Coming home? What are you talking about?

Something happened this past Sunday that caught me off guard, I didn’t know quite how to feel, let me explain.  I was working on getting lunch ready and there was quite a lot of food was on my counter to get prepped so I wasn’t paying much attention to what my mother was doing as she sat in her chair watching the singers on Jimmy Swaggart getting down with some good old Gospel music. I had heard her kind of singing along, albeit slightly off-tune and was marveling at the fact that she was actually getting most of the words right when a lot of times she has a problem putting a sentence together. I continued putting together the broccoli casserole which included pressuring four big chicken breasts to shred into it, browning and putting a roast in the oven and a pork roast in the crock pot. By the time I was getting finished Jimmy had finished preaching and a good sermon it was, I can even tell you the subject, he spoke about King David asking if there was anyone left from the house of King Saul more specifically Jonathan’s house to whom he could do something good in honor of his friendship with his close friend. The question he focused on was the question, upon gaining the knowledge that there was a son who was lame, “Where is he?”  Back to the point, as he began his soul-stirring altar call for salvation I decided to walk over to mother and ask her if she remembered when Jimmy and his wife and entourage came to our house to eat a few years ago, so I walked over and when I looked at her I saw tears streaming down her face and her mouth was moving, she was repeating the “sinner’s prayer” along with him. I didn’t want her to see me looking so I backed away with tears of my own spilling onto my freshly made up lashes.

  I know she was raised in the home of a minister and married one at the tender age of eighteen so I wondered if she had ever really considered that she needed to ask for forgiveness of sins that she had never really committed? The Bible does tell us in Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” so we know that according to Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  So my friend, what do I believe here? Do I think that my mother who will be ninety years old on March 26 of this year was praying the sinner’s prayer for the first time? No, not at all… and I think that as she was singing along with the preacher as he sang “Lord I’m coming home” she was more thinking of following daddy on the path toward her heavenly home than confessing her sins.

You might wonder what her sins would be and I can tell you quickly that would be the sin of worrying over her children and over church members that were missing from their regular seat at the Sunday service, or worrying that her son was putting a cardboard cutout in the bottom of his shoe because it had a hole in it, perhaps it was that she was having to share skirts and slips with her teenage daughter, but never worrying that she wouldn’t make heaven her home. I think it wouldn’t hurt a lot of us to sit down and think about asking God to forgive us of our sins…one more time.

6 Replies to “Coming home? What are you talking about?”

  1. Very well written. It does mean a lot to me. Can we ever ask too many times for the Lord to forgive us? I think not. When we take time to ask for His forgiveness it shows Him that we are concerned & want our part of the relationship to be acceptable. A few years ago I had a long talk with a Great Aunt who had been our family prayer warrior since I was a baby. She told me that every day she had to ask the Lord to forgive her. I was shocked. I told her you are 90+ yrs old, what could you possible be doing that is wrong? She very calmly told me it was her mind. The enemy every day tried to attack mind with little things just to try & make her fail. She said if I want the Lord to hear me when I pray I have to be clean as a whistle at all times. I don’t want anything to block Him blessing me. Needless to say I left there three days later with a different outlook on my relationship with the Lord. God bless you, keep up the good work. We are all going home for good very soon..

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  2. Baptists vote to keep the Sinner’s Prayer…again

    Preuters News Agency
    London

    Meeting today in London, a convention of the world’s Baptists narrowly endorsed the continued use of the Sinner’s Prayer as the hallmark act of Christian conversion. Here is the final draft of the convention’s statement on this issue:

    “Baptists today again affirm the Sinner’s Prayer as the act by which a sinner is justified before God. To be clear, it is not the recitation of the prayer itself that saves, nor is it necessary to endorse a set order of the words to be prayed, nor must the prayer be verbalized to others. What is necessary for salvation is this: A genuine, heartfelt prayer that 1.) acknowledges one’s sinfulness and hopeless state of perdition before God 2.) cries out to God with true repentance of one’s sins 3.) petitions God for his free gift of salvation 4.) asks Christ to indwell his heart/soul 5.) commits to abandoning his prior sinful lifestyle and promises to follow Christ and his righteousness.”

    Controversy over this statement simmered for the entire three days of the convention. A group of younger Baptists from the developing world pushed for the removal of the Sinner’s Prayer from the Baptist Statement of Faith, declaring that it was unscriptural and lacked any evidence of use in the Early Church. These young people read statements from the Early Church Fathers from the convention podium, noting that requiring a prayer (spoken or thought) for salvation was unheard of in the Early Church. This assertion created quite a stir as many of the older convention attendees were not accustomed to hearing appeals to the “catholic” Church Fathers as a source of authority for Baptist doctrine.

    The younger group put forward a new, brash, proposal as the new official Baptist Act of Christian Conversion:

    “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.”

    This proposal prompted outrage from the majority of convention attendees. One prominent Baptist pastor from the United States summed up the majority’s sentiments by this statement:

    “Too Lutheran.”

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