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You old-timers may remember
one of the finest singers ever…Red Foley… and he did it in the Country Music field. I’m sorry to say that
the incident I’ll mention happened when his health was going due to alcohol, but he figures in my stand on "death-bed
religion." Probably his greatest and best loved song was "Peace In the Valley," and he was scheduled to sing
it at a show where another singing star, Billy Walker, was on the bill. They were talking, and Foley said, "Billy, there’s
something different about you lately," and Walker told Red of his conversion to Christ.
Walker said Red was touched, and began to tell of the bad things he had done in his past life, and they had
a short prayer. Minutes later, Red sung his song, "Peace In the Valley," and afterward told Walker that he had sung
that many, many times, but never with the feeling he had tonight. Two hours later Red Foley was dead, and I’m satisfied
he died a Christian.
There’s a good thought about Elvis Presley, too. He
knew church, and had grown up among the old hymns like "Amazing Grace, Just As I Am, and The Old Rugged Cross,"
and he once had his favorite minister come back stage in Las Vegas to talk with him. That minister has always felt that Elvis
gave his heart to the Lord at that time, but continued performing, possibly because of binding contracts.
Our directive, straight from Christ, is not to judge anyone. He knows the heart of the vilest criminal, and
he knows that person’s mind, up to his final breath. Yes, even the mind of Judas, who betrayed Jesus, probably thinking
this would lead to Christ announcing his kingship and his plan to free the Israelites from bondage. No one knows but Judas
But rest assured that Jesus will do the right thing by anyone and
everyone who lives. Don’t spend time wondering whether a past friend or relative made it. Make sure that you are ready.
Any of us could be at a two-hour mark and counting down.