Firstly, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit this site.
If you landed on this page, you might be here because you saw this website printed
on the back of a business card or other literature, or someone told you to come
here and “make a U-turn!” Hopefully, the short note you read or conversation you
had with someone from this ministry has intrigued you enough to come here to find
out more about the message of true Christianity. Maybe you are here just to research;
you might want to learn more about what the “insane” guy or girl who referred you
here believes so you can tear it apart intellectually. Or you might be a Christian who
knows that you need to do more evangelistically and hope to find out more about
effectively communicating the Gospel. Whoever you are, you are welcome here!
If you’re here because a card or pamphlet brought you here, let us explain what
that card or pamphlet, or “Gospel tract”, is. A Gospel tract is simply a printed message
about biblical Christianity, admittedly, creatively designed to get your attention. The
primary goal in distributing these Gospel tracts is to see who the Lord may be leading
to a real relationship with Him. We’re hoping this site will provide you with more
information than what there is room for on most Gospel tracts. Whether you’re here
because you received a tract, or because someone encouraged you to come here and
“make a U-turn,” let’s take this quick trip together to discover who God is,
and who you are!
We hope you will continue to scroll down to discover how you can make
that U-Turn! If you need more information or have questions, feel free to
send us a note! Thanks again for visiting!
The Bible tells us that God is holy (Isaiah 6:1-3; 1 Samuel 2:2), meaning He is
spotless, blameless, absolutely perfect. Hosea 11:9 tells us that He is unlike any
other, and that His holiness is the essence of that “otherness”. His being is
completely absent of even a trace of sin. God is also the Creator of all things
(Isaiah 40:28). A creator is one who makes something new. There are many people
who create things: food, music, buildings, furniture, clothing, etc., but when we
say they create these things, they are actually beginning with preexisting matter
and forming it in new ways. God, however, started with nothing. (Colossians 1:16-17).
He is the literal Creator of all things. God is also loving. In today’s culture, a
“loving God” is defined as a completely non-confrontational being who tolerates
anything we want to do. This definition is unbiblical. God is love (1 John 4:16), He
doesn’t just simply possess love as we do. Since God is the very definition of love,
He cannot do anything that is unloving. Because God is love, and because He is
holy, He hates sin, and is wrathful toward it. Wrath is defined as “the emotional
response to perceived wrong and injustice”. The wrath of God is a divine response
to human sin and disobedience (Romans 1:18). While it might seem contradictory
of a God who is love, God hates anything that is contrary to His nature, including
those that practice the things that are contrary to His nature.
So, where does that leave us?
Well, the Bible makes it clear that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 tells us
that everyone has sinned and fallen short of measuring up to God’s standards.
His standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48), and none of us can or will ever attain
it. You may be asking, “But what exactly is sin?” The Bible says that sin is the
violation of God’s Law (1 John 3:4). In other words, it is the act of disobeying
His moral Laws, which are otherwise known as the Ten Commandments.
How many times does a rapist have to commit rape to be a rapist? How many
times does a murderer have to commit murder to be a murderer? The answer to
both of those questions is, of course, one. Likewise, the first time that you ever
told a lie made you a liar. The first time you ever took something that didn’t belong
to you made you a thief. These are just a couple examples. Let’s take just a moment
to look at all ten of them, which can be found in Exodus 20:1-17.
1. God declares, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Keeping that in
mind, have you always loved God more than any other thing or person? We
haven’t!! When you chase after money, materials, relationships, or anything
else in your life, you replace Him as the most important thing. This includes
things that are not bad in and of themselves, but which replace our love for
God. At the moment that we love food, cars, big house, money, politics, our
families, or our jobs more than we love God we deserve to die and spend
eternity in Hell.
2. God declares, “You shall not make yourself any graven image.” He tells us
here that we are not to define God, either intellectually or physically. He is
thoroughly described in the Bible and if we do anything to try to mold Him
into anything other than how He has described Himself, we break this
commandment. This includes making idols, or representations of God, with
our hands. It also includes making Him out to be less holy, righteous, just,
or loving than He really is. Have you redefined God, making Him less than
He really is? Have you created a god that fits nicely into your life? We have!!
3. God declares, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”
God tells us that when we use His name casually instead of with reverence
and respect, we dishonor His name. Some even use His name as a profanity.
Instead of using a four-letter curse word to express disgust, they use the name
of the God who created them and gave them life! This is called blasphemy and
is a very serious sin in the eyes of God. Have you ever used God’s name this
way? We have!! Keep in mind, though, that this is not the only way you can
blaspheme. Another way is to claim that you are a Christian (taking His name
to yourself) and then living a life that contradicts what a Christian should be
(see Galatians 5:22-23). This gives the enemies of God an occasion to
blaspheme (2 Samuel 12:14). Have you done this? We have!!
4. God declares, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” God wants us
to set aside at least one day each week to honor Him in worship. He tells us
that we should assemble ourselves together in worship. Have you always
taken one day out of every week to rest and honor Him? We haven’t!!
