TEXT: 1 John 5:16 —
"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."

. . The Bible plainly teaches that there is a "sin unto death" that a child of God might commit, and if they should commit this sin there is but one of two things left for God to do; that is, cut them off by physical death; or by some chastening which will last until death. I believe the "sin unto death" is a rebellion against God, and after many efforts of God's goodness you still refuse to obey then He signs the death warrant.

    This was the sin which David feared so much in the 19th Psalm. Listen to him. "Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret (unknown) faults. (sins of ignorance). Keep back thy servant also from PRESUMPTUOUS sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the GREAT TRANSGRESSION." Psalm 19-12:13.

    Yet we know David deliberately sinned in the well-known story of Bath-Sheba and the murder of her husband. This was not a fault or error but deliberately planned and executed. Although the prophet Nathan came to rebuke David, and David confessed and was forgiven; nevertheless, he had to pay the bitter price of the GREAT TRANSGRESSION.

    The record is very clear on this point. The Lord very pointedly records the result of this sin. II Samuel 12:10: "Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife."

    The Lord knew our makeup as David tells us in Psalm 103:14. "For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust," therefore, after Jesus gave His blessed life's blood on the cross to save our SOULS, after He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, He now "appears in the presence of God for us." Hebrews. 9:24. The very fact that we are prone to fail,"— the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak," Matthew. 26:41, the Lord Jesus Christ now intercedes for us in glory. In Hebrews 4:15: "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin." "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." The very fact that Christ appears in the presence of God for us proves our daily need of his position as our go-between; for Satan is the accuser of the brethren and without the work of the Lord Jesus Christ at God's right hand giving grace, Brother, we couldn't make it.

    We read in 1st John 2:1: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not . . ." Notice here the possibility of living without sinning. Yes, it is true that one who has been born again, washed in the precious blood of Jesus, wholly surrendered to the Lord can live without sinning. But someone says, Isn't that holiness doctrine? No, that is the Bible. "These things write I unto you that ye sin not," showing that it is possible. But that isn't all the verse — here's the rest. "And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." It has been said that sinning, on the part of a Christian is a possibility, but certainly not a necessity. Never get the idea that some have tried to get over that everybody has to sin every day. That isn't true, for every person who has been redeemed and loves the Lord surely doesn't make plans hourly or daily how they can sin. No one entertains the thoughts of how they can displease the Lord. If you should ask any saved man or woman at any time, "Do you want to sin and grieve the Lord", they would say, "Certainly not", and yet, the possibility is there — "And if any man sin."

    All right, let us consider what takes place when a child of God sins Remember we first have an advocate with the Father, an high priest who can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. " — seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us". Hebrews 7:25 And bear in mind that no Christian can sin without knowing about it, the very Divine nature within us, the indwelling Holly Spirit who is grieved when one sins, and our conscience will bear us out that we have gone wrong. So no one need escape the fact that there is a consciousness of the wrong and a feeling of remorse. Now let us look at a marvelous promise, 1 Cor. 11:31: "For if we would judge ourselves we should not be judged." Say my friends did you ever realize that here in these words are manifested the blessed love and grace of our God? Note 2 Peter 3:9. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness; but is LONG SUFFERING to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

    Here we can clearly see that with Jesus our advocate, God's longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, our blessed Heavenly Father has even allowed us to judge ourselves. Think of it my friends! Do you realize what a promise this is? In all our failures, faults, weaknesses and acts of sinning God has said, "If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." Why? Beloved, let me say here that I believe that honest self-judgement will lead to honest confession and then here we have another glorious promise in 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Can you see how that Jesus our advocate and high priest sits on the right hand of the Father ever living to make intercession for us, knowing that we are dust, are apt to fail, and there through his marvellous love and mercy and grace pleads our case before the Father? Isn't that wonderful? I truly thank God over and over again for my Jesus who intercedes for me in glory and how I need Him every hour, every hour I need Him.

    We have in the Bible seven sins which will be visited with a slow or immediate death for a Christian.

I. The Sin of refusing to Judge ourselves is a sin unto death

    Let your minds go back to the time of Joshua. The people crossed the Jordan River into the promised land. They victoriously conquered Jericho, but when they tried to take the town of Ai, they were defeated.

    Joshua knew something was wrong. He prayed to God and God told him to find the one who was guilty of bringing about the defeat.

    The Israelites were lined up before their leader. Finally, Achan came before Joshua. He confessed his sins. He said, "When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it."

