You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #384 with Daniel Whyte III)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #384 titled, “You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell.” 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.

How clear and concise: there should be neither confusion nor contradiction. There are many names under Heaven in which we can find religion; but salvation can be found in One only. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned…” So, all need a Saviour; Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” At Calvary, Jesus paid sin’s awful penalty for all who accept Him; but His death there was not to give men a religion; it was to provide Salvation through redemption.

There is no salvation in priests, penance or prayers; but only in Jesus Christ. Service and sacraments, churches and charities, tears and treasures, ritual and reformation — ALL are alike, helpless to save.

Men are willing to give assent in their heads to the claims of Christianity while refusing to accept in their hearts the Christ of Christianity, Jesus.

Men are willing to take the high place in the work and rituals of the church while refusing to take the low place of guilty sinners needing a sinner’s Saviour, Jesus.

Men are willing to believe in the moral precepts of God’s Word, as based on the Ten Commandments while refusing to believe in, rest on, and receive God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as Saviour of their souls, because of His finished work in their behalf at Calvary. Continue reading “You May be a Faithful Member of a Church, But on Your Way to Hell (Gospel Light Minute X #384 with Daniel Whyte III)”

A Little Girl Seeks a Preacher to Get Her Dying Mother Into Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #370)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #370 titled, “A Little Girl Seeks a Preacher to Get Her Dying Mother Into 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 well-known preacher was about to retire for the evening when there was a knock at his front door. Opening the door, he saw a poorly dressed little girl drenched from the rain. She had walked through the rainstorm from her home in the slum district to find the preacher. As he stood looking down into her thin, haggard little face, she inquired, “Are you the preacher?”

“Yes, I am a preacher,” he replied softly.

“Well won’t you come down and ‘get my mother in’?” she asked. The preacher wisely answered this little inquirer:

“My dear, it is hardly proper for me to come and ‘get your mother in’. If she is drunk, you should get a police officer. He is better qualified and properly dressed for the occasion.”

“Oh no sir,” she replied in haste and with more urgency in her small voice. “You don’t understand! My mother is not drunk; she is home in bed, dying, and she is afraid to die. She wants to go to Heaven, but does not know how,” He told her that he would help her find a preacher to “get her mother in.” She paused briefly, “NO! You must come quickly, sir; she is dying! Please! We don’t have time to wait.” Continue reading “A Little Girl Seeks a Preacher to Get Her Dying Mother Into Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #370)”

A Simple Celebration of the Lord’s Supper in Remembrance of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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About the Communion Service As it Was Celebrated by the Earliest Christians (From “The Story of Christianity: Volume 1” by Justo L. Gonzalez)

We are told in the book of Acts that from the very beginning the early church had the custom of gathering on the first day of the week for the breaking of bread — the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper. The reason for gathering on the first day of the week was that this was the day of the resurrection of the Lord. Therefore, the main purpose of this service of worship was not to call the faithful to repentance, or to make them aware of the magnitude of their sins, but rather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the promises of which that resurrection was the seal. For this reason, Acts describes those gatherings as happy occasions: they “ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” Those early communion services did not focus their attention on the events of Good Friday, but rather on those of Easter. A new reality had dawned, and Christians gathered to celebrate that dawning and to be participants in it.

From that time, and throughout most of its history, the Christian church has seen in communion its normal and highest act of worship. Only after the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century — and in many cases much later — did it become common practice in many Protestant churches to focus their worship on preaching rather than on communion.

Besides the well-known but scant data offered by the New Testament, it is possible to reconstruct early Christian worship by piecing together information from a number of extant documents. Although these writings come from different times and places, and therefore there are differences and inconsistencies in what they tell us, it is possible to draw from them a general picture of the typical service of communion.

The most remarkable characteristic of those early communion services was that they were celebrations. The tone was one of joy and gratitude, rather than sorrow and repentance.

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1 Corinthians 11:23-26: “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”

On the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: This do in remembrance of me.

John 6:58 says, “This is the bread which came down from heaven: not as the fathers ate and died; he that eateth this bread shall live forever.”

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“In the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood: This do you as oft as ye drink it in remembrance of me.’ For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.”

Hebrews 9:22 says, “According to the law . . . all things are cleansed with blood, and apart from the shedding of blood there is no remission.”

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as he is the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

TAKE AND DRINK

After they had finished the first Supper, they sang a hymn and went out into the night.