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The Truth..To Fred

The Truth – A Note To Fred

Fred,

I will try to explain why your calls have not been answered. This is way to long and drawn out, I apologize for that, but the best way to express my reasoning can’t be resolved in a few words. So, if it sounds a bit malevolent while you read and, no doubt, will think I’m completely insane off the rocker.. etc., that’s fine. I’ve never changed through the last 33 years in my belief and know as truth.

If you remember, going back, I received Christ as my savior in your (barham blvd) condo. My longing to know if God was real was answered. I still remember that experience to this day. I asked Jesus to to save me and the Holy Spirit from God came into my heart and changed me. You know it, too.

Through years of studying the bible I found out who God was, why Jesus came and gave His life for the sins of the world. Searching of other religions didn’t stand up. The many questions that popped up in my mind, examined scriptures, what if’s; I can tell you the eyes of my heart have been enlightened and point only to His word as truth. From the old testament (Torah, Hebrew Bible) through the new testament, in all my learning, only the biblical account of God has revealed His love for me and how to acquire eternal life. A very very hard difficult road!

I guess you could say I lived as a hypocrite. All the drinking and stupid behavior. My profession of faith probably came across merely as superficial. I had a weakness! A tendency to hold on to my youth and live in the moment for myself. Yeah! Sure there was laughter and fun, you helped me many times and gave me things etc…, I don’t take away from that. That was in the past. It is gone! The friendship I had with you was really against what I believed. No fault of yours, I chose to associate with you. The things I sought after were of no value towards my growth in Christ. God gives us all things to enjoy in this life, but the pleasures I delighted in were harmful to my body and soul. There is absolutely no benefit for me to remember any of it.

If I were to socialize with you now the temptation to get sucked back into the past would be pernicious in a subtle way to my psyhce. I care not to take part in hearing any negative remarks or emerging debates. I’m not bold enough to tell you in conversation otherwise. All those memories would just cloud my thinking.

I look forward to the future of Christ’s coming and the new heaven and new earth. This world has nothing for me except, lies, phoniness, disappointment, hate and heart ache. I count it all meaningless. Being around deception and lies is not for me. The life I live is for God, Jesus my Lord and Savior. Yes! Jesus freak! God’s goodness. I hold on to that. The truth of His word. As the bible tells me, “I’m a sojourner just passing through. My citizenship is in heaven.” …continued in Truth -2

The Truth -2

No one person has influenced me or has a hold over my psyche, except for the Holy Spirit and people I know who walk the talk and live what they believe in Christ. I will always have my faults, questions, regrets, but when death comes I will stand before God to give an account for what I did with my life. There is not enough praise in the English language to express how glad I am to the All Mighty God for sending Jesus to bail me out. He is my lawyer who paid (by His blood and life) for my past, present and future sins. God will see me as righteous because of what Jesus did at the cross not because of anything ever done by me. I am a sinner saved by grace. I know you have no clue to what this all means, to get understanding, you have to study scriptures (Holy Bible). Even though it was written over a period of 1500 years by 40 different authors and walks of life, who were moved by the spirit of God, the relevancy is still accurate to this day.

Many years I witnessed to you about this truth. You ridiculed not only me, but dismissed the bible as myth, written by man. Yes, written down by man, but, inspired by the Holy spirit. There is a big difference. No one can get understanding from the scriptures until they actually invite Christ in their heart and are filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s a lifetime of learning and studying. Many people take phrases out of scripture and interpret it to mean what they want. A big problem with so many preachers misleading people (not only preachers), and will be held accountable. Of course, there are those who’s intentions to disprove the claims of the bible are not correct, either. A harsher judgement awaits them.

As Jesus said, quoted by His disciple Matthew, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. There is no condemnation to those who believe and put their trust in Him. But, for all disbelievers, a place called hell; A place prepared for Satan and his demons, not for man. The reason people go there is because of their unbelief that God (so loved the world) sent Jesus into the world to save them from their sin. Jesus said there would be wailing and gnashing of teeth in that place. A place of torment and separation from God. That is terrifying. It is written.

