Do You Really Believe The Gospel?

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Charlie Peace was a criminal. Laws of God or man curbed him not. Finally the law caught up with him, and he was condemned to death. On the fatal morning in Armley Jail, Leeds, England, he was taken on the death-walk. Before him went the prison chaplain, routinely and sleepily reading some Bible verses. The criminal touched the preacher and asked what he was reading. “The Consolations of Religion,” was the replay. Charlie Peace was shocked at the way he professionally read about hell. Could a man be so unmoved under the very shadow of the scaffold as to lead a fellow-human there and yet, dry-eyed, read of a pit that has no bottom into which this fellow must fall? Could this preacher believe the words that there is an eternal fire that never consumes its victims, and yet slide over the phrase with a tremor? Is a man human at all who can say with no tears, “You will be eternally dying and yet never know the relief that death brings”? All this was too much for Charlie Peace. So he preached. Listen to his on-the-eve-of-hell sermon:

“Sir,” addressing the preacher, “if I believed what you and the church of God say that you believe, even if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worthwhile living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!” (Why Revival Tarries, Leonard Ravenhill, ©1959, 1987, Behtany House, Page 32.)

Do we really believe the Gospel? Do we really believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Jesus?

If so, what are we going to do with our beliefs? Will we continue sleep walking like the prison chaplain, ignoring the people around us who are facing an eternity in Hell? Or are we willing to crawl on our hands and knees over broken glass to save one soul from Hell?

The answers to these questions reveal the depths of our love for Jesus.

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14 responses to “Do You Really Believe The Gospel?

  1. Yes. I do believe it now.

  2. Unfortunately, there are far too many of us–lay Christians and church leaders–who do not believe in all aspects of the Gospel and choose to pick only those parts that appeal to us, and this is reflected in how we respond to events in life–as in the case of the prison chaplain.

  3. Naphtali,

    Thanks. I’m glad you do now.

  4. Derrick,

    Just so you know: this was a question the Lord asked me, pinning my tail to the wall to get my feet moving.

  5. This was powerful and needed, Mr. Larry. You poured fuel on our fires. Praying that I do all I can in the time I have left . ..write those letters, talk to those loved ones, and not stop this time. God bless you!

  6. That right there is where the rubber meets the road!!! Everything we do, say and breathe should be for this purpose. Nice work Larry!

  7. always loved this story – I was weened on Ravenhill. I think my favorite of his books was “Sodom Had No Bible” with those wonderful bio’s in the back. Such great stuff. Thank you Larry.

  8. Debbie,

    Thanks. I’m right there with you.

  9. Prodigal Chick,

    I totally agree. NOW is the time.

  10. Ben,

    I’ve read them all over and over again. Each did a special work on me.

  11. Great post! I saw people put this into action with my brother-in-law before his death on Wednesday.
    \o/

  12. Another wow, Larry. Reminds me of what Penn Jillette, an avowed atheist said: “I don’t respect [people who do not share their faith] at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward, and atheists who think that people shouldn’t proselytize — ‘Just leave me alone, keep your religion to yourself.’

    “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?” Jillette asked. “How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? If I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you didn’t believe it, and that truck was bearing down on you, there’s a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

  13. Chrystal,

    Thanks. What a great testimony for us Christians, and yet, it’s from an atheist, a person who needs salvation now.

  14. Lessonsbyheart,

    Thanks. I stopped over at your site and read what you wrote about your brother-in-law. Awesome!

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