    You know the rest of the story. Achan was taken out of the valley of Achor and there was stoned to death, and a heap of stones was placed upon his body.

    God's instructions to Israel had been that they should destroy everything in Jericho except the gold, silver, brass, and iron which was to go to the Lord's treasury. They were to take nothing. Achan, in his desire for this world's goods, took that which was forbidden. He waited too long to confess his sins and caused all of Israel to suffer by losing the battle of Ai. He lost both property and life.

    1 Cor. 11:31,32. "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world."

    I want to say that, to me, it is most wonderful that the Lord has let us judge ourselves and will hear our feeble plea and if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    But then comes the question, and a timely one, too: How about those who will not judge themselves? Those who will not come clean with the Lord and confess their sins and get forgiveness?

    What happens to them? Well, this is an all important question, and I have the answer in the next thought of the sermon. Listen to me now. The very next verse in 1 Cor. 11 shows us what takes place, and let's study it carefully. Listen, and I will repeat the other verse over again: "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged." But note the next verse, verse 32, "But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world." Mark this down now, Brother, when you don't take advantage of God's marvelous grace and promise, if you don't accept his free forgiveness for your sins, you just don't get by. "Be sure your sins will find you out." Numbers 32:23.
    A Christian can't go out and live a loose life, sin and give in to the lusts of the flesh and all of a sudden take the attitude that he or she is not saved any more. Don't kid yourself, God will deal with you as with a child, and that's with the chastening rod. Isn't that what the word says? "But when we are judged we are CHASTENED OF THE LORD." Why? Because we are His children and therefore His responsibility. Let us notice Hebrews, the twelfth chapter. "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth: if ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers then are ye BASTARDS, and not sons."

    I read a story the other day of a preacher who was conducting a revival in a certain town, and an overseer in one of the largest southern textile plants attended one of the services, but he refused to judge himself. He testified that he was saved but had one or two pet sins in his life that kept him from having a real testimony and true fellowship with the Lord. After the service he and his wife went home. He sat down in his easy chair and said to his wife, "Get all my important papers: I want to explain them to you. As I left church tonight God signed my death warrant." His wife laughed at him and said, "Why John, your health has never been better. You are not sick, you are just scared after hearing the preacher tonight". He insisted that she get his insurance papers, notes, bonds, and all other important documents. Finally, she did. After explaining them all to her he slumped over in his chair and before the doctor could arrive, he was in eternity. Before dying he assured his wife that God had forgiven him, but that he must pay for his stubbornness with his life.

II. The sin of living after the flesh is a sin unto death

    "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." (Genesis 19-26). What did this backward look indicate? It indicated a divided heart between the flesh and the Spirit. Though she was led away by the merciful hands of the angels, she resisted; her heart turned back; and she lingered behind and look back toward Sodom. Sodom held all that was dear to her, her daughters, her society companions, her rich neighbors, her fine home, and the enormous property that Lot had accumulated. But alas! Sodom held also the curse of the Almighty God. This curse was to fall upon anyone who turned and looked back toward the city.

    The sin of Lot's wife was threefold. First, she had a divided heart. Life was calling to her from the hills but at the same time the voices of Sodom were calling from the low lands. She was attentive in a measure to both voices. Hence, with a divided mind, an undecided will, she committed the great sin of looking back. Second, she lingered. Although she believed the stern message of the angels, she was utterly lacking in enthusiasm. Life was waiting for her in the heights. Death was pressing close upon her heels. Yet she lingered. Safety waited without the city. Doom waited within the city. But still she lingered. She seemed bent on clinging to Sodom just as long as Possible. Third, she looked back. As she went joylessly and half-heartedly toward the heights, her steps became more and more slowly. At last she stopped and looked longingly back to the city. The voice of God's Spirit said, "Go on." But the voice of the flesh said, "Go back." There she hesitated until the smothering lava threw its arms around her and she became her own tomb.

    Romans :13. "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."

    When a person is bought with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:19) there is a warfare that begins immediately. "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that "ye cannot do the things that ye would." Galatians 5:17. Let us not be deceived. The battle is on. It's a fight to the finish, and the sooner we realize that we are living in the tabernacles of clay, mortals — "groaning within ourselves, waiting for the adoption; to wit, the redemption of the body" Romans 8:23, the better off we will be.

