I DOUBT MY SALVATION

 

"These things have I written unto

you...that YE MAY KNOW that ye

have eternal life."(1John 5: 13)

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HOW CAN A PERSON KNOW THAT THEY ARE SAVED? ARE THERE ANY RECOGNISABLE SIGNS THAT TRUE CONVERSION HAS OCCURRED?

 

Furthermore how can Christians discern the "spiritual standing" of a person calling themselves a Christian. After all, Paul tells us

to judge those within in: 1 Corinthians 5:12.

 

The Bible outlines a number of definite signs which in earlier times were called 'marks of grace'.

 

In this paper we'll look at seven sure signs that a person is truly converted.

 

1. Conviction of sin

2. Understanding of Scripture

3. The Desire for Fellowship

4. The Discovery of Prayer

5. A New Heart

6. An Initial Measure of Assurance

7. Attacks of Satan

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"True converts really want to worship the Lord and show their love for Him. They do not need to be chased or persuaded."-

Peter Masters

 

In Acts 2:37-38 and 41-46, there are accounts concerning the change in the attitudes and lives of several thousand people at Pentecost.

"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and be BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins ... Then they that gladly received his word were baptized ...And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' DOCTRINE and FELLOWSHlP, and in BREAKING OF BREAD, and in PRAYERS ... with GLADNESS and SINGLENESS OF HEART."

(Acts 2:37-38, 41- 46)

 

Six of the chief signs or marks of grace are found in this passage. We can be assured that they can be discerned.

 

1. CONVICTION OF SIN


When true salvation has occurred, the broken and contrite heart looks to God for mercy and grace.

A broken and contrite heart has come to God and admitted that there is nothing good whatever in them. They have said to God that all they deserve is eternal hell fire and torment. They have admitted that they cannot save themselves nor can any church, religion, set of rules, baptism or trust in anything or anyone else. They have thrown themselves on the mercy of God and have believed that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sin. They have received Jesus as their Saviour and have trusted in him alone to have paid their penalty for sin. Like a drowning man they have called out to be saved.

If there has been a cool and 'intellectual' acknowledgement of their sin (or a momentary remorse over sin), it could be doubtful that salvation has occurred. Testimonies that make no mention of repentance and a turning away from sin are suspect in the extreme. Testimonies that make no mention of sin and the inevitable result of burning in the literal fires of hell are suspect.

Testimonies of "pop star" conversions using glib and joking language and making conversion sound painless are suspect.

Testimonies of people saying that they couldn't cope with life and wanted Jesus to take over are suspect.

Testimonies of people saying that Jesus stands by them and their lives are far more successful now (in their unchanged worldly lives) are suspect in the extreme. Repentance is a turning away from sin and a turning to God. At the onset of conviction of sin, we are not only ashamed of sin but we also lose our taste for sin. We long to leave it and be different.

In addition, we change our mind about the Lord, seeking Him only as our Saviour and yielding to Him as the master and ruler of our lives.

 

IN SUMMARY: Where there is no shame there is no conversion; no break with the old life - no conversion; no separation from the world - no conversion; no Lordship of Jesus Christ - no conversion.

The questions you need to ask yourself are as follows:

1. Have you ever felt wretched and deeply ashamed at your sinfulness before a holy God?

2. Have you ever only trusted Jesus Christ only as your Saviour and fixed your hope only on His atoning death and shed blood?

3. Have you ever yielded yourself to Jesus Christ as both Saviour and Lord?

 

2. UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE


As seen in Acts 2:42, new converts continued stedfastly in the doctrine of the apostles.

It is a sign of true conversion if someone's mind has been opened up by grace to understand and love the word of God. A true convert grasps the significance of the Bible (and there is only one - the King James) and becomes fixed and even riveted on it and firmly loyal to it. On the other hand, people who make no headway at all with the Bible are most unlikely to be true converts regardless of any profe

I'm contemplating suicide

*************************************************

It's a dreadful feeling to be so desperate to want to kill yourself. All hope seems to have vanished and there seems to be no - one that can help. All psychiatrists can say is, "You must expect therapy to take a long time and then we can't promise you anything!"

 

THERE IS ONLY ONE HOPE

AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST!

 

WHY?

 

YOUR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ARE

THE RESULT OF YOUR SIN.

