Pray Without Selfish Ambition

I was recently doing some reading in 2 Chronicles, and read something interesting. (See passage at end of this article or see 2 Chronicles 1:10-12 in your Bible). Solomon – who became King after his father, David – made a request of God at the start of 2 Chronicles. What’s interesting, is that his request had nothing to do with things of the earth. Not riches, not honour, nor any sort of prosperity. His request was that God would grant him wisdom and knowledge, so he could better lead the people. See verse 10 specifically.

I believe Solomon set a perfect example as to how we should pray as believers. Asking for those things which are godly, good, honorable to God, glorifying to God, edifying, and things that can further not only our walk with God, but to further the Gospel and advance His Kingdom. Things like wisdom, knowledge, discernment, self-control, patience, compassion, a Christ-like love, gentleness, humility, and overall, a desire to do God’s will and not our own. Things that are good and pleasing in the sight of God. Things that are for His glory, and not our own. Without selfish ambition.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t to say it is wrong or sinful to request healing of sickness and disease, especially for our fellow brethren. We should pray for each other in all aspects of life! But it is to say, that things like health and finances, are secondary. While things that are spiritual and eternal, are things that should be primary. After all, we’re told in Colossians 3:1-4 to set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Our focus is to be on Christ and things that can bring more glory to Christ. Again, that isn’t to say praying for health is wrong, just that it should be secondary to praying for spiritual things.

It is very easy for us to slip into prideful pray. Prayer that is “me” centered. Perhaps things aren’t going as you’d like in your life, in any aspect. God is sovereign. Let us pray in those times, things like “God, how can I bring You glory and honour in a time like this?” Perhaps your spouse is sinning against you (ultimately against God). It’s very easy to want to pray for your spouse, out of selfish ambition. Do we pray for them because we want to feel better? Or do we pray for them, because we want to see them bring honour and glory to Christ, and not sin against their King and Savior? What’s the motive? Do we pray for things because it’s our own will? Or do we pray that if it’s God’s will, that it be done? It can be a fine line, that I myself am guilty of falling into. We must pray out of a motive to want more glory and honour to be given to God, that should always be our motive.

Now, all that said. Is it wrong to have earthly possessions? I don’t believe so. But again, is it your focus? Idolatry seeps in from every angle, often very subtly! If God blesses us with money, or whatever else, what do we do with it? Do we use it for God’s glory? Do we use it wisely? I believe we’ve all been guilty at one time or another, of using what God’s given us unwisely. We must always remember to pray for wisdom in how to use things we have. Perhaps, pray that God would show you how you can use what He’s given you, for His glory and to further advance His Kingdom!

So then, it seems we can take a lot from that portion of Scripture. Are our prayers out of good heart, or out of selfish ambition? Let us remember, everything belongs to God. We are merely loaned things, to use for His glory. There are many false teachers now days, who teach a false prosperity gospel. A false gospel that is man centered, rather than Christ centered. That is focused on the things of this world, rather than the things of above. I’m sure most of you have heard it before: “God wants you to be healthy and wealthy. He wants you to have an abundance of riches!” These are the people spending millions of dollars on private jets, rather than using that money to live the heart of Christ. These are the people who are buying BMWs and Mercedes, rather than providing for the hungry and homeless. These are people who love earthly things, rather than God. Who make mammon their idol, rather than worshipping God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, you cannot serve both mammon and God, you cannot serve two Masters. You will either love one and hate the other.

So I say again, are our prayers out of wanting to see God’s will done, to see Him glorified and honoured, or out of selfish ambition, for wanting our will, not God’s? Let us always examine ourselves, making sure our motives are pure and earnest. That we are desiring things that will be pleasing to God, rather than pleasing to ourselves. Prayer that is humble, rather than selfish and prideful. God’s will be done, not ours. To God be the glory forever, Amen.

2 Chronicles 1:10-12
10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”

11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

Saved From What We Deserve

Before I was a Christian, I had no true purpose. Why would I? If God isn’t in the equation, then we’re all big blobs of bacteria floating through space, just waiting to die with nothing after. There’s absolutely no purpose.

