By Dr. Richard Ing
THE HARD TRUTH
the course of my 25 years as an elder (12 with Light of the World Missions) I
have strived for purity of doctrine. One
of the finest moments of our existence was when sister Miser showed up early
one Sunday morning about six years ago.
She had come to our Tuesday night sessions about a half-dozen times,
although she belonged to another church.
I hadn’t seen her for over a year until that morning. She walked in the door and said, “Hi, Pastor
Ing! Can I speak with you for a few
minutes?” I replied in the affirmative
and we went into my office. She said to
me: “Pastor, I was praying on Friday morning (she is an intercessor) when the
Lord spoke to me and said, “Light of the World Missions is a pure church. It is not completely pure, but it is purer
than most churches. Go and tell Pastor
Ing to encourage him.”
of our beliefs are not shared by other churches or Christians. I was kicked out of a pastors’ unity
organization because I believe that Christians can have demons. I quickly learned that not all Christians
want truth. Truth can undermine what a
person learned in seminary or Bible college and can go against the grain of his
denomination. But truth is worth
truth is not the same as walking truth.
Walking truly is a threat to earthly ambitions and enjoyment of life on
earth. You can refuse truth and
knowledge and persecute those that hold firm to it, but the truth will not go
away. The truth is not affected by
whether anyone believes in it. It
continues being the truth.
Despite what you see in other
churches or what you personally believe in, the truth stands by itself. It does not need to be defended. You either obey it or you don’t. Those who resist the truth, ignore or refuse
to obey it may pay an awful price later.
One of those hard-to-accept truths
was brought to mind by an article written by seven Columbian youths that
visited hell. Some of these youths
testified about seeing many Christians in hell.
When they asked the Lord Jesus why this was so, the Lord replied that
these were Christians that did not bear fruit.
They knew Him, but did not follow Him.
There are many Christians that know about Jesus and were
even baptized by water and the Spirit.
They have power and know many things, but they are so stuck and bound to
the things of the world that they do not bear fruit for the kingdom of God. As the Lord said, “This people draweth
nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their
heart is far from me. But in vain they
do worship Me . . . .” Mt. 15:8-9;
HEAVEN IS SO REAL
Pastor Mauro and Fran gave me a book entitled Heaven is so Real! The author of the book experienced going to
both heaven and hell and her story is very similar to S. Heuton’s. That’s why they gave the book to me.
There is a chapter wherein Choo Nam Thomas, the
Korean-American writer describes her visits to hell. She saw people that looked very dejected and
hopeless. I now quote from pages 46-47:
“Who are these people, Lord?” I asked.
“They are disobedient ‘Christians.’”
“How long will they have to stay in
this barren, lifeless place?”
“Forever, My daughter.
The only ones who will enter My kingdom are the pure of heart – My
He went on to explain: “Many who
call themselves ‘Christians’ do not live by My Word, and some of them think
that going to church once a week is enough.
They never read My words, and they pursue worldly things. Some who even know My words never have their
hearts with Me.”
The whole plan and purpose of God
was beginning to clarify in my thinking.
I remembered how Jesus had warned that it is hard to enter His kingdom,
and now I had an inkling of what that meant.
“My daughter, My Word says that
it is hard to enter the kingdom of heaven, but so few really believe this and
understand its importance. I am
revealing this to you so you can warn them,” He explained.
Later, the Lord took Choo Nam Thomas
to hell again. She saw her mother,
father, family members and friends suffering and screaming in hell. The Lord explained that these were “good”
people in many ways, but they never accepted Jesus. Page 52.
Again, she saw many Christians in hell.
They were mostly men. Jesus said
that these were sinful Christians who never repented. They were destined for the Lake of Fire. Pg. 58.
Many Christians are still bound to
the things of the flesh and the world.
They trust in their own abilities and have little faith in God. Some are enjoying life, have great incomes
and possessions, and are only marginal Christians that never gave their all for
Christ. They are in danger. Some have never brought anyone to church nor
tried to attend night sessions for years.
They do not bear fruit and think that because they tithe they are
working for the kingdom
of God. Truth be told, tithes are only giving God
back what belongs to Him anyway.
Jesus said further, “Choo Nam, I have
prepared everything for My children. I
am in a hurry for everything because My kingdom has been ready for a long time,
but so many of My children are not ready for Me, because they love the world
too much.” Pg. 65.
One can ignore scriptures about “Seek ye first the kingdom of God,”
(Mt. 6:33) and “Children, how hard it is for them that trust in riches to
enter into the kingdom
of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the
eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God,
(Mk. 10:24-25),” but, these truths will not go away.
True, some have more difficulties in
life than others but thousands upon thousands of Christians in the past have
had even greater and more problems and willingly went to become missionaries in
foreign lands or laborers in the kingdom.
Hudson Taylor gave up a medical career to be a missionary in China. He also gave up his fiancée and promise of
wealth and notoriety. David Livingstone
gave up his medical career to live among the natives in the dense jungles of Africa. He was the
first white man to see Victoria Falls. Roland and Heidi Baker have three young
daughters, but became missionaries in Mozambique. What excuses will we give the Lord when we
are finally judged?
STEP AT A TIME
Some people never do anything
because they think it is impossible to let go of jobs and sell everything they
own to follow Jesus. But God never told
them to give up their jobs or sell everything.
God never tells us to do something that we are not capable of. He never gives us trials and temptations that
we cannot get out of. 1 Co. 10:13. He
usually starts us off with small things first:
Spend a little time in the morning praying, go to one mid-week session,
donate a little more on Sunday, attend Bible studies early Sunday morning, volunteer to clean up the church,
help someone, read the Bible more.
When we obey and are later able to
do bigger things, God may tell you to:
Spend a little time praying in the evening as well, go to two mid-week
sessions instead of just one, donate even more, teach a class or give a lesson,
etc. We go from glory to glory, from one
step to the next as we are conformed unto His image. 2 Co.
3:18. Yes, there are Christians who are
capable of making a quantum leap from a young age. Hudson Taylor went to China as a
missionary at 19 or 20 years of age and forsook a medical career. But, God had already prepared his heart and
he was able to do it. His level of faith
was already extraordinary. God knows who
To say that it is impossible to give up my job and
sell my possessions, therefore, I’m not going to do anything – I’m not going to
pray or attend any sessions except on Sunday morning, and I’m not going to give
any more money or read the Bible or sacrifice time - is a misunderstanding of
God’s ways. For some, it is evidence of
a rebellious heart.
The Lord Jesus sacrificed and suffered so much for you
and me so that we could inherit the kingdom
of God. We owe Him all of our love and
obedience. The world has no future. It has already been judged along with the
present ruler of this world. Jn.
16:11. Laying up treasures in heaven is
much more profitable. Mt. 6:20.
Ask God to teach you obedience and faith step by step
and not to give you anything that you cannot handle in your present
situation. You will be surprised how
much you can actually handle for the