    Jesus died to save our souls and not our bodies, and there never has been one single change taken place within this old polluted, vile, unclean body of dust from the hour we were saved until the present moment, except the fact that when the Lord saved us we were made partakers of the divine nature, 2 Peter 1:4. A new being coming into existence, a new creature, 2 Cor. 5:17, but let's not forget the words of Jesus in John 3:6: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit." Someone asks the question, "But how can anyone live a victorious life in Christ? If the flesh remains the same how can we but be defeated?" Well, here is the answer: Galatians 5:16: "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." So you see we are not to have an experience such as some call the second work of grace in order to live an overcoming life, but rather we are to WALK, and that means a fight daily and hourly to live in the Spirit in order not to fulfill the lust of the flesh. The very fact that the flesh is full of sinful lusts prove we are of Adam's seed, we are creatures of clay and unless we stay at the foot of the cross, pray, study the Word, witness, give and do for our Lord, it's only natural that the flesh will take over and the results are that we will get away from the Lord.

    Every Christian should beware of the flesh. He must keep it under, even as Paul did, lest he be disapproved and disqualified from the race in which he was running for a prize "It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63.

    "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." 1 Cor. 9:24.

    "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Cor. 9:27.

    J. Harold Smith led a young man to Christ, and for about eighteen months he was the outstanding young man in that community. He led many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. His father, who was a terrible drunkard never ceased tempting this fine boy with his liquor. One day he succeeded in getting him to take just one swallow. That was all the devil needed to defeat this boy. Several months passed and every effort was made by his friends, the pastor, and the church to get this boy back into the fellowship of the congregation. All efforts failed.

    In about eighteen months after he had backslidden, Brother Smith went back to the church for a series of meetings. One night the pastor pointed out this precious boy to him in the congregation and said, "Do your best to win him: I am afraid God will cut him off.." As soon as Brother Smith had finished his message he hastened back to where the boy was standing. He urged him to come back home. Brother Smith tried to show him that he was a picture of the prodigal and that God was concerned about his condition and was ready to forgive and restore the joy of his salvation. When he refused all these pleas, he read to him 1 Cor. 5:5. He did his best to show the boy how he could not go on in his sin. Satan would take over and death would be his portion. The young man still rebelled against God.

    As he walked out of the church, he was joined by a companion and the two of them headed for a nearby city. Before reaching the city they had an accident and two pieces of glass from the windshield were thrust about three inches into the neck of that young man that Brother Smith had begged so hard to return to the Lord. As he lay in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, he said to the man riding by his side, "Tell Mr. Smith that as I lay there on the road with the blood gushing from my mouth, I asked the Lord to forgive me and He has, but I have lived after the flesh, and God turned my body over to the devil." When the ambulance arrived at the hospital. the doctors said he was dead. First Corinthians 5:5 plainly declares that God will turn you over to the devil to let Satan kill you. Listen as God says, "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." I don't want to die in the devil's slaughter house, do you ?

III. "The Sin of Not Bearing Fruit is a sin unto death.

    God will take out of this world every Christian who does not bear fruit. Every Christian should bear fruit. For this purpose God has ordained every Christian.

    "Every branch in me that bearer no fruit he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John 15:2.

    "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name he may give it to you," John 15:16. A great southern preacher gives the following illustration: "A man was saved in one of my revivals in North Carolina. He had a testimony, he won souls to the Lord, I have heard him pray; but something happened in his life. Like many, many Christians he got careless, neglected his prayer life, missed going to his church, slowed up giving to the Lord, stopped bringing forth fruit. Then along the journey he was taken seriously ill and rushed to the hospital. This man wrote me a letter from the hospital and admitted he believed the Lord was chastening him. He asked me to pray that the Lord would raise him up and he would serve Him. Say my friend, have you ever made the Lord promises and never kept them? Better be careful.. Well, the Lord heard his prayer and raised this man up, put him on his feet, but he didn't live up to his promise. How many of you prayed prayers during this past bloody war and said "Oh Lord, if you will send me back my husband, my son, my brother, my daddy and so on, I will really live for you; I will go to church; I will pray and give to the Lord's work; and now that the war is over, you have not kept the promises. How many of you have not? Again let me refer to the man I knew who had a ringing testimony, whom the Lord raised up from the hospital bed but only to fail the Lord again and again. What happened? Oh, I hate to think of it, for I thought so much of this man — he was my friend. I think of the time I stayed in his home; I remember the offerings he gave to my evangelistic ministry; but oh, what a tragic thing happened! I saw this man on Saturday night about midnight in a cafe — the night before I was to preach in the same church he was saved in the next day. He came up to me and said, "Preacher, pray for me." I called him by his first name and said, "Old boy, you are going to pay off for the way you are living." He said, "I am paying now." I said, "No, you are not paying anything like you are going to," I warned him; reminded him of the sweet days he loved and served the Lord. He admitted it all.

