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On this past weekend I attended a memorial service for an elderly gentleman. The presiding personality came to a portion of the service where family, friends, community and church were asked to say something memorable about the deceased; to speak to his good qualities, deeds, character, personality or service. After a long moment of deathly silence, not one soul rose to speak on his behalf. No one had anything to say.
I thought that this was a sad commentary to the close of a life that had spent over 73 years on earth.
I am sure that someone had something good to say about the deceased. However, they just weren’t at the funeral that day.
This made me pause and think to myself, “I don’t want my living to be in vain.” I want somebody to miss something about me that would make it easy for them to speak at my memorial service. I want to help somebody to the extent that if they were to be asked to help eulogize me, it wouldn’t a chore but a pleasant stroll down memory lane.
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
~ Bishop O.W. Prince
DO YOU LOVE THE LORD?
Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
You can not say that you love the Lord and do not obey His Commandments.
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According to every funeral I have ever attended, Heaven is overflowing with deceased loved ones No one goes to hell. I have been to a lot of funeral in my life and I’ve never heard the preacher say that the person being funeralized was unsaved or lost or had no hope of Heaven. Regardless of the deceased person’s immoral lifestyle, fornicating practices or perverted sexuality, somehow, they made it in. If my memory serves, almost everyone one who had ever been eulogized is said to have “loved the Lord.” The implication being that they were saved and alright with God.
I must question this assertion, regardless of the assumed humanitarian and compassionate consideration of the preacher for the feelings of the deceased person’s family. If they had not repented, if they were not saved (Born Again) as instructed and ordered by Jesus Christ (God’s Living and Eternal Word), then they are not saved and cannot have any hope of eternal life. The pastor who preaches otherwise disrespect God, calls Jesus a liar and does a soul damning disservice to those who would repent had they heard the Truth.
You can not say that you love the Lord and do not honor and “OBEY” His Word.
Jesus is the living Word of God!
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)
Regardless of the consoling eulogy by the pastor for the lost soul, that soul that is lost will lift their eyes in hell.
And the question that should be asked is the same question that was asked on the day of Pentecost, “What shall we do?”
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:38-39)