While this is an open letter to Donald Trump, the message in this letter pertains to everyone. It does not matter if you have as much money as Donald Trump or is as poor as a homeless person on the street, if you are a Democrat or Republican, Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian, or another race, or whoever you are, the contents of this letter, in truth, is an open letter to the entire world.
Dear Donald Trump,
I want to first of all thank you for caring about our nation. I want to thank you for your passionate desire to make America great again and for running for the office of President of the United States of America. Should you become the Republican Presidential candidate nominee, I will be voting for you on Election Day 2016.
I have heard in the news where you have been asked if you ever asked God to forgive you, as well as I have heard that you hope that you are on your way to heaven.
I would like to ask you a question, and I would also like to answer for you how you can know, and not just hope, that you are going to heaven.
My question is this:
Do you have a personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ?
When it comes to the “saving” part of the question, it is not a question of how much you have done that is good and right versus how much you have done wrong in your life.
The Bible clearly states that we have all sinned. You have sinned. I have sinned. Everyone that has walked the face of the earth with the exception of Jesus Christ Himself has sinned. Romans 3:23 puts it this way:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Even if, overall, you have lived a life of “doing good” (which it seems you have), you and I still have the capability to sin, because you and I were born with a sin nature. It was handed down to us from the first sin in the Garden of Eden, from Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:22 puts it this way:
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
It is not just larger sins such as murder, rape, stealing, etc., that are sins. Even the smallest sin, such as “getting angry at someone in traffic and letting them have it”, is still a sin against God, and the Bible also clearly states that the penalty of sin is death, which is eternal separation from righteous and holy God. Romans 6:23 puts it this way:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Trying to “do all the good in the world” cannot pay for sin.
All of your billions and billions of dollars in the bank cannot pay for sin.
God is just, and each and every one of us deserve eternal death and separation from such holiness. On the other hand, God is also merciful and wishes for our sin debt to be eradicated.
How can God be both just and merciful at the same time? The answer is found at the cross of Jesus Christ in grace. Grace is the intersection where the justice of God and the mercy of God intersect.
God loved you and I so much that He sent is one and only Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to the earth in order to die on the cross for our sins. John 3:16 so beautifully puts it:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Have you, Donald Trump, believed that Jesus Christ has died on the cross for your sins in your place, and have you asked him to forgive you of your sins, to open the door to your heart, to save you from eternal separation from God, so that you could begin a personal, saving relationship with Him?
If you have, then you know, not just hope, you are going to heaven when you cross the other side of eternity.
If you have not done this before in your life, then I beseech you on the authority of the Word of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that you will make that decision today, as 2 Corinthians 6:2 puts it: “behold, now is the day of salvation.”
When you stand before the gates of heaven, Jesus Christ is not going to ask if you are a “religious” person.
He is not going to ask if you have “lived a good life”.
He’s not going to ask if you are a “Protestant”.
If you are a “Presbyterian”.
If you are a member of and faithfully “went to church”.
If you faithfully “took communion”.
If you are a “Republican” or a “conservative”.
If you were the “President of the United States”.
If you were “rich”.
He’s only going to ask you if you trusted in Him as your personal Lord and Savior.
Adrian Rogers illustrated it this way:
I heard of a man who died and he dreamed that he went to the very pearly gates of heaven and he knocked at the door of heaven wanting to get in. And a voice from inside said, “Who is it that seeks entrance into heaven and what is the password?” And the man who wanted into heaven said, “I am a moral man.” And the voice again said, “And what is the password into heaven.” And he said, “Honesty.” And the voice within said, “Depart from me ye that work iniquity, I never knew you.”
And then another knocked at the gate of heaven and the voice within said, “Who is it that seeks entrance into heaven and what is the password?” And this one said, “I am an humanitarian.” And he said, “What is the password into heaven?” And the voice from the outside seeking to get in said, “The password is charity.” And the voice within said, “Depart from me I never knew you.”
Still another knocked at the gate of heaven. And the voice within said, “What is the password into heaven? Who are you, identify yourself and what is the password?” And this man said, “I am a religious man.” And the voice within said, “And what is the password into heaven?” He said, “Religion, ritual, good deeds, and church membership.” The voice from within said, “Depart from me ye that work iniquity, I never knew you.”
Then finally there was one that knocked at the gate and the voice within said, “Who is it that seeks entrance into heaven and what is the password?” This one said, “I am nothing but a poor faltering Christian.” He said what is the password into heaven? He said, “In my hands no price I bring. Simply to Thy cross I cling.” And the voice within said, “Open wide the gates for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
If you want to be absolutely sure that you will go to heaven when you cross over the other side of eternity, then pray this prayer to the Lord right where you are:
“Dear God, I know that You love me. I know that You want to save me. Jesus, You died to save me. You promised to save me if I would trust You. I do trust You. I believe you’re the Son of God. I believe You paid my sin debt with your blood on the cross. I believe that the Father raised You from the dead. And now by faith I receive You into my life as my Lord and Savior, and I yield my life to You. Begin now to make me the person You want me to be. Lord, I want to be a new creature. I want to be born again. And I thank You for doing it. In your holy name. Amen.”
If you earnestly prayed that prayer, than on the authority of the Word of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you now have entered into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and you will go to heaven and know you will not just hope you will.
Thank you for listening.
To the Glory of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
(Salvation prayer also from Adrian Rogers)