The incident occurred last month at the city’s annual Arab International Festival, an event that attracted 300,000 visitors and has provided a favorite evangelizing venue for the group, Arabic Christian Perspective, whose members have attended for the past five years.
George Saieg, Arabic Christian Perspective’s founder, says trouble started when he called the Dearborn police to let them know his group would be returning to the festival.
City police told Saieg that, unlike in previous years, his group would not be allowed to distribute material on the sidewalks, and that Arabic Christian Perspective could either rent a stand at the festival or be assigned a specific location at which it could distribute its literature.
“I told him, we are between 70 to 90 people. We cannot be in one corner of the festival,” Saieg told FOXNews.com. “But he did not give me any choice but that.”
With the help of the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian legal group, Saieg sought a temporary injunction to stop the city from preventing his group from distributing materials on the sidewalk. But the petition was denied, and the group was permitted to distribute literature only at one location within the festival.
Saieg alleges in his complaint that the spot was a particularly bad one, and that his group was able to distribute only 5,000 packets of literature and Bibles — a fraction of the $50,000 worth of materials that they had prepared. In past years, he said, when they were allowed to distribute on the sidewalks, they were able to give out most of their literature.
Now Saieg is suing to get the city’s action declared unconstitutional and to make sure that it has access to the sidewalks at next year’s festival.
But city officials say they acted correctly.
“One federal judge has already agreed with us and denied a temporary injunction,” Mary Laundroche, Director of the Dearborn Office of Public Information, told FOXNews.com. “The judge agreed with us that what normally would have been public sidewalks were actually part of the festival life during the festival.”
She added that members of Arabic Christian Perspective were free to preach on the sidewalks, just not to distribute materials.
“They were free to go throughout the crowd and talk with people at any time. They were just prevented from distributing materials, which was a public safety issue — they could block vehicle and pedestrian traffic.”
She said the city allowed all groups to rent tables at the fair, and several local Christian groups did so.
“They [Arabic Christian Perspective] could have followed the guidelines and rented a booth,” Laundroche said. “Another Christian group had come to volunteer at the festival, and they were very well received. The organizers said how much they appreciated their services.”
Organizers also said there have been complaints about Arab Christian Perspective in the past.
“They are very aggressive. A lot of our participants felt that they were trying to convert the younger generation, and they did not appreciate that,” Fey Beydoun, the executive director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, told FOXNews.com.
She said that restricting Arabic Christian Perspective members from the sidewalks was not a matter of discrimination.
“There were no groups at all that were allowed to pass out materials on the sidewalk. We had approximately eight other Christian groups that were allowed to pass out materials at their tables,” she said.
Saieg said he has photos in his legal complaint that show other groups handing out literature on the sidewalks. Beydoun said if that is true, “it could have been an oversight on our part.”
She added that some local Christian leaders have taken issue with Saieg’s brand of evangelizing.
“They littered this place with their literature,” the Rev. Haytham Abi Haydar, who heads the Arabic Christian Alliance Church, told FOXNews.com.
“Just look at the conclusion of these guys — that Muslims are trying to create Shariah Law in the U.S., [which creates] fear with Christians. But Muslims are not here to radicalize or evangelize the U.S. … [Saieg's] philosophy and his ideas are not welcome here.
“It is unfortunate that we have another Christian person who is not welcome here, but the Christian community here — believe it or not — has told George Saieg that he is not welcome.”
Whether Saieg is welcome or not, two First Amendment experts said sidewalks are usually considered “traditional public fora” in which distributing materials is considered protected speech, and the city’s defense of its action does not appear constitutionally strong.
“It is a bedrock First Amendment principle that public sidewalks must generally be open for the exchange of information and ideas,” said Tim Zick, a law professor at the College of William and Mary and author of “Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in Public Places.”
“Distributing literature is, without question, a form of protected speech,” Zick said. “Indeed, some of the earliest free-speech cases upheld the right to distribute literature on the public streets and sidewalks, to audiences that were not always pleased with the messages.”
UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh said allowing religious groups to rent stalls did not preclude them from distributing literature on the sidewalks.
“The existence of an option to rent a stall doesn’t let the city take away a group’s right to leaflet,” he said. “Leafleting can reach a broader audience than the stall can, since leafleters can walk around.
