Online Evangelism

Facebook Membership May Be Forever (from Foxnews.com):

The Consumerist blog noticed Sunday that the social-networking giant had quietly made a change to its user Terms of Service (TOS) on Feb. 4.

Facebook now declares that it has a perpetual license to use anything you post to your own Facebook page – even if you terminate your account.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the change as necessary in a blog posting Monday afternoon.

Here’s the licensing part of the legalese, which sounds bad enough:

“You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.”

In other words, while it doesn’t actually own your photos, scribblings and status updates – you do – Facebook can do whatever it wants with it, whenever it wants, in order to promote itself or create or sell ads.

Theoretically, it can even “license” a picture of your kids for use in a third party’s ad campaign.

Most of that has been part of the Facebook Terms of Service for a while. After all, without user-generated content, Facebook would be nothing.

What’s been removed is this: “If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however (sic) you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

And what’s been added is this: “The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service” – after which follows a list of most of the sections on the Terms of Service page.

So even if you decide Facebook isn’t for you, the site can still use anything you posted. It’s all been archived…

Read the rest here

The common misconception in the world today is that anyone has any “privacy” on the internet. All information passes through public systems that anyone can filter. I will put money on the fact that the government is filtering all internet traffic in the United States. Honestly, you have to come to some point of faith that either the government is going to use that information in a positive way and only seek out those who cause trouble in the world, or once you realize how little control or security you have, you will go insane. Mostly, I don’t think that many of the issues are addressed because it would tip their hand and show the world how closely they’re watching this stuff. Could they act on all of it? Sure – but then the cover would be removed and we’d see that everything that we’ve been operating under is a sham. All of our “rights” in this country that are “granted” by the government are only granted as long as it’s good for the state. They should, for their own preservation, keep that in perspective. To keep in power they need to grant us rights to please our desires for “freedom” but in order to keep us secure they need to break those rights to monitor for people who could cause trouble. Think about it – the internet was a government entity long before it was public. What’s to stop them from monitoring once it becomes public? Do you really think that the encrypted public channels are that hard to decipher for a government supercomputer? Really? One website stating it openly means nothing compared to the government who has been doing it since its inception.

That’s where, as a Christian, real freedom comes into play. Even though we may have no authority or right to privacy granted by our government, we have, in reality, no privacy at all from God who knows even our innermost thoughts and desires. The whole concept of “privacy” is, in my opinion, somewhat sinful to begin with. Sure, it’s required for mankind to exist in a world market where what we keep to ourselves keeps us safe from those who would seek to do harm to us or who would seek to rip us off, but how often are we keeping things from people that would help them or that would, in some way or another, benefit someone else? Think about the poor man on the street who is begging for food? Do you really mean it when you say, “I don’t have anything?” No, of course not. What you mean is “I don’t want to share what I have with you.” At what point does the right to privacy overcome our right to be Christian? Should we hide some of our income on our taxes, even if we know the taxes will be used for sinful acts by our government against the most innocent among us? Should we lie to protect people? Think about this – if preaching the Gospel becomes illegal in this country, as many of us are predicting based on what the Bible has said, would you lie to protect your pastor, knowing that God called all lying a sin against Him? You can argue about Rahab lying to conceal the spies (Joshua 2), but remember that God doesn’t need our lies to do His work. Had she followed the commandment and said the truth, I can guarantee you that God’s sovereign will of the Israelites destroying Jericho would still have been taken care of. In the same way, God doesn’t need us to lie for Him. Granted, God, through Joshua, honored her and her household by sparing them in the onslaught for preserving the spies, but the question that it comes down to is when do we have the authority to judge one sin over another? Lying lips, regardless of the lie, are an abomination to the Lord (Pr. 12:22) and all liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8).

Our freedom, however, comes in the freedom from our sins and as we are saved now from many of our sinful desires by our death with Christ in our redemption purchased on Calvary, we also can conquer the sins that continue to plague us. Our freedom comes in our death to the law, where we no longer are under the condemnation of a set of rules that no natural man can ever keep, but instead our natural righteousness (as filthy before Holy God as used menstrual cloth) has been replaced with God’s own righteousness when we surrender the lordship of our lives to Christ. Our freedom comes through that righteousness where we are no longer blocked from conversing with our God and Father in Heaven and our prayers are heard and answered. Our freedom cannot be granted or removed by any government, legal, or religious system. It is fully guaranteed and sealed.

