What It Means to Be Salt and Light, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 213 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 580 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 5:13-16:

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 213 since Jan. 20, 2017, day 580 since Jan. 1, 2016.

John Hagee said, “The fundamental principle of Christianity is to be what God is, and he is light.”

In this section of His Sermon On the Mount, Jesus compares His followers to salt and light. As salt, we are the protectors and preservers of all that is good and godly in the world. But, we must not be contaminated with the sin of the world, or else we lose our effectiveness and become of no use to both God and the world. The world doesn’t need more Christians trying to be like it; it needs more Christians trying to make the world like Christ. The term “salt and light” was often used by the Jews to describe the Old Testament Law — the rules of God that people were to live by in a sinful world. In a way, Christians are the living law of God today. If we behave as we ought, our behavior brings conviction to the world. Our lives ought to be an example to the lost of what it means to “live godly in this present world.”

Jesus goes on to say, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Dr. John Walvoord comments, “A light or lamp, if it is going to fulfill its function, must be on a lampstand — somewhere where it can shine on those who need it. The disciples were to be like a city set on a hill, and to let their light shine — not to attract others to themselves, but to glorify their Father in heaven.

Jesus is, of course, “the light of the world.” When He came to Earth, He did not just bring light to illuminate the spiritual darkness; He was light, expelling and exposing spiritual darkness simply by His presence. But, now that He has returned to heaven, He has ordained all of His followers to be “the light of the world.” The way we live and the words we speak are the means God wants to use to expose and expel spiritual darkness in the world. However, it takes all of us to shine. Each of us alone are but a candle in a field of night; but, is we all let our light shine by living in obedience to God, we can illuminate the world.

We ought to be a city on a hill. A city on a hill is something that, when people pass by, they can’t miss it. People can see it from afar off; they don’t have to search long to find it. Many people know the phrase “a city upon a hill” because it has been used by American politicians down through the years, most notably by John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. But, in 1630, it was the Puritan preacher John Winthrop who borrowed this phrase as he and his fellow colonists sailed into Massachusetts Bay. He told the settlers, in a sermon titled, “A Model of Christian Charity,” “We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.” It is significant that those words were spoken, not to political refugees, but to believers who were coming to America to worship and live under the rule of the God and the Bible.

It may not feel like it at times, but the eyes of the world are still on the church. In the first century, the world declared of the early Christians, “These have turned the world upside down.” Why? Those Christians weren’t militant. They weren’t violent. They weren’t loud or confrontational. They simply let their light shine. What is the world saying about us today? Are we letting our light shine? Paul Chappell said, “Consider the life you live. How do other people perceive your faith? While God doesn’t expect you to live in perfection, He desires that you would do all you can to shine forth His light so others will see Him clearly.”

Now, for those of you who are not saved, remember that Jesus is the light of the world. He came to shine in your darkness and to save your soul. Allow me to show you how you can receive Him as your Savior.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, 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.” Also, the Bible states 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.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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 email 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.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

What It Means to Be Salt and Light, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 206 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 573 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 5:13-16:

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

———-

After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

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 206 since Jan. 20, 2017, day 573 since Jan. 1, 2016.

The Greek poet Horace famously wrote, “We are but dust and shadows.” The apostle James declared that our lives “are but a vapor that appears for a little while and then passes away.” Both of those statements highlight the fragility and transience of life. Some would say that these words amplify the perspective that life is futile. But, we find in this passage that, once one becomes a part of the body of Christ, he is no longer dust and shadow, no longer a vapor that passes away. He is something more — salt and light!

Jesus says, “Ye are the salt of the earth.” Salt, of course, as we know is used to season and preserve food. Twice more in the Gospels, Jesus is recorded as saying, “Salt is good.” In the ancient near east, salt was a valuable commodity. Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in salt; that is why we sometimes say a person is “worth their salt.” Dr. John Walvoord notes, “In the centuries before modern refrigeration, salt was the method of choice for preventing bacteria from poisoning food. Salt was so vital for this purpose that wars were fought over salt, and entire economies were based on it. Salt could literally make the difference between life and death in a time when fresh food was unavailable.”