 

YOU HAVE HEARD OF JESUS AND PROBABLY KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT HIM, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER CALLED ON JESUS TO SAVE YOU. RIGHT NOW, WHEREVER YOU ARE CALL OUT:

 

"JESUS, PLEASE SAVE ME!

I'M A SINNER. YOU DIED FOR MY SINS AND I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF - ONLY YOU CAN!"

 

Now read the rest of the paper and

find out why everybody (rich, poor, black

and white, educated or not) must call on

Jesus Christ to save them from their sins.

*****************************

"Neither is there salvation in any other:

for there is NONE OTHER NAME under

heaven given among men, whereby

WE MUST be saved." (Acts 4:12)

 

LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING!

One of the following may apply to you:

a broken relationship?

not enough money?

fired from your job?

feel a failure?

can't beat drugs?

you've hurt someone?

someone has hurt you?

life has no meaning?

a family to feed and no job?

 

Things may be pretty bad for you at the moment, but PLEASE DON'T KILL YOURSELF. Killing yourself won't end the agony you're going through ... it'll only start!

If you haven't received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will go to hell and scream in torment and agony for ever and ever.

 

YOUR PRESENT STATE IS THE RESULT OF HAVING MADE WRONG CHOICES

Everybody looks back on their lives and wishes they'd made different choices e.g.

# "If only I'd done that!"

# "If only I had stayed at school and learnt my maths, I'd have a good job today!"

# "If only I'd obeyed my parents/teachers/ those in authority over me, I wouldn't be feeling like this!"

# "I wouldn't be in jail if only..."

But none of us ever made any right choices because the Bible says that all of us are rebellious - rejecting parents, our teachers.

The Bible says:

"Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job 5.7)

Sinning comes naturally to men and women because that's the way we're made.

 

WE ARE ALL SINNERS & EVERYONE KNOWS THIS DEEP DOWN!

 

The Bible says: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

(Romans 3:23).

 

EVERYBODY IS BORN SINFUL

Do you want to know why you sin and can't help yourself? YOU WERE BORN THAT WAY! (and it's a lie of the church to pretend to be able to wash that original sin away.)

We sin because we're sinful and we can't help it. Till the day a man or woman dies, they constantly sin.

Now the Bible says that it only takes one little sin to eternally separate ourselves from God and be punished in hell forever. God is pure and holy and He can't allow sinful creatures into heaven. Everyone knows that. Even the Hindus and Moslems know that. That's why we saw on TV recently, over 13 million Hindus washing themselves in the Ganges River in a vain attempt to purify themselves and be acceptable to God.

Ever since the day we were born, everyone of us has been in rebellion - against parents, teachers, the police and the list goes on (and I've no doubt that you could justify your actions as to why you acted in certain ways and at certain times.)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?

There are only 5 possibilities (3 are lies and 2 are fact)

1. " SIX FOOT UNDER" & NO MORE FEELINGS EVER. The Bible says that this is a lie. The Apostle Paul said he had the desire to die and go home to be with Jesus. He said: "For l am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ: which is far better."

 

2. PURGATORY

This is a lie made up by Rome to gouge money out of grieving relatives.

3. RE-INCARNATION

This is another lie. When you die you'll be judged right away. The Bible says: "And as

it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. "(Hebrews 9:27)

4. HELL

This is fact. Jesus never lied.

He describes hell as a place " WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT. AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:44,46,48)

 

5. HEAVEN

This is fact. Funny how people want to believe in heaven but not hell. The Bible talks about "heaven" and "hell" hundreds of times, as real places.

 

EVERYONE IN HELL NEVER

PLANNED ON GOING THERE.

Why is that? There are four reasons:

They didn't believe it existed

They thought they wouldn't go there if

they * got baptized

        * went to church

        * were good people and

        * did their best

They never knew what the Bible says hell

      is like.

The church said that only really, really bad people went there.

 

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HELL?

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28)

 

WAS JESUS A LIAR?

The Bible says that Jesus was sinless. No my friend, Jesus was telling the truth and time and time again He talks about hell and the awful reality of eternal flames and torment.

 

CUT OFF HANDS, FEET & PULL OUT EYES? Jesus warns of hell again: "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:43- 48)

Now why would Jesus be warning people to dismember their bodies if hell was a figment of people's imagination? HE WOULDN'T.

For those who read and believe the Bible, they see that Jesus is serious about hell and that it is a place of terrible and never-ending pain and torment. Why would Jesus say that it's better to have only one eye, hand or foot in this life? ANSWER: Those in hell forever wish that parts of their body weren't there to get rid of some of the pain.