Yet, the world will tell you that your purpose is to succeed, to be successful, to earn lots of money. 1 Timothy 6:10 says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Jesus also said in Luke 9:25, what profit is it to a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his very own soul (in Hell)? You see, when you die, all of this is staying here. Nothing you owned or accomplished will matter. It’ll all pass away.

Take a look at what Jesus said in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” This earth and everything in it, will pass away, it’ll all be gone one day, but Christ and His Words won’t be. Those are eternal things.

So, the only thing that will matter in the end, is whether or not you are right with God. If you had repented and turned away from your sins that we naturally love, in this life. Putting full trust in Jesus Christ alone. If you die without doing that, then you’ll spend an eternity in a place called Hell. That won’t be a place to party with your friends. It’ll be a place where you’ll be tormented day in and day out! Without rest. Without even a split second of relief. For eternity. No going back.

You may say I’m trying to use scare tactics, but it’s simply the harsh reality. If I told you not to play on the highway, because you’d get run over by a vehicle, is that a scare tactic or the truth? You see, so many professing Christians are so afraid to preach the truth! They sway from the true Gospel of the Bible, which is the only Gospel! Paul says in Galations 1:8 that if ANY, even an angel, preach any other Gospel then what we’ve preached, let him be accursed!

There’s no such thing as a feel good Gospel. The Gospel doesn’t make you feel all nice inside, it tears you apart from the inside out! It shows you that you’re not a good person as we like to think we are. It shows you that we’re very corrupt and evil people, who truly deserve death and Hell, and don’t even deserve the next breath we take! See, that’s the problem with us, we feel a sense of entitlement. We are not entitled to anything. Do you understand that? Nothing. Zip. Zero. Anything short of Hell is a blessing!

This is why people hated Christ. This is why people hate the Gospel. This is why we are hated for the name of Christ and the Gospel. Jesus says in John 15:18 that when the world hates you, know that they hated Him first! The Gospel and everything about Christ goes against our sinful nature. Because God is very good, and we are very bad! The fact that God saves anyone is a miracle, because we don’t deserve to be saved. We deserve to be tormented in Hell for sinning against a perfect and holy God! God is pure, we’re corrupt.

Yet, Christ came and died on the cross, so that whoever believes and repents, can be blessed with what we don’t deserve – to be forgiven and spend eternity in Heaven with our God and Saviour. Christ took what He didn’t deserve, He took what we deserved. We deserve to have God’s wrath poured upon us in full. But God isn’t willing that any should perish. He will judge and punish all those who refused to repent and turn away from their sins, with an eternity in Hell. This is the harsh reality no one likes to accept. All you need to do if you aren’t saved, is to humble yourselves, admit you are a wretched sinner deserving of Hell, repent of the sins you love, and God is faithful to forgive and credit the price Christ paid on that cross, to your account. If you’ll only repent and believe.

You see, that’s the true Gospel, that while we were still sinners, Christ came and died for us so we could be free from sin (Romans 5:8). That we could be bought with a price – the blood of Christ – out of the slavery to sin, to become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18). While it is true we are deserving of Hell, it isn’t God’s will any should perish. 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God is longsuffering and rich in mercy. Look at what Ephesians 2:4-10 has to say: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

While it isn’t God’s will any should perish, He is perfect, just, and holy, and therefore He must punish guilty sinners. We deserve that punishment, we deserve to have God’s wrath poured in full upon us, but because He’s so rich in mercy He provided an atonement through Jesus Christ. We’ve sinned against a perfect and holy God, He provided the atonement. How amazing is that? All you have to do is turn away from your sin in repentance, and put your trust in Jesus Christ. You can’t serve two masters. You’ll either serve Christ, or you’ll serve unrighteousness. Matthew 6:24 says this: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

