- Written by Harold Carswell, Jr.
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I had the opportunity in the past to pose a question to a group of young Christians. The question was, how many of them believed they were sinners (condemned to eternal punishment) before they obeyed the gospel of Christ? I was surprised to find that only one of a group of about 15 answered “yes” to the question. I then proceeded to view some scriptures that told of our condition before we become Christians (Romans 3:23; 5:8-10) etc... After looking at passages only two more acknowledged that they had previously been sinners before obeying the gospel and were condemned to eternal punishment if they had not. I must tell you I was somewhat shocked to say the least. I must also say that further examination and conversation did not convince them that they, as well as all men are in desperate need of a saviour before they become Christians through obedience to the gospel of Christ.