Indeed, it is a question that ought to be asked, for the Bible
tells us to "try the spirits whether they are of God" (1st John
4:1), and we gladly offer this declaration:
- I believe in God, revealed in three
persons - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
- I believe that Jesus Christ, the only
begotten Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless
life, died on the cross to atone for our transgressions, and
rose again on the third day. He ascended into Heaven with a
promise to return some day.
- I believe that it is solely by the grace
of God that man, as a condemned sinner, receives salvation
through faith in Jesus Christ to forgive sin. Only then are
we held blameless by the Father. Faith in Jesus Christ
saves us from a literal hell, for a literal, eternal Heaven.
- I believe the Bible is the verbally
inspired infallible Word of God, inerrant in its original
manuscripts. The Scriptures should be dispensationally
- I believe the Bible clearly teaches that
Jesus Christ is coming again - first in the air to resurrect
those believers who have died and to rapture those who are
still alive. His coming may occur at any moment prior to
the Tribulation Period.
- I believe in the visible, personal, premillennial return of Jesus Christ to the earth at the
close of the Great Tribulation. He will establish His
kingdom and reign for 1,000 years. Afterward, we shall
enter the Holy City, New Jerusalem, where we shall live and
serve God throughout eternity.
- I believe in God's promise of eternal
life for the saved and His warning of eternal damnation for
How One Becomes a
Follower of Jesus
More than 95 percent of Americans, if given a choice
between Jesus and Satan, would choose to spend eternity with
To become a follower of Jesus Christ, you must do two
You must ask Jesus to be your Savior. You accomplish
that by asking Him to forgive you of all your sins.
When you ask Him to be your Savior and to forgive
you, the request must be from the heart. You cannot
just ramble off a few words and go on your merry
way. At the core of every appeal for forgiveness is
If you have remorse for your sinful state, you will
receive God's forgiveness.
After you commit yourself in words to Jesus, you
then begin to follow Him with your actions. Do this
by reading His Word and implementing His teachings
into your life.
If He says, "Love your neighbor," then love your
If He says, "Do not commit adultery," then do not
Do this until the day He comes for you in the
rapture or until the day you join Him in death.
Let us see why so few people will gain salvation
Jesus foretold that a small number of people would choose
to be saved: "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it"
The first reason people do not make it to Heaven
is because they put off salvation or neglect it
Too many are more worried with the cares of this
life than they are of the one choice that will last
for all eternity.
The second reason people donít go to Heaven is that they
reject Christ's gift of eternal life. People's pride and
unwillingness to face up to their need for a Savior holds
Some reject salvation because they do not understand how
His death 2,000 years ago could affect them now.
The third reason few people make Heaven their home is
that they trust in a salvation that is not based on the
blood of Jesus Christ. Some think, "If I've been a good boy
or girl all my life, then He'll let me in." If anyone could
live a good enough life to gain favor from God, they would
also be able to clean themselves by rolling in mud.
Nothing is more important than a decision to follow
The cares of this world do not compare with the
importance of being prepared for the world to come. If you
missed out on the eternal bliss of heaven and ended up in
hell, the extremeness of your mistake would be impossible to
As the world falls apart all around us, we
should be praying more and more, studying God's Word
passionately, and sharing our resources with others. When
the rapture takes place, or we meet the Lord in death,
nothing will go with us into glory. Our houses, cars, money,
and unsaved friends will remain behind.
A final thought to remember: "In such an hour as you
think not the son of man cometh" (Mat. 24:44).
Of course it is never too
late for anyone to accept Jesus Christ as their Personal
Savior. You do not have to be a church member or even attend
church. My Dad, Jesse Simonson 78, 1989
did not come to know the Lord until he was 32 years old. He
heard a minister speaking on his car radio in 1942. He
started reading the Bible on his own. You can read from the
Bible on the internet. The more you read the more you
Read the Bible,
John 3:16, For God so loved the
world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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