FAITH OF OUR FATHERS: PART X
JAMES ABRAM GARFIELD: WAS HE A CHRISTIAN?
EPHESIANS 2: 8 - 10
JESUS CHRIST said to one of the illustrious leaders of His day,
"You must be born again." Quizzically that eminent intellect,
named Nicodemus, asked a logical question, "How can a man be
In a day when many persons thought their eternal relationship
with God was assured by their heritage, or good works, or
citizenship, Christ asserted a clear and distinct essential for
salvation. He said:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to
condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be
saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does
not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3: 16 - 18).
God loved the world. His provision for salvation is SUFFICIENT
for everyone. However, it is EFFICIENT only for those who
receive it by faith.
To better understand this vital issue let's look at the life of
one of our presidents. Let's observe qualities in his life and
determine if he was saved; and if so, how?
This president's name would not rank among the five best known
presidents. However, his influence on the office of president
was revolutionary. His name is James Abram Garfield. He was
named for his older brother, James, who died before his birth
and his dad, Abram. The time and place of his birth was
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