Christ Crucified, Not Religion
TEXT: ACTS 10: 1 – 8
Key verse: “A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2).
John R. Rice narrated the story of a woman, who came to a revival meeting at Roosevelt, Oklahoma. She was deeply distressed and in tears, wanting to know how she could be saved. She was a Catholic, where she was taught her prayers and prepared for confirmation. On the day she was to be confirmed, the church authorities postponed it for some reason.
By the following Sunday, she became ill. At the hospital, as she was giving up, as doctors said her time was limited, she became greatly afraid and cried to God: “I am afraid, I am a sinner, and I am not fit to die, and I don’t know how to be saved. But if You will get me well, I will learn how and get ready to meet God!” God heard her prayer. She got well and immediately came to the tent of revival, seeking the Lord. While explaining her situation when she met Rice, she said: “I saw then that my religion might be good enough to live by, but it certainly would not do to die by. I prayed and asked God to give me another chance, and that I would learn what He wanted me to do and how to be saved.” Eventually, she gave her life to Christ and became a fulfilled woman.
Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian regiment, was in a similar situation. The angel of the Lord, in a vision, appeared to him, informing him that God had acknowledged his prayers and acts of generosity to the poor. Cornelius sent for Peter, who taught him the way of salvation. He accepted Christ with his family and had a glorious life.
Those who refuse to learn from the folly of mere religions are condemned to relive the dangers faced by mere professors of such empty creeds. Cornelius, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, Zacchaeus amongst others were great men who knew that neither their religion nor their elevated position in society could save them.
From today, dispense forthwith the clap-trap of damning church attendance and fringe religious practice which can never take the place of true repentance from all sin and confidence in the substitutionary atonement of our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s peace and joy are the inheritance of His saints.