Love doesn’t twist truth…but someone. always. does.

by Craig on October 21, 2011

My mom was dying, I had to share the gospel with her - this is how...source

To know of the gospel doesn’t save a soul…
demons know the gospel…
the words…
Christ, saved, forgiven, heaven, hell, sacrifice, born again…
can be empty…

empty words are easily twisted…

You’ll see…

My conversation with my mom…
as the clock of life ticked ever louder…
racing to the end of ticking…

these are the last of the most important questions and answers that began here...
and this part…
this part shows…

how the Evil One twists…

how he so despicably takes even the truth and wrings it dry…

and it doesn’t fit, and it doesn’t work, and it just sits on the floor – useless…

My mom was dying, I had to share the gospel with her - this is how...source

even the words that will save can become bereft of the faith that saves…

to know…
is not…
enough…

I asked the last of the questions…

Mom…

What is “saved”?

Believing in the Holy Trinity [that they exist], believing in Christ, believing in his teachings. Believing that Christ was put on this earth to save us from our sins. My father did not go to church, I don’t know what he believed…he did not know I was afraid he was going to go to hell…I prayed for him.

What does it mean that he died for our sins?

If I sin and ask his forgiveness I’ll be forgiven. He died on the cross to cleanse us. He took all of our sins on himself. We are sinners, but if we pray to God and ask his forgiveness, I believe that no matter what we do, we will be forgiven.

What is “born again”? Is it the same as “saved”?

No, that’s when you get saved, then you fall away from the church and find another type of religion and then you’re “born again?

Are you saved?

Yes.  Because I believe in Christ.

If you were to die tomorrow would you go to live forever happily in the presence of God?

Well, I think I’d go to heaven. I’ve done the best I could. I don’t go to church, but I don’t think you have to in order to be a Christian. I’ve abided more or less by the rules of the Bible. And I don’t think there is anything I’ve ever done in my life that would consider me for hell.

one…two…three times the word “think”

My mom was dying, I had to share the gospel with her - this is how...source

Have you made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ?

Yes. Well I’ve raised my children as best as I can, in religion and training. My commitment is to my family — to see that they are all settled and happy. I believe in Him, my life is in His hands, [I believe] that he will help me. He has helped me so far. I can’t say that if I do get well that I’ll promise to go to church every Sunday. It’s hard to say but I think I am committed.

I knew enough now…

but knowing is not…

enough…

now it was time to do…

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Cora October 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

I had to read this several times over today. My own life kept getting in the way. I think I’m going to go back and print out your interview questions, if I may, and answer them all myself. I want to do it about 5 times, from different periods of my life — what I would have told you as a teenager, a rebellious 20 something, a searching 30 something, a know-it-all 40 something, and a resting-in-grace 50 something. Strange how this interview has brought all this up into a turbulant gush in my soul.

I ached for your Mom this morning. I ached for my Dad as I remember his dying words saying, “I was such a terrible father!” I ached for my brother who searched desparately for “the facts” and “evidence” that it was truth. I ache even now for one who says she has tried and tried to be saved but doesn’t feel anything so must not be “one of the chosen few.”
And I ache every time I feel tongue tied in that pause of conversation and realize that my “elevator pitch” is no good in this moment.

Again, thank you for sharing this, Craig. I feel I’m in “God’s Waiting Room.”

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Craig October 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Cora, it sounds like the coolest experiment, have at it my friend! And the elevator pitch – I’ll be getting back to that – but it’s because of you, and Dawn, and Susan, and Layla – you guys reminded me that it needs to be different if we have the time. The off the rack gospel isn’t good enough if we have the time. This gospel presentation for my mom – was anything but off the rack – everything was designed just for her – from the questions – to the letter. If we love people we need to take that time. So I’m thankful – as always – for you guys pointing me in the right direction. God bless you Cora!