People choose to ignore the warnings from Christians who witness about heaven and hell. Some typical arguments: there are many ways to God! No, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”! I’m a good person God knows my heart. Jesus said, “only God is good!” Being good doesn’t earn your way into heaven. Others turn away from God preferring to be their own god in rebellion, no accountability.

Then there are the haters of God that deny His existence turning to atheism because of some misfortune in their life. Always questioning, “where was God? Where is God when innocent children are murdered? Why do good people get killed by no fault of their own (being in the wrong place at the wrong time)”? Further rationalization is, “if there is a God, how can a loving God let sickness and disease happen”. (We live in a fallen world from Adam and Eve’s sin.)

There are misguided people being influenced by the evil one that engage in murder. They do evil without fear of consequence. There are many explanations why, seeming, healthy people get sick and die. There are scientific explanations why young people are born with a rare gene that leads to disease and die, draw of the luck, as the world sees it. In this world you will have tribulation. It’s inevitable. God is still God! whether you believe or not. On and on the debate goes… Oh! I forgot… evolution. Astrophysicist Hugh Ross, reasons.org has plenty of explanations for that. There will always be debates. God has an open door for every person on earth and it’s how you respond to His invitation.

One either believes or refuses no matter what. My question is, “who do people think they are to tell God how to run His creation”? People put God in a box and treat Him like a genie. When they don’t get what they want, in retaliation, they simply reason away He exists and kick him to the curb. God will not force Himself on anyone. That’s why there is freedom of choice, obey His way or rebel. Incredible. People always choose their own destination. Heaven or Hell- no in-between!

If people would only turn from their stubborn selfish ways and believe- trusting what God did (sent His only son into a corrupt world to die and pay for their sin, His free gift to all mankind) and stop hating and blaming, get understanding: His ways, His expectations for living, they will get a better grasp why crap happens in this world. I have a fear that it may not happen with you Fred and that terrifies me. If your heart has become so hardened there may be no hope for you.

My hope will always be that the heavenly Father would grant repentance to you and you would turn and believe that God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to pay for your sins (nailing them to the cross) before that terrible day comes. Believe that He died was buried and resurrected on the third day as eye witnesses wrote about. Yet, for some reason or another scores of people think after death they will somehow get into heaven without believing in Jesus and scores of others believe you just die- no after life. The scripture says, “it was appointed for man to die once, then judgement”! Myriads will always choose to be rebellious and say no to the free gift and parish.

God is sovereign. He is loving and compassionate to people who love Him. Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.” …continued in Truth -3

 

The Truth -3

Human nature always wants proof, a sign, something tangible before believing. Well, I tell you there is proof all around! The heavens declare the glory of God. The beauty of this world. The incredible intricacies of the brain how marvelous it works. The miracle of birth! And so on… Science tries to explain it as evolution…That is just plain wrong! There is no science in evolution! The Bible already explained it, in the beginning God created!

I know this means nothing to you, just a debate! You say, “there is discrepancies in the bible”. Not so. It takes years of studying the meaning of words translated from Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew and the way the text was implied etc. You say, “there is so much hypocrisy in the church”. Granted! There will always be that. It certainly doesn’t take away from the eyewitnesses who saw, touched, and ate with Jesus after His resurrection, only to die horrible deaths themselves for preaching the good news.

Jesus spoke many times of sin, heaven and hell. A lot about hell. But, no one wants to hear that! How would a loving God send anyone to hell? He doesn’t. People choose to go there because of their unbelief. There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Everyone has freedom of choice. Jesus said the path is narrow leading to eternal life, but the gate is wide leading to destruction. Many people choose the latter.

You could have all that this world can give then die and face judgement (your name not written in the book of life). Or, while there is little time left, repent (turn from your unbelief) and by faith get on your knees, humble yourself before Him, ask God for forgiveness and receive the promise of the after life with Jesus in paradise. Accept what Jesus did at the cross for your sins. The choice you make determines your eternity. If what you see in the church doctrine is only myth and hypocritical jargon, you will still perish in your sin. If you say you have no sin, you call God a liar. If you say there is no God, you are being deceived.

I live by faith, not by sight. Christ is my hope and redeemer. I will always believe and no one will ever take that away. He was crucified, buried, and rose again on the third day as the scripture says. It was written He is coming back for believers and will pay vengeance on all who disbelieve. A frightening thing. But, make no mistake. As I mentioned before, it is appointed for man to die once, then judgement.