You must come to Christ in humility, because you’ve sinned against a perfect and holy God. Nothing else. God doesn’t save us from a rough life on this earth, He saves us from what we deserve – an eternity of punishment. Going to God for anything other than forgiveness of our trespasses, is like going to a judge after you’ve committed murder and asking him to buy you a car. Doesn’t make much sense does it? Christians will be persecuted for their faith, but we have an incredibly joy in knowing Christ loved us so much that He died on a cross, paying the price we couldn’t. Who then rose from the dead on the third day, showing that He defeated and conquered sin and death, that sin no longer had a hold on anyone who would come to repentance and a saving faith. Our joy is knowing that when we die, we get to spend an eternity in a perfect place that has no more sorrow. A place with our King and Saviour. A place we didn’t belong to end up at, yet we were made worthy when we were born again, being born in the Spirit, and resurrected with Christ and in Christ.

Do I have a life of health and wealth because I’m a Christian? Not at all, that is a false gospel. Remember anything short of Hell is a blessing. I’m sick with a disease that affects my whole body, called Lupus, and I make very little money. But my life has purpose. What’s my purpose? To glorify my King and Saviour, to be a faithful servant by preaching the truth to all the world. To store up treasures in Heaven. In my sickness I can glorify God, because I know what I truly deserve is Hell, and I am forever grateful that Christ saved me, when I least deserved it. All I am, is a depraved wretch. To Christ, be the glory forever.

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

Josh Lachapelle – A depraved wretch

The Importance of Evangelism

Recently I had the honor of serving my King in doing my first Open Air, on Rideau Street, in front of the Rideau Center, in Ottawa. I was blessed in having a few guys from Jeremiah Cry Ministries encourage me in doing so! At first the nerves were high, but we prayed that God would give me the words, courage, strength and boldness to step up to the plate and open air preach. The one thing I kept in mind constantly before, during, and after, is that this is for the advancement of the Kingdom of God, and in doing so I’m obeying the command in Mark 16:15 which states, “and he said to them, “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”” Also the fact that all throughout the New Testament we see men of God preaching in the open air! It was an experience that was very humbling and crucifying of the flesh!

Open air preaching, and street outreach in general, has been something I’ve been extremely passionate about ever since I’ve been saved. Although, it’s something I hadn’t been able to push myself into a whole lot until recently, when I had the blessed opportunity to go out with Chris, Kevin, and Mike from Jeremiah Cry! For many who may not know, a few months after I got saved God placed a strong desire in my heart to want to start a ministry that would be used to go into the world to preach the Gospel, and to encourage and equip Christians to do the same! Although still in the early stages, the ministry I started is called Truth Hold. It’s my hopes and prayers that God will grow Truth Hold to become something He uses for His glory, to spread the Gospel all over and encourage Christians to get out there! Just as are my hopes and prayers for this article to do so!

Let’s first look at why evangelism is so important. The first and most obvious reason, is that God commands us to do so (Mark 16:15). Jesus gave us the command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature! So to not do so, is to disobey our Savior! To put it bluntly, to not share our faith is to disobey our Savior, and to disobey our Savior is to sin! The next point is well, why wouldn’t you want to share your faith!? After all, we were saved when we least deserved it, when we deserved to spend an eternity in Hell, shouldn’t we want to share the Good News with the world? Let me give you this analogy. There’s a doctor that knows you have a fatal disease, and instead of telling you that you have this disease and telling you about the cure, he simply smiles and says “you’re in perfect health!” Not a very good doctor, is he? The same goes for us. We know all of us have a disease – sin. We as Christians know about the cure for that disease – Jesus Christ. Shouldn’t we be warning as many people as possible about this horrible disease (sin), and how to be free from it (repentance and full trust in Christ)? We most definitely should be!

