, as an essential element in the evidence for the resurrection.  To suggest that it was not in fact empty at all, as some have done, seems to me ridiculous.  It is a matter of history that the apostles from the very beginning made many converts in Jerusalem, hostile as it was, by proclaiming the glad news that Christ had risen from the grave--and they did it within a short walk from the sepulcher [grave].  Any one of their hearers could have visited the tomb and come back again between lunch and whatever may have been the equivalent of afternoon tea.  Is it conceivable, then, that the apostles would have had this success if the body of the one they proclaimed as risen Lord was all the time decomposing in Joseph's tomb?  Would a great company of the priests and many hard headed Pharisees have been impressed with the proclamation of a resurrection which was in fact no resurrection as all, but a mere message of spiritual survival couched in the misleading terms of a literal rising from the grave?"
(Dr. J. N. D. Anderson, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 244)


"When therefore the disciples began to preach the resurrection in Jerusalem and people responded, and when religious authorities stood helplessly by, the tomb must have been empty.  The simple fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus' resurrection, came into existence and flourished in the very city where he was executed and buried is powerful evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb."
(Dr. William Lane Craig, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 243)


"The disciples had nothing to gain by lying and starting a new religion.  They faced hardship, ridicule, hostility, and martyr's deaths.  In light of this, they would have never sustained such unwavering motivation if they knew what they were preaching was a lie.  The disciples were not fools and Paul was a cool-headed intellectual of the first rank.  There would have been several opportunities over three to four decades of ministry to reconsider and renounce the lie."
(Dr. J. P. Moreland, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 242)


"[That belief in the resurrection] was the belief that turned heartbroken followers of a crucified rabbi into the courageous witnesses and martyrs of the early church.  This was the one belief that separated the followers of Jesus from the Jews and turned them into the community of the resurrection. You could imprison them, flog them, kill them, but you could not make them deny their conviction that, "on the third day He rose again."
Dr. Michael Green, former principal of St. John's College, Nottingham


"This scared, frightened band of the apostles, which was just about to throw away everything in order to flee in despair to Galilee; when these peasants, shepherds, and fisherman, who betrayed and denied their master and then failed him miserably, suddenly could be changed overnight into a confident mission society, convinced of salvation and able to work with much more success after Easter than before Easter, then no vision or hallucination is sufficient to explain such a revolutionary transformation."
(Jewish Rabbi Pinchas Lapide, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 241)


"I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead."
(Professor Thomas Arnold, author of a famous three-volume History of Rome, appointed to the chair of Modern History at Oxford, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 216)


"The fact that Christ rose from the dead on the third day in full continuity of body and soul - that fact seems as secure as historical evidence can make it."
(Edward Gordon Selwyn, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 216)


"Christianity knew its Savior and Redeemer not as some god whose history was contained in a mythical faith, with rude, primitive, and even offensive elements...Jesus was a historical not a mythical being.  No remote or foul myth obtruded itself of the Christian believer; his faith was founded on positive, historical, and acceptable facts."
(Professor Clifford Herschel Moore, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 218)


"There are but two essential requirements: First: Has any one cheated death and proved it?  Second: Is it available to me?
Here is the complete record.
Confucius' tomb------------occupied
Buddha's tomb-------------occupied
Mohammed's tomb----------occupied
Jesus' tomb---------------empty.
Argue as you will.  There is no point in following a loser."
(G.B. Hardy, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 284)





The Laws of Statistical Probabilities Prove that the Bible is Divine in Origin


"The Bible is the only book which challenges unbelief by foretelling the future, staking its authority on the ultimate, certain, and complete fulfillment of its detailed predictions.  It has been said that there were some 109 Old Testament predictions literally fulfilled at Christ's first coming, and that, of the 845 quotations from the Old Testament in the New Testament, 333 refer to Christ.  There are some 25 prophecies concerning the betrayal, trial, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus uttered by various prophets over a period of some five hundred years.  These were literally fulfilled although the chances against such fulfillment have been shown to be one chance in 33,554,438.  If the law of Compound Probabilities is applied similarly to all 109 predictions fulfilled at Christ's first coming, the chances that they could accidentally be fulfilled in the history of one person is one in billions."
(Geisler, N. L., & Hoffman, P. K. 2001. Why I am a Christian : Leading thinkers explain why they believe . Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Mitch.)





Christianity does not Profess to Convince the Perverse and Headstrong



"In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction. There should be a readiness, on our part, to investigate with candor to follow the truth wherever it may lead us, and to submit, without reserve or objection, to all the teachings of this religion, if it be found to be of divine origin. "There is no other entrance," says Lord Bacon, "to the kingdom of man, which is founded in the sciences, than to the kingdom of heaven, into which no one can enter but in the character of a little child."

The docility which true philosophy requires of her disciples is not a spirit of servility, or the surrender of the reason and judgment to whatsoever the teacher may inculcate; but it is a mind free from all pride of opinion, not hostile to the truth sought for, willing to pursue the inquiry, and impartiality to weigh the arguments and evidence, and to acquiesce in the judgment of right reason. The investigation, moreover, should be pursued with the serious earnestness which becomes the greatness of the subject--a subject fraught with such momentous consequences to man.

It should be pursued as in the presence of God, and under the solemn sanctions created by a lively sense of his omniscience, and of our accountability to him for the right use of the faculties which he has bestowed.

In requiring this candor and simplicity of mind in those who would investigate the truth of our religion, Christianity demands nothing more than is readily conceded to every branch of human science. All these have their data, and their axioms; and Christianity, too, has her first principles, the admission of which is essential to any real progress in knowledge. "Christianity," says Bishop Wilson, "inscribes on the portal of her dominion 'Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in nowise enter therein.'

Christianity does not profess to convince the perverse and headstrong, to bring irresistible evidence to the daring and profane, to vanquish the proud scorner, and afford evidences from which the careless and perverse cannot possibly escape. This might go to destroy man's responsibility. All that Christianity professes, is to propose such evidences as may satisfy the meek, the tractable, the candid, the serious inquirer."
(Dr. Simon Greenleaf,"The Testimony of the Evangelists.")


Take the time to carefully examine the historic, manuscript, prophetic, biblical, and the internal evidence of the Gospel's themselves.  Some people claim, "God has not provided enough evidence for me to believe in Him."  Well, here is your evidence that you asked from God, now what are you going to do with it?  If you truly desire to know God's truth, you will discover it in the person of Jesus.
"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress."
Psalm 91:2
"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God."
Psalm 53:1
"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."
Jonah 2:8
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:13
I am not a theologian, scholar, or a teacher.  I certainly do not lay claim to originality; I lean heavily on the works of real theologians, scholars, and teachers.  I am a simple laymen following Jude 3 (See also Mark 16:15; 1 Peter 3:15; Romans 16:17; and Acts 17:11).

"When my eyes are on my Master they are not on those around me.  This is the place of peace.  And it is good and proper to remind ourselves that in the end it is He who will decide and judge what my status really is.  After all, it is His estimation of me that is of consequence.  Any human measurement at best is bound to be pretty unpredictable, unreliable and far from final," Phillip Keller, "A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23," page 31.

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