The SBC, a Good Old Ship: O, captain, my captain.

August 13, 2018
[Adrian] Rogers believed that he faced a choice: leave the convention or lead a change.

“Adrian considered leaving the denomination,” Joyce Rogers wrote. “This would be a major step should he do so. It would require his leading his church to come out of the denomination or else resigning. But in his heart he believed something could and should be done. He used this analogy. The Southern Baptist Convention is a good old ship that has taken on much water and is slowly sinking. The choices seemed to be to abandon the ship or to man the pumps. He chose the latter and was ultimately blessed in ‘manning the pumps’ along with others.”



During the conservative resurgence, Rogers was asked to serve on the Peace Committee. Rogers and the other committee members were charged with reaching a compromise between liberal and conservative Baptists on key theological doctrines. At one point in their meetings, Rogers was approached by a lawyer who represented the opposing side. During this conversation, Rogers made a famous statement that in so many ways defines the man. Of that event his wife Joyce writes, “A successful lawyer who represented the moderate faction pulled Adrian aside and said, ‘Adrian, if you don’t compromise, we will never get together.’” Joyce noted her husband’s reply, “I’m willing to compromise about many things, but not the Word of God. So far as getting together is concerned, we don’t have to get together. The Southern Baptist Convention, as it is, does not have to survive. I don’t have to be the pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church. I don’t have to be loved; I don’t even have to live. But I will not compromise the Word of God.

5 Lessons I learned from Adrian Rogers


August 2, 2018

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This article originally posted July 30 at the Georgia Christian Index


Following the 1990 Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans a host of conservative Baptists converged on the Café du Monde to celebrate another victory for the cause of biblical inerrancy.

Paige Patterson, writing in the Southwestern Journal of Theology, proclaimed, “The aroma of café au lait and powdered sugar-covered beignets was discernible several hundred feet from the famous coffee house.

“That night as the convention parliamentarian led the rejoicing conservatives in singing ‘Victory in Jesus,’ that coffee aroma was to conservatives the aroma of life unto life, but to scores of moderates who had tasted several years of defeat, it became the aroma of death unto death.”

I have had over a month to process the events of the most recent Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas; and for me it was a Café du Monde experience. The only difference is that I felt like I smelled the aroma of death unto death – at least for the SBC I have known for a very long time.

The Southern Baptist Convention is not just changing; it has changed. Many will consider it a blessed conversion. Others will feel disenfranchised, marginalized, and excluded. This convention confirmed that my decision to retire at the end of this year is well-founded, because I feel like a voice crying in the wilderness.

I grew up listening to the sermons of R.G. Lee and W.A. Criswell. Those men of God preached with great conviction, emotion, and passion.

R.G. Lee, with his distinctive southern drawl, command of the English language, and masterful oratorical ability, declared, “The Bible is a living Book. Book of the church militant is the Bible. Book of the church triumphant is the Bible. It’s the Book our mothers stained with grateful tears, the Book our fathers touched with reverent hands, the Book that unrolls the panorama of creation, the Book that gives the lofty imagery of the prophets, the Book that gives the portrait of Christ, the Book that gives the philosophy of salvation.”

W.A. Criswell was no less eloquent, but perhaps more direct in confronting liberalism when he declared, “There is some knot on a log, wart on a dill pickle who think that he’s been to school and he knows more than God… We have professors who think theological hairsplitting will save the world. Not in a thousand years. It’s a fervent heart and preaching for a verdict that saves the world.”

Southern Baptists were all about evangelism and missions for many years, but in the last decade it seems that we have changed our focus; and the decline in baptisms at home and abroad have been precipitous.

Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, has explained, “The true bad news is that when you put last year in the context of all previous years, it indicates the SBC is in the midst of a decline that shows no sign of either slowing down or turning around.”

The new emphases subtly infiltrating Southern Baptist life seems to be social justice, the social gospel, feminism, tolerance, and intolerance.

First, let us consider social justice. According to David C. Rose, social justice is a solution in search of a problem. I believe that we should show compassion for all people, but when social justice requires compromise on moral and spiritual issues it is desperately wrong.

Rose says, “Social justice is both misguided and dangerous. It is misguided because it regards observed inequality as prima facie evidence of injustice because of insufficient understanding of how a free market economy actually works. It is dangerous because social justice advocates therefore attempt to solve a moral problem that doesn’t exist and, in so doing, reduce a society’s ability to solve moral problems that really do exist.”

Second, consider the social gospel, which has surreptitiously found its way back into our denomination. The social gospel embraces ministries that provide help to the needy – clothes closets, food banks, and health-clinics – almost anything that would contribute to the welfare of society.

