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From Darkness to Light
by Larry Power
 

What Are You Depending On To Get To Heaven?
May I ask, what are you depending on to get to heaven? Is it your church or perhaps your priest or minister? You will find all these to fail, whether Protestant Church of Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic priest or Protestant minister.

May I finish off this brief testimony and leave a few thoughts with you. Above everything else hear what God's Word has to say to you, because He speaks to us through His Word today. Consider the following Acts 4 v 12 "Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved". The salvation of your soul is secure if you trust Christ, He is God's appointed One. He will never fail those who trust in Him alone. My dear Roman Catholic friend, there is a very important question that may be on your mind just now. How can I approach a Holy God, a God of Justice who will by no means wink at sin? How can I know pardon for my sins past and present? Here is the answer God has done something wonderful for you and me. He has appointed a mediator, a great High Priest so that I am allowed to approach God, 1 Timothy 2 v 5 "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus". You ask, but what of Mary? Here is the answer - she is not a mediator, she is not to be worshipped or adored. We give to her the place assigned to her in scripture Luke 1 v 28 "Hail, thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women". We must also remember this that she needed to trust the Lord for salvation Luke 1 v 47 "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour". Never once are we commanded by the Lord Jesus or His apostles or even the early church fathers e.g. Polycarp, (pupil of John) Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Oregin to pray to Mary or the saints.  So you see Christ is the only appointed mediator.

Confess Your Sins
You may feel crushed under the weight of sin. Is there a remedy? The answer of so many is this "I do my best, hoping that my good deeds will outweigh my bad deeds". Now here's what the Word of God says 1 John 1 v 9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". You can approach God through Christ and confess ail your sins to Him knowing that He will abundantly pardon and forgive. You have always thought very highly of the mass as I did. The church teaches that it is an ongoing sacrifice for sins but listen to what God's Word says Hebrews 7 v 27 "Who needeth not daily, as those High Priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for His own sins and then for the peoples for this He did once when He offered up Himself".

Who is the great Head of the Church?
The Word of God tells us it is the Lord Jesus, Colossians 1 v 18 "And He is the head of the body, the church". No pope or minister can claim to be head of the church, it belongs to Christ alone. So you see the plan of salvation then is so clear and simple, it's not by works or penance, it is by faith alone in Christ. Ephesians 2 v 8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast".

A Knowledge Of The Truth
Therefore my prayer is that you will come to a knowledge of the truth, for your soul is precious, Where will your soul be in eternity, heaven or hell? Come to Christ, trust Him to save you and He will. Pray from your heart for repentance and for grace to trust Christ alone. There may be yet another vital question on your mind; you ask can I be sure that my sins are forgiven and that I am going to heaven? The answer is yes, hear Gods speaking voice to you 1 John 5 v 13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God".

 
 
 
Come to Christ, have your sins forgiven and your soul saved!