 

WHAT'S HELL LIKE?

* A lake of fire - Revelation 20:15

* A bottomless pit - Revelation 20:1

* A horrible tempest - Psalm 11:6

* A devouring fire - Isaiah 33:14

* A place of sorrows - Psalm 18:5

* A place of weeping - Matthew 8:12

* A furnace of fire - Matthew 13:41- 42

* A place of torments - Luke 16:23

* Where they wail - Matthew 13:42

* Where God is cursed - Revelation 16:11

* Where there's no rest - Revelation 14:11

* A place of outer darkness - Matthew 25:30

* Where they scream for mercy - Lk16:24

* Where they can never repent - Matt 12:32

* A place of everlasting punishment Matt 25:46

* Where they gnaw their tongues - Rev16:10

* Where they feel the wrath of God - Rev 14:10

* A place of everlasting destruction - 2Thess1:9

* A place for the devil and his angels- Matt 25:41

* Where the fire never goes out- Mark 9:48

* A place of everlasting burnings - Isaiah 33:14

* Where they don't want their loved ones to come - Luke 16:27-28

 

THERE ARE FIVE FACTS OF LIFE -

WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO SUICIDE

OR NOT!

1. You are sinner.

The Bible says "All have sinned" (Rom. 3:23)

2. You will die. (Everyone knows this!)

3. You will be judged.

The Bible says so! ":..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

4. You can't save yourself.

The Bible says so! The good works that you do are only good in your eyes. In God's eyes, you are a hopeless sinner. "... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags... " (lsaiah 64.-6)

5. Your only hope is Jesus Christ.

Only when you are ready to accept that:

1. You are a lost and dying sinner

2. Your good works are unacceptable to God - will you see your need for Jesus Christ to save you. He paid the price for your sins (past present and future) because you couldn't. Only by receiving Him as Saviour can you enter into heaven.

You have nothing to impress God with, except to receive Jesus by faith.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. " (Romans 5: 8,9)

Pray right now for Jesus to save you. Have your sins forgiven and washed away. Take Him as your Saviour because he died for your sin. He will save you - it's a fact - He promised. Tomorrow could be too late.

 

 

I'm contemplating suicide

*************************************************

It's a dreadful feeling to be so desperate to want to kill yourself. All hope seems to have vanished and there seems to be no - one that can help. All psychiatrists can say is, "You must expect therapy to take a long time and then we can't promise you anything!"

 

THERE IS ONLY ONE HOPE

AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST!

 

WHY?

 

YOUR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ARE

THE RESULT OF YOUR SIN.

 

YOU HAVE HEARD OF JESUS AND PROBABLY KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT HIM, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER CALLED ON JESUS TO SAVE YOU. RIGHT NOW, WHEREVER YOU ARE CALL OUT:

 

"JESUS, PLEASE SAVE ME!

I'M A SINNER. YOU DIED FOR MY SINS AND I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF - ONLY YOU CAN!"

 

Now read the rest of the paper and

find out why everybody (rich, poor, black

and white, educated or not) must call on

Jesus Christ to save them from their sins.

*****************************

"Neither is there salvation in any other:

for there is NONE OTHER NAME under

heaven given among men, whereby

WE MUST be saved." (Acts 4:12)

 

LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING!

One of the following may apply to you:

a broken relationship?

not enough money?

fired from your job?

feel a failure?

can't beat drugs?

you've hurt someone?

someone has hurt you?

life has no meaning?

a family to feed and no job?

 

Things may be pretty bad for you at the moment, but PLEASE DON'T KILL YOURSELF. Killing yourself won't end the agony you're going through ... it'll only start!

If you haven't received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will go to hell and scream in torment and agony for ever and ever.

 

YOUR PRESENT STATE IS THE RESULT OF HAVING MADE WRONG CHOICES

Everybody looks back on their lives and wishes they'd made different choices e.g.

# "If only I'd done that!"

# "If only I had stayed at school and learnt my maths, I'd have a good job today!"

# "If only I'd obeyed my parents/teachers/ those in authority over me, I wouldn't be feeling like this!"

# "I wouldn't be in jail if only..."

But none of us ever made any right choices because the Bible says that all of us are rebellious - rejecting parents, our teachers.

The Bible says:

"Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job 5.7)

Sinning comes naturally to men and women because that's the way we're made.

