Soul Winners Will Shine In Heaven As The Stars
By David J. Stewart | September 2015
Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
The Holy Bible says that Christian believers who “TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS” will shine as the brightness of the stars in the universe for ever and ever. The Bible doesn't say anything about professional sports athletes shining. The Bible doesn't say anything about musicians shining. Nor does the Bible say anything about religious leaders shining in eternity. The Bible doesn't say anything about hard-working people with booming businesses shining in eternity. No, rather, only those believers who turn many to the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ will shine. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”
All of the fame, money and success in this temporal world ends at the grave. In this wicked and warped world of sin, sports stars, singing sensations and Hollywood celebrities, losers in Heaven's eyes shine. The wicked world honors them foolishly, but they WON'T shine for five seconds in eternity. Hebrews 11:6 teaches that only by faith can God be pleased. The Communist kooks, adulterous athletes, sensual celebrities, liberal loonies, leftist losers and all the hordes of Hollywood Hell, won't shine for 5-seconds in eternity. When this earthly life is over, all that will matter then is if you died in the Lord (Revelation 14:13) and went to Heaven, or died in your sins (John 8:24) and went to Hell. All Christ-rejecters will spend eternity burning mercilessly in the Lake of Fire, which Revelation 20:6 says burns with fire and brimstone. Revelation 14:11 says, “they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
There is no greater task in the world than witnessing the Gospel to lost sinners. The average person is not saved. In fact, I'd guesstimate worldwide that only .001% (one in every 1,000 people) are born-again!!! There are an estimated 1,600,000,000 (1.6 billion) Muslims in the world who are unsaved Christ-rejecters! There are an estimated 1,000,000,000 unsaved Roman Catholics, who are trusting the sacraments of the Catholic Church to save them. There are another estimated 600,000 Christ-rejecting Buddhists! There's 127,368,088 people living in Japan. Yet, less than 1-in-200 profess Christianity (005%). Most of the world's population are going to Hell, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). You see, the world is always searching for answers (2nd Timothy 3:7, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”), but Satan has provided many substitutes for the Gospel to blind and deceive people (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Revelation 12:9b, “...that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” It is our duty as born-again believers to preach to the lost, to show them THE TRUTH of the Gospel which Satan has kept from them.
C.S. Lewis: The Devil's Favorite Deception
In 2005 Dave Mustaine, frontman of the band Megadeth, refused to perform on stage with the openly satanic Greek band, “Rotting Christ.” That's like a Jehovah's Witness refusing to share a platform with a Roman Catholic because of their corrupt religious beliefs (since both of those religious groups are of the Devil). Dave Mustaine claims to be a Christian, but he's not fooling everyone. His recent album “Th1rt3en” was finished on 31313 (March 31, 2013). The album contained 13 songs. There are 13 lit candles on the album cover. It had been 13 years since Megadeth recorded their last track, “Silent Scorn.” Dave Mustaine is serving the Devil, and is still fulfilling his lifetime contract with the Illuminati. Mustaine sold his soul to work evil. Many people think Mustaine is a true Christian, but I have yet to hear him provide testimony that evidences faith in the Gospel. Mustaine said on The Alex Jones Show that the use of the number 13 was pure coincidence. You're a fool of fools if you believe that! 13 is the number of rebellion, death, chaos and anarchy!
I've said that to mention another big phony, C.S. Lewis! A lot of Christians are misled and confused about C.S. Lewis, who was equivalent to the Rick Warren ecumenical sellout of his day. The Bible teaches that to praise the wicked is a sign of apostasy. Proverbs 28:4, “They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.” Clive Lewis praised the Catholic religion much in his later life, although he was a bit critical in his youth. Lewis changed for the worse. J.K. Rowling, the wicked woman who authored the Harry Potter series to introduce children into witchcraft, calls C.S. Lewis her favorite author. That speaks volumes against Mr. Lewis. The reason why is obvious, that is, because Lewis was the perfect shill, a compromiser, who fooled many evangelicals into following him, while at the same time Lewis was influencing them to tolerate and eventually embrace false religion.
