A Message From Our Pastor

 
Jimmy Fortunato, Pastor of the independent Pilgrim Baptist church in Sparta, TN
 

Hi, I'm Jimmy Fortunato, the Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee.


I have no idea how you got to our website.

Maybe you received a gospel tract from us. Maybe a friend or neighbor referred you to it. Perhaps you just stumbled onto it by just surfing the web.

However you got here, you're about to read, without question, the most valuable message on the entire Internet!

Here's why: 19 years ago, way back in the year 2000, I heard this most valuable message, "how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."

And, guess what? I repented of my sins and won the victory by trusting in what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross at Calvary. It wasn't long after, that I realized the most valuable life to live on this earth, is to live for the Saviour who so graciously saved me from my sins and eternal punishment in hell. Praise God for His gift of eternal salvation so freely given.

I urge you to continue reading about the details of the most valuable message on the entire internet.

Here's WHY!

It's the most valuable message because it's been a consistent message of truth for over 2,000 years. It's the same message I heard 19 years ago.

But, before I get to the most valuable message on the entire internet please read these sobering statistics below:

  • 14,000 people die every year from slipping in the bathtub

  • 6,000 people die every year texting when driving US

  • 2,900 people are killed every year in Africa by hippos

  • 450 people die annually in the U.S. by falling out of bed

  • 100 people per year are killed in Russia by icicles

  • 40 people per year are killed by jellyfish in the Philippines

  • 34 people per year are killed by a dog in the U.S.

  • 30 people per year are killed by ants

  • 13 people per year are crushed and killed by a vending machine

  • 4 people are killed every year by a roller-coaster

I hope you're not one of the unfortunate people to die from a Russian icicle landing on you! But, the fact remains, someday you WILL die. It might not be from ants or a roller-coaster or by an African hippo. But statistics tell us (and history proves) that 100% of people that are born, will die!

So, you can stay off roller-coasters, stop texting when driving and avoid jellyfish in the Philippines. But one day you are going to take you last breath and leave this earth.

For the purpose of this letter, I want you to understand it's not HOW you die, it's that some day you WILL die.

With that said...here it is:

The Most Valuable Message on the Entire Internet contains 4 Inescapable Truths!

Inescapable Truth #1 
Understand that you are a natural-born sinner. It's part of your very nature to transgress against God. God's word declares the following:

  • For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

  • As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:10

  • Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5


Inescapable Truth #2

Your body will die because of sin. It's a fact of life. Sooner or later, your heart will beat for the last time. Your friends and family will mourn over your death. Then your body will be laid to rest in a grave.

This is why the Bible says:

  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Remember Adam and Eve? Well, it wasn't until AFTER they had sinned that they were subject unto death. You see, we are all sinners today because we inherited our sin nature from Adam. Because of this we must all die, just as Adam died.

  • For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22

  • Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Romans 5:12


Inescapable Truth#3
You will be judged as a sinner.

A good, just and loving judge here on earth should righteously judge a criminal for the crimes he or she has committed. This is the same for the judge of the universe. No one should think it to be unreasonable that God intends to judge all men. We will all give account to our Creator-God Every secret sin you have committed will be revealed. You may have managed to hide many things from your friends, family and co-workers, but you will hid nothing from God.

The Bible says: 

  • And be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

  • For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecc. 12:14

  • And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27

Inescapable Truth #4
You will be condemned as a sinner.

Imagine you were standing in a courtroom, guilty before the judge for murder. If the judge was good and just he MUST condemn you to prison. A righteous judge MUST do what is right. He must abide by the law and legally condemn you to the jailhouse. Only if the judge was wicked and corrupt would he let you walk out of the courtroom without any consequence. 

You couldn't stand before the judge in a courtroom and say: "Judge can't you just forgive me?" or  "I've done more good than bad. I've helped a lot of people out in my life. Can't you just let me go?" If you said this to a judge. He would have to say: "I'm sorry, but justice MUST be served.”

