What is My Reason for Writing?
What is My Reason for Writing?
By Ron Kempen, Gospel Light Ministries
This message is about a reader whocalled to thank me for my articles and to encourage me to continue writing more of the same. We’ll refer to this gentleman as Bill. It was a Sunday morning before I left to attend a church service in mid-July that Bill called. He was an elderly gentleman, very polite, I might add, and he had many encouraging things that he wanted me to hear. He also asked if I had many calls that were negative about my articles - to which I simply said that I hadn’t been getting many calls at all. While I talked with him, I started wondering if he knew whether he was saved or not.
What is my purpose about doing my ministry? I realized that many readers haven’t seen all of my articles, nor have they seen my website. Bill, for instance, said that he was computer illiterate and happy for that. So I then asked him if he had a Bible. He then said that he had one that his mother had given him many years ago but he said that he hadn’t looked at it much. This disturbed me enough to write this article about my motives.
My articles, focusing primarily on the unbiblical practices of the Roman Catholic Church, are for all to read and learn from. But I must be clear in stating that no one gets saved by leaving that Church. They get saved by studying Scriptures where 1 Peter 2:2 says, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.” And then, just as Ephesians 1:13 tells us, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in Whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” My goal isn’t just to have people know the falsehood of Catholicism, but to turn from that to the one Gospel that does save them.
Perhaps Bill is saved, but he gave me the distinct impression that he was just in agreement with some of my articles in that he knew many of the traditions of that church are wrong. However, when I asked him those two questions, which are the two diagnostic questions that everyone should think about now while they can, he didn’t know the answers to them. I am referring to the questions, “Are you sure that you are going to Heaven when you die or is that something that you are still working on?” The second is even more simple yet understandable, and asks, “If you were to die today, what would you tell the Father if He asked why He should let you into the Kingdom of Heaven?”
He further informed me that although his mother gave him a Bible, he’s hardly looked at it. I didn’t have much of a chance to ask him about what He is trusting in to get to Heaven because he said he had a hard time hearing me over the phone. I, also, had to get ready for church. However, I fear that although he was calling to encourage me, he needs to hear and believe in the one true gospel that saves.
In my opinion, and I say this because I do not have facts to back me up on this, I feel most people think that they will be judged according to whether or not they are good enough to get into heaven. I see this to be true regardless of where they attend or what denomination they belong to. In some way they need to know that we are only going to Heaven because as a believer in the finished work of Christ, we accepted His substitutionary work done on our behalf, make Him Lord - and it is at that point of decision in which we are going to stand before the Father. We, then clothed in His Son’s righteousness that was imputed to us the moment we made that born-again decision, will not depend upon our righteousness, but Jesus’ righteousness. This is the good news that most people get hung up on, and they stumble upon, that as Titus 3:5 shows: “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us,” and secondly, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1Timothy 1:15). It’s all about what Jesus did for us, for we all have fallen so short of God’s requirement to be perfect.
In closing, I just want to ask the readers: what is it that you are basing your salvation upon? How vertical is it, according to God’s perfect demands and plans according what His Word tells us? Or are you still in that human “horizontal” mode of comparing yourself to others’ thinking God will see how righteous you’ve become?
If you have any questions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ron at 920-687-3142.
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