“Leafleting is also free. City of Ladue v. Gilleo, a 1994 Supreme Court precedent, makes clear that such cheap means of speech generally can’t be restricted on the grounds that the speaker can still use other, materially more expensive (and less effective) forms of speech,” Volokh said.
Aaron Caplan, a law professor at the Loyola Law School Los Angeles, said the case is ultimately likely to turn on many factual questions.
“I think it turns on whether access is controlled — are there gates, tickets, booths, do we expect certain patterns of traffic? I think the central question on both of these theories is going to be, is this really a non-exclusive license that [organizers] get at festivals, or is it a non-exclusive license that [organizers] often get for street fairs?” Caplan asked.
Saieg alleges in his complaint that the sidewalks were not fenced off, and that Dearborn never specified in their permit that the sidewalks were to be part of the festival.
“If you go to the city’s actual ordinance about public fora, it provides for open access, and would have allowed Arabic Christian Perspective to conduct its activities there,” Saieg’s attorney, William Becker, said. “But the restrictions adopted by the city are unconstitutional on their face, and as applied.”
The city will file its response to Saieg’s complaint next month.
“Often times, these cases become very fact specific,” Caplan said. “I think the judge is going to have a lot of factual questions before the case really begins.”
By Stefan J. Bos,
ANOI, VIETNAM (Worthy News)– A prominent Mennonite pastor and religious rights advocate has escaped from his besieged home in central Vietnam after “several months of police encirclement” to seek “help, food and medication” for his children and frail wife, who has been abused by police, dissidents said in messages obtained by Worthy News Monday, July 20.
Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh “successfully fled out of his home” in Hoa Lu commune of the central city of Pleiku, early Friday, July 17, added Viet Si, an official of the International Movement for Independence, Democracy, Civil and Human Rights in Vietnam.
He, “fled out of his home after under several months of police encirclement…to seek help, food and medication to save his wife and three [young] children from starvation and serious sickness,” Si said in a letter to the United States embassy in Hanoi, seen by Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife.
“After realizing his escape, police got in his home to search but was unable to find him…They got so mad and turned around to assault his wife badly and threatened to deskin his three little toddlers,” Si wrote.
“We have been seeking urgent intervention and humanitarian assistance from concerned political authorities, religious leaders and people who have cared about religious freedom, human and civil rights for citizens in Vietnam,” he explained.
DETAINED AND INTERROGATED
Chinh’s whereabouts were not immediately clear Monday, July 20. The pastor, who was reportedly detained and interrogated as recently as May 14-26 because of his church work, said earlier that a dozen police guard his house around the clock and that they set up a nearby checkpoint after his release from Gia Lai jail on May 26.
Chinh has told reporters that since 2003 he has been under pressure to dissolve his and other growing Mennonite churches he supervises, and that regional officials banned his preaching activities in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
“They don’t want religion to develop among ethnic [minority] communities” in the Central Highlands region,” he told U.S. funded Radio Free Asia (RFA)recently. “I am a [minister] preaching the Gospel and the chairman of Vietnamese People’s Christian Evangelical Fellowship,” which represents Mennonite and related evangelical churches and groups.
In recent years, security forces also repeatedly raided and attacked his home and church, the pastor said, while Gia Lai and Kontum provincial authorities allegedly also confiscated his motorcycle and mobile phone.
Chinh’s escape from his besieged home Friday, July 17, came shortly after his wife was allegedly earlier beaten by police June 6. She was shouting about the disappearance of laundry hung outside to dry when police arrived and assaulted her, he told RFA in a recent telephone interview. Police struck him too, Chinh said, and later stopped him from taking his wife to the hospital.
WIFE “CANNOT EAT”
“My wife stood in front of the house and shouted, ‘Who stole my stuff?’” Chinh recalled.”She said police were here 24/7, so who could come and steal our stuff? Then some police from the PA-38 unit [for political and religious affairs], who stand guard outside my house, jumped in and beat my wife until she was hurt,” he said.
“When I tried to intervene they beat me up too. Then another seven or eight police from the checkpoint joined them and beat my wife, kicked her, until she fainted. She’s confined to bed now, she cannot eat, she has vomited blood, and she is having difficulty breathing.”
Police have denied wrongdoing. “Nobody hit her-he made that up…Nobody set up a checkpoint at her house,” said a police officer at Hoa Lu commune, Phan Ngoc Doan, contacted by telephone. However, “I can’t talk about this now,” he told RFA.
