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The Prince of Preachers Speaks

Thursday, February 15, 2024

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“If your life is unholy, your heart is unchanged; and if your heart is unchanged, you are an unsaved person. If the Savior has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, He has done nothing in you of a saving character. The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit.” – C.H. Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers,” didn’t stop there. He went on to say…

“Where Christ works a saving work, He casts Satan from his throne and will not let him be master any longer. No man is a true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal body. Sin will be in us—it will never be utterly expelled till the spirit enters glory; but it will never have dominion.”

And then he added…

“There will be a striving for dominion—a lusting against the new law and the new spirit that God has implanted—but sin will never get the upper hand so as to be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah shall prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out.”

In other words, you are either born again or you’re not. And if you’re not, come Judgment Day, you will be on the outside of the Pearly Gates looking in. Or more accurately, you will be consigned to a Christless eternity in hell, aptly described in Revelation 20:14-15 as the “lake of fire.”

The Good News, however, is that it isn’t too late to get your ticket stamped for Glory. Just repent of your sins and trust Jesus as your Savior and your heavenly reservation is written in the blood of the Lamb, never to be erased.

Between now and then, whether Jesus returns for His bride or calls you home, be sure to live as a “new creature in Christ,” which is what you become when you place your faith and trust in Him. That means not allowing sin to gain a foothold let alone a stranglehold in your life.

As Jesus told the woman caught in adultery in John 8:11, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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