The title describes me on some of my better days! The rest of the time, I just can’t seem to “get it together.”
But this was the title of Bishop Warren Heck’s message at Agape’ Fellowship on the 28th of September. He used the words of Paul when he was speaking to King Agrippa in Acts 26:28,29 (KJV).
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
The two words present a distinct separation of persons. On the one hand was King Agrippa who was “almost” persuaded to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ & become a Christian. On the other hand was the “altogether” committed stand that Paul had taken in defense of the Savior.
Bishop Heck listed several differences that define an “altogether” Christian:
- He or she is committed fully
- She is not a “fair-weather Christian
- He understands that this is a life or death decision
- She is willing to pay the cost
- He will not submit to worldly pressures
- She will choose death before compromising with sin
So which are you: Almost – or Altogether?
Listen to the entire audio recording here….[podcast]08/080928_almost_altogether-w_heck.mp3[/podcast]