(Article for publication week of 12-26-2012 AD)
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20). We are coming to the end of another year, and many of you are still unsaved. Unsaved! Oh! What a terrible condition!
Some of you have had a prosperous year. You have prospered in your business and in your family, but you are not saved. God has given you His sunshine and rain, and His goodness has not moved you to seek salvation. What good will your temporal prosperity be if you remain unsaved?
Some of you have had sadness, tragedy and adversity this past year, yet your afflictions have not broken your heart in repentance. You remain unsaved. Should you remain unsaved, you will face eternal tragedy and sadness.
Some of you joined the church this past year, but you are still unconverted. Some of you taught Sunday School this year, but you are still unsaved. Some of you sang in the choir this year, but you are still unsaved. Some of you preached many sermons this year, and perhaps were an instrument of conversion to others, but you yourself are in the bond of iniquity and the gall of bitterness.
Some of you have lived very wicked lives this year. Though your sins have brought pain and suffering to yourself and others, you refuse the One Who can fix your terrible plight.
Why are you not saved? It is not because you have not been warned. I have warned you all year of the wrath to come through this column. Perhaps other ministers have preached Christ to you. I have set forth the way of salvation by grace alone, through faith in Christ Alone week after week. There are churches on every road in Simpson County, and some of them preach the true gospel. You have friends and kindred who have pleaded with you to repent and come to Christ, but you remain unsaved. You have folks who care enough for you to pray for your salvation, and yet you are lost. Christ has said, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”, and yet you will not come to Him. You have no excuse to remain unsaved since the Saviour is able and willing to save, and you have been told the way of salvation through Him. There is only one reason you are unsaved- you are stubborn and rebellious and plainly say by your inaction “I will not be saved.” You, by your inaction declare that you love your sins and your self-righteousness more than you love Christ. You are declaring that you despise holiness, and prefer sin. This is the reason you are unsaved; you prefer it.
Will you ever be saved? Will you live another year and remain obstinate? You have no guarantee you will live another year. You have no guarantee you will see the last day of this year. If you remain as you are it will be forever said of you as it was of Judas Iscariot, “ it would have been good for that man if he had never been born!
Poor sinner, as far as I know, you do not have to remain unsaved. I plead with you to repent of your sins and trust in Christ Alone for salvation right now. Christ is able and willing to save the chief of sinners. I know because he saved this one.