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For many these are Spiritually Confusing TIMES and, unfortunately, even some, who stand in pulpits today in our own community, contribute to the confusion especially as it relates to Jesus and the way to eternal life.

Through a Divine Appointment, Peter was invited to speak about God, eternal life and Jesus to a man named Cornelius and his household.

Here is where the Bible gets very “21st Century”.

Cornelius is referred to as “devout and God-fearing; {even giving} generously to those in need and praying to God regularly.

Today, some tell us that ALL GOD requires in order to grant eternal life and to forgive sin is to Be Good, Be Fair, Care about Others, Fear God, Extend Grace.

Sadly, a year or so ago in our community, 3 local churches sponsored a pseudo-biblical scholar who presented the idea that “believing in the resurrection of Jesus” isn’t even required for salvation.

While I can’t judge the HEARTS of those who espouse such teaching, I can recognize False Teaching and I do know the source. It is the distinct purpose and mission of satan to discount God’s Truth and to make less of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Isn’t it “telling” that when Peter had the opportunity to speak about Spiritual things to a man who was devout and God fearing, a man who was generous to the poor and who prayed to God regularly, Peter didn’t hesitate in exclaiming the full Truth?

Peter Really Loved….

Without compromise or apology, Peter said, Jesus was killed on a Cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day…. HE was seen….by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. Jesus commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead….and everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

Real Love of Others.

I want to Love People to the point that I will tell them the truth. I don’t want to succumb to the temptation that I welcome more the applause of man or that political correctness would trump truth telling or fear of man would cause me to be silent about the One Way to God.

God Help Me.

I will without apology affirm the Person and Nature of Jesus, His Bodily Resurrection, the Reality of Heaven and Hell, the Sufficiency of God’s Word and the amazing Grace and unconditional love offered by the One True God.

There are so many “Cornelius” around us today–good people, generous people, God fearing people, praying people. We must be faithful in telling them that Jesus is the Only Way to know the forgiveness of sin and to know God.

Eternity weighs in the balance.


Dr. Tom Smiley is a pastor, author, speaker, blogger, husband, grand dad, and Christ-follower.  He is a regional radio talk show host with WDUN Jacobs Media.  He is the founder of Life with Smiles Ministry and Church Well Solutions, a ministry consulting work.  His Sunday messages are broadcast on WDUN 550, and his “blog” entries and thoughts on God, Christian faith, current events, politics and Islam are available at

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