Billy Graham: Look at the promises of God before you dismiss him

07/09/2014 10:24 AM

07/09/2014 6:44 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My favorite song is the one that says, “I did it my way,” because that’s what I’ve always done. I’m even going to have it put on my tombstone. I’m sorry if it offends you, but I don’t need God or a bunch of religious fanatics telling me what to do. What’s wrong with that? — J.N.

DEAR J.N.: Your comments don’t offend me, but they do sadden me very deeply, because they suggest you’ve completely closed your mind to the possibility that you might be wrong. Although you may sneer at it, the Bible’s warning is very clear: “Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed — without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

I can’t help but wonder why you’ve turned your back on God and insisted on going your own way in life. Perhaps you rejected your parents’ faith, or perhaps you had a bad experience with a church when you were younger. But perhaps the real reason is that you want to be free to do anything you want to do, and you know God might make you stop. Whatever it is, I urge you to face it honestly and ask yourself if it’s really worth the risk of losing your soul.

The tragedy is that the more we resist God, the less we’re able to hear his voice. God loves you, and he’ll forgive you and welcome you into his family until you draw your last breath. But if you insist on going your own way, he’ll let you until it’s too late.

I challenge you to examine Jesus Christ as he is found in the pages of the New Testament. Don’t gamble with your soul by dismissing him or taking him lightly. The Bible says, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4).

Tribune Media Services 7/11

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