This week I talked with a young man who said he was interested in becoming a Christian and being a part of the Orthodox Faith. Knowing that he had tried several Christian sects and denominations, and thus, was not unfamiliar with the Christian life, I approached him as did Christ to the Rich, Young, Ruler. I told him that it was a hard life and that he had to give up everything he was and had in order to follow Christ, and that few find the narrow path. Time will tell as to whether he will come to Christ or go away sorrowful as did the Rich Young Ruler.
Mark 10:17-27"And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why call thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lack: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked round about, and said unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."
Hearing today of the untimely, accidental death of Evangelist David Wilkerson I came upon this You Tube video. I could not help but think of my recent post, in which the Southwest Church of Christ, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, promoted a video to entice people to come to their church. The video gave licence to anyone to come as they were no matter what their sin or stated belief. There was not one mention of the required repentance or the rigidity of the Christan life that is required to follow Christ. Perhaps this church should make Wilkerson's video mandatory viewing for all of its members and especially its staff. Perhaps this is the video they should show to prospective members of their church.
God bless David Wilkerson. May the truth of his words bring change to the hearers, especially Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Arkansas.