If This Wicked Man Can Go To Heaven, So Can You (Gospel Light Minute X #399)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #399 titled, “If This Wicked Man Can Go To Heaven, So Can You.” 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.

Amazing. It’s the only way to describe the incredible transformation that took place in the life of John Newton. Newton was born in London in 1725. His mother died when he was seven. His father sent him to sea at age eleven. Working first as a cabin boy and then a deckhand, John was exposed to a life of drunkenness, profanity and immorality — and he embraced it. Soon, John surpassed his peers in outrageous behavior. Sharp-witted and sarcastic, he wrote offensive songs mocking the ship’s officers and expressing his contempt for their authority. He amused himself by inventing new swear words and leading his peers on reckless and dangerous escapades. He frequently deserted his post. Still in his teens, John was briefly enslaved on an African plantation and nearly died. But instead of sobering him, the experience only served to strengthen his rebellious spirit.

After Newton regained his freedom, he served time in the British Navy and eventually became captain of his own slave ship. As a slave trader, Newton’s heart grew even harder. He earned a reputation for being a foul-mouthed, ill-tempered man, despised by his subordinates and superiors alike. He cared for no one but himself and sought nothing but his own pleasure. Continue reading “If This Wicked Man Can Go To Heaven, So Can You (Gospel Light Minute X #399)”

Stop Searching for Love in All the Wrong Places for Love Has Been Found (Gospel Light Minute X #387)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #387 titled, “Stop Searching for Love in All the Wrong Places for Love Has Been Found” 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.

Psychologists have long known that every person has two great longings and inward needs. The first is to be loved, and the second is to love. But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love.

The tragedy is that we often look in the wrong places to fill this deep need and longing. Some substitute lust for love. Others pursue material things or superficial relationships—all in the futile attempt to fill a God-shaped vacuum in the human heart. But there is good news! There is a love worth finding and a love worth sharing. The Bible says 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”. On the cross of Christ, God’s mighty love was revealed and offered unconditionally to all who would be saved.

Do you long to know this mighty love? Then I need to ask you the most important question you’ll ever be asked: Do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves you, that your sins are forgiven, and that you are saved and on your way to Heaven? Continue reading “Stop Searching for Love in All the Wrong Places for Love Has Been Found (Gospel Light Minute X #387)”

How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #385)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #385 titled, “How to Understand Salvation 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.

UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE SAVIOUR
My friend, are you saved? Saved is a Bible word, not a term thought up by man. I have been a Christian for almost twenty years, and I find that most people still do not have an understanding of God’s message of salvation.

First, you must believe there is one true God. Secondly, you must believe that God can do something for you, and He has recorded His plan of redemption in the Bible. The only God that can save souls is the God of the Bible. His Name is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

A person is saved by putting their complete trust in Jesus Christ, not by doing something to earn Heaven. Trusting is believing. Believing must come from the heart, not the head. Do you love and trust your spouse with your head or with your heart?

Plato, Aristotle, or Einstein could only think as far as their finite minds were able. They could not even solve the problems of this life, such as sickness, disease, pain, hunger, and death, let alone know anything about eternity. God knew we needed something to go by, so He put everything there is to know in His Bible. Continue reading “How to Understand Salvation Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #385)”

How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #373 titled, “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven?” 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.

A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who believe they’re going to Heaven. 

This optimism stands in stark contrast to Jesus Christ’s words written in the Bible in Matthew 7:13–14: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The truth is that according to the Bible we don’t automatically go to Heaven. In fact, Hell—not Heaven—is our default destination. Unless our sin problem is solved once and for all, we can’t enter Heaven. That’s the bad news. 

But once that’s straight in our minds we’re ready to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus took upon Himself, on the cross, the Hell we deserve so that we could experience for eternity the Heaven we don’t deserve!  Continue reading “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373)”

In Pursuit of Peace (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #42 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — John 16:33: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

History tells us that since the year 36 BC, there have been 14,553 known wars. Since 1945, there have been over 70 wars and more than 200 significant outbreaks of violence. And since 1958, over 100 nations have been involved in one way or another in armed conflict of some kind. In all the years of recorded world history, the world has only been at peace 8% of the time.

Perhaps the greatest effort in the world is the effort to bring about peace. Various organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union were created with the purpose of providing peace and stability for its members. Diplomats from various governments go from one country to another, negotiating deals and signing agreements all in the name of keeping peace in the world.

Just as we desire peace in the world, we all desire to have peace in our lives. We face hectic work schedules, troubled family lives, sickness, financial troubles, and so much more. At the end of a long day most of us just want to sit down and have some peace, quiet, and rest before we have to face the world again the next day.

