Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 

          “Mario, why do you say you’re a Christian, but you don’t live like one?” Merle Pollock (sometime in September/October 1973) 

          What could I say? I talked a good talk, knew most of the books of the Bible, had even taught a class or two, and loved to sing the hymns. Yet my life demonstrated that I was not saved! And Merle cut to the chase! 

          I liked to think I was a Christian (making a distinction here, Christian vs saved). Sure, I drank, sometimes got drunk, told dirty jokes, and acted a fool. Yet, since my birthday in 1969 (turned 18) I carried the King James Bible my folks had given me as a present (and they weren’t saved either!). 

          I took that Bible to church, Bible Study, Youth Group, but outside of those meetings, I hardly ever, if at all, opened it. It was just for show. “Sure, I’m a Christian! Look at my Bible! That should prove it!” 

          Yet my Brother Merle saw through me. He and I were both Security Policemen so we often worked together so he saw me outside of the “church” setting. 

          “Mario, why do you say you’re a Christian, but you don’t live like one?”  

          Those words bothered me. Why? Because I knew they were true! There was nothing I could say that I could defend myself with.  

          When the moment came that I understood I was being offered redemption through the blood of the Savior, I ran (yes Mario used to be able to move quite a bit quicker than he can now) to the altar and wept tears of repentance which turned into tears of joy when I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart! 

          For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, I Thessalonians 5:9 

          That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Romans 10:9 

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