Another Battle Rages On
Over 8,000 brave men died in the historic battle of Gettysburg! What many people do not realize is that a battle even more severe rages on continuously over men's souls.
A Gospel tract circulated during the Civil War was entitled, "Why will ye die?" To many readers, the title probably was thought to have meant physical death which in that war was a good probability; however, this old tract was referring to one's spiritual destiny, and that death being of a spiritual nature. The Bible speaks of two deaths, a physical death and a spiritual death. In Revelation 21:8 we read, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death."
Please listen, the Devil desires to damn your soul to hell, and if he is successful in getting you to refuse to accept Christ as your Saviour, hell will be your destiny after death and the lake of fire your eternal home.
Oh dear friend reading this tract, why will you die? Listen to these words of scripture, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) God loved you so much He sent His Son to die for you, to pay the price for your sins through his shed blood so you can have eternal life. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians 1:14) Please realize that the Lord Jesus Christ died for everyone, but this does not mean everyone is saved, it is only those that receive Him that become children of God. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
Many people assume that salvation is obtained by performing good works, but God's Word says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus 3:5)
In the battle of Gettysburg as in any battle, most men faced apprehension as they approach the enemy, knowing death is a possibility. Unfortunately, many people today give little thought to where they will spend eternity when they die. Hebrews 2:3 states,"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him." Dear friend, if you were to die before finishing this tract, where would you spend eternity? Heaven or Hell?
The Bible states that there are two important aspects in salvation, "Testifying both the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) No one can be saved until they first realize they are a sinner, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). And since you are a sinner, you must be willing to repent of your sin that has displeased God and turn to Christ as your Saviour. Secondly, you must by faith believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried, rose again, and is in Heaven right now able to save you. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10)
By faith you must call on Him for salvation, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
Why not pray a simple prayer such as this, "Dear Lord, I know I'm a sinner, and need forgiveness, I believe You shed Your blood and died on the cross for my sins. That You were buried and rose again. In the best way I know how I repent of my sins and by faith receive You as my personal Lord and Savior. Save me Lord Jesus. Amen."