    On Sunday morning, I preached in the church this man was saved in, and after the service his wife came to me and said, "Preacher, I am so burdened for my husband. I want you to pray for him." I said, "Sister, your husband is going to pay off." That was at 12:30. At 3:30, just three hours later, her husband flew over their home in a plane. His wife took a picture of their little child standing in the yard — but oh, something happened. The plane crashed in front of the house, and this man burned to death with no one able to get him out. I ask, was this I Cor. 5:5? His wife called me long-distance and asked me to come and conduct the funeral. I did, and you can imagine how I felt standing there behind the same pulpit I had preached Jesus to the man who once sat out in the pews and listened, but this day his charred body was lying in that casket. The same man that taught a Sunday School class in that church was now a marred, corruptible body who had gotten away from the Lord. What a tragedy! But this could happen to you or me, my friend. Who knows? God is no respecter of persons. Are you a fruitless Christian?"

IV. "Murmuring against the Lord is  Sin unto Death."

    "But on the morrow all the congregation of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the Lord." Numbers 16:41.

    The people who murmur against the servants of God murmur against God. The Lord visited the people with judgment because of this sin of murmuring and with a plague that took the lives of fourteen thousand and seven hundred people: "Get you up from among the congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment: And they fell upon their faces". Numbers 16:45. "And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah." Numbers 16:48, 49.

    Because of murmuring, the Lord again visited the chosen people and took the lives of many through and by the fiery serpents: "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness: for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died." Numbers 21:5,6.

    Beware of murmuring; it results in death! !

    Friends, a person can murmur against the Lord so much until they bring such a reproach on his blessed Name that they are hinderers to the whole cause of Christ. They are blocking poor sinners from coming to Jesus. They have lost their testimony; the joy of salvation is gone; they resent the chastening of the Lord; they have turned aside after the lusts of the flesh. You say, are they still saved? Yes, but listen, what does the word say in 1 Cor. 5:5: "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may BE SAVED IN THE DAY OF THE LORD JESUS." Doesn't this sound like the subject that is found in I John 5;16. "If a man see his BROTHER sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death; there is a SIN UNTO DEATH, I do not say that he shall pray for it." Time would not permit me to use examples I could give that I know of from a personal survey of the years of my Christian experiences.

V. "The Sin of lying to the Holy Spirit is a sin unto death."

    "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land ? " Acts: 5:3.

    Both Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, had lied to the Holy Spirit;. The lie they both told was concerning the price which they received in payment for the land which they sold, and keeping back part of the price, pretended they had given up all.

    Not a few are the Christians who lie and who live lives of deception. Often Christians go to church and even sing lies. They do not mean what they sing when they sing, "I surrender all" and "Oh, how I Love Jesus," for these lying Christians have not surrendered their all to Jesus and they love the world more than Jesus and lost souls.

    Ananias and Sapphira not only lied to the Holy Spirit, but they held back that which rightly belonged to Him. They robbed God of His money and pretended they had given their all. Many Christians rob God of time, talent, and their tithes. Are YOU one of them? "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke your devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts." Matthew 3:18-11. "And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto the governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts". Mal. 1:8 "Ye said also, Behold what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen". Matthew 1:13, 14.

    The Christian who robs God bites off the very hand which feeds him, and dries up his own stream of mercy.

VI. "The Sin of refusing to Restrain your children is sin death."           

    "Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things: for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD'S people to transgress". 1 Samuel. 2:22-24. "For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not."' I Samuel 3:13.

    Eli, the High Priest of God, died before his time because he refused to restrain his sons who were vile and sinful. Eli, like many fathers, only spoke to his sons about their sin, but refused to restrain them and punish them. Eli's sons were sinning with many women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation; Eli knew this, but he shut his eyes to the sins of his sons, and refused to correct and punish them.

    The compromise of Eli cost the lives of his sons as well as his own life: "And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years. I Samuel. 4:17, 18.

