Michael Jackson & Farrah Fawcett – The Frailty of mankind by Stephen Olan

Posted: June 26, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Why say what scripture says much better than I could ever imagine:

As for man, his days are like grass,he flourishes like a flower of the field;The wind blows over it and it has gone; and its place remembers it no more (Psalms 103:15-16)

As people mourn of the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, may we take the time to remember the Sovereignty of God in life and in death. In life he is glorified, also in death. If both died in their sins, their deaths are truly more tragic than you and I can imagine. As God reveals the frailty of man (somehow we seem to forget even our “heroes”/celebrities die), may we remember that our days on earth are not promised. As John Piper says: “Don’t waste your life”. You can sell 70 million records, sell out tours, be adored by millions, even billions. In the end it all counts for nothing if your soul is lost.

Matthew 16:26: What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

As the preacher says rightly in Ecclesiastes: Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

The Lord giveth and taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Pray for both families, that even in death, may the Lords name be glorified, most especially through the salvation of those whose hearts the Lord touches.

Grace and peace.

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Comments
  1. Dr.J says:

    Brother Alan, your commentary above includes Truth, but not the whole Truth. Where you there when these two souls went out into Eternity? No. Is there a possibility that they, like the one thief on the cross, could have cried out for mercy and heard the assurance of Eternal Life? Yes. As a reader of your blog, if I did not already know the Sovereign Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, then I would tell you to take your religion and shove it. But you and I both know there is more to the Good News that what you have written. God have mercy on Christians who appear to “play god” instead of recognizing that God alone is Judge. Quit the nonsense and tell the Whole Truth. Kind Regards.

  2. Alan Higgins says:

    Dr J, did you see the word ‘if’ when I was said ‘If both died in their sins’? Did you see me say that they have both gone to hell?

  3. Stephen Olan says:

    Dr J:

    As the author of the above I’m disappointed that you commented without reading correctly. As brother Alan said correctly, this is what I wrote:

    “If both died in their sins, their deaths are truly more tragic than you and I can imagine.”

    The key word there is IF. No one was playing god neither is there any nonsense. You simply misread what was written.

    Blessings

  4. Well commented Bro, you are right in everything you say, as a Preacher I would have said exactly the same thing

    IF man dies in his sins, weather famous or unknown then they will go to Hell.

    I am sure that they both had their opportunities to hear the gospel in their lives, I think its hard to live in America and not hear the gospel at some time

    I minister in the UK and it is possible to live and die and never hear the gospel here.

    People like to quote the dyeing thief on the cross, but we need to remember that there where 2 and one never turned to Christ, one was saved so none might despair in death, and one lost so that we should never presume we will be saved in death.

    Lets not rest in thinking that anyone will get saved on their deathbed, I have seen many people die and the vast majority die as they live.

    Lets use this opportunity as a chance to remind man that he has but a few years to live on this sin filled globe, then an Eternity to face, full of joy for the believer or regrets and tormented agony for the unrepentant.

    We have no reason to be concerned whether these individuals truly repented before death or not, our concern is with the living, lets not give to much hope of a death bed conversion, death may come in an instant. Now is the accepted time to be saved not tomorrow, today if we hear Gods voice we are not to harden our hearts, or our opportunity may pass by forever.

  5. Patrick says:

    Seriously – can you really be definitive on anything? Sure, you have really no idea if Michael Jackson cried out for mercy. I don’t really think the author’s post was focused on that. He took the opportunity given to show just how fragile our lives really are, and that all the money and adoration in the world can’t save you. Great reminder – thanks for the post.

  6. Noreen says:

    Thanks Alan…that’s what His Word says. Made me think of the verse that says heaven and earth shall pass away but my Word shall never pass away. And also of the many verses in the Bible that speak of God not being a respecter of persons. I remember watching Farrah Fawsett’s story on tv…she was so determined to get better and beat her cancer. It really broke my heart and it quickened me to pray for her. I asked God that if she didn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, that He would work in her heart and she would believe on Him and be saved. I think many christians around the country and the world were praying for just that. When I heard Michael Jackson died, that also broke my heart. God tells us that He is willing that none should perish. My pastor (who is now home with the Lord) would say many times from the pulpit that as long as there is breath in a person there is hope. Man judges according to the outward but God looks on the heart. Only He knows who has really believed on Him. It’s not our sin that sends us to hell, it’s not believing on the only begotten Son of God. And like Alan wrote, “if” anyone, famous or not, are not born again (born from above) they will die in their sins. Hell is very real. God bless you. Noreen

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