“Stop in Now and Receive Your Gift of Salvation (for a small fee)”
“Salvation – Lowest Prices in Town”
“Salvations Performed Here by Elvis Presley Look-Alikes”
“Salvations While You Wait”
“Salvation – Quantity Discounts”
“Salvation – Everyone Accepted (No Restrictions)”
The billboards all around the city proclaim the fast-food news of salvation. Cars line up and people place their order at the window.
“Two married adults.”
“One single adult and two children.”
“Two men, living together.”
“Two women, living together.”
“One man and one woman – unmarried living together.”
Pastor Itmattersnot, the self-proclaimed minister at the drive-up window, pauses for a drink of water as the next car drives up.
“Are you ready to accept the good news and live a good life?”
“Yes, we are,” declares the happily unmarried-living-together couple.
“Good, then just repeat this prayer and you will be saved. Lord, I accept you as my Savior and promise to live a good life and perform good deeds the rest of my days.”
The couple repeats the quick prayer.
“Great, you are saved. Have a good life,” says the minister as the couple pays the $50 fee and drives away in their $50,000 luxury car.
Pastor Itmattersnot tallies up today’s totals. “Wow,” he exclaims in glee, “we hit a record number of 404 people saved today. Even with the quantity discounts, I made nearly $10,000. This is one of my best days ever.” Pastor Itmattersnot saunters off, gloating happily over today’s intake of wealth.
Unfortunately, the couple mentioned above has no idea what salvation is and actually paid no attention to the words they spoke. They, along with all the other people who claimed salvation at a drive-thru window, are headed on a one-way trip to hell.
The above scenario may not be too far-fetched in the next decade or two.
Are we as Christians promoting quick, meaningless salvation messages? When someone is saved in the church, are we eager to help them on the continual road to Christ, or do we just let them go with a few words and a pat on the back? Does it matter if people are convicted of their sin or is their sinful lifestyle accepted?
We are becoming a nation afraid to teach that we are sinners who must repent of our sins. We are afraid we might hurt someone’s feelings if we use the name of Jesus Christ. And as for that “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” well, that’s only one of many ways to get to Heaven - - - - isn’t it?
Some churches are more concerned with membership numbers than truly seeing lost souls come to Christ. In our zeal to be ‘tolerant’ of everyone, we are actually herding people into hell and away from eternal life with Jesus. We are missing the opportunity to introduce people to the living Christ.
Second Peter 2:1 tells us we will bring “swift destruction” on ourselves if we become false teachers and deny the sovereign Lord.
Knowledge of salvation is granted to us through the forgiveness of our sins (Luke 1:77). If we do not admit that we are sinners, we cannot be truly saved.
We must believe that Christ came to this earth to die for our sins and pave the road to salvation (see John 3:16).
Christians must Admit our sinful state, we must Believe in Christ, and we must Confess Jesus to the world.
I thank God that He directed me to a church that believes in the word of God, that the Bible is true and inerrant, and growth in Christ is promoted on all levels. Pastor’s sermons remind us that, like Isaiah, we are unclean and have need of cleansing. However, our guilt is taken away and our sin is atoned for by the blood of Christ, (Isaiah 6:5-7).
Let us take heed of the words in Matthew: "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Let us “go and make disciples of all nations.”
© 2006 Virginia L
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