What does that have to do with the government or a website that decides to make known their control over people’s accounts? Everything. If you want a great analogy, think about it this way. The website was created by an entity outside of itself. That creator designed all of the features, options, look and feel, then inserted a set of rules into that environment. People joined the environment and it began to grow and grow. Eventually people started using it for nefarious means and things went south so the creator changed the rules by which his website should be run and now, the people who “live” in that virtual world are revolting saying that the creator has no rights to invade into their privacy nor tell them what to do. Sound familiar?

There is no “savior” from Facebook, nor from the government. There is only the Savior from God who came to heal our brokenness from our God and Creator, and who has promised to come again to take us to live with Him forever.

In reply to [person]:

You had me until:

NOBODY believes in it, but the choice is what we have to fight for

Follow me here as we take a trip down “Logic Lane”…

We all agree that abortion ends a life that, ultimately, has no control over its circumstances. Logically, if the statement you made were true, then we could apply it elsewhere and see it work. Let’s apply it to euthanasia – no one WANTS to have to make that choice, but – for some, it’s something that they HAVE to make at one point or another. Logically, it fits. Let’s apply that to rape. No one BELIEVES in them, but we have to fight for the right of someone to want to rape someone else. Let’s just work to make them “less frequent, and safe”. Ok, that may be a little hard for some to see around here. What about child abductions? No one BELIEVES in them, but the choice of men and women to abduct children is what we have to fight for.

See, you’ve crafted a response that works for you, and only for you, in your personal understanding. I still read abortion as the end of a human life. I’m not the one who gets to choose what life is more valuable than another and I’m sure you’ll agree that you’re not able to do the same. Just because a life may not be important to you, that life may be very important to others, and definitely to that of the child whose life is ended because the mother chose to do so. Rapes are horrible, horrible events – I’ve seen the result of them on women very close to me throughout my lifetime and I could never begin to understand what they must go through. I cannot see, however, why the baby has to be punished. In my mind, I see two crimes occurring here – the first is the rape where the helpless victim is the mother – the second is the murder where the helpless victim is the child.

You can wrap as much speech around it as you want – the point still exists that if you’re campaigning for “abortion rights” you’re campaigning for the right of a mother (or in some cases a government) to kill a helpless human being. This isn’t about responsibility – it’s about doing the right thing. Give the baby up for adoption. Take the millions of taxpayer money that go to Planned Parenthood and put them into local pregnancy clinics and programs for unwed mothers. Relieve them from the stresses of the pregnancy by helping them through the process and financial responsibility of the birth and give them the ability to do the right thing.

Last Wednesday, I spent some time cruising around on the net collecting information. I based my following image on the percent of reported births, plus the reported abortions that were received by the CDC. You’ll notice that the dates move around quite a bit – that’s because it’s the last time the state reported their abortion numbers to the CDC. In about 2004, some of the states quit reporting numbers. Every year the number just aren’t reported for more and more states. Instead of guessing, I pulled the latest accurate numbers. The percentage is based on the total of viable pregnancies reported and only those states that aborted 20% or higher of their reported viable pregnancies are listed.


That statistic sickens me. Why are so many women having abortions?

The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.

~ Guttmacher.org

Nationally, the average is 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion (not including miscarriages). Is this the right you say we should all fight for? The right to kill 22% (1,200,000) of our children every year?

Really? How is this progress? I stand by my statement before – if God tarries and we’re allowed to continue on, in a hundred years we’ll all stand back and look with disgust and horror at those who applauded the efforts of “medical professionals” and “women’s rights” that allowed us to kill more than 1 in 5 children for the sake of “choice”.

This makes no sense to me at all – how is it that people can’t see the problem with abortion?

It’s been a while since I’ve been able get some time to post here. Expect the Foxe’s Book of the Martyrs to start again soon. In the meantime, my wife posted some things from our trip to the Deeper Conference here:

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It was absolutely AWESOME! We were on the set of Wretched!, I met most of the guys from Way Of The Master Radio and even gave my testimony (short version) on the radio live. It was a lot of fun. The conference was more than I could ever have imagined and we’re planning to go to the next one on September 11-12, 2009. We’re going to block out the week and take the kids. It was a lot of fun. Anyway, look at the links for more info.

To get this ball rolling, or re-rolling I suppose, here’s a post I put up on another site just before heading to GA. Enjoy!

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

~2 Corinthians 13:5

Why should you evaluate your view of God and your relationship with Jesus?

