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The following Wednesday, Bishop Akron received the devastating news. His old friend, his mentor, his confidant, his spiritual father, Prophet Malcolm, had been rushed to the hospital’s emergency room after suffering a massive heart attack from which he never recovered. Bishop Akron was shaken up.
“I feel a great loss in my life, and I feel it a great honor to be able to say a few words at this home-going praise and worship service held in honor of this great man of God whose only aspiration was to please the God he served by living in obedience to Him, by preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in-season and out-of-season. I can honestly say, he ran his race. He finished his course. He kept the faith,” Bishop Akron shared with those friends and well-wishers attending Prophet Malcolm’s funeral. “I remember the many Sunday evening chats we shared where he would impart to me words of wisdom from his many years of walking with the Lord.”
Bishop Akron paused as his voice cracked. He steadied his trembling lips.
“And, Sadie, you are a great woman to have stayed with him ‘till death did you part. What a testimony. I know it has not always been easy as it takes a special woman to be married to a prophet. If I had had time to ask Prophet Malcolm what would he have me to say at this his home-going, I have no doubt that he would have wanted me to say two things: First, to the Christians gathered here, he would want me to tell you to stop your sinning because this is no time for evil. So, Christians, stop your sinning because we have no time for evil, especially in light of the fact that we too will die soon and stand before God to give an account of our lives. Second, to those who are not Christians, he would want me to share the Gospel with you; he would want me to tell you how to get saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is Hell, and so that is what I am going to do.
“In First Corinthians chapter fifteen verses three and four we read: ‘For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.’ That is the Gospel, and that is what you have to believe and receive. All you have to do now is what Paul tells us to do in Romans chapter ten verses nine and thirteen: ‘That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Do you believe that? Do you believe that? If you do and you want to solidify that belief then pray with me this prayer:
“Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner, lost and on my way to Hell. Lord Jesus, please forgive me of my sins for they are many. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I do accept You now as my Saviour. Please come and live within me and change me from the inside out. Help me from this day forward to begin living in obedience to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”