One day you will stand before God, the righteous judge of the universe. You will be charged with sin. You will be guilty because you've broken God's law. No amount of good works or good deeds will be sufficient pay off the crimes you've committed against God. Because our Creator God is a righteous judge. He must condemn sinners to hell.

The Bible says:

  • But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6

  • He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18

That's the bad news...

But please continue reading, because you're about to discover the most valuable GOOD NEWS on the entire internet.

The GOOD NEWS is that Christ died for YOUR sins!

The Bible says: God is love!

Because God is love, he is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Bible says:

  • But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 

God does NOT want you to go to hell. He wants you to be with Him. After all, He created you and He wants what is best for you.

However, you MUST come to God on His terms. You can't get to God on YOUR terms.

Here's what God did for you:

  • He sent His son, the Lord Jesus Christ down to earth to pay your sin debt. Jesus Christ is God manifest in a body of flesh. 

  • He lived a sinless life...the type of life you are unable to live. 

  • He laid down His life as a perfect, sacrificial offering for your sin...because anything you try to offer God, would not be perfect or good enough.

  • He shed His precious blood as payment for your sin...because no amount of good that you do would be sufficient a sufficient payment.

He did all of this because He loves you and does NOT want you to go to hell.

The GOOD NEWS doesn't stop here. Because after Jesus died on the cross, 3 days and 3 nights later he ROSE FROM THE GRAVE. He is alive forever more. He won the victory over sin and defeated death.

No other so-called false god, prophet or teacher can make this claim. Buddha, Muhammad, the Pope, Bhaktivedanta, Shiva, Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard, Ellen White and any other fraud you want to add to list can offer you NOTHING. They are all dead and they will all stay dead.

ONLY Jesus Christ, the one true and living God defeated death. And he offers you the gift of eternal life.

Oh dear friend...I'd like to plead with you to recognize:

  • you are sinner and are guilty before God because of your sin

  • God would be doing the right thing by sending sinners to hell

  • the character of God is love and His will, is for you to be saved from hell.

  • the ONLY way for you to escape hell is to have your sin paid for.

  • the ONLY one who could fully pay for your sin is Jesus Christ; the virgin born Saviour

Christ Jesus came into the world to SAVE SINNERS!

Would you trust in what Christ Jesus did for you....and NOT in anything else?

As you recognize your sin-state before God, realize how guilty you are before Him and turn toward him. This is called repentance. Repenting is changing your mind about who and what God is. This is important because you MUST turn from trusting in something, BEFORE you turn to trusting in something else. 

So, whatever it is that you are trusting in other than the Lord Jesus Christ...that is what you must turn from, before you are able to place your faith and trust in Christ's.

If you were hanging off a ledge of cliff and someone walked over toward the edge of the ledge and offered his hand to grab to save you, what would you do? If you let go of the ledge and the outstretched hand doesn't grab you, you'll fall to your death. But if the outstretch hand grabs you, you live. You let go of the ledge trusting that someone else will save you. There is nothing you can do to save yourself. 

God, has his hand outstretched and he wants to save your soul from dropping into hell. Trust in Him. He will catch you. He will keep you. He will save you.

What's it gonna be? Will you trust the Saviour today?

Call out to him. Admit your need for Him. Talk to God right now. The Bible says: "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." 

Thank you for reading the most valuable message on the entire internet.

But please understand that before the Lord laid it on my heart to plant Pilgrim Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN. And before I took the time to write this letter. As a matter of fact, before I was even born, thousands upon thousands of people received "The Most Valuable Message." It is the most valuable message, not only on the entire internet, but in THE ENTIRE WORLD. 

Finally, we've got a safe place for you and your family to learn God's word so you can go into the world equipped to serve Him. We've got a church life full of adventure waiting for you. Allow this to serve as my personal invitation for you to join us THIS SUNDAY!

In His Grip,
Bro. Jimmy Fortunato