“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Recently, an acquaintance of this writer died.
This led to the inevitable discussion on the person’s salvation. The church folk seemed fascinated to know one person’s judgment on whether the deceased was saved or not.
This led to further discussions on what it is that a Christian can do for the lost.
These discussions have included the various folk tales, fables and folderol which circulates in the churches concerning those who are lost and those who are saved.
The Bible declares there are three things a Christian may do for the lost.
- Preach (share) the gospel of Jesus Christ (By far the most important).
- Pray for the one who is lost.
- Offer the lost the example of someone who has eternal salvation through Jesus Christ and the peace such salvation brings.
And that is basically it.
Accordingly, this writer did all he could for the deceased while she was alive.
While it’s not certain she accepted the gospel,there are reasons to believe she finally did.
Those who are lost hear the gospel and either accept or reject it. The great majority of mankind will reject the gospel message.
A few will accept it.
MANY church folk who are NOT saved (but who either pretend to be or are kept in ignorance by wolves) will be offended when offered the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
So be it.
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
A Christian will not be offended at being offered the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A tare/pretender/counterfeit will certainly be.
It appears that most church-goers reject the Biblical prescription for the lost in favor of injecting their own “know-how” into the matter. This allows them to wring their hands in faux concern over whether they had “done enough.”
Which is why the churches 1- do not preach the gospel; 2- are filled with so many who are obviously lost; and, 3- are in the sad shape they find themselves to be in today.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
DOES the reader know someone who is lost?
WOULD the reader like to help this person?
DOES the reader obey the Bible or the teachings of men?
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
[Portions of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: November 7, 2016.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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