Vol. 1 - No. 8 

August, 1982

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Choose This Day

by Kelly Rogers

Joshua 24:15 tells us to "choose this day whom you will serve." This is an urgent call and it should be ‑‑ for what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away (James 4:14).

For some reason the warnings and admonitions of God's word mean nothing to some members of the lost and dying world. Possibly there are some who have no belief in God. They base their belief in evolution or something of this nature ‑anything but God. The Bible offers the only possible explanation of creation --"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The unbeliever cannot name something from which everything has come. There is no way anyone can account for life without a supreme life. (Rocks do not reproduce rocks and nails do not reproduce nails.) Several scientists attest to God. Dr. Arthur Compton said, "An intelligent view of the order of the material world causes faith in God." Werner Von Braun of N.A.S.A. at Houston, Texas, said, "One of the most fundamental laws of natural science is that nothing in the physical world ever happens without a cause. There simply cannot be a creation without some kind of spiritual creator."

There has always been men who would deny the Bible. Even though the Bible was arranged during several hundred years, by many different men in different times and circumstances, you will find in all sixty‑six books of the Bible nothing but complete agreement and perfect harmony. Yet despite all of this the following men made some of these statements:

(1) Darwin ‑‑ "To show how life originated is hopeless ..."

(2) Huxley ‑‑ "Origin of what made living matter, it may be said, we know absolutely nothing."

(3) Thomas Paine in the late 1700's or early 1800's ‑‑ "Five years from now there will not be a Bible in America."

(4) Voltaire in the 1700's ‑‑ "Within 100 years the Bible will be a forgotten book."

(5) Diocletian burned Bibles and then erected a monument saying, "Extinct is the name of Christian."

Dear reader, these men would soon find out that they were wrong. The Bible is still in print and there is no shortage of Christians. How wonderful it is not to have doubt. That is the difference between the Christian and the unbeliever. I want you to notice some testimonies of men who realized the difference after it was too late. These are some statements of dying sinners.

(1) Churchhill in 1764 ‑‑ "What a fool I have been."

(2) Thomas Hobbes in 1679 ‑‑ "1 am about to take a leap into the dark."

(3) Leon Gambetta in 1882 ‑‑ "I am lost and there is no use to deny it."

(4) Voltaire who said, "Within 100 years the Bible will be a forgotten book, on his deathbed in 1778 said, "I am abandoned by God and men. I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six more months of life." This was said to Dr. Trodin who told him it could not be. Voltaire then said, "Then I shall go to hell and you go with me. Oh! Jesus Christ."

(5) Edward Gebbon in 1794 ‑‑ "All is lost, finally irrecoverably lost. All is dark and doubtful."

(6) Thomas Paine who said, "Five years from now there will not be a Bible in America," in 1809 on his deathbed made this statement, "Oh Lord, help me for I cannot bear to be left alone. Send even a child to play with me."

What a horrible state! About to die and eternally lost to the flames of hell. There is no one to blame. God gave his only Son (John 3:16) so all men could be saved (1 Timothy 2:3‑4) by the gospel. (Romans 1:16) Jesus Christ died for all (Hebrews 2:9) so that man would not perish but come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) The Holy Spirit guided men into giving us the Bible (2 Peter 1:21) so that our every need might be furnished (2 Timothy 3:16‑17). The blame for losing one's soul falls on the person. God made each one of us a free moral being with the power to choose. Man must save himself (Acts 2:40). "Wherefore my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). So what happens if someone loses their soul:

(1) God's grace would be in vain as far as they are concerned (2 Corinthians 6:1).

(2) They would lose everything, for no one can take anything that they have gained in this life with them (1 Timothy 6:7).

(3) They would lose much comfort, joy, and sweet assurances in this life (Romans 14:17; 8:28).

(4) They would have to spend eternity in a burning torment (Revelation 20:10).

(5) They would lose heaven and all of the wonderful things it contains (Revelation 21:4).

(6) Through the power of influence they might be instrumental in causing others to lose their souls (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Each of us should remember that we do not have to go to hell. God has provided us with the plan of salvation so we would know what we have to do to be saved. God told us to: hear the gospel (Acts 7:37), believe (Acts 16:31), repent (Luke 13:3), be baptized (Acts 2:38), add the graces of a Christian (2 Peter 1:5‑7), and be faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10). God made his plan as simple as possible. He wants us to be saved. Today is the day of salvation. We need to be ready!

Are YOU ready? If you were about to die what type of statement would you be able to make? Would it be one like Churchhills', Hobbes', Gambetta', Voltaires', Gibbons', or Paines'? Or could you make a wonderful statement such as Paul's in 2 Timothy 4:6‑8: "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." We must choose this day whom we will serve and begin to walk by faith.