Churches should be engaged in these social ministries, but these ministries should not be the primary objective. Every social ministry or act of kindness should create a bridge to share the Gospel.

When I was pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta I read Steve Sjogren’s book Conspiracy of Kindness. Sjogren gives his readers an almost unlimited list of unassuming acts of kindness that Christians can practice to communicate the love of Christ. I discovered that many of our folks were excited about giving out water on a hot summer day, painting house numbers on the edge of the sidewalk, shining people’s shoes for free in the mall, and even providing free gift wrapping for a department store at Christmas, but they never shared the Gospel.

Good deeds are important, but there are countless service organizations that help the public. Christians not only have the privilege of putting a man in a new suit, but putting a new man in a suit as a result of the change wrought by sharing the Gospel.

Third, Southern Baptists seem to be welcoming a feminist movement in the church. George Barna reports through his surveys that the majority of attendees in a typical church are women. He refers to women as “the backbone of the Christian congregations in America.” He also reports that 93 percent of the senior pastors in America are men.

However, does that mean that we should seek equality for women and ordain them as pastors? It has been rumored that one of America’s most notable Bible teachers, Beth Moore, should become the SBC president in 2020. If she did, she would be placed in a position of preaching the president’s sermon.

The Bible does not support the practice of women serving as pastors or teaching men (I Timothy 2: 12), but the intrinsic value and extreme giftedness of women have throughout history fortified and enhanced the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church.

Fourth, the menacing worldly view of tolerance has raised its ugly head in the Baptist church. There was a time when lifestyles embodied in the LGBTQ community were universally condemned.

Today because of the normalizing of this deviate behavior in the media, the propagandizing of students in the schools, and the sensitivity training of corporate America we are getting too comfortable with sin and tolerant of aberrant lifestyles. The pulpit must not be silent in this day of tolerance lest our congregations become lukewarm. George Whitefield said, “Congregations are lifeless because dead men preach to them.” Adrian Rogers said, “The sins we once hid in the back alleys, we now parade down Main Street.”

Fifth, whereas tolerance abounds in some areas, intolerance abounds in others. It was good that we recognized our U.S. military and had a patriotic emphasis in the first session of our Convention in Dallas, but I could not believe the disrespect some messengers demonstrated regarding the invitation of Vice President Mike Pence to address our convention. Three motions were made to try to prevent him from speaking and when he did speak some walked out of the convention center obviously protesting his presence.

Have some Southern Baptists become like Jehovah Witnesses who refuse to salute the flag, do not rise in response to the playing of the national anthem, and often choose not to vote in elections?

The New Testament gives us some broad principles on how we are to respond to our government. Romans 13 declares that the origin and institution of government is something that God has ordained. I Timothy 2 reminds us that we are to pray for those who have authority over us. If God has established the government for our good and asked us to pray for those who rule over us; and we are fortunate enough to have a Christian as vice president is it right to protest his invitation to speak to SBC messengers?

In the late 1960s W.A. Criswell predicted that Christianity would be virtually extinct by 2000. He believed it would happen because so many preachers had “lost the conviction that the Bible is the Word of God.”

Perhaps the Conservative Resurgence postponed what Criswell thought was inevitable. He said then and I believe he would say now, “I believe it is time for every pastor and church member to call upon God to intervene on behalf of his church” – and I believe we need His intervention in the life of our Convention.

Article posted July 30 at

The Southern Baptist Convention is undergoing a seismic shift

Mayday from Hades A sermon about the reality of hell and how to avoid it.

July 25, 2018

The ocean liner Titanic sank in April 1912. The captain and radio crew had received detailed advice about the location of icebergs, but the Titanic steamedinto troubled waters anyway — and struck an iceberg.

Some of the radio (Morse code) messages:

“Come at once. We have struck a berg” the Titanic called to the ship, Carpathia.
“We have struck an iceberg and sinking by the head,” was radioed to a German ship.

The Titanic had only enough lifeboats for about half the passengers and crew.
“We are putting passengers off in small boats.”
“Women and children in boats.”
“Cannot last much longer.”
“Losing power … Engine Room Flooded……Come quick. Engine room nearly full.”

Then nothing but silence from the Titanic’s radio. The ship sank, plunging 1,517 people to their deaths at the bottom of N. Atlantic

The Titanic had sent out its messages of distress, but there was no rescue. All hopes sank with the ship and more than 1500 people.

