Christian owned and operated does not mean that we teach scripture, pray or have Bible lessons in class.
What it does mean is that we do not teach meditation or eastern mysticism. It means that we do not bow to statues or pictures of masters or founders on the wall. It means that we teach nothing that would be in conflict with your traditional family values.
What exactly is a Christian?
A Christian is not simply somebody who lives a good life, helps others and gives to the poor, although these are wonderful traits. A Christian means simply "Christ-like" or "Christ-follower". Christians are not perfect, and they are certainly not without sin (no one is); however, they do strive to live as God wishes according to His word and keep His commandments. Many people say, "I'll go to heaven; I'm a good person and I've lived a good life." The Bible teaches that you cannot earn your way to Heaven though.
But, did you know that God has a plan for you?
God loves you, and it is His desire that you spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2Peter 3:9).
There is nothing that you can do to earn your way into Heaven though; it is only by God's grace that we receive eternal life.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible tells us that no one measures up to God's standards. No one deserves God's gift of eternal life. We have all come short of what God demands.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
God requires that we be without sin to enter into Heaven.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? ... (1Corinthians 6:9).
The Bible tells us that there are consequences to our sin. The consequences are death, eternal separation from God.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:8).
God is a just God; He will not allow the guilty to go unpunished.
For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son-both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. (Ezekiel 18:4).
So we are all faced with a problem. We desire to go to Heaven, but God will only allow those without sin to enter Heaven, and we all have sinned...
But there is GOOD NEWS!
You do not have to die and go to Hell. There is a solution to our sin problem. We can be saved from Hell. You can receive God's gift of eternal life by repenting from your sins, (turning away) and believing in His son Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16).
Believing in Jesus is not just believing in the facts though, it is trusting in Jesus and what he did to pay for your sins.
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder. (James 2:19).
It is necessary that you receive Jesus as your savior, and make him the Lord of you life. You must confess Jesus with your mouth, and believe in him in your heart to receive eternal life. You must call upon the power of Jesus to save you from your sin.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:9,13).
God has a plan for you. It is for you to be saved. God wants you to be in Heaven with Him. God wants you to receive His gift of eternal life. This gift can only be received through His son Jesus Christ.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6).
God will not force you to go to Heaven however. You can rebel against His plan for you. You can resist His Holy Spirit. You can choose not to believe the Bible, but beware.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12,15).
No person can stand before a Holy God justified in themselves. Those people who choose not to trust Jesus to save them from their sins will spend an eternity in Hell, in a lake of fire.
You can receive God's gift of eternal life right now through Jesus Christ. Ask Him for this gift right now. You need only repent (turn away), from the sins in your life, and trust Jesus to save you from you sins. You can go to God in prayer right now!
HERE IS A SUGGESTED PRAYER:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I know that I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life, but I believe you died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in Heaven for me. Take control of my life, forgive me of my sins, and save me. I repent of my sins, and I now place my trust in you alone for my salvation. I accept your free gift of eternal life. Amen."
You should understand that just saying a prayer will not save you. But if by saying this prayer you have just repented (turned away) from your sins, and placed your trust in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins, then you have just received God's gift of eternal life. You are now a child of God forever! Nothing can ever change that.
Here is what Jesus says to those who trust in him for their eternal life:
I tell you the truth; he who believes has everlasting life. (John 6:47).
Welcome to the family of God!