There has been mounting international concern about the pastor’s situation, which is viewed by rights groups
as part of a wider crackdown on Christian groups in the Communist Asian nation. United States Representative Ed Royce reportedly raised Chinh’s case June 6 in a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak and a Vietnamese community group in California.(With sources in and outside Vietnam).
NEW DELHI, INDIA
Staff of a missionary school in India’s eastern state of Andhra Pradesh faced another day of anxiety Thursday, July 8, after Hindu militants attacked and threatened to kill them for allegedly converting Hindus to Christianity, Christians said.
Witnesses said at least three Hindu militants raided the Good Shepherd School in the village of Ippallapally on May 29, hitting several teachers and warning them to stop working in the village. They apparently also called them several derogatory names and threatened to kill them.
Raj Kumar, the school’s principal, suggested in published remarks he was shocked about the attack. “We have been doing social work in this village for the last three years, and have been involved in educational and community development programs,” he said in a statement distributed by advocacy group International Christian Concern (ICC).
However, “While we were advertising for new students in the village, three Hindutva activists approached us and abused us.” Hindutva is a term used to describe movements advocating Hindu nationalism in India.
The Good Shepherd School is a missionary school with seven staff members, and teaches 134 students from ages three to six, ICC said. It apparently includes in its curriculum a Biblical approach to science and ethics.
The school filed a complaint with the police, who reportedly promised to investigate. However Christians said they were still awaiting concrete actions against suspects Thursday, July 8.
The latest incident came amid reports of several attacks against India’s Christian minority. “This incident illustrates that radical Hindu persecution of Christians in India is a common occurrence,” said ICC Advocacy Director Jeremy Sewall.
“Hindu persecution of Christians in India is a common occurrence. Christian teachers ministering to India’s children risk their lives to bring the Gospel.”
‘The day that story broke people bought half a million’
By Bob Unruh
Million dollar Gospel tract
The Way of the Master, a Christian ministry run by evangelist Ray Comfort and former child actor Kirk Cameron, is reporting a sudden rush by people getting the million-dollar bill Gospel tracts its Living Water Publications produces.
Todd Friel, a spokesman at Way of the Master Radio, told WND that while “Gospel tracts usually turn out to be litter faster than a candy wrapper,” the opposite is true with these Gospel messages.
Even an event such as the recent incident in Pittsburgh when police arrested a man who handed a $1 million bill tract to a grocery store cashier generates a way for the biblical message to be spread.
Officers in that case reported the bill originated with the Dallas-based ministry, but the man was arrested after he flew into a rage, slamming an electronic funds-transfer machine into a counter and reaching for a scanner gun after the clerk refused to accept the tract as money and the manager confiscated it.
Friel said he sometimes wonders why a Gospel tract with a picture President Grover Cleveland and a message of salvation gets so much attention.
“That’s exactly the question we’re asking ourselves,” he told WND. “And with all the different phony bills out there, why does this particular one seem to get so much attention?
“Maybe it taps into that human desire for money,” he said, but whatever the reason, the ministry is happy to print and distribute them as fast as possible, based on its ministry mission statement.
Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron
“One hundred fifty thousand people die every 24 hours – most without the Savior,” that statement says. “We are deeply concerned that so few Christians reach out to the lost. Statistics show that this is as low as five percent. One of the reasons for this is that many don’t feel equipped. As a ministry, our sole purpose is to inspire and equip Christians – to teach them how to share the gospel simply, effectively, biblically … the way Jesus did.”
The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven? Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.” Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That’s not God’s will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself -”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus, and God will grant you everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.
The publishers hope the demand for the tract is because of the message. At a minimum, they know the message is getting distributed.
“The day that this story broke – God has a funny way of working things – people bought half a million of these tracts,” Friel said. “Maybe they were afraid they’d all be confiscated.”
He said the ministry, which produces more than 24 million of all of its tracts annually, has discovered that the million dollar bill has staying power.
“At a baseball game, I’ve almost been mauled when I start handing them out,” Friel said. “People actually want them. I’ve been stopped at Customs and they see them in my luggage and everyone wants one.”
He said he’s also seen them posted in bank windows, stashed in tip jars and he’s heard from Muslims in Pakistan who have gotten them and seen a positive change in their lives.
