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  1. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Let’s now analyse the motive and the result of each passenger’s experience. The first man’s motive for putting the parachute on was solely to improve his flight. The result of his experience was that he was humiliated by the passengers, disillusioned, and somewhat embittered against those who gave him the parachute. As far as he’s concerned, it will be a long time before anyone gets one of those things on his back again.

    The second man put the parachute on solely to escape the jump to come. And because of his knowledge of what would happen to him if he jumped without it, he has a deep-rooted joy and peace in his heart knowing that he’s saved from sure death. This knowledge gives him the ability to withstand the mockery of the other passengers. His attitude toward those who gave him the parachute is one of heartfelt gratitude.

    Listen to what the modern gospel says: “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. He’ll give you love, joy, peace, fulfilment, and lasting happiness.” In other words, Jesus will improve your flight. The sinner responds, and in an experimental fashion puts on the Saviour to see if the claims are true. And what does he get? The promised temptation, tribulation, and persecution—the other passengers mock him. So what does he do? He takes off the Lord Jesus Christ; he’s offended for the Word’s sake; he’s disillusioned and somewhat embittered; and quite rightly so. He was promised peace, joy, love, and fulfilment, and all he got were trials and humiliation. His bitterness is directed toward those who gave him the so-called “good news.” His latter end becomes worse than the first—he’s another inoculated and bitter “backslider.”

    Instead of preaching that Jesus improves the flight, we should be warning the passengers that they have to jump out of a plane. That it’s appointed for man to die once, and after this the judgment. When a sinner understands the horrific consequences of breaking the Law of God, he will flee to the Saviour solely to escape the wrath that’s to come. If we are true and faithful witnesses, that’s what we’ll be preaching—that there is wrath to come—that “God commands all men every-where to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.” The issue isn’t one of happiness, but one of righteousness. The fact that the Bible doesn’t mention the word “happiness” even once, yet mentions “righteousness” 289 times, should make the issue clear.

  2. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Why would an angel of God, after 2,000 years of evangelism, suddenly announce a method that isn’t in line with God’s revealed Word? Did God suddenly figure out a new way to reach the lost, and then send His angel to tell us? Did He change His mind about how to reach the world?

    If an angel from heaven told me of a gospel (or a method of gospel promotion) that wasn’t in line with Holy Scripture, I would reject it without a second thought. Why would I do such a thing, even if it seemed to work? Simply because I fear God in light of the apostle Paul’s sober warning in Galatians 1:8: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed”.

    My heart’s cry is for people to be saved from hell, and yet modern methods work against, not for that end. In Matthew 13:25 we are told, “While men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.” As Christians we must be alert to the workings of the enemy, understand about true and false conversions, and fear God enough to follow in the steps of biblical evangelism. We should heed Paul’s warning against “peddling God’s Word [short-changing and adulterating the divine message]” (2 Corinthians 2:17, Amplified).

    A pastor of a large church in the America South claims that almost every person in the “Bible Belt” parrots the same phrase. As soon as they are personally challenged about their salvation they say, “I have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. I’ve dealt with that,” and yet he knows in his heart of hearts that there are no signs of regeneration. He said that it’s as though they have been inoculated against the truth.

    Motive sinners should have when they come to the Saviour.

    Two men are seated in a plane. The first is given a parachute and told to put it on, as it would improve his flight. He’s a little sceptical at first, since he can’t see how wearing a parachute in a plane could possibly improve his flight.

  3. NOT MOVED BY FEAR

    Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    L. E. Maxwell, Bible teacher and principal at the Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada, wrote of how students came to a knowledge of salvation. Some were “moved by fear” and others were “moved by love.” He noted that between 1931 and 1949, of the 2,507 students, nearly sixty-five percent were moved by fear, and only six percent were moved by love. The remaining twenty-nine percent came with another motive or could not remember why they came to the Saviour.

    This side of Judgment Day, one can only surmise as to how those not moved by fear ever found a place of repentance. This thought provokes the following inquiries:

    • When they found a place of repentance, of what did they repent? It must have been “sin.”
    • When they understood that they had sinned against God, did they not fear at all? Didn’t they have reverence enough for God to produce the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom?
    • When they turned from sin, how did they “flee from the wrath to come” without fear?
    • If they were “moved by the love of God” seen in the cross, did they not fear at the extreme to which God went to redeem them because of their sin?

  4. WHAT ABOUT LEGALISM?

    Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    For what purpose was God’s Law designed? The following verse tells us: “The Law is not made for a righteous person, but...for sinners” (1 Timothy 1:9,10). It even lists the sinners for us: the disobedient, the ungodly, murderers, fornicators, homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, etc. The Law’s main design is not for the saved, but for the unsaved. It was given as a “schoolmaster” to bring us to Christ. It was designed primarily as an evangelistic tool.

    It is an unlawful use of the Law to seek to use it for “justification.” The Scriptures make that very clear: “A man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ...; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified” (Galatians 2:16). The Law’s rightful purpose is simply to act as a mirror to show us that we need cleansing.

    Neither should the Law be used to produce “legalism.” We are given incredible liberty in Christ (Galatians 5:1), and there are those who would seek to steal that liberty by placing the Law on the back of Christians. Obviously a Christian refrains from “lawlessness.” He doesn’t lie, steal, kill, commit adultery, etc. However, his motivation for holy living isn’t one of legalism imposed on him by the Law. Why does he refrain from sin—to gain God’s favour? No. He already has that in Christ. He lives a life that is pleasing to God because he wants to do all he can to show God gratitude for the incredible mercy he has received through the gospel. His motive is love, not legalism. D. L. Moody said, “The Law can only chase a man to Calvary, no further.”