We mourn with the families of every deceased, but especially those who didn't know Christ. Not knowing Anna Nicole personally, we are not in a position to declare her eternal destiny, but the assumed position is that she did not have a relationship with the Lord. Fortunately, we do have a God who is just and will judge her justly.
Nevertheless, there is suppose to be a funeral coming up for her shortly. At occassions such as this, I am always curious about which type of preacher will stand before that audience. Is it the type that will stand there and state that Anna Nicole is out of her pain and is in a better place today, meanwhile misleading many in the audience. Or will it be the preacher that will preach the truth in love, and state that unless Anna Nicole accepted Jesus Christ and repented for her sins, that she is not in a better place today.
Now of course, the latter position has to be done with discernment, sensitivity and in love. However it still needs to be done. But as history has shown, the preacher that is usually selected to speak over these high-profile funerals is the guy that does not speak the truth of God. Thus leading many astray and teaching them that they can live the same life style of this deceased person and then still go to this so-called better place.
The blood of those who are led astray will lie on the head of this type of preacher. He is relaying a false message, a false gospel and a false Christ. Are there any wonder that there are legions of dead Christians.
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I want to thank Elizabeth and Kristina for displaying the most treasured attribute of God, and that attribute is love. The beauty of the sorrow that was expressed by Kristina was so touching. It is this type of love that draws the lost. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another, and I thank you for that. And Elizabeth is correct, we should be careful when we assume. Then what is this presumed position that I referred to.
The biblical definition of knowing Christ means someone who has seen his sin as God sees his sin, repents and then chooses to follow Christ. To follow Christ is to follow his mission, His mission of course to save the lost.
For a Christian, this presumed position is the same position that should have followed that discernment regarding someone in your life who may have claimed to have been a Christian but lived totally the opposite or someone who just totally showed a true rebellion towards God. Are we to say, “Oh well, he said he was a Christian, now it’s between him and God.” Heavens no. Sometimes we have to go a little deeper with that person.
Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
If you say, "See, we did not know this,"
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord will see the kingdom of Heaven”. Could this be your relative who claims to love God, but swore that she would go to her grave before she forgives her ex-husband for cheating on her. Could this be your best friend who claims to love God, but considers pornography as free art. At what point do we look at this as someone who may not be just a Christian who hasn’t grown in these areas, and look at them as someone that God may have put in your life to lead to a true conversion.
Now in reference to my brother Don, I thank you once again. Your question “Where are you?”, was something that I needed to hear as well. God has been convicting me on two different matters. The first, I have been using the snow that Colorado has had to embrace as an excuse to cease on my jogging. But after hearing your words, I am proud to say that I have went twice since. The second, the cold and snow has kept me from the street corner that God has assigned me to evangelize at. I admit to my shame, that I was getting a little comfortable behind the heated home. That conviction will be settled beginning this weekend. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another, and I thank you for that.
I know nothing of any of this; but what I do know is that the faith, or lack of, another is none of my business. It is neither here nor there as to which type of preacher will be there. Sad to say, it is easy to come to a place like FW and tout our faith/opinion/convictions as if they had any bearing whatsoever on the subject, i.e. Anna Nicole and funeral messenger...the question is no longer; Where is Anna today and what will they say at her funeral? The question is "Where are you?" and what do you have to say to the people that hear you?
I don't think that the preacher will necessarily be one who doesn't speak the truth just because she was a celebrity. None can know of the relationship an individual has with God, but if one assumes this poor woman is destined for hell, maybe there will be a preacher who will lead others into right relations with God. I think it's dangerous to assume anything about anyone--this was a person in tremendous pain--who knows what she discussed with God? 'For all have sinned and fallen short'--just because her downfall was so public--well, we all make mistakes and will continue to do so. We are Christians because we believe--there are many believers who don't follow through. Beth
Upon hearing about the death of Anna Nicole Smith, God dealt with me tremendously. I cried in bed that evening asking God if she had a chance. If someone shared with her the gospel. I don't know where she is today, or what words were exchanged between her and God but I do know this. I don't have a heaven or hell to put people in. She was clearly a tormented soul. And that is the reason we are here. To reach out to people like Anna. Love covers a multitude of sin. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.