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

~ Matthew 7:21-23

See what He says there? “I will declare… ” Jesus Himself will deny them access to Heaven because they never knew Him – and that’s even directed to those who are in the church and some that were even pastors and evangelists but who were presenting a false gospel and a false image of Jesus. What of those who say that they can be saved through other methods or through other religions – through just “being a ‘good’ person”?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

~ John 14:6

That sounds pretty exclusive to me. Examine yourself – see if you’re in the faith. If you are not saved, review the ten commandments, by which you will be judged – see if you’ve been able to meet all of those requirements. Have you always put God before yourself? Have you ever lied, dishonored your parents through your words or actions, or stolen anything? Have you ever desired something that belonged to someone else? Jesus said, ““You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.“. Have you ever desired anyone that you’re not married to sexually, including porn? Then you will not be found guiltless and you will be placed into the lake of fire:

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

~ Revelation 21:8

What is the right response to this? Repent of your sins – turn not only your mind away from those things which separate you from God but turn you actions as well. Ask Jesus to forgive you for your actions against Him (because it’s against God alone that we sin), then trust in Him to save you. Put your trust not in your actions (holy works and deeds), but in the work that was already completed by Jesus on the cross. He alone can save you and He has already done the work. The Holy Spirit will come into your heart and change you forever. If you don’t have this experience you need to go back to the beginning and continue in it until you are forever changed – you’ll know when it happens and there won’t be any doubt in your mind. There is no one prayer to “save” anyone, and God won’t force anyone to love Him or accept His gift of salvation – you have to seek it out yourself.

Examine my motives here – what can I possibly gain by sharing this information? I’m obviously not doing it to gain friends or to have you send me anything, nor am I asking you to vote for anyone. I’m not telling you to join any church – just read, understand, and believe.

Every time I see this happen I think back to when my mom asked my wife and I how it happens that people would bother to ask me about my faith or the hope that lies within me. It’s kind of funny but I think you have to actually tell people about your position on things to get them to ask you about them. Really, when was the last time you asked a random stranger how to rebuild an automatic transmission? You don’t ask random people important questions if you care about the answer.

Anyway, here’s the latest question and my response follows as usual. Enjoy. I’ll keep you updated if the discussion continues from here!

how do u know that christianity is conclusivly right? and hence what makes athieism wrong?

Because I have empirical evidence. It’s like if you’re watching a wind storm from inside a well insulated building. You see a tree bending and swaying in a strong wind but you don’t feel the wind itself. You know the wind is there because you can see the influence it has on the tree and you can see how powerful it is in the way that the tree twists and bends. In the same way, my life has been radically altered. The moment I fully repented of my sins and handed my life over to Christ – trusting in Him alone to save me – in that moment many of the big horrible issues I had were removed. My love for myself and my own pleasure was replaced with a desire to learn more about the God who saved me. The more I focused on that, the more God changed me into a husband worth having and a father my kids would care about. The best part is that I didn’t do any of this on my own. Everyone who knew me saw the change and knew that it was completely alien to my nature. Most of my friends were friends with the “old me” – the self-conscious conceited bastard who placed himself before the needs of anyone else. Even in my “good deeds” I had done previously it was only to get favor from others or to work my way to Heaven on some mix of Lutheran and Catholic view of propitiation.

Atheism is impossible. The basic problem is that you’re arguing a negative answer. That’s like me saying that “there’s no jalapeno flavored soda in the world”. Do I know that to be true? No. Even if I knew every kind of soda in the US could I possibly know every brand of soda in the world – every kind that has ever been developed? I mean, in Japan they have horse flesh flavored ice cream. EEW! That’s only here on the planet Earth. Saying that there’s “no God” is saying that you have total knowledge of every aspect of the universe – that you know it because you’ve been everywhere at the same time and you know, without a doubt, that there’s no God. You can’t know that. The reason you choose not to acknowledge God is because it’s counter intuitive to your nature. If you acknowledge God then you’d have to acknowledge that He could have some rights and responsibilities. Then it would be your responsibility to learn about Him and see what He wants. That’s where Christianity is different from all of the world religions – they all say that you have to work to gain favor to pay back God for your sinfulness or you have to deny yourself everything to atone for your sinfulness. Christianity acknowledges your sins and does so by God placing inside of you His moral laws. You know that lying, stealing, murder and adultery are all wrong. Jesus took it further – He said if you look with lust (yes, that includes porn) you’re committing adultery in your heart. That shows that God’s not only concerned about the acts you commit with your speech or body but even your thought life. If I were to take a computer chip and put it behind your ear and have it record every thought you have for a week, then play it back for your friends and family – how do you think they’d react to it? God is able to see everything in your whole life and He says when you die you’re going to have to answer for those things. No person can possibly meet those requirements and all are damned to Hell. That’s where the glory of the Gospel comes in – God promised way back in the Garden – that He’d send a Savior and to trust in that Savior to come for salvation. Jesus Christ is that Savior and we don’t have to trust in the Word of God prior to that that He’d eventually come – we can read His words and read about the principles He’s set up. It’s extremely simple – acknowledge your sinfulness – that you can’t do it on your own and that you need God to do it for you, repent of your sinful life and believe in Jesus alone as the Author and Finisher of your salvation.

