Saturday, June 4, 2011

Was Mother Theresa Saved?

Was Mother Theresa Saved?

Q: DID YOU KNOW THIS? In her private diary and in her own words, the much-adored Mother Teresa confessed that she never felt the presence of God (Yahweh) in her life and doubted whether she even had faith, as documented in a shocking but revealing Time magazine cover story. As Scripture makes clear, "But without faith it is impossible to please God (Yahuwah and His Son Yahusha" (Hebrews 11:6).

Mother Teresa's own words written in her diary near the end of her life reveal she never received the Gospel by faith. This is not a condemnation, but a true tragedy because people believed she was Christ-like. But the real tragedy is that in not knowing the Gospel herself, she probably never led a soul to a saving knowledge of Christ (Yahusha); rendering her so-named sacrficial works as empty and vain in the sight of God, with Whom it is "impossilbe to please without faith ' (Heb.)

A: I appreciate that you have read what Mother Teresa wrote in her PRIVATE DIARY. I feel sad that her private diaries should have not been published and should have been kept private. Why? Anything private is a moment of struggle that we enter in. One good encouraging thing we can lean from seeing her struggle like this is, nobody is immune from the discouragement of the evil one. All of us struggle in our faith one time or the other. There are times in every believer's life when the enemy accuses with condemnation and unbelief (Rev 12:10). Many I have seen who lived their whole life for JESUS began to doubt even their salvation by faith at the end of their life. This does not mean that they were not saved but were attacked by the enemy to destroy their good testimony for Jesus (Heb 10:35, 39). God does not save a person one day when they feel well and throws them away when they are broken by the works of the enemy (Heb 13:5). Once we are saved, we are saved for eternity (Heb 5:9). Cause Jesus takes control of us from that time we accept Him as our Saviour (John 10:27-30), to save us all who cannot save ourselves, because we all perpetually sin through our indwelling sin nature after we become Saved (Rom 7:17-20, 25). What Mother Theresa did for those little poor children, could not have been done without the LOVE OF JESUS in her heart (2 Cor 5:14). Such work of SACRIFICE that Mother Theresa has done in the name of JESUS will never be forgotten by Jesus for eternity ahead (Heb 6:9-10).

These sayings and happenings of Mother Theresa's private diary have nothing to do with us judging her whether she is saved or not. Jesus clearly told all believers not to judge others in such circumstances
(Matt 7:1-5), who are we to judge another man's [i.e. Jesus'] servant, to her own master she stands or falls. Indeed, she will be made to stand, for God is able to make her stand. (Rom 14:4). I don't think anyone with out the love of Jesus could do like she did for those poor and dying children of the city of Kolkata [i.e. old name - Calcutta]. Jesus Himself inspired Apostle James to write the following Scripture that beautifully says, "27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27). According to this preceding Scripture, Mother Theresa lived and showed a pure and undefiled religion before the whole world by taking care of the orphans and widows who lived in the streets. Calcutta is called as the 'City of Joy', I think the only reason one can call such a city where people have suffered hunger, idolatry and poverty is because of such women like Theresa who brought the Joy of Christ to the people who were suffering without hope or joy. Even if you take that which was written by Mother Theresa seriously, God says to the believers "Even if you are faithless, I remain faithful to you because I cannot deny my own Body" (2 Tim 2:13, Paraphrased). According to this Scripture, Mother Theresa might have been unfaithful to blurter out some words of discouragement and unbelief in her moment of spiritual crisis, but Jesus is faithful to her for eternity. I personally think that many who comment about such happening in the life of this great woman of God, have not themselves done even one percentage of the kind of work that she has done for poor and suffering people. So they do not even have rights to talk about it when they themselves have not even moved their smallest finger to help someone in need.

Nobody can judge the work of anybody else until Jesus Himself judges on the day of reward Judgment for Believers. For a western woman to come and do a work of this nature in the slums of Calcutta, it is unimaginable without the Love of Jesus
(2 Cor 5:9-11; 1 Cor 3:14-15). She loved God and the people whom she served until her death which is the GREATEST COMMANDMENT according to JESUS (Mark 12:29-34). She gave the LOVE OF JESUS to those sick, poor orphans and widows and received much love in return. In fullfilling this GREATEST ROYAL COMMANDMENT OF ALL COMMANDMENTS Jesus promised that all the Law and the Prophets gets fulfilled in our lives automatically (Matt 7:12; 22:36-40; 13:8-10; John 15:12; James 2:8; 1 John 3:10-11, 14). People outside India do not know the wise way in which the Gospel is spread in this country. So she was indeed wise enough to say things by her actions to many people, who do not have any idea about this true God Jesus. Yes I also understand the spiritual limitation she had in her understanding because of the traditions that surrounded her.

I hope we will all inherit the kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world by allowing Christ to come in to our hearts and let Him live His life on earth through us. Truly we who are saved by the blood of Jesus are His sheep's and we will hear His voice and will follow Him, but sometimes we may stray away for a while but Jesus is faithful to search that one lost sheep like us and carry us for eternity ahead (John 10:27-28; Luke 15:4, 7). Let us hear from Jesus Himself of how we sheep's will inherit the kingdom of God, "33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ " (Matt 25:33-40). Mother Theresa have not boasted and flaunted about the good works that she has done even once, because she has always believed that she has done it all with the love of Jesus. This is the way many believers who have helped the Tribulation Saints in their moment of crisis will say because of the love of Jesus in their hearts. In the above Scriptures the Sheep's do not even realize that they have done good works for the poor and suffering saints, because they have done those things with the love of Jesus in their hearts. May we all BE FILLED WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS and LEARN NOT TO JUDGE ANY OF OUR BRETHREN. Let us learn how to LIVE THE LIFE OF SACRIFICE FOR JESUS from the life of this great woman of God.

I would like to end this with the practical and valuable quote of Mother Theresa who said, "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. Each one of them is Jesus in disguise. Spread love
[of Jesus] everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." May we learn from the life of Mother Theresa to live sacrificially for Jesus and learn to cover her shortcomings that she faced in her moments of crisis in her life (1 Thes 5:21). Praise the Lord!

"Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus." - Mother Teresa


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