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)”

Three Steps to Guaranteed Happiness, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 205)

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TEXT: John 13:12-17

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 205.

Roger E. Olson said, “No truth is more pervasive in Scripture and Christian tradition than this one — that real freedom is found in obedience and servanthood. And yet no truth is more incongruent with modern culture. Here we stand before a stark either/or: the gospel message of true freedom versus the culture’s ideal of self-creation, autonomy, and living ‘my way.'”

The first step to gaining genuine happiness is having a humble spirit and attitude.

The second step to gaining genuine happiness is being obedient to God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The third step to gaining genuine happiness is in being a true servant of others. *** Jesus Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

Because Jesus is our Master and Lord, we are already in the position of a servant. He is the head; we are the body. We carry out the tasks that He intends for us to do. The problem comes when we who are servants do not want to serve. Everybody is seeking preeminence, importance, a position, or a title, but nobody wants to serve. We forget that we are not greater than our Lord who was the greatest servant of all. Jesus did not think it beneath Him to wash His disciples feet. While He was indeed trying to teach them a lesson, He genuinely had a heart that would carry out that kind of service.

Even those who are considered Christian “leaders” today — pastors, evangelists, missionaries, heads of ministries, etc. — are actually servants. They are servants of God, servants of other believers, and servants of sinners.

The word translated “servant” in our text is defined as “one who gives himself up to another’s will; those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men; one who is devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” A true servant is one whose primary focus is on God and others. He is not concerned about himself and what he wants because he knows that if he takes care of what God wants, God will take care of him. A servant knows that he does not live for himself. He wakes up each morning asking, ‘God, how do you want to use me today? How can I serve you today? How can I serve others today?’

It has been taught so much that it sounds trite: it is more blessed to give than to receive. Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota, said, “Volunteering and serving others seems to run against the strong dynamics of self-interest…. [But] people who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness. All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity.”

This is the way God has set up the universe. People who are givers, servers, and carers are more happy, satisfied, and blessed. People who are stingy, selfish, and self-centered will never be satisfied. Jesus Christ said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Do you want the blessings of God upon your life? Do you want consistent peace, joy, and happiness? You can have it if you serve God and others in a spirit of humility and holiness.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Be sure to keep these lessons in their proper sequence: humbleness, holiness, happiness. Submit to the Father, keep your life clean, and serve others. This is God’s formula for true spiritual joy.”

In closing, let me remind you of these words by John Wesley:

“Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”

If you are ready to follow Jesus Christ in His example of humility, holiness, and servanthood (the steps to guaranteed happiness), I encourage you to start by making Him the Lord and Master of your life today by trusting him as Saviour. 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.”

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.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Foundations of All Spiritual Blessings, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #143)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 1:3-6:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

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Blaise Pascal said, “The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There’s going to have to come some heroism in today’s Christianity. It doesn’t necessarily mean burning at the stake, but it could mean that.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “It was the custom of the Korean church leaders to gather at Pyongyang each New Year’s Day for a ten-day Bible conference. In January 1907, 1,500 men gathered together, representing the leadership of hundreds of churches. For almost six months, missionaries had been praying for a mighty movement of God among the Korean church, and anticipation grew as the meetings began. On Monday afternoon, several missionaries gathered together for prayer. They pleaded with God to move among them. One of their number later testified, “We were bound in spirit and refused to let God go till He blessed us.” That night as they entered the church, it seemed the entire building was filled with the presence of God.”

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One of the mistakes some people make when dealing with the issue of predestination and the election of God is not following through with the full intent of the election and predestination. Some ministers and religious teachers stop short with the idea that those who are called are those who become Christians but stop there. As we saw yesterday, God does not simply call people to salvation; He calls them to “be holy and without blame before him”.

This call to be holy and blameless cuts out those who claim to be Christians, but who are still living in sin. A true child of God will feel the urge and impulse to stop sinning, to make things right with those whom he has wronged, and to get back into a right fellowship with God. Anyone who claims to be a Christian but who does not have such conviction needs to examine their salvation to see if they truly are a child of God. Being holy and blameless does not mean you will be perfect. It does mean, however, that you will be constantly striving to love God, obey God, and please God in every aspect of your life.

That spirit is embodied in this hymn, “Help Me to be Holy,” by Adoniram Gordon:

Help me to be holy, O Father of light;
Guilt-burdened and lowly, I bow in Thy sight;
How shall a stained conscience dare gaze on Thy face,
E’en though in Thy presence Thou grant me a place?

Help me to be holy, O Savior divine;
Why conquer so lowly this nature of mine?
Stamp deeply Thy likeness where Satan’s has been;
Expel with Thy brightness my darkness and sin!

