From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, July 8, 2018
King Agrippa said to Apostle Paul, “Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.” the Apostle never persuaded Agrippa to be almost a Christian; but he almost persuaded him to be a Christian altogether. Agrippa certainly never was an almost Christian, his life and character displayed a spirit very far removed from that condition;
There is a great difference between being almost a Christian and being almost persuaded to be a Christian. A man who is almost an artist knows something of painting, but a man almost persuaded to be an artist may not even know the names of the colors. Now the great intent of Paul’s preaching, according to Agrippa’s confession, was to persuade him to be a Christian; and the apostle himself acknowledges the same design in his concluding sentence, “I would to God, that not only you, but also all who hear me today, were both almost and altogether such as I am.” In that parting word of goodwill he unveiled the desire of his heart; he did not seek release from his chains, but the deliverance of the souls of his hearers from the bondage of sin.There are many today who live in the Almost Zone. In many areas of endeavor one has to make a choice and there can be no straddling the fence. The lines of distinction in these areas are clear: hot or cold, good or bad, right or wrong. There are some however, who lay mysterious claim to a twilight zone that lies between many of the clear choices available to us.
They reside snugly in the gray areas and have become comfortable. With respect to our faith, many people choose to reside in the mystical area between being saved and unsaved, it is a zone inhabited by the “almost.”
Today a growing number of people are inhabiting the ”almost“ zone thinking that such an existence is equivalent to being saved. Today, the Church reminds the world that there is only one way to be saved and that is to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost. Let us not be Almost, but altogether saved.
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor