The side many churches
will not reveal. . .
What do you know about Jesus Christ?
Maybe you've heard about His love and compassion toward others. Perhaps you've
heard stories about how He healed the sick and fed the multitudes. Or maybe the only
description of Jesus that pops in your mind is that of a pacifist, a man who wouldn't hurt a
fly; a man whose only purpose in life was to preach peace and good will to all mankind. If
this is the extent of your knowledge of Jesus Christ then: You only know half the story.
There is another side to Him that many churches are reluctant to expose.
Let's begin with His mission . . .
It's true that Jesus Christ taught, among other things, about love and forgiveness.
However, this was not His primary objective. He stated His true mission when He said:
"For the Son of man [Jesus Christ] is come to seek and to
SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST." Luke 19:10
"That which was lost" is referring to us, YOU and ME. The Bible says:
"All we like sheep have gone astray [in rebellion]; we have turned every
one TO HIS OWN WAY; and the LORD hath laid on him [Jesus]
the iniquity [SIN] of us all." Isaiah 53:6
Did you catch that? We are like rebellious sheep who refuse to follow their
Shepherd. Each of us tend to go our own way and refuse to follow God. And if you
think that description does not apply to you, ask yourself: when was the last time I
purposely resolved to do exactly what God has instructed in His Word, the Bible?
In God's eyes we are ALL rebellious sinners, condemned for our sins. We are
lost and on the way to Hell, and therefore in need of a saviour. The Bible says:
"As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE." Rom. 3:10 "For ALL HAVE SINNED, and come short of the glory of God." Rom. 3:23
That's why the Bible, referring to His mission as saviour, states that:
"Christ Jesus came into the world TO SAVE SINNERS." 1 Tim. 1:15
Secondly, let's look at His message . . .
In the Gospel according to Mark, the first recorded words of Jesus Christ are not "love thy
neighbour" but rather: "REPENT YE, AND BELIEVE THE GOSPEL." Mark 1:15
The word gospel means "GOOD NEWS." And the good news is that: "Christ DIED for
our sins" (1 Cor. 15:3). Jesus sacrificed Himself on our behalf; He took the punishment that we
rebellious sinners deserve. And now the choice is up to every one of us. Either repent (change
your rebellious attitude) and trust in His death as payment for your sins, or simply ignore it, to
which Jesus says:
"Ye shall die in your sins: for IF YE BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM HE,
YE SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS." John 8:24
If this side of Jesus sounds too exclusive and narrow to you, that's because Jesus said: "Enter
ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE IS THE GATE, and BROAD IS THE WAY, that leadeth
to destruction [HELL], and MANY THERE BE WHICH GO IN THEREAT: Because strait
is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which LEADETH UNTO LIFE, [HEAVEN] and FEW
there be that find it." Matt. 7:13-14
He said, "NARROW IS THE WAY" that leads to Heaven. Christ DID NOT teach that
"God is a hub on a wheel, and the spokes represent the different ways to Him." There is
only ONE WAY TO HEAVEN and Jesus said:
"I AM THE WAY, the truth, and the life: NO MAN COMETH
UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME." John 14:6
Thirdly, let's consider His warning . . .
If you are depending on your church, good deeds, baptism, or anything else to save you, the
result will be a horrible disappointment on Judgment Day. In fact, Jesus provided a glimpse of
that future event. He warned:
"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 [Preached]
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 [SIN]." Matt. 7:21-23
These souls assumed they would make it into Heaven. They were trusting in the things
THEY did, instead of trusting Christ. During their earthly life they rejected Christ, and in the
end, He rejected them and they went to Hell. And if you think Christ never taught about Hell, think
again. Jesus said, "But I will forewarn you whom ye will fear: Fear him [God], which after he
Hath killed hath power to CAST INTO HELL; yea, I say unto you, FEAR HIM." Luke 12:5
Jesus didn't teach that Hell is just "a state of mind" or merely "a separation from God." He
taught that Hell is A REAL PLACE. And to those who don't repent and trust Him to save them,
Jesus will say:
"DEPART FROM ME, ye cursed, INTO EVERLASTING FIRE,
PREPARED for the devil and his angels." Matt. 25:41
In fact, Hell is so horrible that Christ warned about the danger of not repenting and clinging
onto anything that would keep you from trusting Him. Figuratively speaking, Jesus warned:
"And if thy hand offend thee, CUT IT OFF: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed,
than having two hands to go into HELL, INTO THE FIRE THAT NEVER SHALL BE
QUENCHED." Mark 9:43 (see also Matt. 18:8)
Finally, it was Jesus Christ who said . . . "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN,
he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)
Maybe you didn't know it was Christ who used the term born again, but He did. Have you
been born again? Can you point to a time and place when you saw yourself as a lost, hell-deserving
sinner in need of a Saviour? Did you then repent of your sins and call upon Christ to save you?
If you can't point to such an event in your life, then you need to get saved. Jesus Christ
Himself said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN." John 3:7
Perhaps you may think the side of Jesus Christ you've just read is too negative. Many
churches think this way and therefore, wrongly, hesitate to reveal it. However, remember
that Christ came to seek and save lost, hell-bound sinners. So, naturally He had to
confront them about their sin and subsequent need of repentance. In fact, if Jesus was as
agreeable as many churches make Him out to be, then why did the multitudes have Him
crucified in the first place?
If you have not been born again you can learn how by reading
God's plan of salvation on the back [below] . . .
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," Isa. 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Rom. 3:23.
And Jesus, referring to sinners, said that He:
"shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,
and them which do iniquity [sinners];
And shall cast them into
a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth." Mat. 13:41-42
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
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," 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 WHY: "...while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us."
(Rom. 5:8-9) THEREFORE: You must REPENT
(change your mind); 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 saved." Rom. 10:9
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