In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Mt 3:1–2; NIV)
John the Baptist did not beat around the bush, and I like that. He had a crucial message to bring, and he wanted people to understand and not get confused by sending some kind of mixed-signal. His message was simple, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." When was the last time you hear this in a church service? It seems like many churches do not want people to feel pressured into accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. They want you to take your time. But here are the facts: Jesus Christ is coming back! His return is near. Those who do not accept him will not be welcomed into the family of God, and they will not have an inheritance in the kingdom. There are many "Christians" out there today who do not understand this.
A few years ago, when I was in Bible college, I was to receive an award and a scholarship from a church in the area of the college. I knew nothing about the church, so I did a little research. I found that they believed everyone is in darkness until they find that specific church organization, even if they were Christians before attending. Everyone would continue in darkness until they found said church and took an oath stating they had been in darkness, and then they had to be accepted by the said church. WOW!
My Bible tells me that I was in darkness until I found Jesus and that after accepting him, I now walk in the light. There is nothing any earthly organization can do to give me this light, it comes from accepting Jesus and Jesus alone.
The kingdom of heaven is near! This is something we should live and govern our lives by. I saw a bumper sticker some years ago that said, "Jesus is coming -- look busy." Well, I say, "Jesus is coming -- GET busy!" We need to let others know that he is coming and coming soon, and he will be calling us home, but only if we have accepted him as Lord and Savior and NOT some "church."