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Dear friend, if you do find yourself at this web-page, it is most probably due to you being handed a Gospel Tract or Booklet by someone that truly loves and cares about the eternal destiny of your soul, and you most probably saw a web address on the literature in your possession and visited the same. You, together with those browsing the internet, are most welcome and we do encourage you to look into the life of Christianity. From the literature you were possibly handed, or the conversations that you were engaged in, you were told that the Bible makes it very clear that we have all sinned against our Creator God. Romans 3:23 tells us that everyone has sinned and fallen short of measuring up to God’s Holy standards. His standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48), and none of us has attained to that perfection by matching it, and in God’s Word He also says that we are to be Holy for He is Holy (Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7; 1 Peter 1:16). When the Bible says we have all “sinned”, what does it mean to sin? The Bible says that sin is the transgression of the Law of God (1 John 3:4). To transgress God’s Law is to be disobedient to His moral Law, the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Now, let us take a brief look at them:

1. You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me. Scripture tells us that we are to have no other gods before the One True God, who is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Exodus 4:5; 6:3; Matthew 22:32). We are also to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength (Deuteronomy 6:4,5; Mark 12:30). Have you always placed God first in everything that you have done? Or have other things or persons taken precedent in your life ahead of your Creator God? Has your money, material possessions, hobbies, sports, family members and the like taken first place in your life ahead of your love, or lack of love, for God Almighty?

2. You Shall Not Make Yourself Any Graven Image. To make a graven image, Scripture warns that you are not to fashion anything with your hands in the likeness of things in the heavens above, upon the earth beneath or in the waters under the earth. Idols are not only sculptured images made of silver, gold, brass, wood, stone, plastic or any other materials, but it could also be making an idol in your own image created in your mind, a god you are more comfortable with. Psalm 115 warns against idol worship and those who make idols and worship them. Idolatry is mentioned throughout the Holy Scriptures that it is an abomination before God Almighty (Leviticus 19:4; Deuteronomy 29:17; 2 Kings 21:11; Psalm 106:36; 135:15; Ezekiel 14:6; 1 Corinthians 12:2; 1 John 5:21). When men follow their traditions of ancestral worship, this is also idolatry, for there is only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Idols can also be the money, material possessions, etc. referred to under the First Commandment above. Are you an idolater?

3. You Shall Not Take The Name Of The Lord Your God In Vain. The Name of God and His Son Jesus Christ are to be reverenced and be worshipped. However, many times the Holy Names of the Father and His Son are blasphemed, used flippantly and substituted for four-letter swear words as they are dragged through the mud! Hollywood uses the Holy Names of God as cuss words and used mockingly in their films and very often misrepresented. Blaspheming God is also when a person who professes to be Christian does not bring forth the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) and their lifestyle is contrary to their “faith”. They call themselves children of God, but live like the devil. This gives occasion to the enemies of God to blaspheme Him (2 Samuel 12:14).

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Do you set aside one day in seven to worship God? We are told to not to neglect the coming together of the brethren (1 Corinthians 14:26). To remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy would be to set it aside where we give a day to God in worship, prayer and seeking Him. Six days we work – God requires us to come and meet Him without distractions on one in seven, which should not be a tall order to meet – or is it?

5. Honour Your Father and Mother. This is the first commandment with a promise. If we honour our parents we will live long upon the earth. Have we always shown respect and honour to our parents and obeyed everything they have told us to do? Remember, to honour our parents is what God commands, but we are never to follow instructions from our parents that are contrary to God’s Word. We can never follow man’s traditions and commands for by doing so it makes the Word of God of none effect (Mark 7:13). Have you been obedient to teachers, employers, authorities, law enforcement officers, and church leadership and the like (Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 6:5-8)?

6. You shall Not Kill. We know it is wrong to kill. Jesus said that whosoever is even angry with his brother is a murderer (Matthew 5:22). We are also warned that whosoever hates his brother is a murderer (1 John 3:15). In Jeremiah 17:9 the prophet tells us that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:” and we know that out of the abundance of the heart comes murder (Mark 7:21). Gossip is also murder of the heart when you speak all manner of evil against your neighbour (Leviticus19:16; Proverbs 20:19). Do watch what comes out of your heart when you speak.