Instead of being a soul-winner and turning many to righteousness, C.S. Lewis was famous the world over for being a religious schmuck!!! Don't take my word for it, here's an article from The Catholic Herald, praising C.S. Lewis for coming so close to being a Roman Catholic. Here's another article titled, 6 Reasons Why Mormons Love C.S. Lewis! I could show you many other articles from various religious denominations, who all loved and praised C.S. Lewis for his ecumenical apostasy. Rick Warren has taken Billy Graham's place, who took C.S. Lewis' place as the Balaam (prophet for hire) of our time. Although C.S. Lewis influenced tens-of-millions of people during his lifetime (and still today), it is plainly evident to the spiritually discerning Christian that Lewis never led even a single person to Jesus Christ.
When C.S. Lewis speaks of “faith in Christ,” he includes unsaved Catholics, Mormons, the apostate Church of England and every heathen religion. Lewis sought for “common ground” between all religions, that he could use to justify accepting everyone, regardless of their doctrinal differences. Consequently, unbelievers were given false hope, and the true Biblical Gospel that excludes all forms of self-righteousness was hidden. Lewis has much blood on his hands. Mormons love him! Catholics love him! Remember that Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, and so are his ministers of unrighteousness (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15). Satan's primary character traits are being an accuser (Revelation 12:10), a murdering liar and thief (John 10:10), and a deceiver (Matthew 7:15).
C.S. Lewis was loved the most by Satan, because he published tons of religious literature, confusing fiction with non-fiction, further confusing an already confused world. As I've researched the writings of Lewis, I've found nothing but a bunch of eloquent religious quotes which amount to really nothing. Every hellbound Roman Catholic and Mormon believes in faith in Christ. There is nothing more dangerous spiritually to the churches than vague, obscure, wishy-washy, undefined usage of terms and teachings concerning the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Lewis attempted to present Scriptural truth under a cloak of pagan mythology in order to give it popular appeal, and in so doing confused the reader, preventing people from ever seeing the light of the Gospel.
That's why J.K. Rowling praises Lewis as her favorite writer and mentor. Miss Rowling does the same thing, confusing children's minds to discern between fact and fiction, while making sure they don't see the glorious light of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Satan's kingdom of darkness, he who deceives others the best is king. C.S. Lewis is a superstar amongst apostate evangelicals and heathens alike, and that's how the Devil likes it. If a deadly wolf can put on sheep's clothing and dupe Christians to follow his teachings and advice, then the Devil can kill, steal and destroy with ease.
Ecumenicalism Is An Enemy Of Soul-Winning
Everything that I have just shared with you about C.S. Lewis falls under the evils of Ecumenism, which is the promotion of better cooperation between the various religious denominations, at the expense of contending for the faith, moral convictions and preaching the Gospel accurately. No one is going to fraternize with their enemy and maintain a stronghold against them. As born-again Christian believers, the Bible plainly teaches separation between believers and unbelievers...
2nd Corinthians 6:14-17, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
As born-again Christians, we have a responsibility to preach the Gospel (Good News) that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of everyone (2nd Corinthians 4:3), and He was buried, and then after three days bodily resurrected (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). 1st Corinthians 9:16, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” It is tragic when a professed Christian singer (and I could name hundreds), becomes famous and has millions of fans, but they refuse to share the Gospel with those fans. The blood of each and every one of those fans will be on their hands if they are truly saved. We have a responsibility to witness the Gospel to others. 2nd Corinthians 4:3, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.”
“The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.” —Immanuel Kant
Let's All Get Busy Soul-Winning
I didn't write this article to scold anybody; but rather, to encourage you to get busy sharing the Gospel with others. At a minimum, we can all plant seeds by passing out Gospel tracts. Every believer ought to be soul conscious, that is, concern about the eternal destiny of their soul. Are you on your way to Hell? Do you know for certain if you died right now that you would go to Heaven? You can know for sure (1st John 5:13). I KNOW THAT I AM SAVED. I know because salvation is not conditioned upon my goodness, but upon God's goodness. I know that I am saved because I have God's PROMISE that He saves those who believe the Gospel. 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” That's the only way to be saved. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. If you admit that you are a sinner and receive the Gospel as payment for your sins, you are saved.
Will You Shine As The Brightness Of The Stars, Or Wish That You Did?
