Please take 5 minutes to read this, right now, and be sure that you are where you need to be with the Lord. And if you're not, I implore you to read it over and over again until you are.
Friends, this is as honest, and as truthful, as it gets.
The end of Pastor JD Farag's message from Sunday:
This is life and death serious, eternal life and eternal death serious. And in fact, in preparation for the Resurrection Sunday sermon next week, I'm kind of seeking the Lord about this kind of different than in past years because Jesus came the first time to die on the cross, be buried, and be raised again from the dead on the third day. And also, He would come back one day.
That's the gospel, the good news. It's not just the death and burial and resurrection of Jesus. It's the return of Jesus too.
That's the good news of salvation.
And that's what salvation is, right?
Salvation: I'm going to be saved.
We say, "I'm saved."
Saved from what?
I'm saved; I'm saved from eternity in hell. And I'm going to be saved out of this evil world that seems to be waxing more and more evil with each passing day.
That's the gospel, the good news.
Well, Pastor, how can I be saved?
Well, it's very simple.
Well, what do you need to do?
You don't have to do anything. It's already been done.
All you have to do is believe; it's that simple.
And that's why we do the ABCs, starting with
the A, which is for admit or acknowledge that you're a sinner. Because until and unless you acknowledge that you've sinned, why would you be interested in a Savior?
Romans 3:10 says, "There is no one righteous, not even one."
No one can be good enough. You might be good, but no one is good enough. And Romans 3:23 tells us why. It's because "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
We've all sinned; we've all transgressed God's law, every single one of us.
And there's a penalty for that, by the way, and it's the death penalty, "For the wages of sin is death," Romans 6:23, and that's the bad news. But here's the good news. The good news is the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
That's just the A, and it really is that which leads centrally to the B, because really it boils down to just believe.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe would not perish but have everlasting life."
Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord.
This is Romans 10:9-10; it says, "If you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved."
And then what comes when you believe is this expression, confession, calling upon the name of the Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 also says, "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved [And here's why] for it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
And finally, Romans 10:13: It says, "All who call upon the name of the Lord will [will] be saved."
That's pretty simple, isn't it? Is that too simple?
So one last thing just so we're clear here. Only those who call upon the name of the Lord, believing in their hearts on the person of Jesus Christ are going to be saved out of this world and taken in the rapture?
So if I'm not saved, I'm going to be left behind?
So that's why you're yelling at us and screaming at us and spitting on us?
Yes, actually, it is.
That's what's at stake here. That's what's at stake here.
I'm trying to get as many people off of that Titanic, of this fallen world as I can before it goes down, and it's just on the brink of going down.
It can happen at any time.
That's how close we are.