Do I have to be married to go to Heaven?
"I thought these ladies would still go to Hell!" exclaimed a Panamanian church leader at our latest seminar in Costa Abajo, Panama. We were sitting in a circle, discussing marriage and the Christian Family, when more than one person expressed serious doubt about their eternal security due to their marital status. Many couples live together for years in common-law relationships as husband and wife, and have several children. We had at least six ladies in this situation--who even though they had repented of sin and accepted Christ as Savior--thought that if Jesus came in the Rapture, they still wouldn't go to Heaven due to their common-law marital status.
I took the Word of God and again taught them that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus, plus nothing! After I finished, one lady exclaimed, "What a relief to know that I am not going to Hell!"
For their Christian testimony, we then encouraged them to follow through on the legal requirements for marriage. We made this possible by paying the $50 fee per couple for their blood exams and paperwork. This is our wedding present for each couple. We will celebrate a "spiritual" wedding service on our next trip. They were almost jumping up and down for joy to think about soon "being married"! Lynn and I love it when people grow in the Lord and get victory in their lives!
The pastors and workers were overjoyed to receive study Bibles, Messengers (audio Bibles) and other literature that we distributed.
Today I embark on a 12-day trek to the Guahibo reservation in Colombia. I will teach New Testament Survey and the Parables of Jesus in several strategic villages. The odyssey includes travel by commercial jet from Costa Rica to Colombia...a four-hour bus ride through the mountains...a two-hour flight on a small Cessna plane...a five-hour canoe trip upriver...and an hour hike to the first village. After a three-day seminar there, we will trek to the next village....and then to the next. The river is my bath, and the hammock is my bed. The food is usually soup, prepared in a big pot over an open flre. People from neighboring villages will walk for three hours to attend these seminars, receive their first Bible and study material, and a Messenger (audio Bible). Please pray for God's blessing upon us!
Colossians 4:2-4 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
A special thanks to you who partner with us to reach the unreached and train indigenous tribes to reach their own people.