Consider this, another distressful message:

Sermon Title: Mayday from Hades

Luke 16:23-31(NKJV)

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs, which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

1. A Man in a Terrible Circumstance.

Verse 23 says the RICH MAN was in HADES & in TORMENT. Some translations say he was in HELL, but the Greek word used here in not “Gehenna,” which is usualterm for hell in the New Testament. Related phrases include “punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7), “lake of fire” ( Rev 19:29; 20:14-15), and “judgment.” English versions occasionally translate Greek words “hades” (esp. Luke 16:23) and “tartaroo” (2 Peter 2:4) as hell. However, some scholars say that these terms appear to denote the intermediate state, not the final destiny of the wicked.

HADES = Temporary realm of dead awaiting judgment. The permanent place of punishment for the lost is “hell,” the lake of fire.

Rev 20, ff: Death will give up the bodies and hades will give up the souls…and the lost will stand before Christ in judgment….Death and Hades thrown into the Lake of Fire.

These verses draw a distinction between “hades” and “hell.”

Lazarus was resting in Abraham’s bosom, and the rich man was in HADES, awaiting his final judgment while in torment. Yet, both men seemed to be in the same place or region.

WHERE DO Christians go today?

Jesus told one of the thieves on the cross, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” It is clear the rich man was not in his “happy place.” He was tormented in flames, not in paradise, but yet was apparently near Lazarus.

Some theologians and scholars would say that Hades, as represented in Luke 16, ceased to exist after Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Cf. these interesting verses in Ephesians 4:8-9

8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

Add to these verses from Ephesians the crucifixion and resurrection account in Matthew 27

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the gravesafter His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”

Some Bible scholars say that when Jesus died and then rose from the dead, he “led captivity captive,” that is, he went to get those who were “resting in Abraham’s bosom” in Hades, but he left the RICH MAN and all those like him in HADES.

Nonetheless, the rich man DIED. When we talk about the deceased, we don’t like to use the words “died” or “death.” We say someone “passed away; met their maker; is resting in peace,” or “is in a better place” because we don’t want to hear the words “died” or “death.”

Truth is, we all will die a physical death. The Bible says it is appointed unto man once to die, then the judgment (Heb. 9:27).

What kind of judgment? Well, if you die without Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will
die w/o forgiveness; live forever in flames
die w/o Christ’s atonement; live forever in anguish
die w/o the Savior; live forever in suffering
die w/o the Master; live forever in misery

Some people don’t believe this, like agnostics and atheists. The great Christian writer (former atheist) and apologist, C.S. Lewis, heard about a tombstone epitaph of an atheist that read: “All dressed up and no place to go.”
Lewis responded: “I bet he wishes that were true!”

The rich man died physically, but not spiritually, and he was miserable.

The words “torment” and “agony” used to describe RICH MAN’s plight where he went

But rarely if ever will you hear these kinds of words at the funeral of a person who dies without salvation in Jesus Christ. WHY? Because we don’t want to upset anyone.

There was the funeral of the wife beating, child abusing, no count, shiftless, ne’er-do-well drunkard, and the preacher was eulogizing him way too kindly: “Old Joe was a good man. He loved his family. He was kind to his neighbors. He did good for strangers.” Just about then, the widow elbowed her son and said: “Go up there and make sure that’s your dad in the casket. We might be at the wrong funeral.”

It’s too late for the wife-beating drunkard; but it’s not too late for those who listen.

My granddad and my dad would preach the Gospel at funerals, and sometimes a lost soul sinking in sin, headed for hell, would respond to the Gospel and would repent and commit to follow Jesus. They would hear the MAYDAY from the PULPIT, and sometimes someone would be rescued by the lifesaving grace of God.

Are there any here today who will hear a MAYDAY from the pulpit and will be rescued, or will you end up like the rich man, with an unquenchable thirst and no water, living where the flames never cease, outside the presence of God?

Will you end up like the RICH MAN as a Person in a Terrible Circumstance?

2. A Man in a Desperate Situation
v. 24 says, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me…”

Rich men are not accustomed to asking for help. Rather, he had servants who anticipated his needs and desires. He flaunted his wealth. He wore clothing of purple and fine linen, ate the best food, and was one of the “beautiful people.”

Why clothing of purple? Extracting the dyes to make the color purple was a labor intensive, time consuming process, so purple clothing was expensive. Such clothing was a status symbol. Purple to this day is called the “color of royalty.”

However, poverty lived outside the RICH MAN’s front gate, but he didn’t let it bother him; it didn’t spoil his day.

As a Jew, the RICH MAN knew of God’s heart regarding the poor.

