For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son ,that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Probably the one verse in the entire Bible more quoted, more used to bring souls to Christ, more given to those in need of comfort, and also more abused, too. The abusive part is where many religions and cults take it out of context and say we are all children of God. They say 'whosoever believeth' therefore making it say that we all are children of God when it is Bible fact we are not all children of God. To be a child of God you have to believe in Jesus Christ, you have to be convicted of your sins, confess your sins, you must repent, you accept by faith God's free gift of salvation, and you must call upon Him with an open, humble and contrite heart, with clean hands. You must have a pure heart, too. You must receive Jesus Christ in your heart. If not, you are doomed to hell. Plain and simple, as l say it the way it is.
The book of Galatians confirms this, as it says in chapter 3:26, For ye are all the children of God by FAITH in Christ Jesus (the capital letters is mine to enforce the word faith). It says faith, it does not say good works, deeds, or doing good to someone and keeping a good moral life. It is not keeping out of trouble either, nor does it say we are all children of God, period. Yes, so many blow this out of the water and pass it by saying 'we are all children of God' when it is a blatant lie and heresy. If anyone teaches this, it is mocking God and one of His attributes, FAITH and calling Him a liar. Saying everyone will go to heaven: Buddhists, Witnesses, Catholics, Muslims, New Agers, Wiccans, Methodists, United Pentecostals, Mormons, etc.; if you are involved in one of these religions, that you may of gotten out of, realized your great mistakes and wickedness, and you got saved by the blood of Christ; l love you in the Lord. If you are not saved, l will not accept your faith or religion as you cannot rely on your faith in a religion to save you as it can't. Only Jesus Christ can save your soul from a burning hot black and dark inferno of hell. Faith in God is what you need. Not is some stinking heathen religion that is not of God. I am not religious, l am saved, saved, saved! How about you?
If God did not so loved the world, why would He of given His only begotten Son to die for you and your sins? Why would He have given this great promise of His to you for you to accept by faith and have a place in heaven to see Him face to face? Why would He have promised that you would not perish, but have everlasting life? Think of it. Think on these things, you who read this. Philippians 4:8 says, 'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if their be any virtue, and if their be any praise , think on these things.' THINK on these things. THINK on them. THINK, don't sit, sour and soak. Don't be a dope, mope and grope. THINK EVERLASTING LIFE.
Your religion is probably dead with no hope. You probably have no hope for heaven as you may have been taught good works. You may either just be good to all around you or live a good life, be a good person, be kind to all around you, accept everyone the way they are and don't argue. God is a God of love and never would send anyone to hell. It would be a good idea for you read the entire chapter of John 3, even Revelation 20. John 3:36 says, 'He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.' This verse should put some fear in some of you. If it doesn't, then you are either saved and heaven bound (amen!) or unsaved, hardhearted and unmoved soon to be in hell's ground. Are you still in the vicegrip of Satan's power and are you in the bondage of sin not knowing where to turn? John 3:17-18 states 'For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.' You want to become saved and a born again Christian and be heaven bound, or in hell's ground? Read the Bible and study it. 'Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth'. 2 Timothy 2:15. Remember, EVERLASTING LIFE.
I would not want to be under God Almighty's wrath. Those of you who refuse, reject, refute this, you wil be under His condemnation after you die. He will send you to hell with the Father of lies, the Devil himself. Look up wrath of God and even study it. If it doesn't bother you or affect you, you are dead in heart and stone cold in your mind. You want everlasting life?
'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.' Acts 16:31. You want to be saved, heaven bound and see my Jesus whom l will see when l die? You can friend: man, woman, youth, child, whosoever may come. Do you want everlasting life?
'And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.' Revelation 20:15. Or do you want to live, reject Jesus and be under the terrible wrath of God? If so, your name will not be written in the book of life. To be in God's book of life is to have your sins washed white by the Blood of Jesus. You wil have a home and a new name in glory. It is mine. Will it be yours?
Tomorrow you may be in torments in a dark, dingy, dank place called hell, or you can be in a bright, full light of a beautiful heaven with streets of gold praising the Lord where love is expounded greatly, and where there is no darkness, evil, crying or gnawing of your tongue. Your choice, friend.
(c) Mike Carey; November 20, 2011