by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Someone will say they can’t become a Christian because God won’t accept them because of their terrible sins. God will be so appalled by their heinous nature that he will recoil and banish them forever.
We must let the world know the fallacy of this idea. God does accept sinners. If he didn’t, no one would be saved (Romans 3:23). God developed grace for that very reason. He will never turn us away, no matter how firm a hold evil has on our lives.
The world must be told that God is eager to accept the world’s worst sinners (Matthew 21:31). Anyone, no matter what, can come to Christ for salvation.
Do we realize the people God has already accepted?
The great Apostle Paul, one of the greatest men of the Bible, was a mass murderer (Acts 9:1-2; Acts 22:3-5; Acts 26:10-11). Paul said he was the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:12-16). Yet, he was one of the greatest preachers and missionaries who ever lived.
Moses, the leader of the Jewish nation and the recipient of the Law of Moses (Exodus 20), was also a murderer (Exodus 2:11-15).
Peter was called upon to preach the first gospel sermon and the first to take the gospel to the Gentiles, despite being a violent bigot (Acts 2; Acts 10; John 18:10-11; Galatians 2:6-16).
Look who is in the lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-6):
- Rahab, a harlot (Joshua 2).
- Bathsheba, who committed adultery with King David (2 Samuel 11).
- Tamar, who disguised herself as a prostitute to seduce her father-in-law (Genesis 38).
God loves us and will forgive our sins if we will humbly come to him (Hebrews 4:16). The blood of Christ is stronger than our sins (1 John 1:7). We are not saved because of our good so we cannot be denied heaven because of our bad (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If we believe Jesus is the Savior (Hebrews 11:6), will repent of our sins (Luke 13:3-5), confess Christ as Lord (Matthew 10:32) and be immersed for the remission of our sins (Acts 22:16), we can be saved no matter what kind of sins we have committed.
Finally, we can join the other forgiven sinners in heaven forever (John 14:1-6). Christ is waiting for our imperfect lives to come to him today!