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HE PREACHED HIM INTO HELL

This thought-provoking piece has been in my files for  many years. Brother Camp was a man who loved souls, loved God, loved the Truth, and loved the church. His love did not cause him to be timid, however. In fact, it was love that prompted him to be so forceful  Give these thoughts some thought...

He was a member of the church. He said so when questioned about his religion. He was a member of the church, but could not be counted on to attend the services. He worked six days a week and he had to visit sometimes and when could he go except on Sundays? He worked hard and needed some recreation, and Sunday was the only time he had for recreation.

He was a member of the church but he just could not get to Bible Study on Sunday morning (Mt. 5:6). He needed the extra hour or two of sleep more than he needed to study the Bible. Ile attended the worship most of the time and felt that was enough.

He was a member of the church, but he did not come on Sunday night (Heb.  10:25). He had to rest to be ready to go to work on Monday. He had already attended one time and that was enough except for preachers and a few overzealous people. He had eaten the Lord's Supper, and that was the only thing that was really important anyway.

He was a member of the church, but he never came to midweek Bible Study (Mt. 6:33). He could not find where the Bible said anything about mid-week Bible classes. He said lie was tired on Wednesday night and needed the rest and requested people not to bother him by calling to invite him.

He was a member of the church, but he gave very little of his money to the cause of the Lord (2 Cor.  9: 6, 7).  The church supported the preaching of the Gospel, but not with much of his money. His earnings increased, but his contribution did not. He gave  $10.00 a week all his life. The church conducted a radio program, but not with his  money. After all, he owned a home, a new car, television and took a vacation every year, and it j ust  took all his money to live on.

He was a member of the church, but he never visited anyone (Jas.  1:27). He said that he thought that was what the church paid the preacher to do. If he was sick and no one visited him, it hurt his feelings. He complained of the church not visiting people.

He was a member of the church, but he never tried to teach anyone else (Mt. 28:18-20). In fact, he did not know where to find the Great Commission. If anyone asked him a question, he had to call the preacher to find the answer. The truth is, he just did not like to talk with other people about the Bible.

He was a member of the church, but he died. I conducted his funeral. I said, "He was a member of the church but was careless in attendance. He was a member of the church, but he did not think Bible study was important, so he never came. He was a member of the church, but he did not come to mid-week classes. He was a member of the church, but he never gave as he was prospered. His funeral is being conducted in a building paid for by others. He was a member of the church, but no one gathered here today has he taught the truth. Fie has now gone to the j udgment  to meet his God, and all he can say to God is, 'I was a member of the church.' All that I can say about him is that 'he was a member of the church. "'

While these are not the words that I used, it is the substance of what I said. The service was over and as I stood at the door waiting for the men to take the casket and place it in the car I heard someone say, "He preached him straight into hell."   But I deny that I did so. All I did was to tell the truth about his life. All that he claimed while he lived was that he was a member of the church. Why should I insult his family and friends and his body be saying he was more'? I could not claim for a dead man what he refused to claim for himself while he lived.

This is not fiction-it happened. by Franklin Camp

'Well done,  thou  good  and  faithful  seravant... " (Mt.  25: 12).