A Gospel Presentation

Angry? Upset? I don’t blame you. That was kind of the point. Sometimes awakenings have to be rude. If you came home late at night and found your house on fire with your loved ones asleep inside I doubt you would tip-toe in rub them gently on the shoulders whispering, “Wake up, the house is fire.” On the contrary, there would be kicking down doors and screaming! That is my intent. Are you awake, are your senses heightened?  Please listen. Listen, first, to God’s word…

Titus 3:3-7
3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

That is the Gospel… that is what we mean when we say good news. Do you agree?

First, let’s look at verse 3. I’ll be honest, sounds like how I used to be. What about you? Are you a good person? Let’s take a look at God’s Law as revealed in the Ten Commandments. Ready?

Have you ever told a lie? … Be honest! (Chuckle) Well, the Commandment says, “You shall not bear false witness…” (Exodus 20:16) If you have told a lie, that makes you a lair. That’s breaking God’s law.

Have you ever stolen something, regardless of value… Stealing is in violation of the Commandment “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)

Okay, here’s one… Ever use God’s name in vain? That’s like saying “OMG” in the unabbreviated form. That’s breaking the Commandment of “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain…” (Exodus 20:7a) That’s called blasphemy and God takes it very seriously “… for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7b)

One more, last one I’ll use… Have you ever committed adultery? … … OKAY! Don’t shout. Yes, the Commandment says “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14) Now look at what Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, “Whoever looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Uh… That’s applicable to ladies too. So, frankly, if you have looked at those pictures or videos meant for an 18 and over audience on the internet, or looked through one of those behind the counter magazines sold in packaging that you can’t see the cover, or gone to one of those “clubs” for “gentlemen” then you have committed adultery in your heart.

So, if you have broken those Commandments it makes you a lying, thieving, blaspheming, adulterer at heart. That’s just four of the Ten Commandments.

“Well… not like you are much better!”

You are right! The Bible, in the book of Romans, says, “All, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one…” (Romans 3:9b-10) and “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

Guess what, the Bible says that means we (you, me, and everyone!) deserve hell. “… As for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur…” (Revelation 21:8) The reasoning we deserve hell is simple: we have sinned against the holy, holy, holy Lord (Isaiah 6:4). Let me ask you a question: how many sins did it take for Adam and Eve to be thrown out of the garden and the entire universe thrown into chaos? … One. How many have you committed?

Now we get to verse 4!
There’s hope! God came to save us out of goodness and loving kindness! How? Why?

Let’s go to verse 5.
Paul writes, bluntly, NOT BECAUSE OF WORKS! Let’s be frank. That’s clear as day. No works can get us into God’s favor. That means no baptism, no number of prayers, no number of good deed and get someone into heaven. Don’t believe me? Think of it this way: Take every lie you’ve ever told and call it a speeding ticket. (That would be A LOT of speeding tickets). Now, lets take each one of those lustful thoughts and call it “indecent exposure.” Take all those instances of hatred the call them murder. (See Matthew 5:21-22). You’ve racked up a fine and a sentence you could not possibly pay! To say, “Well, judge I’ve done good things too! I gave to charity and worked at the homeless shelter at least once a year.” Would be utterly foolish! In fact to do so would be like bribing the judge. But the judge we are trying to bribe with our good deeds is God. Let’s look at Isaiah 64:6, “All our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” That “polluted garment” in Hebrew basically means “a used menstrual cloth.” Therefore, trying to use good deeds to bribe God in his Judgment would be like trying to bribe an earthly judge with a sack of used Kotex.

So if it isn’t our works, what does it? HIS OWN MERCY! This same God who is angry with the wicked every day? (See Psalm 7:11.) YES! This same God who killed all but 8 people in a flood (Genesis 6:9-8:19)? YES! This same God who burned Sodom and Gomorrah and all their inhabitants to ashes (Genesis 19:23-29)? YES! The same God who had the walls of Jericho razed to the ground (Joshua 6)? YES! That same God sent His own Son to take that penalty that we deserve. That you deserve. You cannot earn it. It is a simple act of mercy.

But it did not happen because you were baptized. It happened through “the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.”

“Yes! That’s exactly what that means! Baptism!”

Let’s look at Ezekiel 36:25-26:
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

God takes one, eternally dead in our sins and brings one to eternal life. The Holy Spirit does it. Not water.

This happens when we repent of sins and trust (believe) in Jesus Christ as our Savior (see verse 6).

It is God GRACE which justifies us through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9). Paul expounds on this in Romans 4:4-5:
4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in [or “trusts in”] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…

And it is in this, we have hope for eternal life (verse 7). I’m sure you know the verse John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

I ask you, my Roman Catholic friend. Is your faith in Jesus Christ or the Church? Is your faith in God’s Grace or your works? Is your faith in the baptismal fount to regenerate or the work of the Holy Spirit to regenerate?

Please, examine yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Read your Bible. Everything written in it “theopneustos“, God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and MUST be true because God is not a man does not lie (Numbers 23:19). So with that in mind, one last Scripture.

1  John 5:9-13
9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

Do not listen to me, do not listen to the Pope, do not listen to any man. Listen to the Word of God. It is there you will find what Salvation is. Are you saved? Or in other words, if you died now, would you be in heaven or hell?

Thank you for your time.

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