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Cold Day In Youngstown, Hot Day in Hell
by Mike Bower (NeoInvasion) December 5, 2007
I seemed to get a bit more rejection today. Maybe it was the colder weather. But I had some great conversations with two people by the name of William and Tamisha.
I talked to William at the bus station. I asked him if I could give him a million dollar tract and he rejected it at first but seemed open to conversation. He did take it after a few of his friends took one and I asked him if he had a Christian background. He said "Yes." I asked him "if he died right now would he go to heaven?" and he said he was pretty sure he would. I asked him "why do you believe that" and he got a little frustrated at this point (a lot of people do) and said that he didn't know if he wanted to talk about this right now. I'm learning to be more aggressive so I pushed through and kept the conversation going. I brought William through the Law and he turned out to be a Liar, Thief and Adulterer at heart but he couldn't understand why he wouldn't go to heaven because he had always asked forgiveness for his sins and of course the usual "God is a loving God so He will be merciful to me and let me in heaven." I explained to him that the only way to know that he was going to heaven is by his fruit.
At this point William remembered that he had once given his heart to the Lord and there was a drastic change in his life for a season. I then challenged him to begin to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling and to make his calling and election sure. I gave him an orange Gideons pocket New Testament and challenged him to read it everyday.
Just after this I met Tamisha . Tamisha was very quiet but thought the same way as William. She asked God to forgive her on a regular basis and felt that she would most likely go to heaven when she died. I brought her through the Law and found she had broken at least three of the Ten Commandments, that she would be guilty before God on judgment day and that she would go to hell. I explained to her that in the garden of Eden God told Adam "don't eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. In the day that you eat of that fruit you shall surely die." When Adam disobeyed God he DID die. Not physically but spiritually. I told her that when Jesus was on the earth He had a conversation with a religious leader of the day by the name of Nicodemus. Nicodemus came to Jesus and told Him that he knew that He was from God because no one could do the works that He did unless God is with him. Jesus said to him "You must be born again to see the Kingdom of God." Nicodemus said "How can I being an old man enter the second time into my mother's womb, and be born?" Jesus told him (my paraphrase) "I'm not talking about your flesh, I'm talking about your spirit."
There's an epidemic going on in America; everyone is "born again" - every one is a "Christian" but very few are bearing fruit. When you share your faith with someone and they tell you that they are a Christian, for their sake, don't take their word for it. Ask them "What do you base this on?", Why do you believe that you will go to Heaven?" Most people will give you a pretty lame answer. Some will say all the right words but you know there's something wrong. We have to learn to push through the "Christian facade" that so many people are hiding behind.
With every person we share our faith with (and with every Christian we go to Church with) we need to ask a similar question to the one the little old lady asked at the Wendy's counter... WHERE'S THE FRUIT!!!???
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