The tracts have been in the news before: About a year ago the U.S. Secret Service seized a stock of the tracts in Texas, alleging they were counterfeit, even though since 1969 the highest legal denomination in the United States has been the $100 bill. That case currently is on appeal.
Friel said the message will continue, no matter what the outcome.
“If the government takes these million dollar bills, the ministry has a Billion Dollar bill tract that is in full color, and very popular. If those are seized the ministry has plans to get a Brazilian Dollar Bill printed, with a picture of the Brazilian president on it,” he said.
So far, they’ve also been subjected to confiscation in Nevada and California.
Jim Thomas, who with his wife Charlene had just finished an evangelism training program at their church, told WND he was handing out the tracts near an escalator at a downtown Los Angeles mall “and everything was going very well.”
Then, he said, a man approached him and told him that “there’s a problem here.”
He introduced himself as a Secret Service agent.
“He began to ask me questions, like ‘have you read the rules and regulations about bills similar to currency?’” Thomas said. “So he just kind of informed me what I could do to be in compliance.”
Fire inthe Hole
“And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.”
1 Kings 18:29,30
Just a few years before this showdown on Mount Carmel, Israel had been lush with prosperity and wealth. King Ahab had led the Israelites on a path that led farther away from the old, established worship of God than any before him, and had brought them to a life of riches, prosperity, and licentiousness.
The gods that he and his wife Jezebel had enticed the people of God with appealed to their earthly and fleshly desires. No longer did they have to be constricted with an old religion that demanded holiness and the fear of the Lord. No longer did they have to lead a life of separation from the things of the world that other, more prosperous nations enjoyed. They could enjoy the prosperity and fullness of riches without the constraints of a religion that had become outmoded and old-fashioned.
Life was good. So when Elijah pronounced the judgments of God upon Israel, they laughed him out of the king’s court. The true prophets of God had been eradicated from the public place and were no longer a thorn in the side of everyone who wanted the rewards of love, peace, and prosperity. You were no longer allowed to mention the name of Jehovah, much less pray to him in a public place. They now had priests and prophets of Baal that had replaced those old critical and judgmental men who had caused such consternation in the land.
Elijah had stood as the one, lone voice who cried for a return to righteousness.
And who was this hairy old man? He didn’t seem to be of any real consequence. He had no credentials, no theological bearing, and no consequential importance. Even his dress revealed his lack of social prominence and his irrelevance in such a modern, sophisticated time as this.
Ahab’s ears may have been deaf to Elijah’s pronouncement, but when Elijah spoke, God listened. The Ahab’s court may have derided him with laughter as he stood before the king, but 3 years later, no one was laughing.
We have followed a course similar to the one that Ahab had led Israel down. The Gospel we listen to is far different than the Gospel our grandfathers believed in. We decry the old brush arbor revivalists as hard, judgmental men who did not understand the love of God, and we have traded their message of repentance and holiness for one that is a kinder, gentler approach which promises love and peace and prosperity.
But the love, peace, and prosperity that our modern prophets have promised us are but a worldly shadow of that which God offers us through a walk of righteousness in the fear of the Lord.
We have been like the Israelites at the foot of Mount Sinai – we feared and trembled at the presence of God when the mount shook with fire and smoke, but as soon as Moses departed up the mountain and we were left to our own devices, we made for ourselves a golden calf to worship in God’s place.
I have said for 7 years now that something is coming to America that will be far worse than 9/11, but I never knew what form that judgment would take. Would it be a dirty nuclear explosion in one of our cities, or an epidemic, or some natural disaster? We would be hurt, but it wouldn’t take long to go back to our old ways. We are the great and mighty America, and we have an innate belief that we will always bounce back and dominate.
What if it wasn’t any of those imagined disasters, but something that struck right to the heart of that which we cherish the most? What if we lost our prosperity and wealth? And what if it consumed every level of our society and every part of our country?
We are living in that time of drought when the ravens fed Elijah by the brook Cherith, right after he fled the king’s court.
We look to our televangelists who promise us blessings, and refuse to consider that our lust for those promises is what has led us to this drought in the first place. But we still flip on the TV and hope for a word of encouragement that will convince us to hang on to a Gospel that has a form of godliness, but denies the power thereof. And of course, they tell us exactly what we want to hear, along with an encouragement to send them your money so that God can release His blessings all over you – but never a word of reproof or repentance.
