I believe that I am a sinner who has done nothing my whole life except sin against God.
I believe that God created all things and that He eternally exists as One in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that He is holy and righteous and that He, owing to His perfect justice, will require an account of every person He has created.
I believe that God, in order to bring glory to Himself and according to His great love and mercy, chose to come to this world through the womb of a virgin as the man Jesus Christ.
I believe that Jesus Christ was entirely sinless, holy, and pure all the days of His earthly life, and that He has always been and always will be the sinless, spotless, Son of God.
I believe Christ went to the cross in order to take upon Himself all the sins and guilt of His followers—including mine—and to bear the punishment for those sins in order to set us free. I believe that while He hung on that cross, the wrath of God—which would have fallen upon me for an eternity in hell—fell instead upon Christ. I believe Jesus took all the punishment for sin that I deserved and gave me His own righteousness which I did not deserve. I believe He did this primarily in order to glorify Himself and also because of His own great love.
I believe Jesus when He warns that a majority of people, because of their autonomous rebellion against God, will go to hell—including a majority of people who call themselves Christians, whose lifestyles contradict their claims of faith.
I believe that it is only through Jesus that a person can be saved from their sins and escape eternity in hell. I believe all other religions apart from Jesus Christ the Lord are false and lead nowhere but to death and hell.
I believe that one must repent of all their sins, believe the gospel, and trust in nothing but Christ's finished work on the cross in order to be saved.
I believe that if it wasn't for God's great mercy and grace, I would have never come to Him, because I hated Him with every ounce of my being, by nature. It took God opening my eyes and changing my heart, which He was not obligated to do and does not always do for everyone. There are many whom He gives over to follow after their own lusts, until they arrive in hell. Why He did not leave me to myself I do not know, but what I do know is that it had nothing to do with anything in me.
I believe that our purpose, joy, and satisfaction in life is in loving God and living to please and glorify Him, through Christ and by the strength of the Holy Spirit.
I have a passion to share the gospel with the lost because I know, according to God's word, that they are on their way to hell because of their sins and because of the inflexible justice of Almighty God, which requires those sins be punished. Thus I plead with them to consider eternity, to turn from their wickedness, and to serve the living God through Jesus Christ the Lord. I do not do this out of hatred or bigotry or self-righteousness, but out of the same heart that would drive one to run into a burning house just to save a loved one whose certain destruction was imminent.
This article was revised and republished on 10/10/2020. It was originally published on 5/30/2012.