 

WE ARE ALL SINNERS & EVERYONE KNOWS THIS DEEP DOWN!

 

The Bible says: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

(Romans 3:23).

 

EVERYBODY IS BORN SINFUL

Do you want to know why you sin and can't help yourself? YOU WERE BORN THAT WAY! (and it's a lie of the church to pretend to be able to wash that original sin away.)

We sin because we're sinful and we can't help it. Till the day a man or woman dies, they constantly sin.

Now the Bible says that it only takes one little sin to eternally separate ourselves from God and be punished in hell forever. God is pure and holy and He can't allow sinful creatures into heaven. Everyone knows that. Even the Hindus and Moslems know that. That's why we saw on TV recently, over 13 million Hindus washing themselves in the Ganges River in a vain attempt to purify themselves and be acceptable to God.

Ever since the day we were born, everyone of us has been in rebellion - against parents, teachers, the police and the list goes on (and I've no doubt that you could justify your actions as to why you acted in certain ways and at certain times.)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?

There are only 5 possibilities (3 are lies and 2 are fact)

1. " SIX FOOT UNDER" & NO MORE FEELINGS EVER. The Bible says that this is a lie. The Apostle Paul said he had the desire to die and go home to be with Jesus. He said: "For l am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ: which is far better."

 

2. PURGATORY

This is a lie made up by Rome to gouge money out of grieving relatives.

3. RE-INCARNATION

This is another lie. When you die you'll be judged right away. The Bible says: "And as

it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. "(Hebrews 9:27)

4. HELL

This is fact. Jesus never lied.

He describes hell as a place " WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT. AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:44,46,48)

 

5. HEAVEN

This is fact. Funny how people want to believe in heaven but not hell. The Bible talks about "heaven" and "hell" hundreds of times, as real places.

 

EVERYONE IN HELL NEVER

PLANNED ON GOING THERE.

Why is that? There are four reasons:

They didn't believe it existed

They thought they wouldn't go there if

they * got baptized

        * went to church

        * were good people and

        * did their best

They never knew what the Bible says hell

      is like.

The church said that only really, really bad people went there.

 

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HELL?

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28)

 

WAS JESUS A LIAR?

The Bible says that Jesus was sinless. No my friend, Jesus was telling the truth and time and time again He talks about hell and the awful reality of eternal flames and torment.

 

CUT OFF HANDS, FEET & PULL OUT EYES? Jesus warns of hell again: "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:43- 48)

Now why would Jesus be warning people to dismember their bodies if hell was a figment of people's imagination? HE WOULDN'T.

For those who read and believe the Bible, they see that Jesus is serious about hell and that it is a place of terrible and never-ending pain and torment. Why would Jesus say that it's better to have only one eye, hand or foot in this life? ANSWER: Those in hell forever wish that parts of their body weren't there to get rid of some of the pain.

 

WHAT'S HELL LIKE?

* A lake of fire - Revelation 20:15

* A bottomless pit - Revelation 20:1

* A horrible tempest - Psalm 11:6

* A devouring fire - Isaiah 33:14

* A place of sorrows - Psalm 18:5

* A place of weeping - Matthew 8:12

* A furnace of fire - Matthew 13:41- 42

* A place of torments - Luke 16:23

* Where they wail - Matthew 13:42

* Where God is cursed - Revelation 16:11

* Where there's no rest - Revelation 14:11

* A place of outer darkness - Matthew 25:30

* Where they scream for mercy - Lk16:24

* Where they can never repent - Matt 12:32

* A place of everlasting punishment Matt 25:46

* Where they gnaw their tongues - Rev16:10

* Where they feel the wrath of God - Rev 14:10

* A place of everlasting destruction - 2Thess1:9

* A place for the devil and his angels- Matt 25:41

* Where the fire never goes out- Mark 9:48

* A place of everlasting burnings - Isaiah 33:14

* Where they don't want their loved ones to come - Luke 16:27-28

 

THERE ARE FIVE FACTS OF LIFE -

WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO SUICIDE

OR NOT!

