If you are not a Christian or a Jew, then you are a Gentile. Chances are you didn't even know it. Maybe you call yourself an American or European or white or black or this or that, but it never occurred to you to call yourself a Gentile. "According to whom?" you may ask. According to God. You see, He has His own way to classify us, and a most precise and immutable way it is. No one can escape from His classification. Either one is a Jew, a Christian or a Gentile. In a few words a Gentile is someone who is not a Jew and who has not accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Simple and uncomplicated.
As a Gentile, you have lived your life without acknowledging God, or maybe just paying Him lip service. Well, you might not know or believe it, but you are living in a very serious situation. Sure, you have seen what "Christians" are like and you don't want any part of it. Unfortunately only the bad news comes out, and only the worst examples are brought up by the media. Scandals, money hungry preachers, holier than thou ministers, false teachers etc, grab all the headlines and naturally cast their bad light upon Christianity.
I want you to know one thing though. The people who do these things, unless they likewise repent, have no part in Christ or His kingdom. I can assure you, that in the background there are lots of Christians who really love their Lord, and do their utmost to serve Him, thereby unselfishly helping their fellow man. They have captured a true glimpse of God, and for them, nothing else will do.
If you have come this far, I will kindly ask you to read the following paragraphs, and meditate upon what you are reading. It may revolutionize you.
by Harold Brenneman
You may do as you please with God now. It is permitted. God placed Himself in men's hands when He sent Jesus Christ into the world as perfect God and perfect Man in one being. He was then in man's hands. They cursed Him. It was permitted. Men spit on Him. God allowed it. They called Him a devil. God withheld His wrath. Finally men arrested Him, nailed Him on a cross and hung Him between earth and heaven; and God allowed it.
You can do likewise though Christ is not bodily present. You can ignore Him. You can ignore His Word, the Bible, and His church. You can laugh at His blood-bought salvation, curse His followers, and laugh at hell. It is permitted. The eternal Christ may knock at your soul's door, calling you to give up sin and prepare for heaven. You may refuse Him, spit on Him, call Him a devil, curse Him. It is permitted. You may take His name upon your lips in oaths and curses if you so choose. He is in your hands - for now.
On the other hand, you may seek His favor, humble yourself before Him and beg His mercy, implore His forgiveness, forsake your sins, and abandon your whole life to Him. For He has said:
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
The choice is up to you. The latch is on your side of the door. The choice is yours; the revelling and banqueting of this world, or quiet communion with God. The ever burning lusts of the flesh, or the powerful victory of Holy Spirit discipline. The choice is yours: God is in your hands - for now.
God has already set the day when you will be in His hands. What He does with you then depends on what you do with Him now. Take note, it will be a "fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" if you have abused Him in your hands. In that day God will have only two verdicts:
"Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels"
"Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord"
The verdict that will fall upon you depends on what you do with Christ now. Jesus Christ is the only shelter in the day of God's wrath. Jesus Christ is the appointed expression of God's love to us, demonstrated in His life, death and resurrection. Through the touch of the Holy Spirit, He continues His love, moving upon our human spirit and prompting our human conscience. You have no connection with God or with heaven except through Jesus Christ. There is "one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
You may choose to be neutral, but that is delusion. You may postpone decision, so to speak. But, to the ear of God, postponement is a flat "no." This is your day, He is in your hands. In God's day, when you are in His hands, there will be no postponement of sentence, no neutral place between heaven and hell, no mediator between God and man. No mediator! For He who is willing to plead for you today, has been appointed Judge over you on that day. Friend, listen! If you want mercy and pardon, you will have to get it now.