not-condemn-but-save If the reader were to ask 100 different pastors from a 100 different churches and denominations, how many human beings will Jesus save, one will get 100 different answers. And the answer will probably be VERY vague. It’s hard to say according to them. Perhaps there is an age of accountability and we don’t know when that age is, perhaps those who have never heard the gospel will be given another chance. Perhaps, the faith of the parents may save those in their household. Perhaps the person said a silent prayer to accept Jesus just before they breathed their last breath.

Some preachers teach scarcely anyone will be saved. After all, in the flood only 8 souls were saved from the whole earth. Some believe those in their denomination are saved. Some believe just a little prayer, “Jesus come into my heart,” will save them from eternal damnation while people with much better lifestyles will be damned because they didn’t say the magic words. Some say if you’re not baptised the right way you can be saved. Millions say if you don’t speak in tongues, you’re not saved.

I have been in hundreds of churches and have heard thousands of things that will prevent a human soul from going to heaven. If you don’t tithe to the church, you’re going to Hell. If you wear make-up you’re going to Hell. If you don’t shave your facial hair, you’re going to Hell. If you wear short sleeves, you’re going to Hell. In the 40,000 plus different denominations of Christianity around the world, according to them, there are thousands of things you can do or not do that will send you to Hell. And for most of these churches and denominations, heaven is a small place compared to their hell. And it’s all people’s own fault. They didn’t do the right thing.

At funerals, preachers lie and open the gate of hope for the one in the grave as wide as they can. (And they usually get paid for lying.)  But from their pulpit scarcely anyone is saved. It’s our choice, they say, and most of us make the wrong choice.

But God didn’t send His Son into the world to find out who made the right and wrong choices. He didn’t come to damn all those who made bad choices in life, God only knows, we’ve made bad choices by the tens of thousands. Jesus didn’t come into this world to condemn to eternal damnation all those who blew it, God sent His Son into the world, to save it. Did you hear that? To save the world, the whole world! The salvation of the world is not in preachers’ hands, it is not in your hands, it is in Jesus’ hands. He was sent into the world to save it. And there is NOTHING, not Satan, not church, not you nor your sins that is going to prevent Jesus from doing what He came to do. NOTHING!

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw (drag in Greek) all mankind to Myself. This He spoke signifying what manner of death He should die.” John 12:32

Now THAT is a God you can trust. And when that trust sparks in your heart, then you will have faith to believe the impossible, that Jesus is wise, powerful and loving enough to do what He was sent to do, save the world. Oh, by the way, that includes you, your family, your friends, and even your enemies.

“Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:25, 26)

 

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