1. You are sinner.

The Bible says "All have sinned" (Rom. 3:23)

2. You will die. (Everyone knows this!)

3. You will be judged.

The Bible says so! ":..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

4. You can't save yourself.

The Bible says so! The good works that you do are only good in your eyes. In God's eyes, you are a hopeless sinner. "... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags... " (lsaiah 64.-6)

5. Your only hope is Jesus Christ.

Only when you are ready to accept that:

1. You are a lost and dying sinner

2. Your good works are unacceptable to God - will you see your need for Jesus Christ to save you. He paid the price for your sins (past present and future) because you couldn't. Only by receiving Him as Saviour can you enter into heaven.

You have nothing to impress God with, except to receive Jesus by faith.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. " (Romans 5: 8,9)

Pray right now for Jesus to save you. Have your sins forgiven and washed away. Take Him as your Saviour because he died for your sin. He will save you - it's a fact - He promised. Tomorrow could be too late.

 

 

I'm contemplating suicide

*************************************************

It's a dreadful feeling to be so desperate to want to kill yourself. All hope seems to have vanished and there seems to be no - one that can help. All psychiatrists can say is, "You must expect therapy to take a long time and then we can't promise you anything!"

 

THERE IS ONLY ONE HOPE

AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST!

 

WHY?

 

YOUR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ARE

THE RESULT OF YOUR SIN.

 

YOU HAVE HEARD OF JESUS AND PROBABLY KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT HIM, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER CALLED ON JESUS TO SAVE YOU. RIGHT NOW, WHEREVER YOU ARE CALL OUT:

 

"JESUS, PLEASE SAVE ME!

I'M A SINNER. YOU DIED FOR MY SINS AND I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF - ONLY YOU CAN!"

 

Now read the rest of the paper and

find out why everybody (rich, poor, black

and white, educated or not) must call on

Jesus Christ to save them from their sins.

*****************************

"Neither is there salvation in any other:

for there is NONE OTHER NAME under

heaven given among men, whereby

WE MUST be saved." (Acts 4:12)

 

LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING!

One of the following may apply to you:

a broken relationship?

not enough money?

fired from your job?

feel a failure?

can't beat drugs?

you've hurt someone?

someone has hurt you?

life has no meaning?

a family to feed and no job?

 

Things may be pretty bad for you at the moment, but PLEASE DON'T KILL YOURSELF. Killing yourself won't end the agony you're going through ... it'll only start!

If you haven't received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will go to hell and scream in torment and agony for ever and ever.

 

YOUR PRESENT STATE IS THE RESULT OF HAVING MADE WRONG CHOICES

Everybody looks back on their lives and wishes they'd made different choices e.g.

# "If only I'd done that!"

# "If only I had stayed at school and learnt my maths, I'd have a good job today!"

# "If only I'd obeyed my parents/teachers/ those in authority over me, I wouldn't be feeling like this!"

# "I wouldn't be in jail if only..."

But none of us ever made any right choices because the Bible says that all of us are rebellious - rejecting parents, our teachers.

The Bible says:

"Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job 5.7)

Sinning comes naturally to men and women because that's the way we're made.

 

WE ARE ALL SINNERS & EVERYONE KNOWS THIS DEEP DOWN!

 

The Bible says: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

(Romans 3:23).

 

EVERYBODY IS BORN SINFUL

Do you want to know why you sin and can't help yourself? YOU WERE BORN THAT WAY! (and it's a lie of the church to pretend to be able to wash that original sin away.)

We sin because we're sinful and we can't help it. Till the day a man or woman dies, they constantly sin.

Now the Bible says that it only takes one little sin to eternally separate ourselves from God and be punished in hell forever. God is pure and holy and He can't allow sinful creatures into heaven. Everyone knows that. Even the Hindus and Moslems know that. That's why we saw on TV recently, over 13 million Hindus washing themselves in the Ganges River in a vain attempt to purify themselves and be acceptable to God.

Ever since the day we were born, everyone of us has been in rebellion - against parents, teachers, the police and the list goes on (and I've no doubt that you could justify your actions as to why you acted in certain ways and at certain times.)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?

There are only 5 possibilities (3 are lies and 2 are fact)

1. " SIX FOOT UNDER" & NO MORE FEELINGS EVER. The Bible says that this is a lie. The Apostle Paul said he had the desire to die and go home to be with Jesus. He said: "For l am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ: which is far better."

 

2. PURGATORY

This is a lie made up by Rome to gouge money out of grieving relatives.

3. RE-INCARNATION

This is another lie. When you die you'll be judged right away. The Bible says: "And as

it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. "(Hebrews 9:27)

4. HELL

This is fact. Jesus never lied.