I’ll give one other analogy that I give to people when they ask why I share my faith. Imagine you have seen a child in the street, and coming full speed at him(or her) was a full sized truck! Would you smile and wave? Or would you scream with all that’s in you, with an extreme sense of urgency saying “MOVE! GET OUT OF THE WAY! THERE’S A TRUCK COMING FULL SPEED TOWARDS YOU!” Or better yet, dive in and push her out of the way! Well, we as Christians know that people are headed straight for Hell if they haven’t repented and put their full trust in Christ alone. So why aren’t more of us warning people with a sense of urgency? We should be out there preaching the Gospel because we care deeply, and don’t want anyone to end up in Hell! It’s very serious, 150,000 people die every day. So many are living in enmity with God, and the wrath of God abides on them! John 3:36 says “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” Romans 2:5-11 describes that those with a hardened heart towards God, are storing up His wrath! Wow. Very serious indeed! We should be warning people of the wrath and punishment that’s to come if they don’t repent and put full trust in Christ, with everything we have!

Do you see the importance of evangelism yet? Remember, in preaching the Gospel, we are working towards the advancement of the Kingdom of God! There’s no greater honor than to be slaves of righteousness, serving our perfect and holy God to advance His kingdom! We were once slaves of sin, but were bought with the blood of Christ, becoming slaves of righteousness! Romans 6:18. George Whitfield once said: “I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cat thrown at me.” What an honor indeed to serve and suffer for our King!

Do you know what keeps most people from getting out there and fulfilling the Great Commission of Mark 16:15? You may be surprised at the answer. It’s a pride issue, which of course is a sin issue. It goes completely against our flesh. The number one reason people don’t get out there is because they’re afraid of what people may think of them! We naturally as sinners, have a pride issue, and that pride issue can keep us from getting the Gospel out there and obeying our Savior’s command. Search deep down, we all have it. What is there to be afraid of though? What matters most is what our God thinks of us, not what man does! Matthew 10:28 tells us not to fear the one who can kill the body, but fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell! We aren’t here to please man, we’re here to please God! Romans 1:16 also says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. . “ It’s sad to say, but when we don’t share our faith in fear of what people may think or say, we’re being shameful of something amazing that has saved us from what we truly deserve – Hell. We have absolutely no reason to be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!

In our sinful flesh, it’s very easy to get nervous about sharing our faith for whatever reason. But remember what Philippians 4:6 says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We’re to be rooted deep in God’s Word and in prayer! When we pray for things that are inside God’s will, He will provide. He proved that with myself, when I prayed that He would give me the courage, boldness, and strength to open air! Does that mean it will be easy? Not necessarily. But He will give us enough of what we need to get it done!

You may say that you don’t know how to share the Gospel. Although open air and one on one’s can get into very detailed conversations on various topics such as evolution for example, all you really need to know are the basics! Sharing your faith can be thought of as consisting two parts. The first is the Law. You need to show people the disease (sin) first and foremost! If you ask someone if they think they’re a good person they’ll generally say yes, which you then can ask them to do a little test to find out if they are indeed “good.” Take them through some of the 10 Commandments. God gave us the Law to show us how corrupt we are, how filthy our hearts are! Ask them if they’ve ever told a lie, most people will say yes. Someone who’s told a lie is considered a liar. Ask if they’ve ever taken anything that doesn’t belong to them, irrespective of its value. If so that makes them a thief. Ask if they’ve used God’s name in vain, explain that’s very serious. It’s called blasphemy and it’s using the breath God gave you to curse His holy name! I usually take them through a 4th one, I tell them that Jesus said if you look at someone to lust after them you’ve committed adultery in your heart. I then ask if they have ever done that. If they answered yes to all (which most people have broken at least 3 out of 4), then by their OWN admission, they’re a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, and an adulterer at heart! Then ask them if God judges them by those standards when they die (and of course He will), will they be innocent or guilty? Most will say guilty, if not, explain that if you break the law, you are indeed guilty. Then ask if they deserve Heaven or Hell. A fair portion will say Hell, if they don’t, explain that a guilty criminal deserves justice and therefore is deserving of Hell!

