Thursday, January 3, 2008

A Funeral Message

Below is a message spoken by Brother Jim Davis at his mother-in-law's funeral. Mrs. King was a great saint of God and will be missed greatly by all that knew her. This is a very timely and important message for those who are lost and still in thier sins. I am glad to have a brother and elder like Jim, who was willing to be bold in proclaiming the real gospel!
Bro. Pat

At the funeral of Della King.........A Message by Brother Jim Davis:

Della King was my mother-in-law for almost 47 years. She was a wonderful mother-in-law and friend. I had asked her a few days before she died if I could say a few words at her funeral. I'm glad to say that she was not only my mother-in-law, but a sister in Christ. She wanted me to share that she was saved at age nine and baptized in the Lickin' River in Sherberne, Kentucky. They were singing "Just as I Am" when she responded.

There is a big difference from her time back then to now. Back then preachers preached the law and men knew they were lost and under the judgment of God. Today, we have for the most part drifted into easy-believism. By that I mean, we are told to just believe, give mental assent. Whereas the Bible teaches we MUST also receive something. Today's gospel is "another gospel". Back then it was proclaimed, REPENT. It was Lordship. If Jesus is not Lord, He is not saviour. The real call is to come up to God's standard. Today's gospel is to bring Him down to my level. We're told; invite Jesus into your life. Whereas Jesus said, "You must deny your self, take up your cross and follow me." We must leave our life and come into His life. You go to funerals today and everyone is preached into heaven, for the most part. But Jesus said more about HELL then He did about heaven. He said there were more going to HELL than there were going to HEAVEN. Jesus said, "Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there are that go that way. But, narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it." So, it seems there are some preachers are lying to us.

In Mom's last few hours she called some to her bedside and admonished them, "DON'T MISS HEAVEN". She wanted them to make it to heaven. I declare to you, in order to go to heaven, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. Literally, born from above. As we said earlier, it's not just's receiving as well. We must receive the HOLY SPIRIT. This is what is missing today, the baptism with the HOLY SPIRIT. Being baptized in water won't save you. Joining a church won't save you. Turning over a new leaf won't save you. Your denomination won't save you. Your lodge won't save you. Taking the sacraments won't save you. Your good works won't save you. Your religion won't save you. So, you might ask, How Can I know I'm truly saved? This is not an exhaustive list. But put briefly.........YOU WILL HUNGER FOR GOD'S WORD AND WALK IN IT. Jesus told some of the Jews that believed on Him, "If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed". You will find God's people in a Bible believing church. You will begin to love the things of God and hate the things of the world. You will hate your sin and by the indwelling Spirit of God begin and continue to purge it from your life. This is what is known as sanctification. If you profess Him today and are not increasing toward godliness, you are not saved. Any supposed salvation that is not producing holiness in your heart and life, is no salvation at all. To you that truly know the Lord, you know this is the truth. To you that don't truly know the Lord, this is a hard message. I'm telling you this because I love you. Only the truth will set us free.

The most serious question you will answer in this life is, WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY? I want all of you to make it to heaven. There is good news.........THE GOSPEL....... Jesus came into the world to save sinners. There is mercy in the Lord. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way. Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.

Spoken at Della King's funeral, by her son-in-law Jim Davis, on December 19, 2007

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