Which God is easier to trust…one who loses most of those He created into an eternal incinerator? Or one who redeems, restores, reconciles, saves all mankind? It’s not complicated. Why is it so difficult for Christians to understands? “You have made the simple word of God of no effect in your lives by your traditions.” Gary Amirault
Today is Christmas Day. During the month of December, I have eaten too many cookies and candies given to me by Christians. I have seen too many guilt bearing commercials making me feel like I have to buy a ton of merchandise to fulfill my duties of being an American citizen. I live in the heart of America. Our town, Hermann, is Christian to the core, our halls decked, our streets covered with red and green. Shops are loaded with Christmas decorations to sell. But during the whole month of December, not a single Christian told me about the purpose of all the activity. Not a single Christian during this season presented me with the Gospel, the Good News.
Why is that? Well, honestly, I believe it is because their “gospel” is such bad news that they are ashamed of it. Cookies and spiked eggnog is better than their gospel. Those in town who know I believe Jesus is the savior of the whole world, not just part of it, are surprised I do so much evangelizing. Why preach Christ crucified if everyone is going to be saved anyway, they ask. Well, here are a few reasons why I preach the Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, whenever I can. My hope is that it will in some way nullify the damage the traditional gospel is bringing to this world. Charlie Slagle said it best in His book (available on this site) “Absolute Assurance in Jesus Christ.” In His book, revealing the four primary views of salvation found in the Christ, writes:
What, then, is the point of sharing this radically Good News about God? The point is, until we have a heart and mind understanding of God’s true character and agenda: Read the rest of this entry »
I have a few prisoners I correspond with. One of them called me recently telling me about his cellmate. The cellmate believes he is destined for Hell. He was raised in church, yet has come to see himself surely destined to burn forever. Furthermore, he believes that many others like himself will be tormented forever. His Hell is large. I wonder what kind of church he was raised in to come to this conclusion while incarcerated.
So I’ve spent time during the last couple days wondering what I can send to my brother in Christ in the Corporate profit making prison he is incarcerated in that he might be able to share with his cellmate who believes he is hopeless. I couldn’t think of any books I might send him. I checked the Full Gospel Businessmen’s site looking for testimonials I used to read years ago of wonderful conversions to Christ. Couldn’t find any. So I typed into Google “how Jesus saves the lowest”. I wondered what would pop up in the search. Lo and behold, the number one search result was:
This pamphet published over 150 years ago, by Thomas Whittemore came up number one on “how Jesus saves the lowest”. This made my heart happy. Happy, happy, happy! I’m always looking for ways to increase the number of visitors to our internet sites. I’m never happy with the numbers — always trying to reach more. Many traditional evangelistic Christians often wonder why someone like myself spends so much time trying to share the love of Christ since I believe in universal salvation. What’s the point? they asked. Why expend all that energy, time and money if everyone is going to be saved? They don’t really understand. They don’t really know. Do you?
By Charles Slagle
(From “Abba Calling” published by Destiny Image.)
I really can be trusted. Do you honestly believe I would ignore you in the hour of your greatest need? Peace. I AM arranging events even now to release you from those inner struggles and conflicting demands, and your release will come quite apart from your own strength or striving.
This deliverance will not be as stressful as you have imagined, for the worst is already past. Will you trust Me? The happiness of your loved one is assured, for I joined you together. My grace covers and secures you both. Read the rest of this entry »