The job of a prophet is not to tell you how beloved you are, how many blessings God wants to bestow upon you, or how much love is in your church. The job of a prophet is to rebuild the old broken down altars of God and declare unto the people of God their sins and transgressions so that they may come to a place of repentance and, once again, return to the true God of Israel.
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. “
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A new page in our life full of freedom
Life at its maximum
A new birth
By Chris M. Thomas
Salvation means redemption from sin. It means turning a new page in some ones life full of freedom. In order to redeem something; you need to pay a price. In this case, God paid his own begotten son as a currency to buy us who were sinners and unworthy. This is the ultimate price that anyone has ever paid since the beginning of the Universe.
The first question you need to ask yourself is this. Why should we need to be saved?
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
It teaches us that all men are sinners and we need a Saviour. No one can say that he’s sinless just because he’s good.
The Bible says in Romans 5:12 that “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”
It teaches us that the consequence of sin is death.
The Bible says in Isaiah 53:6 that “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”
This verse teaches us that Jesus is our substitute which God has sent for redeeming or reclaiming us In Christ.
Salvation means turning a new page in our life. It means putting on a new being or Christ and throwing away our old being forever. The bible says in Romans 6:6 that
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”
It means being In Christ . This phrase or its equivalent is mentioned 130 times in the New Testament. Notice the following verses.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:30 that “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
The Bible says in Ephesians 1:3,4 that “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ : According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love”
This verse also teaches us that we are called before the foundation of the world. Before the beginning as described in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”
What is the beginning? The Bible says in John1:2, 3 & 4 that “The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men”
The bible says in Colossians 1:16,17 that “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him And he is before all things, and by him all things consist”
The beginning is a period some thousands of years ago when time was born. It was beginning of life and creation where all things in the Universe and the microbial world were made by God himself. He is the master creator.
It is said that a tea spoon of soil contains micro-organisms that are more in number than the all humans ever born on planet earth.
Who was in the beginning? The bible says in John1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
It teaches us that God was himself in the beginning.
What does it mean to be In Christ? To be in Christ is to share in all that Christ is and all that he did. The Bible says that God has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings….in Christ” Some of the blessings which he has promised us are;
Firstly, In Christ we are forgiven.
The bible says in Colossians 1:14 that “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”
Secondly, In Christ we are justified.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”
Justified means to be declared righteous. That’s In Christ.
Thirdly, In Christ we are accepted by God
The Bible says in Ephesians 1:6 that “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved”
This verse teaches us that before we were saved, we were enemies of God. Now we are accepted as his own dear Children.
How can we be In Christ or be born-again?
We must first realize that there are two families in this world the family of Adam and the family of Christ. Every person born in flesh belongs to the family of Adam.
Being born again is to be in the family of Christ from Adam through the cross which is grace. The Bible says in Romans 5:19 that “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”
Grace is receiving something which we are not worthy to receive.
The Bible says in Romans 5: 21 that “As sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord”
The Bible says in John 3:21 that “As sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord”
When Nicodemus had this doubt in John 3:1-23 Jesus told him lovingly that “Ye must be born again”
Being born again is a spiritual process than a physical one.
The Bible says in John 3:8 that “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit”
The basic foundation of Salvation is Faith. Notice the following verses
The bible says in Luke 5:20 that “when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee”
The Bible says in Luke 7:50 that “And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
The Bible says in Luke 8:48 that “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace”
The Bible says in Luke 18:42 that “And Jesus said unto him, receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee”
The Bible says in Romans 3:22 that “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference”
The Bible says in Luke 8:25 that “And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, what manner of man is this! For he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him”
The Bible says in Luke 22:32 that “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”
How to have faith?
The bible says in Romans10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. It teaches us that we need to hear the word of God to have faith
Without faith that Jesus is all you need for your Salvation by grace, you cannot be saved.
Simple steps of Salvation
Firstly, we must hear the truth.
The bible says in Romans 10:14 “how then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Secondly, we must believe Jesus Christ is the Son Of God.
The Bible says in Mark16:16 that “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned”
The Bible says in John 8:24 that “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins”
Thirdly, we must repent of our sins
The Bible says in Luke 13:3 that “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”
The Bible again says in Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent….for the remission of your sins”
Fourthly, we must confess Christ before men.