After you’ve used the Law as a mirror to show them their sinfulness, explain the good news to them – the cure. Explain that God sent Jesus Christ to be fully God and fully man, to live a perfect life that we could never achieve, who then died a brutal death, taking God’s wrath for our sins upon Himself, then being raised from the dead 3 days later, defeating and conquering sin and death! Explain that we have a debt so deep we can never repay it, but that Christ paid our price! All we need to do to have that price credited to our account is to sincerely repent and put full trust in Jesus Christ! It’s really that simple! Don’t be discouraged if you get some really hateful and hard hearted people. Remember that God is the one who does the work in people’s hearts and that we too were once haters of God, and lovers of unrighteousness! We will be hated for His name’s sake, but it’s an honor to be! Jesus said in John 15:18: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

We’re all running the same race and wanting to bring glory to our God, and fulfill the Great Commission! Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Now go out there and serve your King!

Josh Lachapelle

If Christian Execution Came To Our Nation

Imagine this: You’re gathered in church with your families and friends, your children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, and so on; worshiping God and having your weekly gathering, listening to the Pastor preach his sermon. When suddenly, the military barge in and shout out “anyone who wants to live must deny their faith and get out now! Anyone who stays and who will not obey our command to denounce your Christian faith, will be brutally executed!” What do you do? They have guns to your children’s heads, threatening if you don’t denounce your faith, that they’ll pull the trigger, executing your children, and that you will be next! Sadly, many would deny Christ and run for their lives.

Let’s look at a somewhat different scenario now. Christian execution comes to our nation, and the military are taking all who profess Biblical Christianity, and brutally murdering them. Now here’s something to think about strongly. In your everyday life, is your faith obvious enough that you’d be one taken to be executed? Do you preach enough solid, Biblical truth, that you’d be considered a “threat” to the nation’s agenda? Or would they not bother with you, because you are one who preaches a “feel good gospel” to people, and avoids preaching Biblical truth, in an attempt to avoid offending anyone? Or because you don’t even look any different from the world, either because of your lifestyle, or simply because you never talk about your faith? These are very good questions every single Christian should dwell on for a while, and strongly consider.

The truth of God’s Word offends. It offends so much, that Jesus was brutally murdered for preaching the truth! Of course, this was all in God’s plan for Christ, for Him to be an atonement for all our sins and pay our price! Even the apostles were murdered in various ways for preaching the truth of God’s Word and the Gospel! Throughout the ages Christians have been stoned, skinned, boiled in hot oil, burned at the stake, hung, dragged to death, beaten or clubbed to death, fed alive to lions, and many other various ways, all for their faith in Christ! Christians have also been thrown in prison, tortured in countless ways, mocked, ridiculed, and much more! All of this, simply for acknowledging and worshipping our God and Creator, and for warning people that without sincere repentance and full trust in Christ, they too (as we once were), are headed straight for Hell! After all, 1 Corinthians 1:18 says: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Let’s very briefly look at the life of John Huss. Huss was born 1369 and lived until 1415, when he was burned at the stake for his faith. Why was he burned at the stake you ask? Well, John Huss was born into poverty, and to escape it, he trained for the priesthood. He said “I had thought to become a priest quickly in order to secure a good livelihood and dress and to be held in esteem by men.” In 1401 he was ordained and became the preacher at Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel. During these years, Huss was given a change of heart. It was the writings of John Wycliffe that had stirred up Huss’ interest in the Bible. Huss began to trust the Scriptures increasingly, saying: “desiring to hold, believe, and assert whatever is contained in them as long as I have breath in me.”

Huss was being criticized by the pope, and being called a heretic! Huss was continuing to be scandalized and radicalized by the pope. Continuing to lean purely on the Bible, the church authorities of his day (the true heretics), only got more angry with him. The Catholic Church was growing furious as he defied papal authority, by teaching that Christ alone is the head of the church, and not the pope. Huss said: “Let the disciples of Antichrist blush who, living contrary to Christ, speak of themselves as the greatest and the proudest of God’s holy Church. They, polluted by avarice and arrogance of the world, are called publically the heads of the body of the holy Church. According to Christ’s gospel, however, they are called the least.”

