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)”

The Only Path to Peace and Paradise (Gospel Light Minute X #398)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #398 titled, “The Only Path to Peace and Paradise.” 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.

“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.” — John 3:16

John 3:16 is often called “The Gospel Text,” for here we have the whole Gospel briefly stated. We see the source of salvation—the love of God; the channel through which salvation comes—His only begotten Son; and the way by which we receive it—faith in His Son.

Perhaps you will say, “Oh, I have read that verse a thousand times.” Even if you have, have you ever really believed it—that is, by faith made yourself one of the “whosoevers” by trusting in Christ, and thereby received everlasting life?

A Christian friend told me how he was converted through this verse. He took it, read it word by word, believing as he read, applied it to himself, trusted the Son, and received everlasting life. Multitudes of other searching souls have done the same. Have you? If not, may the Lord help you to do so now.

Just let us look at this wonderful verse, a word or two at a time, always remembering that this is God’s Word, and God means what He says. Continue reading “The Only Path to Peace and Paradise (Gospel Light Minute X #398)”

GLMX #125: Les Misérables and the Love of God

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables"
Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”

This past week, the much-anticipated movie Les Misérables was released in theaters. The movie is based on the popular musical of the same name which is based on the French historical novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The novel is considered to be one of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century.

Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a man who was imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family and then trying to escape jail. After Javert, the jailer, releases him on parole Jean breaks parole and is nearly taken back to jail. But through the kindness of a priest, he is saved from prison. Jean’s life is so impacted by the priest’s generosity that he sets about to redeem himself in the eyes of God by doing good. He goes to a town named Montreuile under an assumed name and invents a manufacturing process that puts many of the townspeople to work and brings great prosperity to the town. Eventually, he is chosen to be the town’s mayor.

Javert, however, is committed to the law and is determined to see Jean put back in jail. Throughout the story, he attempts to hunt down Jean so that he can make him pay for his crimes.

Jean, on the other hand, strives to redeem himself. He adopts the daughter of a poor, dying woman who works in his factory and raises her as his own. During a violent uprising in France, he saves the life of a wounded young man who eventually marries his adopted daughter. And when he has the opportunity to kill the jailer who had been hunting him down he lets him go free instead.

Jean’s attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of God is similar to what many of us do in life. Just like Jean, we know that we are condemned in the eyes of the law and deserve to be punished for our wrongdoings. And just like Jean we try to make ourselves righteous in God’s sight by doing good deeds and helping others. However, God’s Word says that no matter what we do, we can never be made righteous in the sight of God on our own. The Bible says in Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no, not one.” Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.”

+ Plus, listen to MercyMe singing “Love of God”

I Got 99 Problems, but Hell Ain’t One

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #74 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In life, all of us face troubles and problems. The Bible says in Job 14:1: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”

Jesus Christ said in John 16:33: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

There are some problems, such as sickness, that we simply cannot avoid. However, there are other problems that can be avoided. Everyone born into this world faces the problem of Hell. Because of our sins, we are on the road to spending an eternity in Hell separated from God after we die. However, the problem of Hell is one of those problems that can be avoided. I am grateful to God that, by His grace, I no longer face the problem of Hell. I may have other problems, but Hell is not one of them. And that is a huge burden taken off of my life.

Today, I want to briefly share with you a message about some of the problems that we do have to face in this life but how none of these problems have to separate us from that which is most important — “the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

1. First of all, we must face the problems of life, death, and eternity.
2. In this life, we have to face spiritual problems everyday.
3. In this life, we must also face present circumstances and future uncertainties.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton singing “Jesus at the Center” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

But for the Grace of God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #62 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Ephesians 2:1-10: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

We have all heard the phrase “but for the grace of God go I.” A story that is widely circulated behind that phrase is that the phrase was first spoken by the English evangelical preacher and martyr, John Bradford (who lived from 1510–1555). He is said to have uttered the variant of the expression – “There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford”, when seeing criminals being led to the scaffold. He didn’t enjoy that grace for long, however. He was burned at the stake in 1555, although, by all accounts he remained cheerful about his fate and is said to have suggested to a fellow victim that “We shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night”.

Friends, God’s amazing grace is still active today saving people from their sins and transforming them into new creatures in Jesus Christ. Today, I would like to share with you three things that happen to those of us who take advantage of God’s amazing grace.

1. But for the grace of God we would still be in bondage to sin and on our way to hell.

2. But for the grace of God we would not be raised up to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

3. But for the grace of God we would not be created anew in Christ Jesus.

+ Plus, listen to Rich Mullins singing “Awesome God” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”