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Chapter 25. The No Hope Church

March 29, 2010

The No Hope Church

The preacher said, “Don’t ever sin after you have received the Holy Ghost, because the Bible says if you do, ‘there remaineth no more sacrifice for you.’ There’s no more hope for you, if you backslide. You can’t pray back through. You can’t be saved. You’re going to hell.

“Don’t ever say one thing you shouldn’t say, don’t ever do one thing you shouldn’t do, or go one place you shouldn’t go, or think on things you shouldn’t be thinking about! If you do, there is no hope for you” That’s what the guest preacher said at the Friday night Fellowship Meeting in the little country church in Indiana.

We were stunned. All twelve local pastors on the platform sat frozen, wondering what would be said next.

The preacher was sincere. He was preaching with tears running down his face. He had driven 400 miles to preach in this service. Most of us had never even heard of him before.

I looked at the second row. Six young couples from our church listened intently. Knowing some of their personal struggles and natures, I knew they couldn’t make it till Sunday morning without saying something they shouldn’t say, doing something they shouldn’t do, going somewhere they shouldn’t go, or thinking on something they shouldn’t be thinking about. They weren’t bad young couples at all. They were just human.

If they did do something they shouldn’t have, I knew they devil would tell them there is no hope for you, so why bother to go back to church.

Something had to be said. Waiting till Sunday to say it, would be too late if they didn’t come back. Damage control was needed now.

I felt the need to respond. Leaning over to the pastor, I said, “Elder, if you don’t mind, I’d like to take this service when he’s done with it.”

“I wish you would, the older pastor said, “I’m a backslider myself.”

We all stood reverently while our guest finished his sermon. He was crying. A number of the people in the audience cried too. We knew we were all so guilty that maybe none of us would be saved, if his doctrine was right.

When the preacher finished, I stepped to the pulpit and asked every one to raise their hands and pray.

I thanked the brother for coming. I have strong convictions against those that are harsh in the pulpit. But I felt I was fighting for souls.

I said, “This man has preached to us tonight from his heart. He has preached with a burden and a passion. He has preached with great sincerity. The only problem is, our good brother is sincerely wrong.

“Evidently, he doesn’t believe in a Great High Priest, who daily maketh intercession for us.

The Bible is trying to explain to us that if we sin, Jesus is not going to go back to Calvary to die for us again. He died once, and for all.

There is no license to sin, there are no indulgences you can buy, there is no hall pass you can get to do wrong.

“But the Bible does say, ‘If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous”

“What is an Advocate? It’s a defense attorney! Why would He provide us with a defense attorney, if there’s no hope for us?

“Who daily maketh intercession for us…

“Why would He make intercession for us if there is no hope?”

The church roared with thanksgiving and praise to God for His mercy and His forgiveness. Some wept with relief.

So should you!

I don’t care what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or how long you’ve been gone. Like the Prodigal, you’re still His child. When He sees you headed home, He’ll run to meet you too.

Thank God for His Forgiveness!

This Too Was Home Missions!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Keith Nix permalink
    March 29, 2010 9:39 pm

    Excellent and well said! Thank God for mercy – and mercy REJOICETH against judgment!

    Thank God for a home missionary willing to go to the necessary lengths to protect the fragile souls of God’s flock.

  2. Steve Epley permalink
    March 30, 2010 5:34 am

    I experienced nearly the same thing at a young age it was frightening.

  3. Nelda Kyzar permalink
    March 30, 2010 5:43 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. There are so many young and old souls out there that are precious and fragile, and can be destroyed so quickly if someone does not have wisdom. I have seen Pastor J.S. Hancock do just what you did in this case, and reassure the people of God’s Word. This was great, thanks again.

  4. todd permalink
    April 2, 2010 7:17 am

    THANK GOD for the BLOOD

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