With the rise in political and religious debate, I must write to inform people that we are fighting the wrong fight.
We are presently in the midst of a war.
It is not a physical war with guns and bombs.
Yes, these types of wars are being fought but they are a minor part of the war I want you to know about.
We live on a battlefield in which every soldier will die a physical death. It may be through disease, accident, acts of violence, bodily failure, battle wounds or just the wages of sin.
So don’t cling so tightly to your physical life, it is passing as you read this letter.
What you need to be mindful of is the destruction of your soul.
See, God has made a way for your soul to be saved. Your soul is made up of your mind, will, emotions and personality.
This is what will live on eternally either with the Lord or separated from Him.
This is where the war is really being fought.
We have been so blinded by the pursuit of happiness — acquiring possessions, chasing thrilling experiences, seeking the perfect companion and bettering ourselves — that we are missing the truth of this war.
Matthew 10:28 of the Holy Scriptures says, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Many people are dying on the battlefield of life.
An increasing number are dying without their soul’s being saved because they are more interested in the pursuit of happiness in this world than the pursuit of salvation into the next realm.
Salvation into heaven is not universal as so many want you to believe. Salvation is dependant upon your belief in Jesus Christ.
John 3:18 says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
It’s time that we get our focus back on the good fight.
This battle is won through Christ and His blood.
1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
Pastor Thomas R. Swain,
First Church of God,