Welcome to the Gospel Light Minute!

Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers. In order to do that, Daniel Whyte III uses tracts that he has written, as well as tracts produced by the following ministries: Fellowship Tract League, the American Tract Society, and Good News/Crossway Tracts in the production of this broadcast.

Jesus Christ Abides in Us, We Must Abide in Him (Onward Christian Soldiers #47)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

TEXT: John 14:19-20: “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.”

Our lesson today is titled “Jesus Abides in Us, We Must Abide in Him”

From our Lord’s words, “You in Me, and I in you,” we learn that there are two aspects of our new relationship with Christ. These can be expressed in two simple statements:

1. Christ is in the believer.
2. The believer is IN CHRIST.

In previous lessons, we have considered how Christ is in us. Today, we will consider our responsibility to abide in Him.

Evan Hopkins, the author of the classic Christian book, The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, once explained to his six-year-old son what it means to “abide in Christ.” Mr. Hopkins took a card and drew a circle. Inside of the circle, he listed all of the things that Christ is to us: love, peace, joy, strength, freedom, righteousness, and many more.

Putting the point of his pencil in the center of the circle, he said, “There, son, you see that pencil? I want you to stay in Christ just as the pencil is inside the circle. Inside of Christ, you will find everything to make you happy and loving and obedient. But there are a lot of little doors all around the circle. It is when you go out by one of these doors that you are no longer abiding in Christ.”

Then Mr. Hopkins drew little doors leading out from the circle. These doors represented the sins that take us out from abiding in Christ: immorality, jealousy, unforgiveness, hatred, envy, and many more.

When we get out from Christ by sinning, the way to get in again is to enter by the same door we went out by. Mr. Hopkins explained, “the way to do that is to confess that sin to God. The moment we do this, God forgives us of that sin, and we come back into the circle, enjoying our fellowship with Christ and abiding in Him.”

There are three things we must do as we abide in Christ.

1. We must recognize Christ’s presence in us.

2. We must obey Christ at all times.

3. We must draw upon Christ for all of our needs.

Having the Fight of Your Life, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #5)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #183

TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:7-8: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Today, as we continue our journey through the Bible using the classic Christian allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, as a tool for illustration, we are returning to a topic that is crucially important for Christians to understand. And that is the fact that, as believers, we are engaged in the fight of our lives against an enemy that seeks to render us ineffective in our service to the kingdom of God.

1. We saw last week that the first thing we must do is make the decision to join the battle. We must make up our minds that we are on God’s side and that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to fight. At the end of his life, Paul was able to say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Paul, who once fought against Christ, had to make a decision to fight for Christ. Each of us must do the same.

2. The fight not only involves a decided fighter, but a dedicated fighter. Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” In order for Paul to finish his fight, he had to be dedicated to it. He had to keep fighting day after day, month after month, year after year. Through persecution and pain, Paul was dedicated to finishing his course.

3. The fight not only involves a decided fighter, and a dedicated fighter, but a determined reward. Notice Paul’s words once again. He said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me.” The Apostle Paul anticipated heavenly rewards because he had fought the good fight.

Scripture tells us that God has already determined the rewards which we can receive, and for those rewards, we should be willing to face any fear, fight any foe, and keep the faith despite the doubts and temptations the devil will throw our way. As the Bible says in 2 Timothy, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Take Me Back” by Andrae Crouch and “Victory” by Byron Cage

Keke Palmer on Staying ‘Close to God’, Staying ‘Prayed Up,’ and ‘Spreading God’s Love Around the World’ (Gospel Light Minute #163)

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

She is an actress, television presenter, talk show host, dancer, singer, and songwriter. In 2004, she made her acting debut in the film “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.” She also starred in the movies: “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Madea’s Family Reunion” in 2006; “The Longshots” in 2008; and “Shrink” in 2009. In 2012, she returned to acting, starring in four films: “Joyful Noise”, “Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, and “Virgin Mary”.

Alongside acting in movies, she has had numerous television roles including: “True Jackson, VP”, Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” and “Just Jordan.” In 2007, she released her debut album “So Uncool”. In 2012, she released a self-titled mixtape which received over 35,000 downloads. In 2013, she portrayed Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the TLC VH1-biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” She has also won the “NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Series or Special” six times. In 2010, she won the BET YoungStars Award.

In 2014, she made history as the youngest talk show host ever, at 20 years old. She is the host of the daytime talk show on BET, “Just Keke.” In September 2014, she will be the first African-American to portray Cinderella on Broadway.

She grew up in a Christian home near Chicago and sang in her church’s choir. During that time, she developed a relationship with God apart from her parents. In an interview with The Christian Post, she said, “I think that’s the whole point to Christianity… you have to live your life in order to understand God. It’s not about walking around trying to be perfect or going by a rule book. That’s how unbelievable the level of God’s love is for us. It’s that he’s willing to allow us to go our whole life in darkness because in the end we turn back to Him anyway.”