Help me to be holy, O Spirit divine;
Come, sanctify wholly this temple of Thine;
Now cast out each idol, here set up Thy throne.
Reign, reign without rival, supreme and alone!

In closing, we should also be warned against going to another extreme. Some people, in their quest to become holy and blameless, they try to do it in the flesh and end up becoming religious snobs, Pharisees, and legalists. That is why Paul tells us that we are to “be holy and without blame before him IN LOVE.” God wants us to be holy and blameless, but He wants us to do it by following Jesus’s example in the strength and power of His grace and Holy Spirit. Although Jesus never sinned, He never acted as though He were better than other sincere believers and He never acted as though He could not communicate with or be touched by those who were not believers.

We need both in the church today — blameless, holy living combined with Christ-like love for all people, saved and lost.

Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 6)

TEXT: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

At the beginning of this new year, many of us are naturally inclined to adopt a spirit of optimism regarding the future. The symbolism of an old year passing away and a new year coming into view gives us the ability to look at the world with fresh eyes and to give ourselves a clean slate. We can’t help but think that things will be better this year, that we won’t make the same mistakes, and that the world will learn from the failures of the past year. However, often, that is not the case. As the exuberance of New Year’s Day wears off, we look around and see that the world is still pretty much the same — or worse.

A recent Reuters news article stated the following: “From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent. Almost all of the major confrontations, such as the battle with Islamic State militants, the West’s stand-off with Russia over Ukraine and the fight against Ebola, will rumble on. Others could erupt at short notice.”

“A 2014 report by the Institute for Economics and Peace showed that world peace has been in decline for the seventh consecutive year since 2007…”

Despite this negative news, one good thing about the progress of time and the coming of the New Year is that, although we do not know the day or the hour when Jesus will return, we do know that today in 2015, we are closer to Jesus’ Second Coming than ever before. And, as we look around, we see signs in the behavior of human beings that point to that return, to the end of time, and to the end of the world.

One of those signs which we talked about last week is that people are becoming increasingly “unthankful” to God. We learned that this ingratitude is connected to pride because an ungrateful person is not willing to humble himself or herself and admit that they would not be where they are in life without God and others.

Next, Paul turns our attention to those who are “unholy.” The Greek word translated “unholy” is “anosios” — the prefix “a” meaning without, and “hosios” meaning holiness or righteousness. One of the commands we receive from God is “be ye holy for I am holy.” God is perfect and righteous, and we as Christians ought to be striving to emulate Him.

However, we live in a world that is not conducive to those who wish to be holy as God is holy. We do not live in a world that celebrates and encourages those who wish to live godly. In fact, later in this same chapter, Paul writes, “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

When we look around at our society, we see that unholy living is often highlighted as something desirable or at least something that is approved of, permitted, applauded, and promoted. Ask yourself, what is celebrated on much of reality television and in much of the movie industry? Greed is celebrated and glorified as people are encouraged to pursue money and material riches. However, the Bible tells us that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Violence and killing is highlighted in movies and video games. However, the Bible tells us that “the Lord…hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” “Coming out” as a homosexual is celebrated and applauded by secular society and even governmental officials such as President Obama and Vice President Biden. However, the Bible tells us that such a lifestyle is an “abomination” in God’s sight. Our society views it as normal for two unmarried people to be sexually involved with each other and live together. However, the Bible tells us to “flee fornication.” We could go on and on with more examples that show how holy living is not the norm for most in our society.

However, the unholiness that Paul is writing about goes even deeper than just people breaking the laws of God. William Barclay states that “Men will refuse to recognize even the ultimate decencies of life… This unholiness does not so much mean that men will break the written laws; it means that they will offend against the unwritten laws which are part and parcel of the essence of life.” For a Greek living in Paul’s day, it was ‘unholy’ to refuse to bury a dead body or to commit incest. There didn’t have to be any laws written against such things; they were just wrong and everybody knew it.

The unholiness that is becoming more evident in the last days is the unholiness of men and women who sin not only against God and against their fellow human beings, but they sin against nature and against themselves. The person who lives an unholy lifestyle is driven by self-love to gratify his own lusts and passions with no thought to propriety, decency, or reputation. I hope none of us here today ever fall to such a level.

We should value holiness and righteous living just as God values it. We should avoid, at all costs, anything that would cause us to sin or displease God. James tells us that “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is… to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.”

In the forests of northern Europe and Asia lives a small animal called an ermine. The ermine is known for its snow-white fur in winter. It instinctively protects its white fur from anything that would soil it. Fur hunters take advantage of this unusual trait of the ermine. They don’t set a snare to catch him, but instead they find his home, which is usually a cleft in a rock or a hollow in an old tree. They smear the entrance and interior of the ermine’s home with grime and dirt. Then the hunters set their dogs loose to sniff out and chase the ermine. The frightened animal flees toward its home but it doesn’t enter because of the filth. Rather than get its white coat dirty, the ermine is trapped by the dogs and captured — however, its clean coat is preserved. For the ermine, purity is more precious than life.

