[Note: This is one of my favorite tracts. I'm not certain when Mrs. Sexauer wrote this, but I would guess it was in the 1950sJ. Spencer]
My Testimony of the Gospel of the Grace of God
My Testimony of the Gospel of the Grace of God
By Carolyn J. Sexauer
A Member of the Mormon Church for over thirty years and then saved by Gods Grace.
I came out of Mormonism.
Since that wonderful day when I gave up trying to reconcile the teachings of Mormonism with the Word of God, as found in the Bible, and was "born again" of the Spirit. I have been happier than ever before in my life, and have known in full measure "the peace of God that passeth all understanding."
I live each day rejoicing. Every burden on my heart is gone. Every doubt and fear is gone.
For a long time I have had the desire to bear my testimony to others who are members of the religion into which I was born and in which I have lived most of my life until now.
Space will not permit my going into detail as to my own desperate struggles, my uncertainty and despair before arriving at the truth, but oh I want to make it as clear as these poor words of mine can possibly do, how glorious it is to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior; to be absolutely certain of my salvation apart from anything I have done, or can do; to be a possessor of the indwelling Spirit of Christ to live under the matchless grace of God.
It is the difference between the darkest night and the brightest day. Having found the Light, no power on earth could cause me to go back into darkness.
Mormonism is darkness, along with many other religious systems of these last days.
Staunch believers in Joseph Smiththose who accept The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and other church books as scripture, will be outraged at this statement, but it is true.
I taught theology in a Relief Society for over two years, during which time I studied harder and more diligently, and went on my knees more often than ever before, beseeching God to show me the truth. It was during the first few months of this time, that the vague doubts about the truth of my religion, that had lain dormant in my mind for some time, began to crystallize.
Let me make it perfectly clear, that at that time my greatest desire was to justify my faith in my church. Even the doubts that arose, I put from me, with the explanation to my conscience, that it was simply that I did not understand these particular principles, that it was because I was not worthy of discerning their true meanings.
My belief in Mormon doctrines died a hard death. I clung doggedly to them long after I knew positively they were wrong.
When I was asked by the president of the Relief Society to teach theology, I felt completely unworthy of such a trust and tried in vain to show her that it would be presumptuous in the extreme, for me to attempt to teach women so much farther along the road to "eternal progression" than I. My life was average and respectable as the world goes; but I had long ago despaired of ever being able to "work out my salvation. I knew that if it depended on a life of good works and obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, as laid down by the Articles of Faith, that I had fallen far short of these requirements.
As stated in "A Compendium," by Apostle F. D. Richards and Elder J. A. Little, "Redemption from personal sins can only be obtained through obedience to the requirements of the gospel, and a life of good works." And as Elder E. F. Parry, in "The Scrap Book," says, "The gospel of Jesus Christ is called the plan of salvation. It is a system of rules by complying with which, salvation may be obtained."
What chance had I? But this good lady would listen to none of my protests. She told me that all the sisters agreed with her that I was the one to teach the class.
Believe me I was very humble. I resolved that from that time on, the most important thing in my life would be to justify these womens faith in me. I prayed constantly for guidance, I studied the church books diligently, and began for the first time reading and studying my Bible.
Then began the awful confusion. In looking up the few Bible references given in the lesson outline in the Relief Society Journal, I found myself reading more than just the verses referred to. I read chapters preceding these verses and chapters following. I found that the meaning was often entirely different than the isolated verse would indicate. Also in my reading of this precious Word of God, I discovered many things that didnt agree at all with Mormon teachings.
It was a shock to me. I always believed that the Latter-day Saint religion accepted the Bible as the true word of God, in spite of the eighth Article of Faith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly."
It had never occurred to me that the Bible could have been mistranslated. Although I had never been encouraged to read it (and that is true of all Mormon people), I had always taken it for granted that it was the Book above all books in my church as well as in other Christian religions.
