This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #389 titled, “How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ.” 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.
Most people are familiar with Karate, a martial arts form of self-defense. Its origin dates back many centuries ago, when Chinese monks developed Kung Fu. In the 1600s, this system of self-defense was imported to the tiny island nation of Okinawa. Under the dominion of the Japanese Samurai, all weapons were banned to keep the people of Okinawa in subjection. For protection from their oppressors, the native people learned to use their farm tools as weapons, and over time perfected Chinese boxing into its present form we know as Karate.
The creed of all true Karate practitioners is this: I come to you with only karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor, be it a matter of life or death, right or wrong, then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #386 titled, “Are You Drinking Yet Still Thirsty For More?” 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 THIRSTY?
Have you ever been so thirsty that you can’t imagine going one more second without something to quench your thirst? All that you can think about is finding even one sip of cold, refreshing water. Our bodies crave water. In fact, the human body can only survive a few days without it.
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)”→
Jeffrey Fowle, a city worker from Moraine, Oklahoma, who was arrested after leaving a Bible in a nightclub in North Korea, came home on October 21st after being held for six months. Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary, was released on November 8 after being held for nearly a year. And Matthew Todd Miller, an English teacher from California, was also released on November 8th after being held for seven months. Each of these men faced long sentences of hard labor in North Korean prison camps.
As you can imagine, the families of these men were ecstatic with joy and relief when their loved ones came home after being held for so long by a government that is not known for its kindness toward outsiders. The men, themselves, also must have felt good knowing that family members and friends from their home country had been praying for them and working hard for their release.
As I think about the human condition, I would like to point out a parallel in the stories of these three men released from bondage in a hostile country and the broader story of mankind. You see, the Bible speaks of us humans as being in bondage to our sins and wrongdoings. Jesus Christ said in John 8:34, “Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Acts 8:23 speaks of people as being “in the bondage of iniquity.” This slavery to sin is the cause of our decay and the cause of our eventual death.
Have you ever felt as if you couldn’t help but lie or steal or lust or do something you knew was wrong? That is what it means to be in bondage to sin or to be a slave to sin. So, if we are in bondage to sin, it is natural to wonder how we can be freed from that bondage. Thankfully, Scripture provides us the answer to this question. Continue reading “GLMX #225: How to Be Set Free”→
Over the years, people have gained freedom through war, violence, protests, and as Winston Churchill said, “blood, toil, sweat, and tears.” The recent wars in several Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, the uprising in Egypt which often turned violent, and the current war raging in Syria proves that people love freedom so much that they will fight for it if they have to. They will fight not only with words, but with actions — and are often willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause of freedom.
Many ordinary men and women have gone down in history as great freedom fighters. George Washington led the Continental Army to victory against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln led the country to victory during the Civil War, saved the union from collapse, and ended slavery in America, which freed millions of men and women who were in bondage. Mahatma Gandhi led India in the non-cooperation movement.
Nelson Mandela stood against racism and apartheid in South Africa and helped lead his country to a place where all men and women are treated equally. Winston Churchill was one of the great leaders of Great Britain during World War II against Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Harriet Tubman led the Underground Railroad that helped free many black slaves in the 1880s. Martin Luther King Jr., led the Civil Rights Movement and helped blacks gain their basic rights as free people in America.
Down through history, many others who saw the importance of freedom, and used their God-given skills and talents to not only free themselves but to set others free as well.
It is wonderful to have religious, political, and physical freedom and to enjoy the benefits that come with that, but there is another type of freedom that we all need as well. And that is a spiritual freedom — a freedom for our souls. This freedom was paid for by Jesus Christ with His own blood over two thousand years ago on the cross of Calvary. He willingly gave His life for all of mankind so that we all can experience true freedom from the oppression of sin and the oppressor named Satan. Jesus fought the battle for this freedom for us. We do not have to do anything for this freedom except BELIEVE in Jesus Christ. We do not have to fight for this freedom or sacrifice our own blood. Jesus Christ offers the freedom He purchased for us right now today.