He describes hell as a place " WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT. AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:44,46,48)

 

5. HEAVEN

This is fact. Funny how people want to believe in heaven but not hell. The Bible talks about "heaven" and "hell" hundreds of times, as real places.

 

EVERYONE IN HELL NEVER

PLANNED ON GOING THERE.

Why is that? There are four reasons:

They didn't believe it existed

They thought they wouldn't go there if

they * got baptized

        * went to church

        * were good people and

        * did their best

They never knew what the Bible says hell

      is like.

The church said that only really, really bad people went there.

 

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HELL?

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28)

 

WAS JESUS A LIAR?

The Bible says that Jesus was sinless. No my friend, Jesus was telling the truth and time and time again He talks about hell and the awful reality of eternal flames and torment.

 

CUT OFF HANDS, FEET & PULL OUT EYES? Jesus warns of hell again: "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:43- 48)

Now why would Jesus be warning people to dismember their bodies if hell was a figment of people's imagination? HE WOULDN'T.

For those who read and believe the Bible, they see that Jesus is serious about hell and that it is a place of terrible and never-ending pain and torment. Why would Jesus say that it's better to have only one eye, hand or foot in this life? ANSWER: Those in hell forever wish that parts of their body weren't there to get rid of some of the pain.

 

WHAT'S HELL LIKE?

* A lake of fire - Revelation 20:15

* A bottomless pit - Revelation 20:1

* A horrible tempest - Psalm 11:6

* A devouring fire - Isaiah 33:14

* A place of sorrows - Psalm 18:5

* A place of weeping - Matthew 8:12

* A furnace of fire - Matthew 13:41- 42

* A place of torments - Luke 16:23

* Where they wail - Matthew 13:42

* Where God is cursed - Revelation 16:11

* Where there's no rest - Revelation 14:11

* A place of outer darkness - Matthew 25:30

* Where they scream for mercy - Lk16:24

* Where they can never repent - Matt 12:32

* A place of everlasting punishment Matt 25:46

* Where they gnaw their tongues - Rev16:10

* Where they feel the wrath of God - Rev 14:10

* A place of everlasting destruction - 2Thess1:9

* A place for the devil and his angels- Matt 25:41

* Where the fire never goes out- Mark 9:48

* A place of everlasting burnings - Isaiah 33:14

* Where they don't want their loved ones to come - Luke 16:27-28

 

THERE ARE FIVE FACTS OF LIFE -

WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO SUICIDE

OR NOT!

1. You are sinner.

The Bible says "All have sinned" (Rom. 3:23)

2. You will die. (Everyone knows this!)

3. You will be judged.

The Bible says so! ":..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

4. You can't save yourself.

The Bible says so! The good works that you do are only good in your eyes. In God's eyes, you are a hopeless sinner. "... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags... " (lsaiah 64.-6)

5. Your only hope is Jesus Christ.

Only when you are ready to accept that:

1. You are a lost and dying sinner

2. Your good works are unacceptable to God - will you see your need for Jesus Christ to save you. He paid the price for your sins (past present and future) because you couldn't. Only by receiving Him as Saviour can you enter into heaven.

You have nothing to impress God with, except to receive Jesus by faith.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. " (Romans 5: 8,9)

Pray right now for Jesus to save you. Have your sins forgiven and washed away. Take Him as your Saviour because he died for your sin. He will save you - it's a fact - He promised. Tomorrow could be too late.

 

 

I'm contemplating suicide

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It's a dreadful feeling to be so desperate to want to kill yourself. All hope seems to have vanished and there seems to be no - one that can help. All psychiatrists can say is, "You must expect therapy to take a long time and then we can't promise you anything!"

 

THERE IS ONLY ONE HOPE

AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST!

 

WHY?

 

YOUR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES ARE

THE RESULT OF YOUR SIN.

 

YOU HAVE HEARD OF JESUS AND PROBABLY KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT HIM, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER CALLED ON JESUS TO SAVE YOU. RIGHT NOW, WHEREVER YOU ARE CALL OUT:

 

"JESUS, PLEASE SAVE ME!

I'M A SINNER. YOU DIED FOR MY SINS AND I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF - ONLY YOU CAN!"

 

Now read the rest of the paper and

find out why everybody (rich, poor, black

and white, educated or not) must call on

Jesus Christ to save them from their sins.