7. You Shall Not Commit Adultery. It was said of old times you shall not commit adultery, but Jesus said that even looking with lust upon a woman is adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:27,28). Have you looked upon another with lust? Adultery is also sexual relationships outside the bounds of marriage, be it heterosexual or homosexual sex. This is known as fornication and no fornicator will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9,10). 1 Corinthians 6:18 also states that we are to flee fornication for every sin committed is outside the body, but fornication is a sin against your own body.

8. You Shall Not Steal. It is wrong to steal, irrespective of the size or value of the object. Theft is also when people are involved in, whether buying or selling, stolen goods in the act of piracy. See Matthew 19:18; Mark 10:19 and Luke 18:20. Have you stolen anything? Even cheating on an examination is “intellectual theft.” Thieves will receive punishment in hell fire.

9. You Shall Not Lie. Have you bared false witness (lied) to anyone? The Word of God tells us that our tongues, although small cannot be tamed (James 3:5-8). Jesus also warned that if any person speaks lies he speaks the language of the devil (John 8:44). All liars will have their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8; 22:15). God wants us to speak truth not lies.

10. You Shall Not Covet. To covet is when someone desires and lusts after something that belongs to another person. Have you ever coveted after possessions that belong to another? Or have you coveted another man’s wife or daughter for sex? If you cannot afford buying something do not go coveting after it. This leads to all manner of evil activities – which can even lead to murder. To be covetous, the Word of God warns that covetous persons fall into the category of all other wicked and evil person types (see Ephesians 5:5; 2 Timothy 3:2; 2 Peter 2:14). “Wishing” to have something is not “something” to play around with.

If we all are honest with ourselves, we can see that when we examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5) against the moral law of God, we all fall short of His perfect standards. That would mean that every last one of us would be guilty as a transgressor of His law and be deserving of punishment and hell fire for all eternity. The good news is that where we have failed miserably, Jesus did not and He lived a perfect, sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). Scripture also confirms that Jesus is God in the flesh (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 5:7) and “when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4,5). The Bible says: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). You cannot stand before God in your own righteousness. That kind of righteousness 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 on the Day of Judgment, and not in your own righteousness. An exchange must take place; you must somehow lose your sins and gain His Righteousness. Therefore, Romans 5:8-9 tells us: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

When Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins He paid your ‘court fine’ so that you could go free. He can legally commute your death penalty as He redeemed you from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 21:23). This is truly good news. Jesus satisfied God’s wrath and was resurrected to life, and therefore Jesus can save a sinner from His wrath. Scripture tells us that those that are the called and elect would show “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21b) as “the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4b).

If God Almighty is speaking to you this day, do not harden your heart in the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:12; Luke 19:9,10; 2 Corinthians 6:2). Salvation is of the Lord (Lamentations 3:26; 2 Peter 3:15). Call upon the name of the Lord and believe in your heart and upon Jesus Christ, and be saved (Acts 2:21; 4:12; Romans 10:9,10). Make Psalm 51 your repentant prayer. Get a Bible and feed on it (Job 23:12; Psalm 119:103) – be obedient to God’s Word and live it out.

Here is a video that deals with the Cost of Discipleship:

It Will Cost You Everything

2 Responses

  1. Dear Gary Stephen Crous

    I am Zanele a born again christian, I have not much to say except that whenever I see you in town doing open airs (outreach) I always say to my heart, Lord bless this man for listening to you, and continue to use him as your vessel. today on the street i took a pamphlet from you and I saw your website surely I will be blessed everyday.

    stay blessed man of God

    • Dear Zanele

      Many thanks for your dropping by to post this comment. I truly hope that you will be encouraged by this ministry and all that is posted here is to exhalt and glorify our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ!

      Do take care!

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