Monday, May 25, 2009
In my home town of about sixty thousand people in the last couple of months there have been over six young black boys who have taken their own life...All 6 death have been by hanging...Now I don't no why or what's going on but the last young man was up set that his mom took away his cell phone...So he hung himself in his closet...Another young man went to church with his parents came home after service ate dinner with his father then went out side and took his life by using his basket ball goal...Now this question was ask in Sunday School yesterday... Someone wanted to know what do you say to someone's family member who had committed suicide?.. They also wanted to no if that person goes to heaven or not and are they forgiven?..I no there are some Catholics and some others who say that death with unconfessed sin of any kind hinders entrance to heaven.... There is not much Bible to support such a view... The Bible pretty convincingly paints a picture of entrance into heaven predicated upon faith in Jesus and He alone.... The addition of anything we do becomes a type of "works" based faith which seems to be denied by the Bible... Ephesians 2:8-9 If salvation is contingent on perfection and works at the moment of death, then not only is suicide unforgiven, but the rest of us are also doomed...So my question is how would you answer a young person who ask you that question? The Bible say there's only one unforgivable sin that is Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit...Only the Creator no who is saved..Now it is true we can look at the fruit that is being produce in a person life and kinda get and idea.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I love the Bible story of the woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years in which no one was able to heal her. But, when she came up behind Jesus and touched His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 'Who touched Me?' Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, 'Master, the people are crowding and pressing against You.' But Jesus said, 'Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.' Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and… told why she had touched Him and how she had been instantly healed. Then He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace but you can notice three important things in this story: (1) She did something she'd never done before. She decided to try Jesus. Wise move! Faith means stepping into the unknown and the untried, finding God's grace at work in unexpected ways. (2) She recognized her moment. She knew that Jesus was visiting her town, and might not be back. There are 'God-moments' in life when you've got to overcome your fear and move out in faith. If you don't, you'll miss them. (3) She opened the door for others. I believe she became a trail blazer for others. Up until that time, no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus' garment. So her act of faith opened the door for others. "People brought all their sick to Him and begged Him to let the sick just touch the edge of His cloak, and all who touched Him were healed. I believe God's still looking for people who are willing to break with tradition and just take Him at His Word.