I got a reply:

I can see the train so i know it is a danger, one can not say the same about heaven or hell.

My response:

That’s because you’re still in the car and your radio is up. You refuse to listen to those who tell you about it and you refuse to consider that what we say is true. Think about it – suppose for a few minutes that there is a God who created this whole place. As the Creator, He has the right to lay down the rules. Much as if you could create your own planet with your own people on it, you’d want them to treat you with respect, after all, you are their creator. They deny your existence and go about their lives. You exist outside of their world and outside of their time so you can see what happens in the end – you can see what would happen if you didn’t intervene – in that you become personal but you want to have them love you on their own and not out of fear of your judgment. You setup a sacrificial system to cover their sins against you but you know that this can never pay the real price for the sins they’ve committed against you. You set aside a group of people for yourself so the rest of the world can look at them and see how much you love them and so that they will recognize you as well. They continue to deny your existence. You give them general rules – they break them. You give very specific rules – they break them. They tell you that they don’t want your direct rule and that they want to be like the rest of the world – so you give them a king. That king, and most of his descendants lead the people away from you. You give them up to their lusts and they end up in horrible slavery and pain. They call out to you and each time you bring them back only to have them lash out against you again. Over and over they fail to meet your rules but you knew this would happen from the start. You GAVE them the ability to think for themselves and to walk away if they so desired.

So you send your own son down to this planet you created to live the perfect life that they cannot. To follow all of your rules and to teach them how they can do it, but only by following the teachings of your son. The religious leaders kill him for threatening to take away their power. In doing so they don’t realize that they’ve performed a sacrifice, based on your rules set way back in the beginning – but this sacrifice can actually take the place of their sins. This sacrifice wipes it all clean. Not only that, you promise that you’ll never let them slip back out of your hand of salvation once you have them. You place a fire in their heart to reach others and to learn more about you and your nature – you bring them back and now you have a people who are totally different from the rest of society and who everyone else looks at and realizes that they are separate. You keep your promises and keep them close to you. Many try mock you and create false religions based on the right worship you’ve created but ultimately you know those who rightly worship you and who are truly redeemed. You know this because they’re safely in your hands. No matter how bad their persecutions get on this planet you’ve created – your promises are sure and you will redeem them in the kingdom to come.

The problem is that without dying to your own desires and giving up all that you hold dear in this life you’ll never be able to have the assurance that is available in Christ Jesus. I know this is all evangelical-speak and it sounds different because it IS different. As long as your hands are full of sand you can’t have anyone place gold inside them. Read the book of John – prove me wrong. Just don’t claim that what I know to be, and that I’m willing to bet my life on, isn’t true. I know that it’s true because I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. I know the rebirth in myself is absolutely true and that rebirth by the Holy Spirit is my guarantor of things to come.

That was quick. 😀

There’s a story told about a woman who, while driving through a rough neighborhood, has her car break down. It’s very early in the morning, so early that the sun still hasn’t begun to brighten the sky so she, in her fear, rolls up the windows, locks the doors, and hunkers down until daylight when she’s more comfortable getting out of the car to look for help. About 40 minutes later she is awaken by a man screaming at her to get out of the car. She is terrified and refuses to do anything that this madman tells her to. She is, in her mind, rightly offended that she should be commanded in such a way by someone she doesn’t know. The man disappears for a moment only to reappear with a rock in his hand and he smashes her window and rips her out of the car. She’s screaming for help as he drags her from her car and he doesn’t get her 10 feet from her car before the whole thing is engulfed in a fireball of twisted metal as a freight train plows right through it.

