What is the
One Question
we never read
Jesus Christ


THAT WAS THE HAPPIEST day of my life,
     although you wouldn't think it was by
     the way it started . . .
   "Hello.   May I speak to Robert or Angie

   "Yes, this is Mrs. Spindal," I said, instantly
annoyed, as I clamped the phone between my
chin and shoulder.   My two hands were already
preoccupied with Millie.
   "Mrs. Spindal, in this trying and frantic world,
pulling us in so many directions, your best friend
the Trying Times Newsletter, with its life

   "What is this about?" I said, my nose crinkling
from Millie's diaper.   I couldn't find a baby wipe.
   "--The Trying Times Newsletter is read by
thousands of people, like you,
who are trying to--"

   "Please, I don't mean to be
rude, but you caught me at a
very bad time."
  The talcum
powder tipped over.
   "Would you like to subscribe to
Trying Times Newsletter?"

   "I don't know.   Let me think about it; I'll call
you back.   Thank you--"

   "Wait!   Here's our number.   Do you have a pen

   I sighed.
   "Hold on," I said, removing the phone from my
shoulder, giving a crying naked baby her rattle,
picking the talcum container off the white dusty
floor, as I looked for a pen with the one spare
   "What's your number?" I finally said.
   "Ma'am, if you subscribe right now you won't
have to call me back."

   "That's it!   I'm hanging up," I said.
   "NO, WAIT!   You sure you don't want to--"

   Later that afternoon . . .
   "I can't believe he was so persistent," Carol
said, laughing into the telephone.
   "Oh, he was terrible," I said, hoping to change
the subject.   We had already talked enough about
the silly incident.
   "Carol, remember that conversation we had,
you know, about the Bible?"

   There was silence on the other end.
   "Yeah, I guess so," she finally said.
   "Did you have a chance to think about it?   Have
you arrived at a decision?"

   More silence.
   "Really, Angie, I guess I really haven't-- "
   "But, Carol, do you realize how important this
is?   Christ died for you.   He wants to save you."

   "You told me all that, but--"
   "Well, do you want to get saved?   You can do
it right now.   Receive Him into your heart."

   She cleared her throat.
   "What do you say, Carol?"
   "I don't know.   Let me think about it; I'll call
you back.   See you--"

   "Wait!   You don't have our new number.   Do
you have a pen handy?"

   She sighed.   Pausing to find a
pen.   "Okay, shoot . . . What is it?"
   "Carol, you know I've been
praying for you--"

   "That's sweet.   What's the

   "You're my best friend.   We go
back to high school."

   "I know, I was there.   Are you gonna give me
the number?"

   "I'd like to think that we'd be spending eternity

   She paused.   I could hear a sniffle.
   "Really, Angie, I wish you wouldn't talk this

   "Then will you do it, Carol?   Would you like to
get saved, right now?"

   Carol finally said yes.
   I led her in a prayer and she got saved.
   I told you it was the happiest day of my life.
Praise God!

This story emphasizes a certain question often
used by modern Christianity.   And yet, it is the
one question we never read Jesus Christ asking:

"Would you like to get saved?"

There's a reason for this . . .

"I don't know.   Let
me think about it; I'll
call you back."

MY FRIEND, think this through.   During
      all the encounters one reads between
      Christ and lost souls, when did Christ
ever ask someone: "Would you like to get
  When did He ever take one by the hand
and say: "Let's kneel down, right now, and pray
this prayer"
?   Don't you find that odd?   Why do
you suppose we never see Christ or His
disciples, compelling, coercing, pressuring,
rushing, or hastily urging someone to get saved,
right then and there?   Should we be following
Jesus Christ's example?

Modern Christianity does not follow . . .
Christ's example.   Too often, people are rushed
into making a profession.   We saw this illustrated
in the opening story.   Carol hadn't even been
thinking about getting saved; it was the
furthest thing from her mind.   And yet, she was
coerced into calling upon Christ, after being
continuously implored: "Would you like to get
  She had no sense of her sinfulness, no
resolve to repent, no dire want to get saved but
yet, was hastily urged to do so.   Her's, most
likely, became a "false-profession," where the
person professing doesn't really get saved, yet
assumes that they do--a tragic situation.

