Here is my testimony.
You are here because you scanned the card and I thank you once again for talking with me. Just see our conversation as a Doctor advising you, a patient, to go for health screening. I am, with the sincerest of heart, sharing with you a piece of Good News. I cannot force you to believe but I am hoping that God will turn your heart towards Him.
I urge you to finish reading this segment, then make your decision. Do not rush!
The “Gospel” is Good News in Greek. A piece of news can only be Good if there is first, a Bad news. Chemotherapy is not Good news to one who does not believe he has cancer.
What is the Bad news?
The bad news is that our relationship with God is broken because of our sin. Sin is simply any disobedience against God, not just breaking human laws. God, being perfect, has a perfect moral standard, which we all fall short of (Romans 3:23). Without going through all 10 commandments, we already agreed that we have broken them all
- Lie (Exodus 20:16)
- Steal (Exodus 20:15)
- Commit adultery (Matthew 5:28)
- Take God’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7)
- Murder (1John 3:15)
Even if we insist we have only broken one law, Scripture convicts us that it is equivalent of breaking all. (James 2:10)
In addition, Sin makes us misunderstand and hate God (1 Corinthians 2:14). We therefore try to find satisfaction and meaning in our lives by pursuing success, career, money, power or sex. God, being perfect and holy, cannot tolerate sin and must punish it. This punishment, according Romans 6:23 is eternal death and separation from God in a place the Bible calls Hell.
The Bad news is true for everyone. You can either accept this diagnosis or reject it. I know patients whom after being told they have cancer, reject the diagnosis and its treatment. I cannot force them. Similarly, you have the freedom to accept this diagnosis and receive the good news or to reject this diagnosis of your spiritual condition.
The Good news
If you agree with the true diagnosis of our spiritual problem, then you should be desperate for the good news. Who, with a treatable cancer rejects the chemotherapy drug?
The Bible tells us that God, despite having no obligation towards us, “is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us” (Ephesians 2:4). God loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty of our sin on our behalf (John 3:16). Jesus took the form of a man, did not commit any sin, suffered, and died on the cross— an event so significant that it affected how we record the year – BC (“before Christ”) and AD ( “Anno Domini” – Latin for “in the year of the Lord”))
At the cross, He cried, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), meaning he has paid the penalty fully. God chose to reconcile our relationship with Him even though we were enemies (Romans 5:10). Three days after He died, Jesus rose from the grave to heaven, thus defeating the power of sin, death and hell.
How to respond to this Good news?
Imagine you are a cancer patient and a doctor tells you that there is a 100% effective chemotherapy drug available. This is the point where you have to make the decision. To take it or leave it. How will you respond to this good news of an effective drug will determine the rest of your life.
Similarly, God made this Good News available to all through the Bible. And He tells us how we are to respond to it: Repent and Believe. (Mark 1:15)
The Bible says in John 3:16 that “whoever believes in Him (Jesus Christ) should not perish, but have everlasting life.” In Acts 13:9 says “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out”. God offers us a free gift that we can choose to accept by believing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour. We will be destined for eternal life in heaven with God instead of eternal death in hell separated from God. (Romans 6:23)
Attend a Church
If you have made the decision, I first rejoice with you. But you will need guidance and fellowship. God has given us the Church, to help us on our Christian walk. However, according to the Bible, not all Churches are the same. Some do not preach the true gospel (Galatians 1:8). Some are led by false teachers (2Peter 2:1), leading many towards Hell (2Peter 2:2). We are to judge the church by it’s teachings (Acts 17:11, 1Jo 4:1) – if they preach the truth of Scripture. You need to choose wisely.
Here are some of my recommended churches (non- exhaustive):
- Redemption Hill Church (English)
- One Covenant Church (English)
- Gospel Light Church (English, Chinese, Filipino)
- The Crossing Church (English, Chinese)
- Adam Road Presbytarian Church (English, Chinese)
There is no doubt you have loads of questions now. Trust me, I also had them. God encourages us to reason together (Isaiah 1:18). When Thomas doubted, Jesus responded (John 20:25). If you seek with a sincere heart, God will answer your questions (Matthew 7:7). Here are some common questions with short reads (I have short attention span too!)
- How is Christianity different from all other religions?
- Ask Ligonier (Stephen Nichols)
- How can a good God send people to hell?
- Ask Ligonier (Dr. Burk Parsons)
- Christianity Explored
- 35 Free Ebooks on Crucial Questions by Ligonier Ministries