I wrote this article because I was thinking recently about all the frivolous, meaningless and wasteful temporal things that people invest so much time, money and resources in, which will amount to absolutely NOTHING in eternity. It won't matter how many football games you watched or played throughout your life. It won't matter in eternity how much earthly wealth you amassed. None of that will mean a hill-of-beans then. It won't matter in eternity how talented you were, or how many friends you had. It won't matter when you stand before God how successful you were in the world's eyes. It won't matter how many people you impressed with your razzle-dazzle fancy guitar picking. People spend their lives exercising their body, but they still have to die. People spend their lives trying to get ahead. They divorce in pursuit of a better marriage. They save every dollar they can for an earthly future that is guaranteed to end. No one ever took a single penny with them into eternity. Our culture trains youth to get the most they can out of this temporal life, through greed, lust and competition; but there is no concern nor preparation for eternity.
that are right in life always follow suffering;
The things that are wrong in life always precede suffering.”
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles (from the MP3 sermon, 'COUNT THE COST')
If you believe the Holy Bible, then you ought to count the cost of not being a disciple of Jesus Christ. You don't get saved by discipleship. Eternal life is a free gift that you simply receive by childlike faith in the Gospel. Then, after you're saved, there's a second decision that God wants you to make, to follow Jesus as His disciple. Salvation is free, but discipleship costs us the pleasures of sin and worldliness. Salvation, once received, cannot be lost; but discipleship can be lost. Salvation is dependant upon God's faithfulness, but discipleship is dependant upon the believer's faithfulness. Few people understanding this distinction, which is why the heresy of Lordship Salvation has invaded the churches, confusing Salvation with Discipleship.
I promise you, those of you who are Christians and don't care about soul-winning, that you will hate yourself in eternity. When you see Christians like me (and I say this humbly by God's grace alone) relishing in the presence of thousands of souls who were saved through my soul-winning efforts, and you had no souls saved at all. You will feel ashamed. I have received innumerable “Thank you!” e-mails over the years, from people who said they found the Lord Jesus Christ and were saved through my website ministry. Of course, I cannot save anybody, God does that. Albeit, the Scriptures teach that without a preacher no one will hear the glad tidings of the Gospel, so how can they be saved...
Romans 10:13-15, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
If you are saved, then you have God the Father and God the Son living inside you as God the Holy Spirit. This is called the “indwelling” of the Holy Spirit. The Bible calls this Triune nature of God, the “GODHEAD” (which all of the new satanic counterfeit Bible versions remove from Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20 and Colossians 2:9 - Only the King James Bible contains this important theological word). Beware of the new plethora of fake Bible version, which Satan has unleashed upon the churches under the disguise of being “new, better and more accurate” Bibles, but in reality they have caused utter confusion and rejection by today's youth. Thank God for the trustworthy and inspired King James Bible!!!!!!!
I give the Lord all the credit for any good accomplished by my frail human labors. It is the Holy Spirit working through me that makes the difference. I sometimes read some of my older articles and recognize that it was the Holy Spirit working through me, because I could never figure out those great truths on my own. PRAISE THE LORD!!! To God be the glory, great things HE HATH DONE!!! The Lord plainly said that without Him we can DO NOTHING! John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Most churches today are doing everything in their own human strength. Although there might be religious converts, there are no souls born-again by the Spirit of God. That is, they have churchianity without Christianity as Pastor J. Vernon McGee (whom I admire) used to say.
I've heard some Bible teachers identify the “fruit” of John 15:5 as the fruit of the Spirit, but I think it means much more. I think the Bible is referring to souls saved, as evidenced by Matthew 13:8, “But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” And of course, a desire to win souls is part of the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Matthew 13:8 Scripture refers to Jesus' parable of the sower and the seeds. The “seed” is the Word of God (Luke 8:11). The Lord said that believers with “an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15), will take heed and bear much fruit. This does not mean that we can win anyone to the Lord in our own strength; but rather, the Lord can work through a surrendered vessel to lead others to Him, through the witnessing of the Gospel.
