Not a good author

The article below was sent to me by a denominational subscriber to my poetry list. She sent it gushing over its content.

This was in a book from 2001. There is no denying the complete apostasy of the author. No one can say his writings are faithful to the Scripture. He throws open the door to death-bed salvation for anyone.

Shortly, he will not stop at the point of death. Why would death be God’s final point of saying, “If you form the name of Jesus on your lips, then I will save you”? Why not after death, when everything is finally clear?

Be that as it may, let not a single brother or sister in Christ ever question whether the author of the piece below continues to preach the gospel. He does not. Rather he will say anything to please the reader and gain a following. That much is clear.

Subject: Our God is a Good God

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by Max Lucado

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“You are good, LORD. The LORD is good and right” (Ps. 25:7-8).
“Taste and see that the LORD is good” (Ps. 34:8 NIV).
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God is a good God. We must begin here. Though we don’t understand his
actions, we can trust his heart.

God does only what is good. But how can death be good? Some mourners don’t ask this question. When the quantity of years has outstripped the quality of years, we don’t ask how death can be good.

But the father of the dead teenager does. The thirty-year-old widow does. How could death be good?

In God’s plan every life is long enough and every death is timely. And though you and I might wish for a longer life, God knows better.

And-this is important-though you and I may wish a longer life for our loved ones, they don’t. Ironically, the first to accept God’s decision of death is the one who dies.

While we are shaking heads in disbelief, they are lifting hands in worship. While we are mourning at a grave, they are marveling at heaven. While we are questioning God, they are praising God.

But, Max, what of those who die with no faith? My husband never prayed. My grandpa never worshiped. My mother never opened a Bible, much less her heart. What about the one who never believed?

How do we know he didn’t?

Who among us is privy to a person’s final thoughts? Who among us knows what transpires in those final moments? Are you sure no prayer was offered? Eternity can bend the proudest knees. Could a person stare into the yawning canyon of death without whispering a plea for mercy? And could our God, who is partial to the humble, resist it?

He couldn’t on Calvary. The confession of the thief on the cross was both a first and final one. But Christ heard it. Christ received it. Maybe you never heard your loved one confess Christ, but who’s to say Christ didn’t?

We don’t know the final thoughts of a dying soul, but we know this. We know our God is a good God. He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9 NKJV). He wants your loved one in heaven more than you do. And he usually gets what he wants.

From Traveling Light Copyright 2001, Max Lucado

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

2 thoughts on “Not a good author

  1. Dear Randal,

    What is kind? It may seem kind to relieve the pain of a loving relative that their rascal kin was somehow saved at the end, even though they never obeyed the Lord; but is it really kind?

    Max’s answer of “final thought” salvation without any obedience hardly takes notice of passages such as 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 5:8-9; Hebrews 10:26; or Acts 2:38. A last minute thought does not cancel a lifetime of neglect or rebellion.

    If this is the case, why would anyone want to live right. Since all that is necessary is a kind thought at the end, one could live in utter rebellion until that time.

    But what if “final thought” salvation does not really bring salvation. Is it kind to mislead? Max’s pass could end up costing people their souls.

    No one wants to take the place of God and judge another’s heart or salvation. That’s God’s business. But if someone leaves a false sense of security in the thing of others by depending upon a way of salvation wholly foreign to Scripture, then that person will have to face the Lord for his lie.

    Kind? Lies may appear kind at first, but they will end the end prove bitter.

    Telling the truth in love–that’s true kindness.


  2. The Thief on the cross lived and died under the old law as the New law didn’t come into existence until Christ’s death.
    John 14:15 tells us that there are commandments one must keep if they love Jesus.
    Unfortunately, Brother Lucado has created much havoc in the Church, through out the world.
    Abilene Christian University has been greatly influenced by Brother Lucado and unfortunately, so has many of their professors. As an ACU ex- this is most disapointing. I have visited with Dr. Money and Dr. Reece to the point that they no longer will correspond with me. God Bless and keep up the good work.

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