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.

Comments (6)

  • Administrator 11/09/12 at 11:47 AM CST

    Hi Anthony,

    You've hit the nail on its head concerning a sense of fear that is missing in many churches today. The beginning of knowledge and wisdom is fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). Now this is connected with reverence but it would also involve a sense of trembling, as well (Psalm 119:120; Philippians 2:12-13). The apostle Peter also commands us to conduct ourselves in fear all throughout our days (1 Peter 1:17). Now, for the believer, this fear does not involve a certain dread of God's judgment falling upon him, for that would not be compatible with faith that believes that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Nevertheless, there must still be an acknowledgement that God is worthy to be feared because it is a terrifying thing to fall into His hands. This seems to be a vast contradiction when comparing these passages to most evangelical churches in America today. As for confronting this issue, it is imperative that we immerse ourselves in God's word and take great care to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we've been called, especially concerning raising important issues like these with others in our church. Definitely pray about it, pray for God's help, and then perhaps consider bringing your concerns, along with the passages of Scripture, to your pastor. I hope that helps.

    God bless

  • Anthony Ott 11/08/12 at 02:53 PM CST

    This is great, I still am struggling and by hearing the truth about hell definitely puts fear in me. I feel know alot of Churches don't put the fear in themselves enough to understand the truth of God's word. My church likes the whole "be good do good you manifest great things." It's all desirable to one's self and I feel that's not what Christ wants us to gain. I'm a little confused if I should address this issue to some of the people in the church? May God bless you with the Holy Spirit and thank you for speaking the Truth!

  • Administrator 09/07/12 at 11:24 AM CDT

    God bless you Juanita, thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

  • Juanita 09/07/12 at 07:07 AM CDT

    Dane, your words are a blessing in a world where Christ's sheep are left starving--how many do not wander from church to church in search of food. I thank our Father for brothers and sisters in Christ who are able and willing to feed His sheep. In His love, Juanita.

  • Administrator 06/01/12 at 07:03 AM CDT

    God bless you Peter. You seem to be on the right track of humility before God. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). Jesus Christ is indeed our life, He delivers us from sin, from death, and from the wrath of God (Colossians 3:4; Matthew 1:21; Romans 5:9). He is everything.

    "Thus says the LORD, 'Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. …For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being. But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.'" (Isaiah 66:1-2)

  • Peter Van Wyk 05/31/12 at 06:41 PM CDT

    It shocked me to the core when i read it this morning because the more i read the more i realise how much i deserve to die and go to hell and the more i need Jesus in my life. This message is so loaded with reality, truth and conviction that it is terifieng! May The Lord have mercy on my soul and may He guide me in all of my ways.