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Michelle October 22, 2011 at 1:38 am

“Have you made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ?”
This reminds me of a conversation I had with my grandmother about 2 years before she died. It was a couple of days after my 21st, and I was visiting her in hospital (she had come out of care for my party, but pretty much spent the last couple of years between her flat and the hospital). She said to me that she could have an argument with John (my soon-to-be fiance). I asked her why, and she said that he had told her she wasn’t a Christian. I asked when, and she “couldn’t remember” (a favourite ploy when she didn’t want to get into specifics). I asked if it was the day of my party, and she agreed. So I then said, “Well according to what he told me, you asked him what he thought a Christian was and he told you. So if that makes you not a Christian, you have the problem not him.” (I then immediately thought “what did I just say to my grandmother?”) As time went by, I believe she thought about it and there was a time after Easter when I visited and she had me read a tract that had been given to her, including the prayer, and was smiling and nodding, which I believe was her telling me she had done this. I also had confirmation from God a few days before she died (after arguing with Him asking why He wouldn’t let her go, she wanted to……..) where God told me that “she would go after she had acknowledged all He had done in her life, and it wouldn’t be long.” So I have a real assurance that I will see her again (and a belief that God worked in my grandad before he died and I will see him again also).

All this to say, these conversations can be hard, but I think that when we need to have them, God gives us the grace and the words and the courage (like we can’t leave without doing this one thing).

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Craig October 22, 2011 at 6:20 am

Michelle, those were really beautiful words – a terrific real life story. I get the very first part, how insulting it can be to a person to be told they’re not Christian when they think they are – and that can be such a stumbling block. I think in the past – in my arrogant days I might’ve led with this actually – and what a terrible place to start off. The more I’m thinking about it – these questions I asked my mom this might just be the way to start everybody off – just questions to find out where a person is and what they believe – and not just for our loved ones – but maybe everybody. What started this off was my discussion with “Joe” in a store – and I started him off with questions too. I think I’m stumbling onto something. I should have already have had in my head. Everything comes back to love – everything comes back to humility. Thank you for sharing this with me. I always learn from you. God bless you.

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Layla Payton October 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

This is rough, Craig. I’m sitting here on the edge of my seat.

The picture with the bunny and the shoes is haunting. Like, what we need to “run” to Jesus is RIGHT THERE, but it is up to us to put on the “shoes.” To have the faith that He will lace them securely onto our “feet…” *sigh*

How stubborn we are.

How patient He is.

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Craig October 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

that picture – I know – it’s the most haunting bunny picture I’ve ever seen. But it really says it all – the shoes are useless. The one-size-fits-all gospel is useless if the bunny doesn’t have feet. That’s the real trick to that picture – The bunny. Has. No. Feet. And the gift we give the bunny is red shoes? if I know someone – really know someone – take the time to really get to know them – I should share with them as if I know them – not “off the rack”. God bless you Layla!

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Layla Payton October 23, 2011 at 11:25 am

How did I miss that the bunny had no feet??? Your explanation was far better. Love, love, love it!

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Craig October 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

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katie @ Imperfect People October 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

Great site! Ninja kittens huh? Funny and great thoughts on scripture! Good stuff!

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katie @ Imperfect People October 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

Sorry i left that comment before I read the post. Just looking around. Wow such powerful words! I am so sorry!

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Craig October 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

I totally get it. Katie – no worries. And it’s funny sometimes too anyway – it gets really deep – it gets really funny – and I fly around everywhere in between. This one – this series – it’s about one of the most important things – and it is about love in its deepest measure. Thank you for coming by – I look forward to reading now too. God bless and keep you! And thank you again.

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Layla Payton October 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

Hi, Katie! *waving* It looks like you are new here. Welcome to my favorite blog(s). :)

Craig has a multi-faceted heart. He’s funny, serious, deep, thoughtful, friendly, understanding, patient, and much more.

Please come back…you don’t want to miss the ninja kitty. :)

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

thank you Layla ツ

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Scott Wolf October 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

Craig I have never met you personally or talk to you on the phone. I do believe however I have got to know you through your posts. God bless you my brother you have a great heart for God and it shows through your writing. I feel the ache in your heart and I am praying for you.

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Scott, you might not have noticed that this is a series – my mom has been with our Father for a long, long time now – a blink in the eyes of eternity – but a long time for us. There is no ache – except wishing that she were still here – there is absolutely no ache, no doubt, no wonder at all about where she is and how happy she is. It’s all good – it really is! Thank you Scott – and God bless and keep you!

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Scott Wolf October 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Sorry Craig what I meant really is the ache of a love one hurting or the ache of missing a loved one. From the answers you posted I had no doubt. This article just makes me miss my wife uncle and grandmother. They were the two greatest examples I ever had as a Christian. Take care buddy.

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