In the same way, we as Christians, are ignored and attacked for speaking to others about our faith and for telling others the hard truth about their situation. If we are true believers, then this should come as a second nature. If we are true believers then we know that we can’t sit idly by as we wait on others to do the “hard things” and approach those who are running headlong into Hell. Our neighbors, friends, family members – unknowingly sprinting from God into the eternal fires of Hell and we don’t do anything about it at all – and why? Because we’re afraid that they won’t like us anymore? How would you feel if you were that woman, sitting quietly in your car with the radio up and only realizing at that last second before the train hits that there’s someone sitting 10 feet away safely watching it all take place? Someone who knew the train was coming and who did nothing to help you? The loving thing to do is often the hardest but we, as Bible believing Christians know that the train is coming. Are you going to stand idly by, or are you going to grab a rock and do the hard work of reaching those in need?

So, I just had the chance to take a survey based on my experiences at GodTube for someone who is doing a research paper on the GodTube community as a whole. While the survey was pretty normal (how long have you been a member, do you share your content, etc) the end took a very different turn and it consisted of three pages of “since becoming a member, do you feel that you share your personal experiences with others in order to gain self esteem or worth” style questions. It looked more like an outsider’s view into religion so that someone who doesn’t have the understanding of what it means to be a Christian can find out what it’s like on the “inside” without having to actually partake of it. Also, it felt very much as someone who thought that Christianity as a whole (and the communities that develop when one becomes a Christian) are merely for those who are, as Richard Dawkins puts it, “dims” that believe in God as a crutch alone and who are incapable of rational thought.

Anyway, there was, as there always is, a “comments” section at the end of the survey. For your edification I submit my response.

In pages 10-12, I think there is a bit of a misconception or more that the survey was leading toward a specific answer. While I enjoy the sense of belonging to a community of believers, I also know that there are tares sown in among the wheat and that I still need to be careful with those around me. Also, I do not, nor would I, seek the approval of others nor to increase my own self-worth/esteem based on the views of other people. Worth is subjective and it’s only in a fully expanded definition that you can see it in detail. For instance, if you steal candy from a baby you won’t necessarily get punished as the child can’t do anything. If you steal from your wife or husband you’ll get reprimanded but it’s won’t necessarily be all that bad. If you steal from your work (embezzling, for example) then you’re going to jail. The crime is the same but the punishment is different based on whom you have committed the crimes against. In the same way, our worth, from a Christian perspective, is inconsequential compared to the worth that is placed within us through the sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid for us when He laid down His perfect life in a violent and painful execution so that we can spend eternity with Him in worship of the Godhead in Heaven.

The presumption that our self-worth is determined by the views of others shows a lack of trust in the Lord and a wrong focus in this life. I worry that those who may have answered your survey positively in regards to the self-esteem questions in order to support the site as a whole and not honestly. In the same way that you can’t assume that all Christians are homosexual hating blasphemers like those from “pastor Fred Phelps” ‘church’ the assumption that people who use this site are doing so to gain strength from those around them or that the site is a crutch for those who are still babes in Christ.

That said, I hope that this is not the case and have continued in the survey in the hopes that this is not your aim but, for my own conscience, I could not conclude this survey without speaking my peace. I truly hope that you get an excellent grade on this project and that you do well in the future.

That said, I hope you all have a great day (or night) and to you atheists – seriously consider the yourselves in light of the 10 commandments and realize that everyone (including you and me) fall short of God’s holy standard which is why Christ died for us, to pay the price that we can’t pay on our own.

Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?

Proverbs 24:11-12 :: KJV

Deliver those who are walking in unrighteousness to the news of the cross and do everything you can to help those who walk in defiant ignorance toward Hell’s gates. When our Redeemer and Lord asks us at the judgment of the righteous, “Why did you not act? He was your neighbor! She was your friend!”, what will you say?

“How was I to know he wasn’t a Christian?”
“I didn’t know that she was going to Hell?”

This is the same God who knew your hatred for Him and who died in your place so that you can be redeemed. He knows all the secret things of your heart and you can’t lie to Him or tell Him anything other than the absolute truth. If you are truly redeemed then you have an obligation to reach out to those who are still longing to be saved. Imagine that you were on a ship that has sunk in the middle of the ocean in the middle of the night and you were stuck in the deep dark sea awaiting rescue. The next thing you know, someone comes along and pulls you into a life raft and now you no longer see the waves alone but a sea full of people who are near drowning themselves. Would you sit back, content in your own salvation and ignore those around you who are just as exhausted as you were not 5 seconds sooner or would you immediately start pulling people into the life raft? As a Christian, what keeps you from reaching out to those around you? Are you afraid that they’ll hate you? For what? Saving their lives? Or are you so unsure about what you believe in that you don’t want to “rock the boat” of your own salvation and expose yourself to criticism? If you’re not willing to do the right thing and help those around you, maybe you’re not saved after all.