As a Jew, he would have been well schooledin the TORAH, the first 5 books of the Bible, also called the Pentateuch or the Books of Moses. RICH MAN would have known well these verses and their inclusive instruction:

Deuteronomy 15.11: “For the poor will never cease to bein the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’”

Exodus 23.10-11: “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, 11 but the seventh yearyou shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. In like manner you shall do with your vineyard and your olive grove.”

Here are some other things the Bible — the Book of Proverbs —  says about the poor and needy in our lives:

14:21, “He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.”
19:17, “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.”
21:13, “Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.”
28:27, “He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.”
22:9, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.”
22:2, “The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.”

The RICH MAN and the POOR MAN are together in Hades.

The Rich Man is desperate and is crying out for mercy. Lazarus needs nothing and is experiencing the blessings of God. Lazarus once longed for the crumbs from the rich man’s table; now the rich man begs for a just a drop of water from Lazarus.

The RICH MAN died a physical death, but he was still conscious. He had all the agony of Hades, but without any relief from it. This is the consequential plight of people who die outside of the grace of God.

Matthew 25:46 says: “And these will go away into ETERNAL punishment.”

Revelation 14:11 says: “And the smoke of their torment goes up foreverand ever; and they have no rest day and night.”

There are those so-called “Intelligent, Sophisticated, Reasonable, Logical” people who do not want to believe in a literal Hell or that it is eternal.

One survey asked people what they thought about the idea of an afterlife. The majority response was that the old “hellfire-and-brimstone” idea seems to be on its way out replaced by the idea of hell as a mere absence of God.

Hell is a mere absence of God? WHAT?  — as if that is some sort of utopian existence?

Colossians teaches that Jesus holds the Creation together, (Colossian 1:17). One of the Holy Spirit’s ministries is to restrain sin on Earth (2 Thess. 2.7), but when he is removed from the Earth in the end times, all HELL will break loose. The Earth will see the fullness of evil as never before witnessed.

Yes, hell is, at the very minimum, the absence of God; but not in the way a non-Christian thinks of an absence of God. The Bible describes HELL as a place of eternal punishment and agony and torment.

Others say: “I cannot believe that a loving God could do such a thing as condemn someone to eternal punishment and agony in hell!” Well, God doesn’t really do that. Sinful, unrepentant people do it to themselves. It is a consequence of rejecting the Gospel. It is even a consequence of ignoring how God reveals himself in Creation.

Read Romans 1:18 and the following verses. See that God shows that his Creation points to himself, the Creator. But instead, people worship the trees and the mountains as gods. They even willfully suppress the truth that God is revealing. So, God gives them over to their reprobate minds. Hell is a consequence for those who reject, even willfully suppress the revealed truth of God. THAT sends people to hell.

FACT: The Bible teaches a literal & eternal hell and that real people will go there.

Listen to the words of Jesus Himself in Matthew 10:28:
“And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

If you reject the Bible’s teaching about Hell, you reject the words of Jesus Himself.

Robert Ingersoll, a famous lawyer and atheist from America’s 1800s once delivered a blistering lecture on hell. He called hell the “scarecrow of religion” and told his audience how unscientific it was, and how intelligent people had decided there was no such place.

A drunk in the audience came up to him afterward and said, “Bob, I liked your lecture; I liked what you said about hell. But, Bob, I want you to be sure about it, because I’m depending upon you.”

Who are you depending on today? Your own intellect? You may have been sprinkled as a baby. You may have been ‘confirmed’ as a young person. You may have walked down the aisle in a church, shook a preacher’s hand, filled out a membership card and been baptized. But none of those acts are required for coming to faith in Christ — not one.

WHAT is required?  Repentance and Belief! Turning from one’s sins, being sorry for them, asking for God’s forgiveness, and then acknowledging that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior; thus, then, committing one’s life to follow Jesus from now on. This is how someone comes to faith in Jesus Christ.

We’d all better consider very carefully whatever it is we are counting on to get us through.

On this side of death, there is an endless fountain of God’s mercy. On the other side of death — if you die w/o Christ in your heart — there will be no mercy from Christ — not even the tiniest drop.

1. A Man in a Terrible Circumstance
2. A Man in a Desperate Situation
3. A Man Helplessin Hades

Verse 24 says, “send Lazarus that he may cool off my tongue”

RICH MAN still doesn’t get it. He still thinks Lazarus ought to serve him.

