October 30, 2013
Do you have any core beliefs that you will not compromise on, that you cannot be dissuaded from, and that you will stand up and proclaim no matter the audience, no matter the danger, and no matter the consequences to you?
Such beliefs must be important to you personally for them to have such meaning. They must be things like your integrity, your belief in the inherent rights of the individual to life, liberty, and their ability to choose how they will exercise that liberty. For many they include the right to worship God freely in the manner they choose without interference from the government or others.
These core beliefs are what define you as an individual. They define how you will react in a given situation, what you stand for, what you will tolerate from others, and what you will choose to put your life at risk for. They are what drive a young lady to stand when a cowardly man with a gun in his hand demands that all Christians are to stand up.
Every true believer in the gospel message of Jesus Christ has at their foundation two such beliefs:
(1) The death of Christ. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins. It is the blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross that makes our salvation possible.
(2) The resurrection of Christ. Christ rose bodily from the dead. He conquered death and sin with His resurrection, and because of this, we can have eternal life in heaven with Jesus.
The gospel declares that Jesus was made sin for us, (this means that He took on our sin, He paid the penalty for our sin,) that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, (our ability to stand before God, clothed in the righteousness of God, is only because Jesus died for us and was raised again for our justification.)
The unique fact of the gospel is the Resurrection. All other religions record the death of their leader. Only the Christian faith records the Resurrection of its Founder.
All other religious leaders are dead.
Only Jesus is alive. Listen to this podcast to learn why this is absolutely important and imperative for you to know and believe.