LISTEN: Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes, Part 7 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #42 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.

God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.

The Bible says in John 10:28: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Chuck Swindoll. He said: “Emmanuel. God with us. He who resided in Heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn’t come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety.”

Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 7) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

There are many commands to be obeyed by Christians, but to become a Christian only requires receiving the gift of eternal life from our Lord.

Some years ago in another country, I was literally accosted after an evening service by a group of American missionaries working in that country. They had been infected by the lordship/discipleship/mastery Gospel, and having read the thirteen pages I had written about the subject in 1969, they were anxious to debate the issue. I did not know them; they were uninvited; but I could not avoid meeting with them. So we talked for quite a while that night.

Finally it came down to an illustration. I posed this case to them. We all knew, even at that time, that smoking had been proven a serious risk to one’s health. I asked about a hypothetical person who wanted to be saved, but he smoked. Furthermore, he knew full well that smoking was endangering his health, and he realized that if he became a Christian he ought to give it up. But he was unable to do so, nor was he even willing. So I asked these folks, “Can he not be saved until either he gives up smoking or is willing to give up smoking?” Reluctantly they admitted that their view compelled them to say no, he cannot.

Now, suppose such a person made a profession of faith that, as far as one could tell, was genuine. Could he truly be saved and continue to smoke, knowing that is a clear violation of God’s desire that we take care of our bodies? If he continued to smoke till the day of his death, would I be forced to conclude that his profession was not genuine and that he had not been saved all that time? Or could I be assured that in spite of that area of initial unwillingness when he came to Christ and continued disobedience while he lived the Christian life, he nevertheless would be in heaven? The answer is a resounding yes.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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