Oftentimes it seems like we will never have this peace in our lives or in the world. Peace is defined as “quietness and tranquility; freedom from disturbance and unrest.” There are six things that we must have in order to have true peace in our lives. Allow me to share the first three with you today from the Word of God.

1. The first thing we must have to have true peace is freedom from sin and sin’s consequences.

2. The second thing we must have to have true peace is freedom from fear.

3. The third thing that you must have to have true peace is freedom from want.

+ Plus, listen to the Harlem Gospel Choir singing “It Is Well With My Soul” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

I Still Believe in a Place Called Heaven (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #41 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Luke 24:36-53: “And he [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.” (44-53)

During our time together on yesterday, we took a glimpse into Heaven, and together we saw three things that the Bible tells us God the Father is doing in Heaven right now. Jesus Christ who is God’s Son was sent to earth to live among men, take our sins on Himself, and then die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. After Jesus Christ died on the cross, He was buried, and then He rose from the dead by the power of God. After He rose from the dead, the Bible tells us that he walked the earth for forty days, and then he went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives where “he was parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.”

Today, I want us to see what the Bible tells us Jesus Christ is doing in Heaven today.

1. First of all, we know that Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of God in Heaven.

2. Secondly, Jesus Christ is acting as a mediator or advocate for those who believe on Him.

3.Third, Jesus is preparing homes in Heaven for those who believe on Him.

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

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”

In Search of the Meaning of Life (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #38 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

There are so many people who go through life searching for satisfaction, fulfillment, happiness, and contentment. People pursue more money, more success, more education, and better relationships, all in an attempt to fill an emptiness that they feel inside their hearts and souls. These people are searching for meaning and purpose in life. Almost three thousand years ago, a man who we often refer to as ‘the wisest man who ever lived’, struggled with this same pursuit. His name is King Solomon, and he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes in which he documents his search for meaning in life.

Some people have said that the Book of Ecclesiastes is a very pessimistic book. But we must understand that Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes from the perspective of someone who was living under the sun, S-U-N. Anybody who lives only for this life will come to the same conclusions as Solomon did. However, if you live above the sun, S-U-N, in the Son, S-O-N (that is Jesus Christ), then you will come to the conclusion that life is very much worthwhile. In fact, Solomon gives us a glimpse of this kind of life at the end of his book when he states the following: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Chuck Swindoll said, “Ecclesiastes presents us a naturalistic vision of life—one that sees life through distinctively human eyes—but ultimately recognizes the rule and reign of God in the world. This more humanistic quality has made the book especially popular among younger audiences today, men and women who have seen more than their fair share of pain and instability in life but who still cling to their hope in God.”

The passage we just read is a summary of the various ways in which King Solomon attempted to find that meaning in life. From this and other passages in the Bible, we can identify six paths which Solomon pursued to find what he was searching for. After searching out all of these various paths, Solomon came to the same conclusion repeatedly — they all were “vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”

The word “vanity” is a very interesting word. The original Hebrew word is “hebel” and it means “vapour or breath”. Therefore, something that is a vanity is something that is passing or short lived.

Today, let’s look at three of the ways Solomon searched for meaning in life, and how each of these ways failed to provide what he was searching for. Many people today search for meaning in the things we will discuss as well, and sadly find that these things do not provide meaning at all.

1. First of all, Solomon found that pleasure does not bring meaning or satisfaction in life and people today find the same.

2. Secondly, Solomon found that much accomplishments and achievements did not bring meaning or satisfaction in life without God, and people today find the same.

3. Third, Solomon found that wealth and material possessions did not bring meaning or satisfaction in life and people today find the same.

+ Plus, listen to the Walter Hawkins and Family singing “Jesus Christ is the Way” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Why the Gospel is Good News (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #37 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — I Corinthians 15:1-4: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

During our last time together, we began looking at the Gospel and why it is good news. We saw that: (1) The Gospel is good news because it brings with it the defeat of Death. (2) The Gospel is good news because it brings deliverance from Sin. (3) The Gospel is good news because it dissolves the matter of Judgment.

Today, we are going to look at three more reasons why the Gospel is good news.

Why was the birth of Jesus Christ good tidings of great joy? Why is the Gospel good news? Allow me to share with you three reasons why the Gospel is good news.

1. First, the Gospel is good news because it tells us that salvation is a free gift of God.
2. Second, the Gospel is good news because it tells us that salvation is for everybody.
3. Third, the Gospel is good news because it tells us that we can be reconciled to God.

+ Plus, listen to the Mississippi Mass Choir singing “Jesus Paid It All” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”