Now I know why Mormon people are not urged to read their Bibles. Anyone who reads it with an open heart and with a prayer to God for understanding, and who is honestly seeking truth, will soon discover that Mormonism is not the true Church of Christ.
The Bible is true. It has been proven true scientifically, historically, prophetically, and psychologically. It is a true testimony to itself. Time-honored and esteemed menauthorities in all branches of researchhave corroborated the truth, the unfailing exactness of the Bible, down through the ages.
And besides all this abundance of proof, every born again believer knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is Gods pure and eternal word, for the Spirit is the interpreter. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our Spirit." (Romans 8:16.) "It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63.)
Now read John 7:17 where Jesus says, "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
When the supreme object and purpose of our life is to do Gods will, we will know positively that the Bible is the Word of God. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)
The Lord promised that He would give the Spirit to all who believed, "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; for He dwelleth in you." (John 14:17)
Mormon leaders have undermined the faith of their people in the reliability of the Bible by casting aspersions upon its translation, and even in some cases, its divine inspiration. In his book "Divine Authority of the Book of Mormon," Apostle Orson Pratt said, "If it be admitted that the apostles and evangelists did write the books of the New Testament, that does not prove of itself that they were divinely inspired at the time they wrote." And from this same book, "Add all this imperfection to the uncertainty of the translation, and who, in his right mind could for one moment suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the whole Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?"
Oh there have been so many statements such as these made by Mormon writers. I could quote many more that come to my mind now, but space will not permit. I shall have to limit my own comments too, from here on. My desire now is to endeavor to show you, my unknown friend, some of the things that caused me to forsake the Mormon church and its teachings and turn to the true Church of Christof which He is the Head and we, the believers, are the members of the body.
I shall start with salvation, which was the principle that prompted the beginning of my search for the truth. The question in my mind was, "Is salvation obtained by ordinances and good works, as my church teaches, or is it the gift of God as declared by the Bible?"
I have already quoted two statements from Latter-day Saint books, about how salvation is obtained. Here is another by Elder Nephi Anderson in "The Scrap Book," Vol. I. "The saving ordinances of the gospel must be administered by men holding the priesthood which is the authority of God delegated to man.
Now I shall quote from the Bible.
"The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior." (Titus 3:5-6)
"Christ died for our sins (1st Cor. 15:3)
Mormonisrn teaches that man is his own saviour, by his "obedience." The Word of God says that salvation is "the gift of God." A gift cannot be earned, else it is no longer a gift. Over and over the Bible tells us that salvation is "not of works;" in fact, makes it perfectly clear that it is, "not of yourselves," in any sense whatsoever. How can we earn anything that is not of ourselveswith which we have nothing to do?
Now let us consider the precious doctrine of justification by faith alone.
In the "Articles of Faith" (1899 edition) Apostle James E. Talmage says, "The sectarian dogma of justification by faith alone, has exercised an influence for evil since the early days of Christianity." In the 1925 edition of "Articles of Faith" he makes the denunciation even stronger. He calls justification by faith alone "this pernicious doctrine."
Following are quotations from Gods Word.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"He that believeth on Him (Christ) is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he bath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)
"Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:24)
Ah no, it is not pernicious, but a priceless wonderful doctrine. I could quote an abundance of Scripture to support my belief. Why should it be pernicious to Mormonism? I will tell you. It is because it destroys the claims of the Mormon priesthood.
Most Latter-day Saint people are familiar with these claims. I shall quote only one. From the "Articles of Faith" "This people of the last days profess to have the Priesthood of the Almighty; the power to act in the name of God, which power commands respect both on earth and in heaven."
But the Bible teaches the Lord Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator (priest) between God and man. Read 1st Timothy 2:5. "There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
He is our eternal High Priest. Read Hebrews 7:24, 25. I quote verse 25. "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."
