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GUEST COLUMN: Be incorruptible in the name of Jesus

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By C.L. Glasscock

On Sunday, Nov. 14, we went to a Russel Ray Fryman Day at Cynthiana. Russell Ray is one of our lay mission team members. What an inspiration he is. He would bring his guitar and sing, and he would get so happy he would preach a little too.

My favorite song he would sing was, “I Feel Good.”

The chorus went like this: “I feel good just to know I’ve been redeemed. It makes me feel good.”

Russell Ray’s health has gotten bad and he is confined to a wheelchair with oxygen to breathe. His face and neck are swollen but I will have you know he still has that smiling face, and is just as friendly as ever. I believe the shape he is in, he knows it won’t be long until Jesus Christ redeems him. When that day comes, he will really feel good.

Let’s take a look at redeemed in the Bible:

1 Peter 1:18-25: “Foreasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. But with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the breathren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorrutible seed, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

“For all flesh is as grass and all glory of man as the flower of grass, the grass withereth away and the flower thereof falleth away. But the word of the Lord endureth forever and this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

As we look at how we are leaving the word of God and going in another direction in this country; a poll taken of 1,000 protestant pastors, 47 percent of evangelicals under 30 believe that there are many ways to God, not just through Jesus Christ.

I thought, “Wonder how many church members we have that just practice the Christian faith?”

If this is what you are doing, practicing the Christian faith, there is no way you can make it to Heaven. Just think about it.

Do we do what Jesus leads us to do? Is Jesus our favorite subject? Do we go and do what we want to do or do we live our life with our eyes on Jesus and on the cross?

It brings up the old question, “If we were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict us?”