5. God declares, “Honor Your Father and Mother.” Have you always honored
your parents? We haven’t!! Have you ever rebelled against them? We have!!
You might not be able to think of one occasion when you’ve ever disobeyed
them, however, the Bible says that if we break one commandment, we are
guilty of breaking all of them (James 2:10). What is your attitude toward
authority? Have you ever rebelled against teachers, employers, law
enforcement, or church leadership? We have!! If you have too, you rebelled
against God because He established those authorities (Romans 13:1-7;
Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 6:5-8).
6. God declares, “You shall not murder.” We know that it is wrong to kill
without just cause, but Jesus said that if we hate someone we are a murderer
at heart (Matthew 5:22). Have you ever hated anyone? We have!! Do you call
yourself a Christian, yet hate a believer in Christ? The Bible says that you
are a murderer (1 John 3:15).
7. God declares, “You shall not commit adultery”. We all know that cheating
on your spouse is wrong, but Jesus took it a step further when He told us that
if we ever look with lust (sexual desire) at someone, then we have already
committed adultery in our hearts (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever looked with
lust? We have!!
8. God declares, “You Shall Not Steal.” Have you ever taken anything that did
not belong to you? We have!! The very first time you did it, you became a thief
in God’s sight. If you steal something small, it is still stealing. Download a
song or app or movie that you didn’t pay for? That’s stealing. Steal something
a very long time ago? Remember that the passing of time does not forgive sins.
9. God declares, “You shall not lie.” Can anyone say that they have never lied?
Everyone has done it; I know we have!! But that doesn’t make it less serious.
When we lie, we contradict the very character of God, who is Truth (John 14:6).
We are all liars as far as God is concerned.
10. God declares, “You shall not covet.” This means that you should not
jealously desire something that does not belong to you. This is a strong
motivator in our materialistic culture. Have you ever been motivated by
greed? We have!! Are you more concerned for material things than the
things of God?
If you’re being honest with yourself, you have now realized
that you have broken every single one of God’s commandments.
What does that mean? Well, we have some good news and some
bad news. Let’s check out the bad news first…
Have you begun to realize that, as you examine yourself by the Law of God, we
are all guilty? Let’s equate this situation to something a little more familiar. If
you committed a crime and were found guilty in a court of law here on Earth,
what would be your next concern? You’d be asking the judge, “What is my
penalty?” So, if we’ve discovered that we’re all guilty in God’s holy court, the
natural next step would be to find out what the punishment entails. Let’s look
at what the Bible says will happen to those who break His laws. Revelation 21: 8
says, “All liars will have their part in the lake of fire (hell).” 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10
tells us that no thief or adulterer will enter heaven. This passage also says that
idolaters and murderers will not enter heaven. The Bible also tells us that God
“will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Galatians 3:10 says
that all who do not obey the Law are cursed! Friend, by these standards, you
are in big trouble! Judgment day is soon coming (Hebrews 9:27)! Approximately
150,000 people die every day; your tomorrow is not guaranteed! He’s coming to
judge the world by His standard of righteousness (Acts 17:30-31), not a standard
that we’ve created by comparing ourselves to others! That’s the bad news.
Here’s the good news. A little over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ,
who is Father God’s only begotten Son, came to Earth. He lived a
perfect, spotless, righteous, sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He is
actually God in the flesh (John. 1:1). The Bible says that He
“became sin for us” that we might become “the righteousness of
God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). You cannot stand before God in
your own righteousness. The kind of righteousness that is typical
in our society is repulsive to God (Isaiah 64:6). He offers those
who will come to Him His own righteousness so that you will be
clothed in it, and not in your own, on the day of judgment. An
exchange must take place; you must somehow lose your sins and
gain His righteousness. Jesus Christ made it possible that God’s
perfect righteousness could be credited to your account. Romans 5:8-9
tells us that “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more than being justified
by His blood we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” He paid
your ‘court fine’ so that you could go free. This is wonderful news!
So, imagine with us for a moment that you were just informed
of a cancer that has infested your body. You have just spent the
last several moments learning of how this cancer is eating away
at your organs, and that it will soon kill you. After the initial
shock and seeming hopelessness, you learn that there is a cure.
A cure that will completely wipe out this cancer in the blink of
an eye, resulting in you being in great health again, and your
hope of living a long, full life being restored. Your natural
inclination would be to find out how you can have this cure
administered to you so that you can be free from the cancer, right?
Well, that’s where we are. You’ve now been informed
of a cancer (sin) that has doomed you to an eternity of
conscious torment, weeping, and gnashing of teeth,
separated forever from the love and grace of your
Heavenly Father, your Creator God. You’ve also been
advised of the cure for this cancer: Jesus Christ. So, just
like with the cancer in the paragraph above, don’t you
now want to learn how to receive this cure? Acts 17:30-31
says, “God commands all men to repent (turn from all
you know to be sin, make a U-turn!) because He has
appointed a day in which He will judge the world in
righteousness.” Friend, that day is closer than you think!
