In 2012 1.5 million people made professions for Christ according to a recent news bulletin I heard recently on WDLM. This is according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and it was stated that their new website peace with God.net has convinced this many people to pray a prayer of salvation.
This is a staggering number of people that have been saved. I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s true.
What I mean is I’m sure the statistics are true, that 1.5 million people actually made this profession but the bottom line is will these 1.5 million people now spend eternity in heaven? This is what I really wonder.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
I don’t want to be misunderstood. If this is true it’s incredible, amazing, and God glorifying news but Jesus teaches us it’s just not that easy.
How many of these will count the cost? Luke 14:28
How many of these will deny themselves and pick up their cross daily? Luke 9:23
How many of these understood their sin was an offense to God and He poured out His wrath on the Son to pay their penalty? Matthew 26:42
How many of these understood they need to repent of their sin or that wrath will be poured out on them? Matthew 4:17
How many of these understood they will suffer persecution for Christ’s sake and they will rejoice in that? Matthew 5:11-12
How many of these understood they might be separated from their families because of Christ? Matthew 10:34-39
How many of these understood they WILL lose their life as they know it? Matthew 10:39
How many of these understand they will be called Satan? Matthew 10:25
How many of these understand they must be willing to forsake all they have? Luke 14:33
How many of these understand they must be willing to give away all their worldly possessions? Luke 18:22
And I just started to talk about what it means to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. If they desire Christ to make their life easier, or to scratch some itch they have, they’ve come to the wrong place. I hope I’m wrong about all these people, but experience and more importantly God’s Word tells me I’m not. Following Christ will cost you everything and those that are truly redeemed willingly and joyfully do so.
Believer I urge you to pray for those today that think they’ve come to know Christ. I urge you to pray that the Billy Graham Association declares to them the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). God requires His church is pure. God requires His church is without spot or wrinkle. God requires that His church is washed through the sanctifying word of truth. Ephesians 5:25-27
I encourage you to watch this short video by Brother Paul Washer as he shares with us the truth of God’s redeeming work.