Take Advantage of God’s Grace Because His Wrath is Coming (Gospel Light Minute X #393)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #393 titled, “Take Advantage of God’s Grace Because His Wrath is Coming” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

You need salvation because of your sin. The Bible says in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” You are not only a sinner by birth through Adam, but also by your choice. Romans 3:10-12 says, “…There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

As a sinner, you are without God and without hope. Sin brings death and eternal separation from God. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” The Bible says in Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Jesus Christ told the story of a rich man who was cast into hell after he died. This rich man is still in hell this very moment, almost two thousand years after Jesus spoke of him. In ten years, this man will still be in hell. A thousand years from now, he will still be in the burning pit of unquenchable fire. He is damned for all eternity. As a sinner, you will share the same fate, unless you accept God’s gift of grace. Continue reading “Take Advantage of God’s Grace Because His Wrath is Coming (Gospel Light Minute X #393)”

Heaven or Hell: Your Move (Gospel Light Minute X #376)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #376 titled, “Heaven or Hell: Your Move.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Are you going to Heaven or to Hell? The Bible teaches that many seemingly good people are going to Hell, because the Bible says in Romans 3:23, “…all have sinned…” Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Sin has a price. The Bible states in Ezekiel 18:4, “…the soul that sinneth, it shall die…” Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…”

You might be wondering what happens to people who die in their sins. The Bible teaches in Hebrews 9:27 that, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Is there any hope? Yes! God sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the penalty for your sins. The Bible states 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.” Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Continue reading “Heaven or Hell: Your Move (Gospel Light Minute X #376)”

GLMX #162: Prepare to Meet Your Maker

Two weeks ago, we learned that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who kidnapped and raped three women, and held them captive in his home for a decade, committed suicide in prison. After admitting to all of the charges brought against him in court, he was sentenced to life in prison and then 1,000 years for his crimes.

Castro likely committed suicide thinking that death would allow him to escape the judgment for his crimes. However, his death only drew him closer to his final judgment before the Judge of the universe. Ariel Castro went to meet his Maker a few weeks ago.

The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Castro will not have another chance to live his life or undo his deeds. He has gone to answer for what he did. The Bible says in First Peter 4:5 that everyone “shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”

No matter our status in this life, no matter how good and moral we are, no matter how much success we have, we will each go to meet our Maker when we die. Each of us has an appointment with the Creator of the universe. Revelation 20:12-13 describes this great meeting. The apostle John writes, “I saw 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…And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

The only thing that will matter once you have gone to meet God is whether or not your name is written in the “book of life” mentioned in these verses. Those who do not have their name written in the book of life will face eternal punishment in Hell as described in verse 15 of this very same passage: “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

+ Plus, listen to Shine Bright Baby singing “Never Too Far”

The Great Future City of Peace (Part 1)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #88

TEXT: Revelation 21:9-27

Throughout the history of the world, great cities have risen and fallen. You have heard of the greatness of Babylon and Jerusalem. You have heard of the greatness of Rome and Alexandria. You have heard of the greatness of Athens and Constantinople. These cities and many others were well-known for their educational advancements, their architectural techniques, their cultural diversity, their religious devotion, and their military prowess.

However, none of these cities were known for the one thing that the world has longed for — peace. Jerusalem was sacked by Babylon and then later by Rome. Babylon was overrun by the Medes and the Persians. Athens underwent repeated wars with other Greek city-states. Very little of the ancient glory of Alexandria remains because the city suffered from constant wars. Constantinople was crushed by the Ottoman invaders. And Rome, perhaps the greatest city of the ancient world, was ravaged by bands of barbarians from the north.

None of these great cities were able to provide permanent peace for their citizens or the world. Even today, our world longs for peace. Just a few weeks ago Israel and Gaza were at war and today, despite a ceasefire, there is still open hostility. There is no peace. In Syria, rebels are fighting their own government to gain democratic rights. There is no peace. Egypt remains in turmoil and there is no peace in the great city of Cairo today either.

It seems as though the one thing the world has strived for the most it simply cannot obtain.

However, our passage for today tells us about a future city that will provide that peace that the world has longed for. It is called the new Jerusalem and it will be the capital city of the new creation that God will bring about at the end of time.

The passage we just read describes the beauty of the New Jerusalem. This New Jerusalem comes about after God has defeated the evil forces that rebel against Him during the end times. Jamieson, Fawcett and Brown state in their commentary that this passage “describes the eternal and consummated kingdom of God and the saints on the new earth.” The name ‘Jerusalem’ actually means ‘City of Peace’. It will be the eternal home of all those who remain faithful to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Allow me to briefly share with you three reasons why the New Jerusalem will indeed be a “city of peace” and how you can have a place in this city.

+ Plus, listen to Tamela Mann singing “Joy Of the Lord” and The Sensational Nightingales singing “I Must Tell Jesus”

I Still Believe in a Place Called Heaven (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #40 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Revelation 22:1-5: “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

Some people think that talking about heaven and the afterlife is a waste of time. They say that we should focus on things that are more practical. However, I think that if God did not want us to be concerned about Heaven, He would not have written so much about it in the Bible. He would not have given us the beautiful descriptions of Heaven like the one we just read together.

The story is told of a boy who stood on a windy hillside, flying a kite. He continued to release the string of the kite and it went higher and higher until it was completely out of sight. One of his friends walked up and asked how he knew there was still a kite on the other end. He replied. “I know it’s there because I feel it tugging on the line.”

Like the kite, we can’t see Heaven right now, but we can feel it tugging at our souls! We want to be there because somehow we know that Heaven is infinitely better than earth. We know that God, the Creator of the universe, is in Heaven. In Deuteronomy 26 the people of Israel pray to God, “Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people.” In Genesis 17, we read that God “went up” when He was finished talking with Abraham.

Today, I want us to take a glimpse beyond Heaven’s gates and see what we can learn from the Bible about what God is doing in Heaven.

I. First of all, we know that God listens to prayers in Heaven.
II. Secondly, we know that in Heaven, God is observing all that we do and say.
III. Third and finally today, we know that God is keeping records in his books.

+ Plus, listen to Walter Hawkins singing “I’m Going Away” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”