In the context of Jesus’ metaphor where believers are the salt, the world is the food — the meat that needs the salt because it is at risk of being poisoned by sin and unrighteousness. Now, Jesus says, “If the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Now, it is scientifically impossible for salt to lose its flavor, so many scholars believe that Jesus is speaking of salt that has been contaminated. Because of less than stellar storage conditions in the ancient world, salt often became mixed with other substances, rendering it useless in its purpose.

The message that Jesus is giving us today is that we have to be pure salt because the world desperately needs it. The world is full of sin and uncleanness and it is rotting before our faces. If we as the church, the body of Christ, become contaminated with the same sin that is in the world, we will lose our effectiveness. It would be like putting poison into the body of a person who is already ill. In order to be of use to God’s kingdom and to the world, we must be salty, not sinful.

For those of you who are not saved, remember that Jesus is the light of the world. He came to shine in your darkness and to save your soul. Allow me to show you how you can receive Him as your Savior.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, 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.” Also, the Bible states 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.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. 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 email 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.

Songs in the Night

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TEXT: Psalm 77:1-6

1 I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.

2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Continue reading “Songs in the Night”

The History of the Battle Over You

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #131

TEXT: John 3:16-19

Legend has it that the Trojan War began when Paris, the son of the King of Troy, stole Helen, the wife of the King of Sparta and married her. As a result, the various Greek city-states united to fight the Trojans after Paris refused to give the Spartan king’s wife back to him. The war dragged on for nine years until the Greeks finally prevailed.

It is hard to imagine that a war would last for so long and cause many thousands of deaths over a single human being. But, did you know that there is a war being fought right now over you? Yes, there is a battle that has been going on for thousands of years, and you are the center of this battle. Our passage for today reveals the sides in this great battle.

The oft-quoted verse of John 3:16 has long been celebrated as a powerful, succinct declaration of the Gospel. Charles Spurgeon said John 3:16 is “the gospel in a nutshell.”A.W. Tozer said, “Jesus Christ came to save you, knowing your name, knowing all about you, knowing your weight right now, knowing your age, knowing what you do, knowing where you live, knowing what you ate for supper and what you will eat for breakfast, where you will sleep tonight, how much your clothing cost, who your parents were. He knows you individually as though there were not another person in the entire world. He died for you as certainly as if you had been the only lost one. He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most.”

As we read on in verse 17, we see that Jesus did not come to condemn the darkness of the world — he did not come to punish and destroy. He came to save. He came to shine light in a dark place. As the philosopher Francis Bacon said, “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”When Jesus Christ came, he turned the oppressive religious system of the day on it’s head. He brought something to the world that no one had ever experienced before.

As we learn in verse 18, the only way to escape “condemnation”is through Jesus Christ. “Condemnation”is defined as “strong disapproval, a pronouncement of something as morally wrong.”God disapproves of sin, and all sinners are subject to God’s just wrath because of their actions. The only way to escape this wrath is by believing on Jesus Christ, the son of God.

However, there are dark forces that do not want people to believe on the son of God. They are doing everything they can to hide the light of Christ from every person’s eyes. Today, I want us to focus our attention on verse 19 as we now take a look at this force of darkness, this supernatural battle, and what is at stake in this fight.

+ Plus, listen to Fred Hammond as he sings “This is the Day” and Ricky Dillard singing “Jesus Paid It All”.

GLMX #62: Jesus is the Light of Christmas

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John 8:12 reads, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

If there is one truth that leaps out at us from the pages of Scripture at Christmas, it is this: Jesus came to be the Light of the world! Light came into this dark world when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Christmas is about light! We love to sing the Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” But this great hymn is not about night or darkness. It’s about the Light. The third stanza of “Silent Night” says, “Son of God, love’s pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace.”

We sing another Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The last stanza invites us to “Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings.”

We sing at Christmas because we have something to sing about! Light has come into the world, and we don’t ever need to walk in darkness again!

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “Silent Night”