How many times did the rich man ignore Lazarus? The Rich Man ate while Lazarus starved. He drank while Lazarus thirsted. Surely the rich man had the finest physician, but the dogs licked the sores of Lazarus. The Rich Man lolled on his couch while Lazarus lay on the hard ground at the gate. The Rich Man paraded in the streets, but Lazarus was carried wherever he went. The Rich Man still believes that Lazarus should serve him; but now, the Creator tends to Lazarus.

Now the rich man is thirsty…………….Lazarus is satisfied
The rich man is helpless………………….Lazarus is helped
The rich man is hopeless…………………Lazarus lives in eternal hope

4. A Man Hopelessin Hades
v. 26, “there is a great gulf (chasm) fixed” and no one may cross over from either side.

Initially in this story, a gate separated the two men, but now a great canyon. You can step through a gate, but you cannot step across a gulf. There is nothing ANYONE can do for the RICH MAN in HADES

Concerned for his family, the RICH MAN wanted Lazarus to go warn his brothers “that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’

Abraham replied: “They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.”

How much more of the Word of God did the RICH MAN or his brothers need before he (they) would believe? Many living today think that if there were really such a place as Hell and if it were really as bad as all that, God would somehow alert them in a special way so as to get their undivided attention.

The now-deceased atheist, Carl Sagan, was fond of saying that if God would place a burning cross in the sky, he would believe. Whether he was sincere in that, who knows. But this is for sure: Sagan NOW believes in Hell and God, but too late.

The RICH MAN rejected what he knew about God, which could have led him to escape Hell.

And likewise, his brothers, so there would be no special warning for his five brothers: They knew the Torah, as well.

It is possible that someone here is thinking: “One of these days God will do something really big to get my attention, then I’ll change”?

That didn’t happen in RICH MAN’s life. He had received all the warning he was ever to get.

Once a person gets to Hades, there will be nothing anyone can do to help him.

5. A Man for Whom It’s Too Late.

Verse 25, “During your life you received your good things…[now] you are in agony.”

God had already extended all the goodness this man was going to get. His problem was he did nothing positive with it

NOTE: Key words here are “during your life.”

“During your life” is all the time you get. If you blow it; then it will be too late afterward to change the result.

Don’t interpret God’s goodness toward you today as an indicator that everything is all right.

God’s blessings of rain falls on everyone, upon those who believe in God and those who don’t. So, don’t mistake a generally happy and mostly problem-free life as indicators that you are “OK” in God’s sight. If you have not repented of your sins and confessed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then hell is your eternal destination.

DON’T WAIT for a later time to give yourself to God

1 Cor. 6.2: “Look, now is the acceptable time; today is the day of salvation.”

Romans 2:4, “Do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”

We have no guarantee of tomorrow — or even of our next breath. The Bible tells us not to count on having a tomorrow, for we don’t know what a day of destruction that might be.

I have read a copy of the transcript released by the National Transportation and Safety Board of ValuJet Flight 592 cockpit voice recordings just before the fatal crash into the Florida Everglades. On that day, May 11, 1996, 110 people came face-to-face with the horrifying reality of death.

It was haunting to read the words as the cabin and cockpit filled with smoke. For the people aboard Flight 592 that fateful day there is nothing we can do, now. There is no way to undo what happened. But preventative steps can be taken to keep such a tragedy from happening again.

Likewise, today there is nothing that can be done about those already in Hell.

But preventative steps can be taken to assure that other people don’t end up there.

We cannot live as though it could never happen to us. Men, women, boys and girls die every day. You should read the obituaries in the newspaper and ask yourself: “Did any of these people plan to die on a particular day?” Did a certain person plan to be killed in a head-on collision? Did a certain person plan to be shot in a robbery? Did a certain person plan to die from cancer? No, no, no.

Don’t wait to give your life to Christ.

We sometimes assume that every one that is in a church service is a Christian, is born again, and is going to heaven. I don’t want to make that assumption. It’s too costly a mistake for me to take as a preacher.

So, I want to ask you to examine how it was you came to Christ.

I am not trying to get your to doubt your salvation; I want you to be sure of it.

And if you don’t have salvation in Jesus Christ, then I want to help you find it.

Simply put, you must be sorry for your sins; so sorry that you deeply regret them and never want to commit them again. Likewise, you must recognize that Jesus died to save you from your sins. He conquered death, hell and the grave for you. Most importantly, he rose again. God raised him from the dead. These truths should elicit a response of faith from you — of faith and belief, as well as a commitment to surrender your life to Christ, to acknowledge him as Lord and Master of your life. He’s the new boss, and you will want to obey him as you grow in spiritual maturity and Christian service.

Heaven awaits those who will follow God’s word, follow His commands, and will repent, believe, and obey.

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