It breaks my heart, God’s heart more, to think of you perishing. God wants none to perish but, repent. Turn to Him and believe! There is one who, so devious, so deceptive, sublime in all his ways and wants nothing more than to destroy man from the face of the earth. You sneer at that? You have no concern about your soul or the many you deceived when you’ve lied to them? All the years that I knew you, many times, you expressed how you couldn’t remember the lies you told people. Jesus said when you lie to people your will is submitting to the devil, and his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. All liars will have no part in the resurrection. You must realize your soul is at stake. The devil plays you like a pawn Fred.

There is a God and there is a Devil! Look at the Christians all over the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Do you think that the millions of people who put their trust in Jesus and willing to die for their faith is vain? I think not! Just as He said in the scriptures, they hated Him without a cause and anyone who follows Him will be persecuted, too. Just as you used to mock me (even in your anger or kidding) and say, “they should kill them all.” You don’t even realize the words you spoke we’re from the devil.

I could go on and on about it, but I don’t want to write a book. Don’t have the patience or the energy.

Fred, you and I had nothing in common. The alcohol was the only life force that played a part in our relation. I know there was an emotional tie or feeling, some kind of bond between us for all those years. It’s really sort of sad I had to separate myself from you. All the years I was saved, while playing the game with you, I lived like I was part of the world. I was wrong. I don’t wish for any of this to sound mean spirited or degrading in anyway. I write to hopefully wake you up.

This is truth from the bible, Gods word. I will say it again- unless you repent you will perish. Only Jesus can take away the old nature and make it new. I don’t know how many more times I can tell you the truth. The day will come when you will die. If Jesus is not your savior, you and all who you know that refuse to repent and believe will face an unimaginable eternity called hell. I didn’t make this up. Jesus spoke of hell many times in scripture as being a place of torment. A separation from the light of God. That is scary! Laugh all you want. Dismiss it as myth. Don’t believe. Your choice. We all are going to face death. The difference between you and me is, I have a savior. As He said, “everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and He Himself will raise him up on the last day.”

This is nothing new to you. You once told me with malice to never ever pray for you. I have not forgotten that. I don’t, but my wife does. I still hope there is a slim chance God will draw you to Christ. He is the only hope for your soul and the life after. It’s your choice. There is one God, one mediator between God and man, that is Jesus Christ. Lord of Lords, King of Kings.

Many people have been deceived by Satan, Lucifer, the serpent of old, the devil. He can appear as an angle of light. That is why so many religions have been born. People saw a vision of some angel who gave them some sign or tablet with Gods writing. But, there is only one Christ (means Messiah, redeemer) Jesus… Following Him comes with a price. It ain’t a pleasant thing facing the cruelty of man. Eternity hangs on that choice. I’m quite certain all this is of no significance to you, I’m just a repeating rambling madman.


At least all the years I preached was not in vain for Joel. He finally repented, even started reading the bible again and admitted Jesus was his savior… Thank you Lord JESUS! I will see Joel in Heaven. I wish you would join us Fred…

You wanted to understand why I don’t care to associate with you…? Now you understand. As I said before, I don’t express my feelings well in conversation. Hopefully through my writing, and I don’t do that very well, I have conveyed them correctly and with some clarity.

Fred, I don’t wish any evil toward you, just tough love. I only desire that you will come to know who Jesus is and at what price He paid for your salvation. I’m also, rather convinced this letter won’t stay private. But, I’m not ashamed of the gospel. It is the only inerrant written word from the creator God to the world for salvation. I don’t, for the life of me, understand why people are so obstinate and refuse to believe what was written about Jesus. How wonderful God is. He gave His only begotten Son to pay for the worlds sin, that who ever would believe would not perish, but have everlasting life, life eternally in paradise (as Jesus said).

As Paul the Apostle of Jesus wrote, if it isn’t true we should all be pitied.

Verse 12, 1 Corinthians chapter. 15, “Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed concerning God, that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, in fact, if the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”

But, he then says, verse 20… But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

For further reading if you want to understand this passage go to here .

Sincerely, Jon

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