He started asking me spiritual questions and they were the kind that tries to justify one’s sin. He had also said that he too was a Christian and went to church in a neighboring city. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that he had a sex/lust problem. He started to tell me that he was struggling with some sin that he was NEVER going to be able to be set free from. I soon as he got the words out of his mouth I asked if one of his problems was lust. He downplayed it as “yea, that’s one of my problems” when this was going to turn out to what has been a massive problem for him. I told him to never say that there is a sin that he could not be set free from because what he was doing was giving the devil more power than the Lord and that is not possible!
He really started opening up to me as to what has been going on his life. His list contained cheating on his wife, strip joints, massage parlors, and lusts in his mind to go to other cities in the world that had a reputation for heavy sexual sin. He tried to say that the Lord knows that people are going to get involved in these things and that people can still be Christians “because everybody struggles”. He tried to play the “once saved always saved card” which was a mistake. I asked him if he was aware that a person’s name can be removed from the Book of Life. He looked at me confused and said “that’s in there”. I said “yes, you’ll find it in Revelation 3:5.
Revelation 3:5 All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before My Father and His angels that they are Mine. - NLT
Revelation 3:5 Thus shall he who conquers (is victorious) be clad in white garments, and I will not erase or blot out his name from the Book of Life; I will acknowledge him [as Mine] and I will confess his name openly before My Father and before His angels. [Ps. 69:28; Dan. 12:1.] – Amplified
He went on trying to justify sin and I took him to the following…..
Matthew 24:12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
I told him that a person cannot line up to run a race then pull up half way raising their arms in victory. I told him that it is the same with a relationship with the Lord. You have got to keep the faith and finish well in the Lord’s eyes and obedience to the Word of God is the key.
He said “but” and I told him to wait a minute as I gave him this…..
Hebrews 3:14 For "IF" we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
Hebrews 3:14 For we have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, if only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end.
I explained these verses in detail and told him that I had a book in the works that had over 500 scriptures proving his belief wrong. I told him that I did not believe that he really believed what he was saying but hoped it to be true so that he could have his sin but not go to hell.
He then said “can I tell you some things”? I said “sure”. He went on to tell me how he had been a medical doctor across the country. He said that “he had been accused” of doing something sexual to a patient. He was placed in jail for it. He told me more of his sexual exploits. It was strange because he looked in my eyes and said “you don’t think I am saved do you”? I had started shaking my head no as soon as he said “you don’t think” because the Holy Spirit had revealed what was coming. When he finished the line I said “not for a minute”! He said “really”? I said “man, you are an adulterer and a fornicator among other things. I asked him when the last time he cheated on his wife was. He looked at the ceiling and started thinking out loud. He said “no that time was not cheating because it was only oral”. I said okay now don’t you start pulling that Bill Clinton stuff on me. Then he said “October” as tears welled up in his eyes and he looked so lost. A number of times he had said that he had to leave because his boss was going to be upset with him. I did nothing to hold him up other than answer question after question that he asked.
He told me of a couple “deals” that he had tried to work out with the Lord. It was like if the Lord did something for him then he would consider serving Him all the way. I said “man, think about it, you are pretty bold thinking that you can lay out ultimatums for God”! He said “then why won’t he just take it away”. He again said “I have to get going”. Then he wanted me to answer his question so I explained out free will to him. He then said “why can’t I just change”? I said “do you really want to know”? He said yes then I said “it is because you love sin more than you love Jesus”. He said “but I love Jesus”. I told him that he loves sin more or he would stop practicing it. Again, he had tears in his eyes. We went into a discussion about hell and I took him to the scriptures…..
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no respite (no pause, no intermission, no rest, no peace) day or night
He was so entangled in sexual sin. To go from a medical doctor to a door to door salesman in East Durham! I asked him if he had any kids and he dropped his head saying “I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter. I told him that he was cheating on her too. He was done justifying and he was ready to listen. I told him that he only thought that he was coming in to try to sell me something but that I felt the Lord had led him to me. I told him that I was not even planning on being there when at the time he came in. The Holy Spirit had kept him there for over an hour!
He said he would do anything to be a doctor again. I said “really”? I said well, here you go just follow this scripture…..
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
He said "the Lord can really do that" and I replied that of course He can do anything! He told me that he wanted to get with me again and that he really needed help. It was funny because I had Zeke (our dog) with me today and I had kept telling him to go lay on the couch but he kept coming back to us. He said “your dog doesn’t obey very well”. I thought “do you really want to get into who obeys better out of the two of you”, but I didn’t.
He again said that he had to leave then I stopped him as I said “wait a minute doctor, I am going to write you out a prescription”. I then started writing down a number of verses for him to study. I handed it to him and he smiled. Matthew 24:12 is true that sin is running rampant everywhere. It doesn’t matter if it a man in a nice suit or a prostitute with a heroin needle stuck in her arm. So many are on their way to hell all around us! This man is just like so many that sit in the pews on Sunday mornings! I tell these stories to hopefully wake others up too. I tell them that hopefully others will share their faith on a daily basis. HIS wish is that none should perish and if we are truly “in Him” that should be our desire also.