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"Neither is there salvation in any other:

for there is NONE OTHER NAME under

heaven given among men, whereby

WE MUST be saved." (Acts 4:12)

 

LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING!

One of the following may apply to you:

a broken relationship?

not enough money?

fired from your job?

feel a failure?

can't beat drugs?

you've hurt someone?

someone has hurt you?

life has no meaning?

a family to feed and no job?

 

Things may be pretty bad for you at the moment, but PLEASE DON'T KILL YOURSELF. Killing yourself won't end the agony you're going through ... it'll only start!

If you haven't received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you will go to hell and scream in torment and agony for ever and ever.

 

YOUR PRESENT STATE IS THE RESULT OF HAVING MADE WRONG CHOICES

Everybody looks back on their lives and wishes they'd made different choices e.g.

# "If only I'd done that!"

# "If only I had stayed at school and learnt my maths, I'd have a good job today!"

# "If only I'd obeyed my parents/teachers/ those in authority over me, I wouldn't be feeling like this!"

# "I wouldn't be in jail if only..."

But none of us ever made any right choices because the Bible says that all of us are rebellious - rejecting parents, our teachers.

The Bible says:

"Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." (Job 5.7)

Sinning comes naturally to men and women because that's the way we're made.

 

WE ARE ALL SINNERS & EVERYONE KNOWS THIS DEEP DOWN!

 

The Bible says: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

(Romans 3:23).

 

EVERYBODY IS BORN SINFUL

Do you want to know why you sin and can't help yourself? YOU WERE BORN THAT WAY! (and it's a lie of the church to pretend to be able to wash that original sin away.)

We sin because we're sinful and we can't help it. Till the day a man or woman dies, they constantly sin.

Now the Bible says that it only takes one little sin to eternally separate ourselves from God and be punished in hell forever. God is pure and holy and He can't allow sinful creatures into heaven. Everyone knows that. Even the Hindus and Moslems know that. That's why we saw on TV recently, over 13 million Hindus washing themselves in the Ganges River in a vain attempt to purify themselves and be acceptable to God.

Ever since the day we were born, everyone of us has been in rebellion - against parents, teachers, the police and the list goes on (and I've no doubt that you could justify your actions as to why you acted in certain ways and at certain times.)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?

There are only 5 possibilities (3 are lies and 2 are fact)

1. " SIX FOOT UNDER" & NO MORE FEELINGS EVER. The Bible says that this is a lie. The Apostle Paul said he had the desire to die and go home to be with Jesus. He said: "For l am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ: which is far better."

 

2. PURGATORY

This is a lie made up by Rome to gouge money out of grieving relatives.

3. RE-INCARNATION

This is another lie. When you die you'll be judged right away. The Bible says: "And as

it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. "(Hebrews 9:27)

4. HELL

This is fact. Jesus never lied.

He describes hell as a place " WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT. AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:44,46,48)

 

5. HEAVEN

This is fact. Funny how people want to believe in heaven but not hell. The Bible talks about "heaven" and "hell" hundreds of times, as real places.

 

EVERYONE IN HELL NEVER

PLANNED ON GOING THERE.

Why is that? There are four reasons:

They didn't believe it existed

They thought they wouldn't go there if

they * got baptized

        * went to church

        * were good people and

        * did their best

They never knew what the Bible says hell

      is like.

The church said that only really, really bad people went there.

 

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HELL?

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28)

 

WAS JESUS A LIAR?

The Bible says that Jesus was sinless. No my friend, Jesus was telling the truth and time and time again He talks about hell and the awful reality of eternal flames and torment.

 

CUT OFF HANDS, FEET & PULL OUT EYES? Jesus warns of hell again: "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, WHERE THEIR WORM DIETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: WHERE THEIR WORM DlETH NOT, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED. " (Mark 9:43- 48)

Now why would Jesus be warning people to dismember their bodies if hell was a figment of people's imagination? HE WOULDN'T.

For those who read and believe the Bible, they see that Jesus is serious about hell and that it is a place of terrible and never-ending pain and torment. Why would Jesus say that it's better to have only one eye, hand or foot in this life? ANSWER: Those in hell forever wish that parts of their body weren't there to get rid of some of the pain.

 

WHAT'S HELL LIKE?

