The Tysons', Missionary Evangelist
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DEAD END STREET
Matthew 7:13-14

 

Why are so many people going to miss heaven when they think they are on the right road ?

The answer is simple when you study God's Word; they are on a "Dead End Street," that leads to nowhere.

My family and I lived on a street named, "Dead End Street" at Homer, Alaska. We moved to the end house on a dirt road that led to no-where and many lives are just like that. They are on the wrong road; leading to no-where.

Matthew 7:13-14- Describes such a condition called the Broad Road and the masses of people have already made a conscience decision to see if it takes them anywhere. There is Danger ahead, A caution sign is up and the bottomless pit is around the next bend and unless you get off that road, it will lead you to destruction!

Matthew 7:13- "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:
Mat. 7:14- "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it".


MANY PEOPLE ARE HELL BOUND ON THE WRONG ROAD.
 

Please allow me to describe about 5 dead end streets to no-where with the hope that you will be getting off before it is too late.                                           
 

1-THE CHURCH HOUSE IS A DEAD END STREET IF YOU ARE COUNTING ON IT TO SAVE YOU.
Many are church members but have never been born again. Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John chapter 3:7- "Ye must be born again" in order to enter into heaven. He was a very religious man but Jesus said he was lost!

Your  church can not save you and your priest has no means or redeeming you! God the Father loved you enough to send his Son to die in your place and Jesus shed his blood to pay your sin debt so it is now up to you concerning where you go when you die!

2- THE ROAD OF GOOD WORKS CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Many are good citizens and help their neighbor but it is just another dead end street.  Being good is just another road to hell if you have never been born again!
(A)- Romans Ch.3:10-
"There is none righteous, no not one".
(B)- Romans 3:9- "We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God".
(C)- Romans 6:23- "The wages of sin is death".

3- THE FAMILY HERITAGE ROAD CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Your bloodline will keep you from Heaven unless you see yourself as a sinner with Jesus Christ high and lifted up while repenting of your sins and trusting Christ as your personal saviour before it is too late.

My Family and I met some people who came to Alaska on vacation at the ferry terminal in Juneau, Alaska and we struck up a conversation with the teen age son. When ask if he was a Christian he said that he was born into a Christian family and for that reason he considered himself a Christian. He was persuaded in his own mind that this would get him into heaven. We left the young man a gospel tract and planted a seed with hope that his eyes would be opened at some future date and many times that is all we can do until God opens a person's mind to their spiritual condition. In some cases, we can only plant a seed and another comes along and waters it and God gives the increase at some later time.

4- THE ROAD OF BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR CAN'T SAVE YOU. 
Many people think that because they are not so bad; somehow God will let them into heaven. They think that because they have compassion on the poor and give of their finances to help the poor, God will consider that and let them into heaven. The rich young ruler in Matthew chapter 19 told Jesus he had given tithes of all that he possessed; he remarked that he kept the Old Testament commandments from his youth up and with that he asked Jesus in Matthew 19:20- " What lack I yet to inherit eternal life"? Jesus knowing his heart told him to go and sell all his possessions and distribute it among the poor and take up his cross and follow me but the scripture tells us that he went away sorrowful because he had great possessions. Jesus wasn't condemning his wealth; he was showing him that he loved money more that he loved God and in fact more than his own soul! Hell is going to be full of people that chose riches over getting saved!

5-THE ROAD OF RELIGIOUS ZEAL WILL NOT SAVE YOU.

You might work hard as a church member and that is great but that should come after a born again experience and not a way to get you to heaven. Saul who was later called Paul was a Religious zealot as he described himself in Galations 1:13- "I persecuted the church of God and wasted it". He was trying to do God service but he was on the road to hell until God knocked him off his horse and sent him down the road of repentance. It was on the Damascus road where he met Jesus
God sent a man named Ananias to explain God's plan of salvation and give him back his sight. Ananias had heard about Saul and how he went about with letters giving him the authority to arrest Christians and bring them to the High Priest where they were imprisoned or put to death. When God asked Ananias to go to a man named Saul and explain the gospel to him, he had some reservations about obeying the Lord's instructions but the Lord assured him that it was the right thing to do so he went to meet Saul on a street called straight where he found Saul praying! I tell you when a man gets off the road of sin and gets on a street called straight and is praying about his sinful condition, God is about to do business with him!
In Acts 9:17- Ananias found Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou cameth, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost." Acts 9:18 -"And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received his sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized."


Once I was lost but now I am found! Once I was blind but now I see! The Damascus experience became a conversion experience on a "STREET CALLED STRAIGHT" for a man named Saul. If you are on a dead end street that leads to no where; you need to move over to the street called straight! A born again experience came only after Saul found out that he was just like the rest of us; lost and undone without God or His son and saw the need to get off that dead end street and get onto a street called straight! You can do that right now by realizing that you are a sinner and by asking Christ into your heart as you repent of your sins.                                                                                    

Acts 3:19- "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins might be blotted out".
Romans 10:13- "Who so ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved".

(1)- SOME PEOPLE ARE RELIGIOUS YES BUT THEY PRAY TO A GOD THAT CAN NOT SAVE THEM.    
Isaiah 45:20- "Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save."
Most religions of the world offer people some form of salvation but every one of the founders of those religions died on a dead end street and the grave still holds each of it's occupants. The only exception is Christianity and the tomb is empty where Jesus was buried! The angels announced that He is not here but He is risen!


(2)- SOME PEOPLE ARE RELIGIOUS YES BUT THEY ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE DID NOT OBEY BIBLICAL PRINCIPALS.
 

(A)- They never repented of their sin.
 Luke 13:3- "Jesus said, except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish".
 

(B)- They never asked for salvation.

God will not give eternal life to anyone who doesn't ask for it.

Romans 10:13- "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

(C)- They never made an effort to accept the Gift of salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-9-
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: n
ot of works, lest any man should boast."

A sinner has to ask for it and then he or she has to accept it. You could ask me for a hundred dollar bill and I could make it a free gift but you would have to reach out and take it before it bacame yours and unless you reach out and receive  the  Gift that God made available;  you can never  go to heaven!

(D)- They never made a public profession.
God expects every newly born again person to make it public and Jesus went so far as to say that if you wouldn't confess Him before men, neither would He confess you before His Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32-33- "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven".

Romans 10:9- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Romans 10:10- "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
 

CONCLUSION:

There are three things you need to do:

1- Realize you are a sinner- Romans 3:10
2- Repent. (Turn from sin unto God)- Acts 26:18
3- Receive Christ into your heart- Romans 10:13

Friend if you are on a dead end street that leads to no-where; You need to get off the broad road and move onto the narrow road which leads to everlasting life. Come to Christ with a repentant heart asking for mercy and forgiveness. Accept His saving Grace and rely on His word as a done deal. Tell others what God through Christ has done for you and determine to walk in newness of life. If you do these things, God will add your name to His book of life in heaven and you will be His Child forever; Amen.

James T. Tyson Sr.