In an interview with EEW Magazine, she said: “My father’s a Deacon, my mother’s a choir director, so I grew up in the church, singing in the choir, and begging my mom if I could have a solo. That’s all very close to home for me… Real faith is when you believe in something that you can’t see. When things are going really bad and you can still get up and say I believe that they’re gonna get better, that there’s a higher lesson to what I’m going through. It can be hard sometimes, and to turn it around like that, that’s true faith.”

In an interview with Madame Noire, she answered the question of how she stays grounded in the entertainment industry. She said, “I stay close to my family, friends and God. I always make sure I am prayed up. My focus is not on the materialistic things around me. I never wanted to get caught up in the Hollywood stuff because that is not what matters. What matters is my purpose and spreading God’s love around the world.”

Her name is Keke Palmer.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Keke Palmer gave her life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

"In Christ alone"

“In Christ alone”

One of the most beloved Christian hymns of our day is “In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. The words of this song express many beautiful truths about Jesus Christ and the relationship that people can enjoy with Him. Please listen as I read the words of this song to you.

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

The writers of the song said, “Of all the hymns we have written, this hymn is the most popular wherever we go. I wanted it to become a hymn that would declare the whole life of Christ and what it meant. Something that could teach people the foundations of what we believed in Christ — the God who changed all of history and who wants a relationship with each us.”

Allow me to share with you three truths that this song expresses that will help you trust Christ alone:

First, in Christ alone, we have salvation from sin. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” We are all sinners. We have all broken the laws of God, and our sins automatically separate us from God and destine us for eternal punishment in Hell. However, God, in His mercy and love, provided a way of salvation from sin and the punishment of sin. This way of salvation is described in John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” You can find salvation from sin through Christ alone.

Second, in Christ alone, we find sufficient strength to live in this present world. Jesus Christ said plainly, “In the world ye shall have tribulation (trouble, difficulty, hardship): but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Those who have accepted the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ gain the strength to endure hardship, suffering, misfortune, and even persecution. They receive comfort from this promise found in Romans 8:38-39: “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” You, too, can find the strength you need to face anything in life through Christ alone.

Third, in Christ alone, we find assurance for eternity. One of the questions people wonder about the most is: What happens when my life ends? Is there an eternity? If so, what is it like? Thankfully, the Bible provides answers to all of these questions. After death, we each will spend eternity in one of two places: in Hell, a place of eternal separation from God, or in Heaven, a place of eternal peace, pleasure, and union with God.

Most people want to spend eternity in Heaven with God. However, while they are living, they also want to know for sure that they will go to Heaven when they die. They want assurance. And, you can find that assurance in Christ alone. Jesus Christ said in John 5:24, “Verily, verily (or “truly, truly”) I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Jesus Christ also told His disciples in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

In Christ alone, you can find salvation from sin and the punishment of sin, sufficient strength to endure the trials of this life, and assurance about spending eternity in Heaven with God.

Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior so that you can gain the blessings and benefits of a relationship with God? If so, we must admit that we are sinners in need of forgiveness, and then trust Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and the consequences of our sins. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

You can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and that you want to begin a relationship with Him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

MUSICAL SELECTION: “In Christ Alone” by Keith & Kristyn Getty

If ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are Not Going to Hell, Please Tell Me Where They are Going (Part 1)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

Hundreds of years ago, the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant asked the question, “What does it take for justice to be truly real?” Like many philosophers, Kant had observed that justice does not always prevail in this world. So Kant surmised that for justice to be real, there must be life after death where true justice is meted out.

Kant went on to reason that for that justice to be perfect, there would have to be a perfect judge, one who knew all the facts of every case, so that nothing would escape his scrutiny. Further, that judge must be righteous because if the judge were corrupt, justice may not be done.

However, according to Kant, that is still not enough to have true justice. The all-knowing and righteous judge must also be all-powerful so that no force can oppose the carrying out of his ruling in order for him to ensure that justice is done.

Although Kant’s religious views were ambiguous, he paints the picture of a judgment which takes place at the end of the world in which an omniscient, omnipotent, righteous, and perfect judge examines the deeds of every person and ensures that justice is done. Without knowing it, Kant perfectly described the subject of today’s message — the Great White Throne Judgment.

Today, we want to ask three simple questions about this very important future event.

1. Where is the throne? John, the writer of Revelation, says, “I saw a great white throne.” Of course, some things in the book of Revelation are symbolic. However, this throne is not. John describes it in plain, unambiguous language — it is a great, white throne. The greatness of the throne symbolizes kingly power and authority. The whiteness of the throne symbolizes purity and righteousness. The throne is meant to be the seat of a powerful being who will pass judgment on millions of people.

2. Who sits on the throne? In verse 11, John refers to “him who sat on [the throne]” without clearly stating who sits on the throne. However, if we compare Scripture with Scripture, we come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ will sit on the great white throne and judge the millions who will stand trial. In John 5:22, Jesus Christ said, “The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” Yes, the same Jesus, who died on the cross to save us from eternal punishment for sin, will sit in judgment of those who have condemned themselves to Hell by refusing to believe on Him for their salvation.