* A lake of fire - Revelation 20:15

* A bottomless pit - Revelation 20:1

* A horrible tempest - Psalm 11:6

* A devouring fire - Isaiah 33:14

* A place of sorrows - Psalm 18:5

* A place of weeping - Matthew 8:12

* A furnace of fire - Matthew 13:41- 42

* A place of torments - Luke 16:23

* Where they wail - Matthew 13:42

* Where God is cursed - Revelation 16:11

* Where there's no rest - Revelation 14:11

* A place of outer darkness - Matthew 25:30

* Where they scream for mercy - Lk16:24

* Where they can never repent - Matt 12:32

* A place of everlasting punishment Matt 25:46

* Where they gnaw their tongues - Rev16:10

* Where they feel the wrath of God - Rev 14:10

* A place of everlasting destruction - 2Thess1:9

* A place for the devil and his angels- Matt 25:41

* Where the fire never goes out- Mark 9:48

* A place of everlasting burnings - Isaiah 33:14

* Where they don't want their loved ones to come - Luke 16:27-28

 

THERE ARE FIVE FACTS OF LIFE -

WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO SUICIDE

OR NOT!

1. You are sinner.

The Bible says "All have sinned" (Rom. 3:23)

2. You will die. (Everyone knows this!)

3. You will be judged.

The Bible says so! ":..it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)

4. You can't save yourself.

The Bible says so! The good works that you do are only good in your eyes. In God's eyes, you are a hopeless sinner. "... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags... " (lsaiah 64.-6)

5. Your only hope is Jesus Christ.

Only when you are ready to accept that:

1. You are a lost and dying sinner

2. Your good works are unacceptable to God - will you see your need for Jesus Christ to save you. He paid the price for your sins (past present and future) because you couldn't. Only by receiving Him as Saviour can you enter into heaven.

You have nothing to impress God with, except to receive Jesus by faith.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. " (Romans 5: 8,9)

Pray right now for Jesus to save you. Have your sins forgiven and washed away. Take Him as your Saviour because he died for your sin. He will save you - it's a fact - He promised. Tomorrow could be too late.

 

 

ssion that they may make. QUESTION: Has the Bible acquired a new and gripping authority in your life?

 

3. THE DESIRE FOR FELLOWSHIP

and the family bond with other believers.


 A true convert desires and seeks after other Christians for spiritual companion­ship. If the supposed convert still has the desire to be with the world and his former associates, this is a bad sign. It is unlikely that true conversion has taken place. True converts feel a gap developing between themselves and unbelieving friends. This may often be painful but it is an inescapable work of grace in the heart.

 

4. THE DISCOVERY OF PRAYER


Another sign of true conversion is the practice of prayer. Have you discovered prayer? Have your prayers left behind the petty and selfish sentiments of the un­converted people? Have you learned to pray for the spiritual blessings of understanding, power over sin and the blessings of witnessing to others? Do your prayers reflect the evidence of being more concerned about unsaved relatives and friends than about yourself?

 

5. A NEW HEART


In Acts 2 this is called "singleness of heart". A great change has taken place in the innermost thoughts and feelings of the true convert, leading to a great openness to the things of God and serving Him. They do not have the dual motives of wanting divine blessings with worldly fame, fortune and pleasures at the same time.

If the supposed convert remains addicted to worldly possessions, ambitions, fashions and rock music and are unmoved when serious advice is given from the word of God, then we must gravely doubt that true conversion has taken place.

Unfortunately with the passing of time believers may lose their first love and go through seasons of coldness and disobedience. This is a serious and Spirit quenching sin. But the beginning of the Christian's life is marked by a warm,

responsive and obedient heart to the things of God.

 

6. AN INITIAL MEASURE OF ASSURANCE


The peace of God and the initial sense of belonging (assurance) are placed in the heart by the Holy Spirit.

They have tasted a peace they have never tasted before and such that the world can't give. This includes a very real sense of forgiveness from their sins.

The Westminster Confession of Faith states: "Assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that the true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be a partaker of it."


7. ATTACKS OF SATAN


In Ephesians 6:16 the attacks of Satan are mentioned to the true convert and these are necessary signs of true conversion. Satan will fire his darts of doubt and fear into the true convert's mind. An unsaved soul is not usually troubled by these doubts and fears.

The true convert now has a great battle that has begun, for they "wrestle ... against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world..."

(Ephesians 6:12)

Unconverted people rarely go around in deep distress about their spiritual standing, "Holy anxiety", as the Puritans used to call it, is good evidence that a person's treasure is now in heaven.

                                                         

By Harley Hitchcock

                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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