Ask yourself if you are willing to go to great lengths to be holy and to live in a way that is pleasing to God. It may be tempting to turn our backs on righteous living and simply do as we please, but we are commanded to be holy in an unholy world, righteous in an unrighteous world, Godly in a world where many are rejecting God godliness, and light in a world of increasing darkness. The 19th century theologian John Brown said, “Holiness…consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.”

In this world of increasing evil and peril, may we start thinking as God thinks, willing as God wills, and doing as God would have us to do.

10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 2)

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

SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, by the grace of God, I want to continue with part two of the message that we began on yesterday titled “10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days.” This is the last message in this series of 100 days of preaching the gospel. I am grateful to God for the time that we have spent in His Word together over the past 100 days. I hope that you have enjoyed it and that you have been blessed and encouraged by it.

The two passages which we read in I Timothy and II Timothy are a warning message from the Apostle Paul to the young minister Timothy who was leading the church at Ephesus. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul mostly focuses on religous apostasy. In other words, in the last days, false teachers peddling dangerous doctrine would creep into the church and the people of God will be deceived if they are not on guard against it. In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about the moral and social decay that will come about in the “last days.” Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson write that in this context, the term ‘last days’ refers to the “end of the church age” — and thus a time period that is close to the Rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. John F. Walvoord states, “Apostasy, of course, was already present in the time that Paul lived, but with the progress of the present age, in spite of the dissemination of the truth and the availability of Scripture, the world will continue to follow the sinful description which the Apostle Paul gave here.”

As I mentioned to you on yesterday, I believe that we are indeed living in the last days. We are drawing ever closer to the Rapture of the church and the return of Christ. And during these days, there are some things that God wants us to do while we wait for His coming. On yesterday, we discussed five of those things, which are as follows:

1. God wants you to be saved, if you are not saved already.
2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.
3. God wants us as His children to pray.
4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.
5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

These are five basic, fundamental things that God wants us to do based on His word. Today, by the grace of God, I want to share with you five more things that God wants us to do in the last days.

1. God wants us to faithfully attend and participate in a local Bible believing church.
2. God wants us to tithe and give to Him through our local church.
3. In light of the second coming of the Lord, God wants us to love one another.
4. God wants us to witness to those who are not saved.
5. God wants us to put on the whole armour of God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #99 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:1-14, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we are living in perilous, dangerous, wicked, bitter, and hard times. We are living in the last days. I tell folks all the time that we are living in days that only God can help us now. The Lord made it perfectly clear that “last days” would come. The Lord never told a lie. In fact, the Bible says that “God cannot lie”, meaning it is impossible for Him to lie. I believe according to the Word of God, that those “last days” are here. Make no mistake about it, something is about to happen in this old sin-cursed world and that is, the Second Coming of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

However, even though we are living in these difficult times, God wants us to stand strong even if we have to stand alone. So today I want to share with you ten things that will help you to stand strong in light of these last days and in light of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

1. God wants you to be saved.

2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.

3. God wants us, as His children, to pray.

4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.

5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

+ Plus, listen to Al Green and Heather Headley singing “People Get Ready” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Salvation Will Take You Places Beyond Your Wildest Imaginations

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #79 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 12:1-3: “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

In our text for today, I want you to notice that there is one word that is used three times. That word is salvation. It is one of the most important words in the entire Bible. In fact, it is used 164 times in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the word comes from a Hebrew word which means “deliverance and victory.” In the New Testament, it comes from a Greek word that means “deliverance, preservation or safety.”

Salvation is what we receive when we place our trust in Jesus Christ as the lamb of God who was sacrificed for our sins. However, salvation is not just a gift that you receive and then do nothing with. Rather, salvation is a gift that does something with you. If you study the instances of salvation recorded in the Bible, you will find that salvation is responsible for moving people from the place they are to another place. Salvation always takes you somewhere! Notice this:

– Salvation brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt.
– Salvation brought Jonah out of the belly of the whale.
– Salvation brought David out of the pit of despair.
– Salvation brought Paul out of his lost condition.
– And salvation brings every sinner out of the darkness of bondage to sin and Satan

Some of you might remember the popular book by Dr. Seuss titled, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” It is often given as a gift to those who have just graduated from college, and celebrates the opportunities that are now open to that person since they have graduated. Today, I want to share with you three places that salvation will take you, because it will take you some wonderful places indeed.

1. Salvation will take you into holy living.

2. Salvation will take you to the House of God.

3. Salvation will take you to Heaven.

+ Plus, listen to The Canton Spirituals singing “Glad I’ve Got Jesus” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”