You could be one of the 150,000 people who will die
today! To put that figure into context, nine or ten
people just drew their final breath in the time it took
you to read this one sentence! Your tomorrow is not
guaranteed! To receive this cure, you need to not only
repent, but also to place your faith and trust in Jesus to
Faith is not believing in a creed or believing in things that
aren’t real, like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy. Biblical,
saving faith is trusting in Someone who is trustworthy. That
Someone is Jesus. He is forever trustworthy. Please, friend,
abandon yourself to Him for He is the only One who can save
you. He is the only door by which you can inherit the Kingdom
If you are reading this and feeling conviction for
breaking God’s Laws, that’s great! It means that you
are seriously considering the eternal consequences of
your sin, and that the Holy Spirit is helping you to
understand the seriousness of not being in right
standing with your Creator. If you want to get right
with God, go to Him in your own words and cry out
to Him for mercy. Tell Him what you have done
against Him, how you have broken His Law. Then,
turn from those sins and abandon yourself to what
Christ has done for you. Commit to following Him
as Lord, or Master of your life. If you feel a bit lost
and don’t know what exactly to pray in order to trust
Christ, find a Bible and open it to Psalm 51, using it as
a guideline. Then, go to the book of Luke and read
about the wonderful Savior who sacrificed everything
so that you could spend eternity with Him in Paradise!
SOMETHING MUST BE MADE CLEAR, THOUGH: IF YOU ARE
COMING TO CHRIST JUST TO GET A BETTER MARRIAGE,
BECOME SUCCESSFUL, PROSPER FINANCIALLY, OR HAVE
BETTER SELF-ESTEEM, DON’T. IF YOU INTEND TO SIMPLY
ATTEND CHURCH ON SUNDAY, BUT CONTINUE IN THE
SINS THAT HAVE DAMNED YOU TO HELL, DON’T PRAY
PSALM 51. IF YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF SERVING THE
ONE WHO OFFERS YOU ETERNAL LIFE, THEN BY ALL MEANS,
DON’T MAKE A PRETENSE OF ASKING HIS FORGIVENESS.
BECOMING A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST MUST BE TAKEN
SERIOUSLY. IT IS NOT SIMPLY PRAYING A PRAYER, AFTER
WHICH JESUS MAGICALLY AND SUDDENLY MAKES YOUR
LIFE WONDERFUL AND SINLESS. YOU WILL STILL SIN
AGAINST HIM, HOWEVER THE FRUIT, OR RESULTS, OF
SOMEONE WHO HAS GENUINELY REPENTED OF THEIR SIN
AND PLACED THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST IS THAT THE
INDIVIDUAL WILL WAR AGAINST THEIR SIN, AND WILL
ENDEAVOR TO YIELD TO THE HOLY SPIRIT IN EVERY
DECISION THEY FACE.
IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE THAT
YOU CAN GO TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE BUT TO THE LORD
JESUS CHRIST, COME TO HIM! IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT
YOU MUST TURN FROM YOUR LYING, LUST, THIEVERY,
REBELLION, COME TO HIM! IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT HE
WAS YOUR SUBSTITUTE AND SACRIFICE FOR YOUR SINS,
COME TO HIM! IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR LIFE IS NO
LONGER YOUR OWN AND THAT HE HAS BOUGHT YOU WITH THE
PRICE OF HIS OWN BLOOD, COME TO HIM! HE WILL NOT CAST
YOU OUT. HE WILL NOT MOCK YOUR DESIRE TO BE
RIGHT WITH GOD.
SO THAT’S THE BAD NEWS AND THE GOOD NEWS. THERE IS
SOME FINE PRINT, THOUGH.
JESUS TELLS US IN LUKE 9:23-26, “IF ANYONE DESIRES TO
COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP
HIS CROSS DAILY, AND FOLLOW ME. FOR WHOEVER
DESIRES TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER
LOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE WILL SAVE IT. FOR WHAT
PROFIT IS IT TO A MAN IF HE GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD,
AND IS HIMSELF DESTROYED OR LOST? FOR WHOEVER IS
ASHAMED OF ME AND MY WORDS, OF HIM THE SON OF
MAN WILL BE ASHAMED WHEN HE COMES IN HIS OWN
GLORY, AND IN HIS FATHER’S, AND OF THE HOLY ANGELS.”
THE APOSTLE PAUL TELLS US ALSO IN 2 CORINTHIANS
5:17 THAT “IF ANY ONE IS IN CHRIST, THEN HE IS A NEW
CREATURE. THE OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY, AND
ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW.” YOUR NEW LIFE IN
CHRIST WILL NOT BE EASY. BIG CHANGES ARE AHEAD!
YOU HAVE THE PROMISE THAT HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN
TROUBLE AND THAT AN ETERNITY WITH HIM AWAITS YOU.
READ THE BIBLE DAILY AND OBEY WHAT YOU READ. FIND
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