In a survey I conducted, a reader wrote:
"Tony, are you saved? I mean have you accepted Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior? If not, when you die you will go to Hell."
You know, I just love questions like that.
Now, before I answer it, I want to make something perfectly clear. My intention here is not, repeat not, to insult or offend anyone. I'm a real big believer in freedom of religion and a person's right to believe whatever they want to believe and practice those beliefs however they see fit as long as they're not bothering or hurting anybody.
I'm also a real big believer in minding one's own business, something Wallace D. Wattles mentioned numerous times in his writings (in one of his articles, going as far as to say the law and the prophets may be summed up in the four words: "mind your own business").
Two things immediately popped into my mind when I first read that question:
1. It's none of your business (though, to be perfectly honest with you, I must admit it popped into my mind a bit more emphatically than that).
2. This passage from Mr. Wattle's article "The Social Ideal of Christ":
"Doctrines of today that set men apart as 'elect,' 'saved,' 'sanctified' above their brethren, the common mass of toiling, sinful, suffering humanity, result only in the fostering of spiritual pride and selfishness, and create Phariseeism. Spiritual mastership, like temporal mastership, is destructive to character. The life of God is a unit - extending through the whole human race - and any man or class of men set apart from the race are apart from God, and will soon cease to manifest divine characteristics. A class set apart spiritually will become mere bigoted formalists, saying much and doing nothing; a temporal aristocracy will become degenerate morally, spiritually and intellectually."
I'll leave it at that for now and let you take from it what you will.
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