CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE . . . TOTALLY SAVED

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If you miss the mark can you truthfully say you hit it? How about coming close – real close? Someone once said that “almost” only counts in horseshoes, meaning that they scored by “almost” hitting the mark. However, in reality they missed! The word “almost” means “very nearly”, “not quite.” The PFBP Gospel tract,  “Close […]

Close But Not Quite-EIf you miss the mark can you truthfully say you hit it? How about coming close – real close? Someone once said that “almost” only counts in horseshoes, meaning that they scored by “almost” hitting the mark. However, in reality they missed! The word “almost” means “very nearly”, “not quite.” The PFBP Gospel tract,  “Close But Not Quite . . . Totally Saved” is for people who THINK they are saved; close but not quite.

The target is in sight and careful aim is taken; the arrow is released and strikes close to the center. However, in reality it was missed! The word “close” means “very nearly”, “not quite.” In light of this we may conclude that to come close to the target, or “almost” hit it, means to completely miss the mark. Close, but not quite!

There is a true story about a man who was “almost” saved; he was close, but not quite. The man to whom I refer was a king by the name of Herod Agrippa. Standing before Herod Agrippa was the world’s greatest missionary, the Apostle Paul. As the Apostle Paul stood before this great king and told of how he had been saved from a life of sin to serve the living God, the heart of Herod Agrippa was stirred deeply. The king had been moved by what he heard and apparently came close to becoming a Christian, for we read in Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Almost — but not quite. King Agrippa came so close to being saved, and yet was so far away. Almost saved, but totally lost!

Many people who “plan” to receive Christ as their personal Saviour at 10 o’clock die at 9 o’clock. They were “almost” saved, but not quite. You see, my friend, there is no “almost” in salvation. Until a sinner has definitely accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, he has definitely rejected Him. I heard of a man who said that he was just about ready to be saved; he was about seventy-five percent of the way there. “Almost” saved, but not quite.

Some of you who read this gospel tract will undoubtedly say, “I’ll get saved someday”, or “I’ll have to think about it first.” You may have the best intentions, but until you have definitely accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, you have definitely rejected Him. “Almost” saved, but not quite. In II Corinthians 6:2 we read that, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” My friend, you have no guarantee of tomorrow; it may not come.

Dear friend, if you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, I urge you to do so today, this very moment! Why do you need to be saved? Please allow me to briefly explain. Of all the people born on this earth, none are within themselves righteous or good (Romans 3:10-12). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

As a result, our just reward is death (spiritual, eternal separation from God in hell). Those who have not received Christ as Saviour are this very moment under God’s wrath (John 3:36) and already condemned(John 3:18). They are just as good as in hell as if they were there already!

What must you do to be saved? Right now, wherever you are, you can be saved. All you have to do is bow your head and pray a prayer similar to this: “Dear Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. I acknowledge before you, Jesus, that I have sinned, and I do now repent and ask for your forgiveness. I invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart as my Saviour, for it’s in His name I pray. Amen!” If you will do this, meaning it from your heart, then according to God’s Word you will be saved for all eternity (I John 5:11-13).

Salvation is possible because God loves us (Romans 5:8) and does not want any person to go to hell (II Peter 3:9). That is why Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary. He secured our salvation by shedding His blood which washed away our sins (Hebrews 9:11-14).

My friend, will you be like Herod Agrippa and be “almost” saved, but totally lost? Or will you this moment receive Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. I urge you! I plead with you! Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and be “completely” saved for all eternity.

- Richard A. Ciarrocca

The above is the opening lines from the Gospel tract, “Close But Not Quite . . . Totally Lost” If you aim at a target and only miss by an inch, you may have come close but you still missed. So many examples could be used to make the same point; close is just that and nothing more. Many people came “close” to being saved but in reality, they did not and this is what this Gospel tract is about. This is an excellent Gospel tract to give to the religious people, those who have played the church game but never truly worn born again by the blessed Holy Spirit of God.

 The original title of this tract was, “Almost Saved But,  . . . Totally Lost;” it was redesigned, renamed, and the opening paragraph changed on 6 May 2014.

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