Is it prostituting it to hope that our understanding of the Gospel may be flawed? Is it wrong to hope for “wiggle-room” so that a person who, as far as we know, did not obey the Bible, and who died in an unregenerate state, could anyhow find mercy…and be in Heaven…as opposed to being for eternity in hell? Is it obscene to even allow these questions to circulate through a Christian mind?
I speak from the unspeakable shadowy depth of my soul today, as I consider the death of Tanya, a friend, a person searching for God, a 43 year wife and mother who sat in church services at Christ Alive, who attended a ladies Bible studies here at DJs RV, and around whose kitchen table, Jerry and I once taught a home Bible study.
Is not Scripture clear?
Who will be saved?
“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,…”Acts 16:31
What is believing?
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this speak he (Jesus) of the Spirit…)” John 7:38-39
What did Peter say as he laid out the plan of salvation on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost dispensation was ushered in?
“Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38
Indeed Scripture is implicit, giving us an easily understood plan of salvation. Yet, restlessly, and in vain, I am sure, I search for exception, for flawed understanding, for loopholes, although at the same time, I cringe at such thoughts. Bear with me, though, for at this moment, since mid-morning yesterday, Tanya–unbaptized and not filled with the Holy Ghost–has stood as a being of eternity. Her lot has been cast.
But into the hand of a living, merciful God has she been delivered. There can be no better place.
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