Mormon people claim to have had restored to them the Aaronic and the Melchizedek Priesthood. But there is nothing in the Bible to indicate that any such priesthood order ever existed in the Church of Jesus Christ. Any one familiar with the Bible knows that the Aaronic priesthood belonged to the Jews alone. When Christ came and died on the cross of Calvary He fulfilled the types of the Old Testament priesthood and offerings, and this priesthood was done away with forever. That is the teaching of the entire Epistle to the Hebrews.
As to the higher priesthood, "after the order of Meichizedek" the Scriptures make it clear that none ever held it but the Lord Jesus Christ. It was never passed on to any one else.
There is a royal priesthood of all true believers in Christ. See 1st Peter 2:9, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (Read also Revelation 1:6 and Hebrews 13:15).
To every reconciled one, Christ has committed the ministry of reconciliation. Read 2nd Corinthians 5:18, "And all things are of God, who bath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation."
Next I should like to bring to your attention the great gulf between Mormon teachings and Bible teachings concerning God.
Mormon belief is that there are many Godsand polygamous.
I quote from "The Seer," Vol. 1 by Apostle Orson Pratt, "In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife, or wives, which were given to him previous to his redemption, while yet in his mortal state."
Here is another quotation. From The Journal of Discourses, Vol. VI. It is from a sermon by the Prophet Joseph Smith, "In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it."
The Bible says, There is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many and lords many), but to us there is but one God. 1st Corinthians (8:4- 6)
The above passage carefully. You will see that its context shows that it means the very opposite of what Mormonism makes it out to mean. The Apostle Paul was here contrasting the heathen belief in many gods, with the Christian revelation that there is but one God.
"For all the gods of the people are idols; but the Lord made the heavens." 1st Chronicles 16:26,
"Beside me, there is no God." Isaiah 44:6.
"I am the Lord and there is none else; there is no God beside me." Isaiah 45:5.
Mormon teaching is that God was once a man. I quote from a sermon by Prophet Joseph Smith recorded in the "Journal of Discourses," Vol. VI. "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man
And from "Key to Science of Theology" by Apostle Parley P. Pratt, "God, angels and men are all of one species, one race, one great family, widely diffused, among the planetary systems, as colonies, kingdoms, nations, etc."
The Bible says:
"I am God and not man." Hosea 11:9.
"God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent." Numbers 23:19.
God has always been God, see Psalm 90:2
"From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
"The Eternal God." Deuteronomy 33:27. 12
As for God ever having been a man, witness what the Bible says, "The first man Adam was made a living soul." 1st Corinthians 15:45.
"In Adam all die," 1st Corinthians 15:22.
"And unto Adam He (God) said ... dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:17-19.
Now consider this statement, made by the Prophet Brigham Young, in a sermon recorded in the "Journal of Discourses" Vol. 1. Think what it meanswhat it implies. "Now hear it 0 inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives with him. He helped to make and organize the world. He is Michael, the Arch-angel, the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spokenHe is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do." Oh, can you possibly believe that?
All Mormon people are familiar with the couplet, claimed to have been given by revelation, to President Lorenzo Snow, and which has been accepted as doctrine by the church; "As man is, God once was: As God is, man may become."
And the church teaches that men have to learn how to be Gods themselves, as all Gods have done before them. This also, may be found in the "Journal of Discourses" Vol. VI. There is a great deal written an the subject. I cannot quote it all here. But far another example, I refer you to "The Seer" and to the writings of Apostle Orson Pratt. Read it, please. It is found in Vol. 1 on page 37.
Now let us look to the Word of God. Satan was the first being who became ambitious to be a God. He said, "I will be like the Most High." God said, concerning him, "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell." Isaiah 14:14,
15. The first lie of Satan to man was, "Ye shall be as Gods." Genesis 3:5.
And Jesus Christ, in John 8:44, called Satan a liar.
God is perfect, and changeless. Therefore He could not "progress," as Mormonism teaches. He did not "become God," but always has been, and always will be, God.
"In the beginning God Genesis 1:1.
"I am the Lord, I change not." Malachi 3:6.
"Your Father which is in heaven, is perfect." Matthew 5:48.
