During an open air session a couple of weeks ago, a young man named Joshua told street evangelist Ray Comfort that he "tried" Christianity and it didn't work for him. Ray was quick to point out that he was never a Christian in the first place.
Here is a 4 minute excerpt of the "on the box" exchange:
One cannot become a genuine Christian through true repentance and faith in Christ and then choose to bow out of salvation later on. That would make God's power to regenerate a person's heart toward true conversion, and keep it there, absolutley ineffectual.
As you stand right now, you are either a genuine child of God, saved by grace, eternally secure and you have been made wanting to live your life in love and obedience to His will. Either God is your heavenly Father or, as Jesus put it, "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire." John 8:44
You may even be a "religious" person, like Joshua was, trying to earn your way to Heaven by your own good merit. If so, you are in no better a place than where Joshua always has been and still was as of two weeks ago. What he proved lacking was a God-initiated conversion experience that would have opened his eyes and mind to the truth that he is a great sinner in dire need of a great Savior.
It is not possible for any genuine Christian to willfully desire to turn his back on the immeasureable love, grace and mercy of God through His Son, Jesus, the Lord. If he did, it would be a clear indication that he was never a Christian from the onset, just like Joshua.
Truth is: once God has you in His grip, He will never let you go. Ever!
But sadly, there are millions upon millions of false converts in this world. They believe and regard themselves to be "Christian" for every reason but the one that counts. These untold numbers of people have been deceived, even by their own church leaders, and remain trudging along the broad road that leads to eternal punishment in hell, lest they repent of their sins and place their trust in Christ alone for their salvation.
All the more reason for genuine, obedient and compassionate Christians (like you) to be "out there" proclaiming the truth of the gospel where and whenever possible so as to encourage the lost to seek the truth in it that they may eventually find themselves truly converted...and saved!
Friday Night Evangelism - May 10, 2013
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