Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.


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Thought for the Evening

“You Can’t Tell ’Em Nothin’.”

From a testimony by Uncle Joe, in a prayer meeting in late 1969
Taken from Gary’s CD #23, Track 12

In his testimony that Sunday afternoon, Uncle Joe said, “[People] are so saved now, you can’t tell ’em nothin’.”

What Uncle Joe meant by that statement is that when we claim to be more than we are, we become puffed up against the truth. False claims block the door that Jesus walks through to commune with us. How could Jesus teach a man who claims to be already saved, “You must endure to the end to be saved”? How could Paul teach a man who claims to be already saved, “Our salvation is nearer than when we believed”? How could Peter tell a man who claims to be already saved that “the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation”? James warned the saints that even though God rescued the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, He afterward destroyed those who stopped obeying Him. But what could James’ admonition mean to a man who claims to be already saved?

What Uncle Joe was pointing out to the saints by making that startling statement is that we have now an entire generation of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians who cannot be taught the truth because they claim to possess something they do not actually have; that is, salvation. The lie of “Come get saved!” is blocking God’s access to the hearts of millions, and somebody is going to answer to Him for this unspeakable spiritual tragedy.

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