"From everlasting, to everlasting thou art God." Psalm 90:2.
Jesus Christ too, is eternal and changeless, because He is the Son of God. "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.
Mormon leaders admit that man is a sinner. Now think what that means, in the light of the doctrine, "As man is, God once was; As God is, man may become."
That would make God to have once been a sinner. That is not a picture of the God I worship. The God of the Bible was never a sinner. His Word says, "I am holy." (Leviticus 11:44) and, "I change not." (Malachi 3:6)
To lower the eternal God to the level of sinful man is blasphemous presumption in my estimation. God, the Creator, is infinitely above His finite creature, man. To think of Him any other way is to destroy the realization of the awfulness of sin and the holiness of God.
Mormon teachings concerning Jesus Christ, too, are vastly different from the teachings of the Word of God.
For instancethe birth of Christ: And looking back now, I am astonished that for so many years, I accepted the Mormon view, in spite of all the testimony given by Christian people around me, which conflicted so greatly with my church doctrine. The answer again lies in the fact that the Bible was an unknown quantity to me.
Mormon Theologians have gone to great length to disprove one of the most vital of all Bible truths: That our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost.
I quote from "The Journal of Discourses" againa church work I had much chance to study in Relief Society. This is from Vol. I, from a sermon by President and Prophet Brigham Young.
"When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten Him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family; and when He took a tabernacle, it was begotten by his Father in heaven after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve."
Read that againand then you, who have access to "The Journal of Discourses," read on a bit farther. I cannot take space to quote further from these blasphemous utterances of Brigham Young but when you read them you will know what I mean. In plain words,
Brigham Young taught that Christ was the son of Adam.
Now read what the Bible says about the birth of our Saviour.
"The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20 (Read Matthew 1:8-25).
Bead also Luke 1:27-38. I quote verse 35.
"Then Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."
There are many, many more beliefs and principles of the Latter-Day Saint church which are as different from Bible teachings as night from day, but I cannot consider them all here. There is the Mormon teaching concerning the Holy Ghostthe third person of the Godhead; the Mormon view that Christ was married (if that were true, why is the Bible silent about such an important event?), and the awful principle of polygamy which I have always deplored (and if every wife and mother of the church is honest, she will admit that her feelings are the same, and if she could, would gladly tear asunder that dreadful cable of the church.) For it is still a principle and would still be practiced by Mormon people, if it were not forbidden by law.
Also there is the erroneous teaching that God planned I or man to fall. I could not do this subject justice in a few words, so I refer you to the Book of Genesis and the story of creation. Compare it with the accounts in the "Book of Mormon," 2nd Nephi, and in "Catechism," by Elder John Jaques. However, there is one more principle of Mormonism I must include in this, my testimonybecause it was one of the first doctrines of my erstwhile religion that caused doubt to arise in my mind. The question was, Is the "laying on of hands" necessary for receiving the Holy Spirit?
Here is a statement by President and Prophet Charles W. Penrose, quoted in The Scrap Book, Vol. 1.
"After the baptism or birth of water comes the baptism or birth of the Spirit. This gift from God is conferred by the laying on of hands of men called of God and endowed with authority to perform this sacred ordinance.
Now I quote from the Word of God.
"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Galatians 4;6.
"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory." Ephesians 1:13-14.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" 1st Corinthians 3:16. See also, 1st Corinthians 6:19, 20.
The Holy Spirit came into the hearts of the disciples at Pentecost (See Acts 2), and on Cornelius and his household (See Acts 10), because they had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. No hands were laid upon them.
The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in the heart and life of every person who becomes a son of God by receiving Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. I bear witness to that. I know that when I was baptized into the Mormon church and had hands laid upon me, that the Spirit did not come to indwell my being. I know that when my son had hands laid upon him, no change whatever came into his life.
But this I know. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and believed on Him, yielding myself to His will, the Holy Spirit did come into my heart. It was the most glorious experience of my life. I had a definite transaction with God that day. I was "born again" and became "a new creature in Christ." And believe me, its just as He promised it would be, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2nd Corinthians 5:17.