The Bible says in Matthew 10:32&33 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven”
Fifthly, we must be baptized into Christ
The Bible says in Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”
The Bible again says in 1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”
Lastly, we must continue to live In Christ,
The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”
What will happen when you get saved?
When you get saved you get a new life full of freedom. All your past are remembered no more. You are free, yes, forever.
And Holy Spirit, the helper comes to reside in you and circumcise your heart. You cannot see it. It’s just like the wind which blows in John 3:8
The Bible says in John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
You get peace which surpasses all understanding. Peace cannot be bottled and sold over the counter. But it’s Jesus who takes away our yoke and gives you and me peace for ever.
The Bible says in Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls”
The Bible says in Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”
The bible says in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”
You get eternal life and a home in heaven.
The Bible says in John 5:12 “He who me has the Son has life”
The Bible again says in John 14:2 “In my father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.
Dear Friend, I am asking these most important questions in life to you today. Your joy and blessings of your life depends on it today.
Do you have this peace today? Do you enjoy the newness of Life? Do you enjoy life at its maximum? Do you have freedom? Are you saved today? This is a personal question which you have to ask yourselves today.
Salvation is personal. It’s a personal relationship between you and your father in heaven. He wants to embrace you. He won’t allow anyone to snatch you away from him. He’s seeking you today.
Just pray this prayer from your heart if you want Jesus to be your friend like he is to me. He did not came to establish a religion or to contradict science. Science is complementary to his gospel.
Once some journalists asked James Simpson , the inventor of chloroform ” What was your greatest invention?” He replied, “My greatest invention is finding out on a Christmas Day that I am a great sinner and that I NEED A SAVIOUR.
In 1633, the Catholic Church condemned Galileo who said that the shape of the earth is round and misunderstood his statement as anti-scriptural. the Bible proves that the earth is round. Galileo who studied the Bible in depth was quite God fearing.
” I don’t see the Bible as an armoury; rather as the house of God to view the beauty of God daily. Two books are kept in front of us to keep us away from sins; First is the scripture that reveals the will of God.: second is the universe- the book that reveals the power of God.
“Young friend, get introduced to the Bible; believe the scriptures. Jesus provided us the greatest moral doctrines the world has ever seen”
- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Charles Darwin (1808-1882) in his childhood was God fearing. He never rejected God or his teachings. The last sentence in the 15th chapter of the origin of Species (1859) reveals his faith in God. He says, ” There is a grandeur in this view of life with its several powers having been originally breathed by the creator into a few forms or into one” page 374. Darwin himself was not satisfied with his Theory. (Life and Letters of Darwin, Page 313)
A few months before his death, he was bed ridden and was helped by a Christian worker named Lady Hope. On a beautiful evening he extended his hands toward the sunset and he exclaimed ” Ha! How marvelous!!” Seeing a Bible in his other hand Lady Hope enquired ” What are you reading now? He replied ” Its the book of Hebrews; I call it the royal book” When asked about his opinion about some people who mock at divine creation, he answered with a grievous heart ” I was a youth with shapeless ideas; excited with everything, I just expressed some doubts and ideas. In my book too I wrote down certain ideas and gestures, which cannot be proved. I was surprised to see those ideas spreading like wildfire. Considering them as scientific truths, men believed it all. People changed it into a religion.”
After pausing for a while, looking at the Bible he was holding reverently, he talked a lot about the holiness of god and the greatness of the Bible. With great interest he asked Lady Hope to hold a prayer meeting in his 30 seat garden room and he preached about Salvation and sang great hymns with musical instruments.
Just pray this prayer from your heart if you want Jesus to be your friend like he is to me. He did not came to establish a religion or to contradict science. Science is complementary to his gospel.
“Dear God of Abraham,Issac and Jacob. I acknowledge my sins and that Jesus Christ is your son who died for the sins of the world including mine. I submit my life unto you. Take control of my life and come into my heart and make it your throne. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
If you don’t believe then just test God for a month. Just tell him
“Dear God of Abraham,Issac and Jacob. If you are truly the only living God then please prove unto me within one month that I may have you as my friend” Amen
There is nothing more than becoming a friend of God. If you accepted Jesus into your heart or if God proved to you within one month that he truly is God then let me know. I will pray for you and sent to you Bible resources for free . You may email me firstname.lastname@example.org with your address or if you have any prayer request .
Remember, Jesus didn’t come to extablish a religion. He came to be your friend.
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