Consider the following example . . .
The "soul winning" guide of the 1975 edition of
the Open Study Bible, bottom half of page
1198, instructs the reader: "Say something like
this: ‘Tom, will you kneel with me in prayer as
I ask the Lord to save you, right here and now?’
Don't wait for him to get on his knees.   You lead
the way.
  If he will not kneel with you, don't
force it.   Pray a short prayer that the Lord will
convict him of sin and bring him to repentance
. . . if he does kneel with you, pray a brief
prayer.   Ask the Lord to save him."

My friend, one biblical thing we find in those
instructions is: "Don't force it.   Pray a short
prayer that the Lord will convict him of sin and
bring him to repentance."
  (We'll return to
repentance later.)   But the rest of the "advice"
can potentially result in a false profession . . .

Who's the one asking for salvation?
In the "advice," we find the soul winner being
told to "Ask the Lord to save him now."   Yet, in
the Bible, we don't find anyone calling upon
on a lost sinner's behalf.   Each person
must call upon the Lord him/herself with his
own mouth, of his own free will.   (Rom. 10:9-
13).   The Philippian jailer, in Acts 16:30, cried,
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"   HE was
the one asking to be saved.   He demonstrated a
desperate desire to get saved, brought about by
God's convicting Spirit.

Who draws the sinner?
The instruction also says, "Don't wait for him to
get on his knees.   You lead the way."
  But who
does the ultimate leading, God or man?
will argue that a depraved sinner needs
prompting, since he/she doesn't see his need
to get saved.   But the fact is, He's not ready
UNTIL he sees his need to get saved!   That
recognized need must come from within--the
result of GOD'S CONVICTION upon his heart.
   Jesus Christ said: "No man can come to me,
except the Father which hath sent me draw
(John 6:44).   Referring to the Holy Spirit,
Christ also said: "And when he is come, he
will reprove
the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:"
John 16:8.

It is God that convicts, convinces, and compels
the lost sinner.   It is the Spirit of God, convicting
men of sin, and convincing them of their need to

Modern Christianity is
too hasty.   Often, the
sinner being led has not
heard enough of God's
Word to convince
himself of his dire
need--the "soul-winner"
often tries to talk him
into getting saved.

get saved, that ultimately "leads" them to call
upon Christ to save them.   The sinner, after
hearing God's Word, is drawn from within, not
from without; not from some person pressuring
them, however lightly, into calling upon God.
"And the servant of the Lord must not
; but be gentle unto all men, apt to
teach, patient, In meekness instructing
those that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them
to the acknowledging of the
2 Tim. 2:24-25.

That's why we don't read Paul
asking the jailer, "Would you like
to get saved?"
  Instead, the jailer
asks Paul, "what must I do to be
  God was doing all the
drawing--convicting the jailer's
heart!   The jailer's question
exhibited a heartfelt desire to
repent and get saved.   Paul might
have planted and even watered
the seed, God's Word, but God
made it grow, compelling the sinner to repent.
"So then neither is he that planteth any thing,
neither he that watereth; but God that
giveth the increase
  1 Cor. 3:6-7

God's timing is often ignored . . .
Many professions of faith today are done half-
heartedly, hastily extracted by the "soul
  The person professing does not totally
surrender his self-will and make Christ the ONLY
Lord of his/her life.   True salvation demands a
repentant attitude.   Jesus said: "except ye
, ye shall all likewise perish."
13:3).   Repentance is a change of mind that
makes Christ Lord, no matter the personal cost.
Jesus Christ warned: "And whosoever doth not

bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my
disciple.   For which of you, intending to build a
tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth
the cost
, whether he have sufficient to finish
Luke 14:27-28
   Jesus warned about those who do not resolve
to surrender everything, including their self-will,
to Him: "And Jesus said unto him, No man,
having put his hand to the plough, and looking
back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
  Luke 9:62

    My friend, it is not hard to get
    someone to admit they are a
    sinner.   But do they see themselves
    as a HELL-DESERVING sinner?   Do
    they truly see themselves as lost--
not "lost" in the sense of not
    having direction, but LOST: hell-
    bound, ALREADY on the way to
  It is not hard to get
    someone to admit their need of
    godly direction, but are they really
    willing to let God dictate their
    every want and desire?   Do they
realize God wants OWNERSHIP of their lives?

A tragic ending . . .
Too many, today, are making professions of
faith without REPENTING; they're not totally
surrendering to God.   Jesus warned that many
will be shocked on Judgment Day: "Not every
one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will
of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy
name have cast out devils? and in thy name
done many wonderful works?   And then will I
profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity."
  Mat. 7:21-23

IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)   Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because, "Not by works of
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
  Romans 5:8-9

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
  Romans 10:9

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