Proclaim the gospel.

As soldiers of Christ we must always be “fit” to go to war and to do battle. We should always be prepared to share our faith (1 Pet. 3:15). So, practice what you preach. Practice how to answer everyone—atheist, agnostic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.—with the reason for the hope that is within you.

“We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war.” Charles Spurgeon

1 Chronicles 7:11All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle.

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The soul continues forever.

Some don’t believe that we have a soul that continues on after death. This verse clearly shows that physical death occurs when the soul separates from the body (in the same way that spiritual death is separation from God).

1 Kings 17:21 And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

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Memory is God’s officer.

“We won’t need any one to condemn us at the bar of God; it will be our own conscience that will come up as a witness against us. God won’t condemn us at his bar; we shall condemn ourselves. Memory is God’s officer, and when He shall touch these secret springs and say, ‘Son, daughter, remember’—then tramp, tramp, tramp will come before us, in a long procession, all the sins we have ever committed.” D. L. Moody

2 Samuel 24:10And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

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The awful consequences of breaking the Law.

One effect of the Law: it brings 34:19–21 the knowledge of sin, convicts the conscience, and makes the wrath of God understandable as the just consequence of sin. Use the Law to reach the lost as Jesus did. (See Mark 10:17 for an example of Jesus using the Law.)

“When the sinner sees the awful consequences of breaking the Law of God—that he cannot escape the certainty of judgment—he will see his need to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. When we preach future punishment by the Law, the sinner comes to Christ solely to flee from ‘the wrath to come.’” Charles Spurgeon 

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Receive “a sound mind.”

The ungodly are not in their right mind. Like the prodigal son who “came to himself” (Luke 15:17), it is only when we realize our appetites are unclean that we come to our senses, confess our sins, and repent. When we turn to Christ we receive “a sound mind” (see 2 Tim. 1:7).

2 Chronicles 6:37 yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness’;38and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name

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Lives taken.

The incident in 1 Chronicles 2:3, is mentioned in Gen. 38:7, but we are not given details of what he did that was so wicked. There are a number of cases in Scripture where God lost patience with certain people, and took their lives. See Gen. 38:10 for another such incident involving Er’s brother, Onan. God also killed a husband and wife because they told one lie (see Acts 5:1–10 for details).

1 Chronicles 2:3 The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, and Shelah. These three were born to him by the daughter of Shua, the Canaanitess. Er, the firstborn of Judah, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; so He killed him.

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“… it’s not safe to die.”

Omni magazine (March 1985) reported a study by Dr. Maurice Rawlings (at the time a devout atheist), cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga and author of the book To Hell and Back. He and his emergency room colleagues are constantly treating such cases. It is now standard that those who have near-death experiences later speak of having experiences of light, lush green meadows, rows of smiling relatives, and tremendous peace. However, in his study (also reported in his book Beyond Death’s Door), Dr. Rawlings obtained new information by interviewing patients immediately after resuscitation while they are still too shaken to deny where they have been. Nearly 50 percent of the group of 300 interviewed reported lakes of fire and brimstone, devil-like figures, and other sights hailing from the darkness of hell. He says they later change their story because most people are simply ashamed to admit they have been to hell; they won’t even admit it to their families. Concludes Dr. Rawlings, “Just listening to these patients has changed my whole life. There’s a life after death, and if I don’t know where I’m going, it’s not safe to die.”

Job 14:10 But man dies and is laid away,

Indeed he breathes his last

And where is he?

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