Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
No guarantees, but one. Weekend of February 1st & 2nd, 2003
As an internet preacher, I need to work to make ends meet, the way I have chosen to make a living is through the sales of devices and equipment to allow people to have a constant and large as necessary source of electric power. Recently I have placed for sale a 22.5 HP Wisconsin V4 engine, it came off a large Kohler Generator. Regardless of whether it is new or used equipment, the most common words I hear are "Can you guarantee this will work?".
I can't guarantee anything of this world, I can not guarantee that a brand new generator or inverter will start. I can't guarantee that a brand new deep cycle battery will hold a charge or that one of our custom made DC generators will even put out the first amp. For theses things are all of this world. But what I can guarantee you of is this: If you are not a Born Again Christian, you will spend all eternity in the lake of fire. That I can guarantee you. I can absolutely guarantee you that those who say they are Jews and are not, will not see the kingdom of God, those who profess to be Christians, but are not, will in no way share the kingdom of God with the Lord Almighty and those of us who are Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians.
This I can absolutely guarantee, your salvation is your responsibility, being baptized as a child is not going to get you into heaven, selling Tootsie Rolls or painting the church, making huge donations or trying to lead a good life is not going to get you into heaven. Claiming to be a Jew, not eating pork, going to synagogue on Saturday and having your foreskin clipped at eight days is not going to save you from eternal damnation.
I can 100% guarantee you that bowing down to allah three, thirty or three hundred times a day is not going to get you out of damnation, no muslim will ever see paradise. I will unequivocally guarantee you that if you do not go to the Rock as a broken and repentant human being, the Rock sill absolutely crush you into dust. I can without any hesitation tell you that your faith and trust in an old man in Rome is not going to get you anything other than life eternal in the lake of fire. That your going to a guy dressed in black in a little blackened room, kneeling down in front of him asking him to bless you and forgive your sins is a waste of time and will get you nowhere when you stand before God Almighty and He ask you why He should let you pollute His heaven.
The only guarantee I can give you is that if you turn to Christ, give your life to Him, confess to Him that you are pond scum, worthy not of His salvation but life eternal in the darkest corner of hell, beg for His forgiveness for your sins, whole heartedly and sorrowfully and truthfully repent and confess that Jesus is the Christ, that He is God, and that you know and understand and believe with all your heart that it is only through Him and what He did on the cross that you can be Saved, that I can guarantee you will get you out of life eternal in the lake of fire and into life eternal with Him in heaven, if you are truthful and then prove it by studying His word each day and doing your best to do His will.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
... And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (From John 3:)
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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (From Romans 10)
And James, the half brother of the Lord Jesus said:
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him?
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy Name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all (see Matthew 5:19). For He that said, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, said also, DO NOT KILL. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall be judged without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, "Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled"; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (From James 1&2)
And Jesus said:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (From Matthew 7)
Yes, there is but one thing on this earth that I or any one can guarantee you of and that is this, Unless you are a Born Again Christian, truly Born Again, you will spend all eternity in the absolute torment of the lake of fire. For the default choice is not salvation, but damnation.
The Lord help you choose. Amen.
A few moments ago I received the news that the Space Shuttle Columbia was lost, with all on board. This is the second major shuttle loss the US has suffered, the last one being almost 17 years ago to the day, January 28th, 1986. Do you see how fragile and unsure life is? Guys, take your salvation seriously, for as the Lord has said:
The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?"
And he said, "This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.'"
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (From Luke 12)
Lord God Almighty, help us through this latest tragedy, help us Lord to take the time to think, and Lord help those families who have lost loved ones through this time. Oh Lord I pray that You will use this to bring them to know You, for Lord we know that while satan has meant this for evil, You can and will turn it to good. Oh Lord please help the families and children and let no others be hurt by the things that have resulted from this crash, help those who find the wreckage to be safe from the harm of chemicals and other things released by the crash.
In Thy Holy Name I pray, amen.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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