In November of 1414, the Council of Constance had assembled and urged Huss to come and give an account of his doctrine. Huss was promised safe conduct, but when he arrived, he was immediately arrested and was imprisoned for months. Instead of a fair hearing, Huss was brought before the authorities in chains, and asked to withdraw his views. Huss, seeing he was not going to receive a fair hearing, said this: “I appeal to Jesus Christ, the only judge who is almighty and completely just. In his hands I plead my cause, not on the basis of false witnesses and erring councils, but on truth and justice.” He remained imprisoned many more months, where many people tried pleading with him to withdraw his views. Finally on July 6th, of 1415, Huss was given one last chance to withdraw his views at the stake, where he prayed this prayer as the flames engulfed him: “Lord Jesus, it is for thee that I patiently endure this cruel death. I pray thee to have mercy on my enemies.”

Huss’ death, as well as many other martyrs over the ages, are a perfect example of Matthew 10:28, which we are told, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Man might be able to kill our body, but once we die, only God has the power to destroy the soul and body in Hell! Fear God, not man. Nothing in this world is worth losing your soul for eternity in Hell. As Luke 9:25 says “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?”

In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells us that, if anyone desires to follow Him, we are to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him! Jesus here, and in Matthew 10:38, is demanding total commitment to Him alone, even to the death! We are to stay committed to Christ always, even if it means being violently executed for His name’s sake! Even today, there are many nations who practice Christian execution. It’s a very dangerous thing to be a Christian in these nations! People throughout the ages, and to this day, have been getting murdered for the name of Christ, and that’s what it means to be fully committed to Christ alone! These people don’t have their toes dipped in the water, like the church of Laodicea (the lukewarm church) does in Revelation 3:14-22. These people were/are either all in, or not in at all. To be a true Christian is to be all in. You’re either for Christ, or you’re not. You’re either a slave to sin or a slave to Christ. It’s truly that simple. You can’t be of the world and of God, because to be of the world is to be an enemy of God! James 4:4 says “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” And in Matthew 6:24 we’re told, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” There’s no grey, only black and white. There’s no lukewarm, either hot or cold. There’s no middle ground. You’re a slave to Christ, or to sin.

Matthew 7:21-23 gives us a firm warning! It says: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” What a scary thought! To assume you’re saved, then have our God tell us, “Depart from me, I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness!” There are many denominations who assume they’re doing the work of God, when all along, their theology is way off, and they’re preaching a false gospel altogether. Many teachings and teachers, preaching a false gospel, a “health and wealth” gospel, or “prosperity gospel,” which of course, isn’t the gospel at all.

The point is, we must stay true to God’s Word, we must be fully committed to Christ and live by what Scripture tells us, and not budge on the truth of God’s Word, even if it means losing our earthly lives. But that only means to go from this life, into the arms of our God and Savior! Remember, Jesus said in John 14:16 that, ”’I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.’” And multiple times in Luke chapter 13, we’re told “unless you repent, you will likewise perish!” The only way to be saved, is through repentance and full trust in Christ. Nothing else.

So again, if Christian execution came to our nation, and perhaps one day it will, are you going to be one who gets murdered for the name of Christ? Or one who won’t be bothered with, because you don’t live the life Christ calls true Christians to? It’s not about being a perfect Christian, we won’t have our glorified bodies till we’re with our Creator. But it is about being a TRUE Christian. The scariest and worst thing that can happen to you, is to die and have God tell you depart, I never knew you. Always make sure you are truly in the faith! Test yourself with Scripture. 2 Corinthians 13:5 says:
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” So, my hopes and prayers for myself, as well as anyone reading this, is that, if and when Christian execution comes to our nation one day, that we’ll be able to take a stand on God’s Word, not back down, and if need be, die for the sake of our God and Savior.

I’ll leave you with this last thing to think about. It was George Whitefield who said, “I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cat thrown at me!” What an honor to be persecuted for the sake of our Savior! Again, if Christ, a perfect man, fully God, without sin and undeserving of death, could take our place and pay our price by dying for us, the least we, wretched, filthy, corrupt sinners, can do is the same for our God and Savior, if need came to be! Don’t be surprised when the world hates you for the name of Christ. Jesus says in John 15:18, “’If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”