VII "The sin of deliberate disobedience is a sin unto death  

    In the thirteenth chapter of First Kings is found the story of the young prophet who was sent into the land of Israel, to Bethel, to warn the wicked king, Jeroboam. God had given him a clear vision of what he should do. Among other things, he was to "eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way thou camest."

    He found things at Bethel as the Lord had showed him it would be, and delivered his message. The power of God fell upon the scene, the altar was rent and there was a stir in the service. Following what he had been shown he should do, he mounted his donkey and started back home. There lived at Bethel an old prophet who was evidently backslidden. He was not at the service that day, but he had two sons who were there, and they ran home to tell their father what they had witnessed of the unusual service and the stranger who had delivered the message of the Lord. "Where is he?" asked the old prophet. When his sons told him that the young prophet had already started back home, he called for his ass to be saddled quickly, and he was soon riding rapidly after the disappearing young preacher. The young preacher had stopped to rest under a tree when the old man came up, and a conversation, no doubt, followed something like this::

    "Hello, there! Are you the fellow who delivered the message at Bethel today?"

    "Yes, sir, I am he."

    "Well, they tell me you had a wonderful service. I want you to go home with me and get your dinner. I want to talk with you awhile."

    "No, I can't go. The Lord has spoken to me and given me a clear knowledge of what I should do. I must not eat nor drink in this place."

    "O. tut! tut! I am a prophet, too, and an angel has spoken to me, too, and told me to take you home with me and give you something to eat."

    Where one man undertakes to do the whole will of God, a dozen derelicts are found to tow him under. When one preacher strikes fire and starts out to scatter it like Samson's foxes, twenty are found, who have failed to go all the way, cooled off, and will block his way, by fair speeches and affected superior wisdom, if possible, and by other means if this fails,

    The young prophet yielded to the old man's soothing words and the offer of earthly comforts followed him to his destiny. After dinner and a short rest, he mounted his ass and started on his return journey. In a few hours a report reached the city that an awful thing had happened on the road a few miles away. There was found an ass standing by the way with a saddle on, the man on the ground dead and a lion standing over him. The old prophet said, "I know what it is. The man of God was disobedient to the word of the Lord." He turned from his clear vision of a right course and offended the Holy Spirit to such an extent that the Lord killed him.

    Let me say in closing that God never has had a child too big He couldn't punish for the wrong he did. God is big enough to handle His children. Remember God's children who are Baptists are not the only ones who are chastened of the Lord, but let me tell you, the Holiness, Nazarenes, Church of Christ, Methodist and all the rest, regardless of their doctrine, doesn't alter the word of God to those who are His own. "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth", and that takes in every denomination who has born again children of God in it.

    I truly thank my Lord for knowing what the chastening rod is. It has made a better Christian out of me and how I have needed it time and again and so have you, my friend There are no spoiled children in the family of God. He is not partial. Acts 10:34 "God is no respecter of persons." Do you think He would whip one of His children and let another escape?

    I firmly believe if you stay at the foot of the cross, live a clean Godly life in Christ Jesus, labour in his Vineyard to win the lost to Him, I have every reason to believe He will use you in this old sinful world. Jesus said, "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few, and how He needs men and women today to serve Him. Are you out an out for the Lord? Have you lost the joy of your salvation? Oh, I beg of you here and now to make a complete surrender to the Lord. It won't pay to trifle with God. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrew 10:31.

    May this message be the means of warning to you who are living loose lives, lest a terrible thing happen to you. the laborers are few, and how He needs men and women today to serve Him. Are you out an out for the Lord? Have you lost the joy of your salvation? Oh, I beg of you here and now to make a complete surrender to the Lord. It won't pay to trifle with God. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrew 10:31.

    May this message be the means of warning to you who are living loose lives, lest a terrible thing happen to you.

There is a time we know not when,

A place we know not where,

Which marks the destiny of men

For glory or despair.

There is a line by us unseen

Which crosses every path;

It is God's boundary

Between His patience and His wrath.

To cross that limit is to die,

To die as if by stealth.

It may not pale the beaming eye

Nor quench the glowing health.

But on the forehead God has set

Indelibly a mark, by man unseen,

For man as yet

Is blind and in the dark.

He feels, he says, that all is well,

That every fear is calmed.

How long may men go on in sin?

How long will God forbear?

Where does hope end and where begin

The confines of despair?

One answer from the skies is given:

"Ye who from God depart,

While it is called 'today' repent

And harden not your heart."

Brother Maze Jackson