It Will Be Worth It All When We See Jesus
Perhaps one of the greatest compliments I have ever received was from a web visitor who said, “Thank you for allowing God to do all this through you” (referring to my website ministry). I was greatly humbled at first. Who am I to limit the God of the universe if I chose not to allow Him to work through me? But friend, that is exactly what we are doing if we do not yield to the leading of the Spirit of God by obeying the written Word of God. 2nd Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” This one Scripture alone eliminates 95% percent of our wicked American culture, which exalts itself against a holy God.
Friend (I am being your friend), this life is an illusion, because it is not even a blip on the screen of eternity. Everything that you see around you will be gone in time. Unsaved people realize this truth, but since they lack faith in the Holy Bible, they choose to live life to the fullest. However, as Christians we do have faith in the Word of God, the very seed by which we were born-again (1st Peter 1:23), and so we choose to live our life for eternal results. So we see that our view of eternity directly affects how we live now on earth. Like I said earlier, I dare say 1-in-10,000 people are saved. I've known religious people all my life who claimed the name of Christ, but clearly only had a dead form of religious devotion. This is exactly what the Lord said in Matthew 7:21-23 and Luke 13:23-24. Many shall seek to enter into Heaven, but few shall be able. You need God's righteousness friend, not your own! This is one of the hardest truths for man to grasp, because by nature we feel that we must impress God to satisfy His holy demands. Neither you nor I can impress God (Isaiah 64:6). The only thing that impresses God is when we trust upon the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Time Is Running Out!
I often feel inadequate when I write articles, grasping for words to express what I desire to say. I deliberately avoid fancier complicated words, to keep it simple. I want to place the cookies on the bottom shelf, so-to-speak, so that even a child can understand what I am teaching from the Bible. I try to be a porcupine preacher, so that everyone will GET THE POINT! Amen!
I heard Pastor Steve Anderson preaching the other day in his excellent video on New World Order Bible Versions. In the video he says that a lot of people didn't like the Amplified Version of the Bible because IT WAS TOO LOUD! It took me a minute to figure that one out, but I thought that was pretty funny. The Bible tells us in Revelation 12:12, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Time is short friend. If you've been following world events, you know that the Illuminati (Satan's architects of the New World Order) are working relentlessly to destroy national borders, sovereignty, individualism, parental authority, Christianity, honest capitalism, faith in God and all barriers of race, religion and culture. This is all necessary for the Devil to create a world system friendly to receive the Antichrist. It is happening!
Satan is already working night-and-day to corrupt the churches, bring chaos to the world, destroy our liberties and eliminate the traditional family. It is tragic that the average Christian believer is asleep spiritually, sitting back while the Devil changes our Bibles and churches. It is rare that a church goes bad by itself. What we are seeing in America today is the systematic dismantling of the churches. Satan fully knows that churches seek pastors from the Bible universities. So if I were the Devil, I'd try to corrupt the Bible colleges and religious institutions that train preachers. That's why I call them preacher's “cemeteries” instead of seminaries.
Moody ministries prints all of Dr. John MacArthur's books. MacArthur says children can't be saved, Jesus' blood is not on the mercy seat in Heaven, it will cost a person everything to be saved, and that Jesus didn't die for everyone (limited atonement). APOSTASY!!! Thousands of pastors have been duped to idolize and follow MacArthur, simply because he is popular on radio stations nationwide, publishes hundreds of books, and Moody all but worships him at their annual Founder's Week. In short, the Devil is using influences like MacArthur, Joyce Meyer, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Ray Comfort, Paul Washer, John Piper and Max Lucado to corrupt the churches. They all PERvert the plan of salvation! Satan has introduced a demented message in our churches today that says eternal life is a gift, but you have to clean-up your behavior to receive it. It's called Lordship Salvation. What a contradiction! The aforementioned false prophets say some wonderful things, but they all support the counterfeit Bible versions and add human effort to the Gospel! Anyway, don't get me started preaching against these yardbirds or I'll never stop typing!
I will close with our opening thought. The Holy Bible says that Christian believers who “TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS” will shine as the brightness of the stars in the universe for ever and ever throughout eternity. The true measurement of our success in life won't be how many people show up to say goodbye at our funeral, but how many people are waiting to greet us when we get to Heaven! Amen!
(Pastor Steven Anderson)
(Pastor Danny Castle)
Beware Of Lordship Salvation
(by Pastor Marc Monte)
Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
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