3. What is the purpose of the throne? In verse 12, John states, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God.” That is the simple purpose of the Great White Throne Judgment — for all the dead to stand before God. Who are these dead? These dead are the millions of unsaved folk who are dead and lay buried in the earth or in the sea. Yes, even those who had their bodies cremated will, by the power of God, be resurrected to stand before the Great White Throne. Those who thought they could escape this life by committing suicide will be brought to stand before God. Those terrorists, who are driven by the devil to strap bombs to themselves, walk into public places, blow themselves up and take as many people as they can with them, will be at the Great White Throne Judgment.

It may indeed seem at times that there is no justice in this world. In the news, we constantly hear about evil groups of people such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and others carrying out heinous crimes against innocent people. We ask, Where is the justice? Where is the fairness? We know that God is a God of justice and fairness. And, just as the philosopher Immanuel Kant theorized, if there will be justice in the world, there must be life after death in which a perfect, righteous, all-knowing, and all-powerful Being will judge every person who ever lived. That is the purpose of the Great White Throne Judgment.

The Judgments of the Bible (Part 2)

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TEXT: Matthew 25:31-33, Jude 6, Revelation 21:11-15

So far, we have looked at four of the judgments spoken of in the Bible: The first is the judgment of the world’s sin through the outpouring of God’s wrath on Jesus Christ. The second is the era of self-judgment which goes on during the church age. During this era, God gives Christians and non-Christians the time to correct themselves and do what is right as it pertains to their lifestyle and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. Then comes the judgment seat of Christ, which we talked about during our extensive series, the Rewards After the Rapture, when Christians will receive rewards for the work they do for Christ. Finally, we looked at the judgment of the Jews where Christ will separate those who choose to believe in Him as their Savior and Messiah from those who don’t.

Today, we are going to look at the remaining three judgments spoken of in the Bible, however in the near future, by the grace of God I will deal with one these judgments separately and more fully and that is the Great White Throne judgment but for right now let’s look at the next 3 judgments:

1. The judgment of the Gentiles. Just as God judged the Jews based on their acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ, He will also judge the Gentiles. The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns, He will “sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” This judgment is sometimes called the judgment of the nations.

2. The judgment of Satan and his demons. Jude 1:6 tells us, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” This judgment takes place at the end of the millennial kingdom when Satan is loosed from his prison and allowed to roam the Earth and deceive people for the last time in his attempt to get them to rise up against the rule of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.

3. The judgment of all unbelievers. This is the judgment known as the Great White Throne judgment. Revelation 20 tells us that at this judgment “the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

What does our review of these judgments teach us? Well, we are shown that God is a just God — a fair and righteous God. While it may often seem that evil people get away with doing evil things, and while it may seem that the devil has free reign on the Earth to do as he pleases, the Bible makes it clear that in a series of judgments, God will ensure that everyone who has ever lived will receive just retribution for their actions — “vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

GLMX #210: The “Transcendence” Movie and Knowing God

"Transcendence"

“Transcendence”

One of the most highly-anticipated films of 2014 was the science fiction movie, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Paul Bettany. When the film was released, however, it received very poor reviews and barely recovered its investment at the box office. In the aftermath, analysts surmised that this was because many of those who went to see the film were expecting a typical action-oriented summer film, instead of a quieter story that ponders the deeper questions of life and what it means to be human.

In the film, Dr. Will Caster (played by Johnny Depp) is working to create a sentient computer — a machine which would amass unto itself all the knowledge ever gained by mankind. Not only would the sentient computer be smarter than all of humanity put together, but it would also be able to think, feel, and relate like a rational human being. Dr. Caster believes that such technology would create a “technological singularity” in which artificial intelligence would surpass human intelligence for the first time in history causing human civilization to be radically changed. He calls this possible achievement “transcendence.”

Despite Will’s insistence that such technology would allow humanity to solve many of its problems, some do not agree with him, and they believe such an advancement would endanger humanity. A radical anti-technology group known as RIFT shoots Will and attacks artificial intelligence labs across the country.

Will is only given a month to live. Seeing that his life is slipping away, in desperation, his wife and a fellow scientist upload his consciousness to the artificial intelligence system that he had been developing. Once he is connected to the internet, Will — in his virtual form — is able to quickly connect and gain access to all of the digitized knowledge stored in any computer system in the world — thereby becoming transcendent.

Will uses his vast intelligence to develop new technologies in the fields of medicine, energy, biology and nanotechnology. He is also able to connect to and control the minds of other people. The government and the anti-tech organization RIFT fear what Will can do in his transcendent state and set about to destroy him and thereby wipe out all of the technological advancement that the world has gained.

While scientists say that the artificial intelligence portrayed in this movie is still many years down the road, man’s thirst for knowledge (and power) is unquenchable. However, no matter how much knowledge man gains, he will never know all there is to know, simply because it is impossible to know how much there is that we don’t know. While a single sentient computer may be able to amass all of the knowledge known to mankind, there is only one Being who knows everything there is to know about the infinite universe. There is only one Being who is truly transcendent.

God.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Our God” by Chris Tomlin

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