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By Curtis Pugh

Years ago a boy and his cousin, both about eight or nine years old, were playing outside during a family get-together. Jimmy (we will call him) cousin to the son of my friends, came running in the house crying with a bloody nose. He was soon followed by the son, Billy, who had punched his cousin in the nose. When asked by the parents why he had hit his cousin his reply was, “Jimmy wouldn't get saved!”

The boy had been sitting under the preaching of false teaching. He had accepted the false idea that lost sinners can come in a saving way to Christ by their own ability. In spite of the plain words of the Lord Jesus most people think they have the ability to come to Christ and be saved. However, Jesus said: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me,” (John 6:44-45).

The average preacher and religious teacher today denies and contradicts the words of Jesus. He blasphemes God by saying just the opposite of what the Bible teaches. Men and women are proud and in their pride think they can (have the ability) to do this or that or the other religious thing and that God will save them because they did whatever they thought they needed to do.

But Jesus said “no man can come.” “Can” means to have the ability. Jesus said no man has the ability. In order for a sinner to come to Christ in a saving way, God must first enable him or her to hear and learn “of the Father.” The Father must “draw.” The Father must teach the individual.

Jesus clearly stated that those whom God teaches – those whom He enables to hear and learn – come to Christ. God does not try to teach some folk and fail in His instruction. God is not a failure! No man or woman is stronger than He. “...He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35).

Hate God because He is sovereign if you will, but the true child of God has taken his place as a hopeless and helpless sinner before Him seeing his need of Christ. Resist His power all you will, but your resistance is fruitless for God says, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God,” (Romans 14:11). You will either bow your knees to God and be saved now or you will bow your knees when it is too late: when you stand before Him to be sentenced to the lake of fire for eternity.

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Denham Springs, LA 70726

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