I Was A Spiritual Murderer
I was a member of a church that did not give opportunities to men to receive Christ. The majority of the members there did not even know that they needed to receive Jesus or that others needed to do that. I was the vice president of the congregation. I invited other people to attend that church and to join the church. There were a few in the church that had received Jesus elsewhere but were not perceptive enough spiritually to know that they were in the minority. I thank the Lord for Christian radio. I was saved when listening to Christian radio. It was not long after that when that the Lord led me out of that church.
The Apostle Paul was also a spiritual murder.1 Timothy 1:12-13: And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
I am very thankful that I also did it ignorantly in unbelief. I am grateful that He has put me in the ministry.
When Paul encountered the Lord Jesus on the Damascus road he stopped being a persecutor, and injurious. I am thankful that the Lord also stopped me from committing spiritual murders. Jesus even commanded his disciples to NOT give certain blind leaders of Israel the gospel. There were spiritual murderers about when Jesus was ministering on earth.
Matthew 15:14: Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
I am grateful that the Lord did not tell Christian preachers to leave me alone. I was a blind leader of the blind headed for the ditch (Hell) but I obtained mercy.
There were also spiritual murderers in Old Testament times. The Lord even commanded Jeremiah NOT TO PRAY for the idolaters in Israel.
Jeremiah 11:13-14: For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal. 14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
I am so glad the Lord did not instruct believers not to pray for me. It isn*t very many spiritual murderers that become saved. I have met, heard about or read about very few others. I am so thankful that God saves a few spiritual murderers and that He did that for me.Galatians 1:6-9: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Anyone that teaches any means of salvation other than receiving Jesus is a spiritual murderer.
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