As I was driving toward my house, I saw a man on my porch. I didn’t want to tell yet another sales person, fundraiser, One World Government activist NO, THANK YOU, so I stopped and waited for him to leave.
After he left and was heading toward my neighbors’ house, I read the piece of paper he’d put on my front porch. It says:
“How to go to heaven when you die
- Firstly, realize that you are sinner or someone who has done something wrong before like lying, stealing and so on.
- Secondly, realize that you deserve to go to hell because of your sins, or because of the wrong things that you did in life.
- Thirdly, realize that Jesus died on the cross for all your sins and that he rose on the third day.
- Fourthly, realize that by putting your faith and trust in Christ alone is what takes you to heaven when you die.
- Lastly, tell Jesus those four things through prayer and mean it with all your heart the best that you know how to. Repeat this prayer after me and mean it with all your heart the best that you know how to do:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve to go to hell because of my sin. Please forgive me of my sin. I am now trusting you as my Lord and personal Savior, and my only hope for heaven. Thank you for dying on the cross for me, and rising again the third day. In Jesus’ name I pray Amen.
Please pass this paper on to someone you know or anyone you have in mind so they can also go to heaven when they die.”
I crossed the line of faith almost 4 years ago, so I know now this tract is true and right. I’ve said the prayer. And I can also say that had I received that slip of paper the day before I’d crossed the line, I would have been turned off.
While I don’t condone sugarcoating the truth, I also doubt the success of converting non-believers with a you-deserve-to-go-to-hell approach. How did Jesus do it? While he was direct and hit hard (think of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4), he engaged in conversation first.
God bless the guy who was on my porch, though, for going to the ends of the earth to spread the news. Maybe he was able to set the stage, as it were, before whacking people with “Hello! You’re going to hell!”