Take that step – check your faith, reach out to those in need, if you are truly saved then God will not let you go. He has promised that and after an eternity of promises that haven’t been broken He won’t let you slip through the cracks. Take your hands and put them to work for the King. You won’t be disappointed.

A friend recently sent in a prayer request which, with the details removed, reads as follows:

Could you ask our group to pray for a very dear family friend I’ve known since I was a small child, she had a cancerous tumor removed from her spine, and now they said she has another one they have to go back in and remove. They have been wealthy and somewhat removed from difficulty in life, and neither has salvation. Please pray for her to be drawn to the Lord during this time, and to ask herself the important question of what is after this life. Pray that the Lord will send someone to share the truth with her and that her eyes will be opened.

My response:

Please take this with all due respect in your time of pain for your family friend who is unsaved but what is stopping you from witnessing to her? It could be that this is your “Esther moment” and that God has placed this so strongly on your heart that you would be moved to action. I am someone who has intimate knowledge of this scenario. My best friend was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just after we moved from Denver to Raleigh. I had spoken to him in the past about his mormon upbringing but had never gone into detail about it. He has agreed with me that mormonism was not Christianity but he seemed content in that with a feigned interest in “learning more” in the future. I then prayed about it for a while. Through a very hard year I finally spoke up to him about his salvation and what mormonism will bring him.

He again agreed that they’re very different and he tearfully listened as I shared the 10 commandments to show him God’s holy standard and told him that he can never work his way to Heaven. He agreed that a just God would have to send him to Hell. I bought him a NKJV MacArthur study bible and urged him to talk to God about it and to use the bible I sent him to see if what I said was true. 1 month later his cancer was miraculously gone and we rejoiced! We didn’t talk much about our previous conversation as I felt uncomfortable and he seemed to avoid it. He did say that he was still attending the mormon church with his family and had attributed his restoration to his mormon “father”.

4 months later and the cancer was back. This time it was bigger and growing very quickly in two new areas – the doctor told him that he didn’t have a lot of time. 2 weeks after hearing this he called me up to tell me. It may have been that I was saddened by it all or it may have been my fear but instead of taking up the gospel again in earnest I resigned to pray for him nightly that God would raise up Christ-filled believers who would be able to reach him, completely ignoring His calling in my life to the task. I had every reason why I couldn’t do it – that I was not a good enough speaker, that I had failed in the past, that I wasn’t smart enough to do it… every reason imaginable. Then, a couple weeks later I get a cryptic message from him stating that “even though we had our disagreements on Christianity that he loved me and didn’t want that between us”. I tried unsuccessfully for a week to contact him and on the next Saturday I received a quick text message that he had died.

I was devastated. I knew what I was tasked with and I had turned from it because I was more concerned with our friendship than with his salvation. God had placed the burden on my heart and I chose not to act personally and in doing so have placed on my own heart the burden of uncertainty. Ultimately I rest in the assurance that God will judge him with the believers if he repented of his sins and trusted in Christ alone for his salvation or by his works compared to the 10 commandments. I know that we serve a just God and that His judgment would be perfect and true. What of my own heart, though? Knowing what I should have done versus what I chose to do?

It ultimately comes down to how much I believe in what I have learned about God from His book and the godly leaders He has placed into my path. How much importance I place on my own salvation and my devotion to God will determine how far willing I am to go in His service. My savior DIED in the most horrific way imaginable to guarantee my salvation. Who am I to stop any shorter than that in service to Him?

I have made it a covenant between God and myself to never let what happened to Shane happen to anyone else if I can help it. While I understand that it’s God through the Holy Spirit that does the saving, I will not stop until I have done all that I can. Ultimately, what you choose to do is up to you – I just think that you can do more in prayerful, loving action than in hoping that God will send someone else.

I hope you don’t see me telling you what to do and instead that you see me just trying to help out. We love you and your family and we will continue to pray for you in this time of need.

How important is your salvation? Is it worth everything to you or do you regard it as a patch you can apply to your life in times of need or convenience? What does it matter if a man gains the whole world but loses his soul? That said, which side are you on?

Found via my good friend at ThinkBiblicallyRadio

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