Oh, if I could only show you how wonderful it is to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally; to know now that you are saved, and to trust Him in all things. If my feeble efforts could but arouse the desire in your heart to seek out the truth for yourself, instead of blindly accepting the leadership of men, who are human beings just as you are, and are not infallible, they shall not be in vain.
All my life I have heard Joseph Smith exalted to the throne of deity. I do not presume to judge him, but after all, he is not God. Oh the testimonies I have heard borne to his divine attributes, his character, the truth of his prophecies, etc.
Christ has not the first place in the testimonies of Mormon people. That unique place belongs to Joseph Smith. He receives the praises that belong to our Saviour. Think a moment. Is that not true?
Now I shall endeavor to give you, from Gods Word, the wonderful salvation message. I pray God will be very near to you as you read it, and that you will give it your thoughtful consideration. Do not reject these precious truths until you have searched the Scriptures, and your own heart, to see if they are not so.
1.You Need to be Saved
"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Bomans 3:23.
"There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not." Ecclesiastes
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9.
"All we, like sheep, have gone astray: we have turned everyone to his own way." Isaiah 53:6.
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12.
2You Cannot Save Yourself
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." Titus 3:5.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of
God: Not of works, lest any man should boost." Ephesians 2:8, 9.
"By the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16.
"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10.
"Jesus saith unto him; I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6.
"Neither is there salvation in any other; f or there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
3God Has Already Provided For Your Salvation
"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." 1st Corinthians 15:3, 4.
"Who (Jesus) His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness." 1st Peter 2:24.
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins; the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God." 1st Peter 3:18.
"For He (God) bath made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." 2nd Corinthians 5:21.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
4.Our Part is to Believe
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.
"He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he bath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18.
"Jesus saith ... I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." John 11:25, 26.
"To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins." Acts 10:43.
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name." John 1:12.
"Jesus saith unto her, said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:40.
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that, believing ye might have life through His name." John 20:31.
"And by Him, all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." Acts 13:39.
5.Confess Jesus Before Men.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God bath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Bomans 10:9, 10.
"How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" Hebrews 2:3.
"Behold, now is the day of salvation." 2nd Corinthians 6:2.
"Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1.
"Everyone of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:12.
"It is appointed unto men once to die; but after this the judgment .." Hebrews 9:27.
"He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." john 5:24.
"Choose you this day whom ye will serve . . . " Joshua 24:15.
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31.
Now dear friend, search your heart. See if a Bible believing Christians life does not have a happier, more certain and assured outlook than the lives of most religious people you know. If you are a thoughtful person, you cannot help but see the difference.
For the most part, people who profess to be Christians (and Mormons are high up on this list) do not really know what it means to be a Christian. They think this or that is so, they hope the hereafter will be such and so, and many feel that as long as they live a clean, moral and honest life they do not have to worry and can take their chances with God.
But there is no taking chances with God.
He has set down the conditions, in His Word to us, that we must meet in order to gain salvation for our souls. He has the right to insist on the requirements which His wisdom and justice have ordained. He holds out the gift of eternal life to you, upon this condition and this alone.
But you cannot get to heaven any other way. He who tries it is doomed to disappointment and is "a thief and a robber." (See John 10:1).
Compare the uncertainty, doubt and confusion in the hearts of the majority of people today with one whose heart is at peace in the midst of turmoil and war; one whose life is "hid with Christ in God," and who is no longer burdened, discouraged and out of tune with God, but who has fellowship and communion with Him and rests in Him,
"For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him, against that day." 2nd Timothy 1:12.
And "that day," is the blessed hope of all true Christians. That glorious day of our Lord Jesus Christs coming for His own.
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we, which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1st Thessalonians 4:16, 17. (See also 1st Corinthians 15:51-57).
I can say, with reverence and sincerity, "Even so come Lord Jesus." Can you?