As I remembered in my last article, the days in my child years of the “Tent Revivals,” I love describing the event: the hot and sweltering conditions, the field next to the tent, rolling with heat waves. Yet every time I think back to those times, I hear, “You won’t get to Heaven with unforgiven sin in your Life.” And there would be a pounding on the pulpit as the pastor yelled this: “God’s Holy Word wants us to understand that the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ from His Cross on Calvary…is to cover our Sin…BUT…you must ask for it!”
And there would be another pounding on the pulpit…loud enough to make everyone jump. “You MUST…humble yourself before the Lord God…get on your knees…and reverently ask Jesus to SAVE YOU. Did you hear that? For Jesus to SAVE YOU…from your sin…to cover your sin with His Blood!”
And the podium would rock and sound off, “If you don’t ask for it…you will go to Hell and later the Lake of Fire! I do NOT say this; the Bible…God’s Holy Word to you and I…says this.” And I would have sworn the tent itself would jump.
Can you imagine a Tent Revival like in those times happening nowadays? I am sure there would be protests and maybe a bomb threat to boot! Feelings would be hurt because everyone was yelled at by the pastor. Boo hoo! “A Revival,” what a concept that is and especially in these days and times. I know this: I would be there, hot or not.
Yet I must say this: there would be NO HOLY FEELINGS in any Tent Revival, no saying “I just feel so holy every time I walk in the church.” There would not be a sermon on “prosperity.” The seats would be hard and uncomfortable, the heat sweltering. And the “Answer to Salvation would ring out!”
Revelation 2:5-7 “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
This verse strikes me to the heart. In other words, do as the Holy Word of God says, come to Jesus, ask HIM to save you and cover your sin with His Blood. There is NO other way to Heaven. I am saying this just as those Tent Revival pastors said it back then, because there truly is NO other way.
It does not matter how bad a sinner you are; Jesus says simply…”Come unto me!” The only sin that is not covered is the sin of “Rejecting Jesus Christ.” That, my friends, is the Fulcrum, the Tipping Point between you and Jesus Christ for His Salvation for Eternity. If only everyone would read this and understand it. Everything that you could ever want or desire, every comfort, every Blessing, every good thing…is found in Jesus Christ…and only Him. And it will last for Eternity. What else is there?
I don’t care if you are a murderer, a thief, whatever…Jesus Christ…IS your answer. All you must do is to ask for it…with all your heart! No pomp…No other process…no nothing else…a simple decision in your heart is all it ever takes. This is why you are here on Earth…to become a child of the Most High God! To go to Heaven…to be with Jesus Christ…who IS God! It’s that simple ya’ll.
I can vividly hear the pastor yelling this from the pulpit…everyone’s eyes were wide open…Hearts were beginning to understand…nothing else mattered at the moment. As the pastor would mop his brow, a piano would begin to play, and then there was the “Call to the Altar” of Jesus Christ. People would wobbly rise to their feet, and they would walk forward to the Altar, lives being saved to Jesus Christ. You could feel the moment in your heart; I know I did.
The pastor would lay his hand on each head, and he would ask, “Do you want Jesus Christ in your heart and life? PRAISE THE LORD.” Tears would be streaming from their eyes, chests heaving and shaking, hands clasped together, “thank you Lord” on every lip. No “feeling good about yourself,” no “Prosperity gospel” was heard, but you could feel the weight being lifted from your heart…finally!
No more fear… about life…or even death for that matter…they are one and the same in this life on Earth. Yet, you knew where you would be in Eternity, with the Lord God. That, my friends, IS enough.
In my heart, my friends, we NEED a revival for Jesus Christ. We need to Come to Him as HE asks us to and give Him our hearts and lives, more today…than ever before! Or do you not watch everything going on around you in this life? If you want your children to grow and live, then they need Jesus Christ in their every moment. How would your life prosper? Money does not bring prosperity….never has and never will. How about everyday harmony and a sense of peace? How about no more worries? Sounds great…does it not? Your answer is above and it comes from the Holy Word of God.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Do you know of anything else that will offer the same? I know I do not. Do I still have troubles in my life? Absolutely, I do! The difference is, no matter what happens to me, the Lord holds me in His capable Hands…I KNOW where I am headed.
I am here to give witness of the Love of Jesus Christ…for me…for others as well. Will I be spared death? It doesn’t matter anymore. To be born on this earth is to know one day I will die. Yet I know where I will spend Eternity…In Heaven with my Lord and Savior. You know…that is enough for me.
We all think with our earthly senses: comfort, pain, hardship, even death…that is our own downfall. We must remember, “We are the fallen species.” We need Jesus Christ. We need to be saved! This life here on Earth…is the FIRST stepping stone on our trip into Eternity. What comes next is what truly matters.
Which do you want…Heaven with love, safety, comfort, harmony, peace…forever? Or do you want Hell and the Lake of Fire…with pain, suffering, agony, NO HOPE. My Friends…it is your choice. That choice is the entire reason you are here on Earth to begin with.
Your only choice here is to go to Heaven or to Hell…that’s it. Everything else that happens here is not within your control…never was and never will be. The Holy Word of God has every answer to every question you could ever think of. And to think it has been around for better than 4,500 years!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should NOT perish, but have everlasting life.“
All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Bible
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