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)”

GLMX #227: How to Be Saved from Yourself

man-worst-enemyHave you ever heard someone say that they are their own worst enemy? When we use that phrase, we are simply saying that we often make choices and do things that we know are bad for us, yet, somehow, we seem unable to stop ourselves from repeating those detrimental habits. The fact of the matter is each of us can be our own worst enemy.

Take, for example, the man who knows he is wasting money, but for some reason can’t stop gambling. Or, the person who knows that smoking is ruining their lungs, but seems to be unable to stop. Or, the young lady who seems to attract abusive, no-good men in her love life all the time. Or the person who can’t resist eating certain foods that they know will eventually cause health problems for them down the road.

If you are honest, you, too, will admit that there is some area in your life that you struggle with gaining control over no matter how good your intentions are. Sometimes, it seems like we need to be saved from ourselves.

Our condition is like a man who has fallen into a deep, narrow pit. No matter what he does, he cannot climb out. He is unable to save himself. He cannot be saved unless someone comes along a pulls him out. Continue reading “GLMX #227: How to Be Saved from Yourself”