An old saying about people getting religion while in some sort of trouble is much in play when Christians talk about someone in prison receiving Christ as Savior. It’s tossed off in a “snarky” manner. Here’s the saying:
“He/she did not see the light until they felt the heat.”
The truth be known, many men, women and young people come to faith via serious problems entering their lives. For many, coming to the end of self involves a crisis of sorts.
Dr. Russell Dennis shares this brief account in his Monthly update from Heritage Baptist College:
As a young man Winston Churchill reached the point of thinking he had enough of church and God. He adopted the stance, Christianity is mankind’s crutch. When Churchill was captured in the Boer War, he managed to escape, found himself alone, 100 miles behind enemy lines, being hunted with a dead or alive price on his head. Years later he wrote:
I found no comfort in any of the philosophical ideas…I realized that no exercise of my own feeble wit and strength could save me from my enemies. I concluded only God could save me. I Prayed long and earnestly.
(I am quoting the story from memory, as I left the article by Dr. Dennis at the office). I do recall Dr. Dennis crediting the book, Hero of the Empire.
Millions of people have experienced similar events that brought them to a decision for Christ. My life verse is Psalm 34:6;
“This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.” (NKJV).
Perhaps the most “feeling the heat” conversion is that of the thief who was crucified with Jesus who cried; “Lord Remember me when you come to your kingdom.” Jesus responded; “Today you will be with me in Paradise!” The Philippian Jailer is in the same type of bind with his terrified plea to Paul and Silas; “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Paul answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and your house.” Feeling the heat? Could be your time to “see the light.”
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