“Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.’ And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.”
In Noah’s days, this world was filled with so much wickedness, foolishness, and filthiness that God could not leave the sinful world alone. So God warned that He would bury and destroy the world with water. At the same time, however, God also opened a way for those who believed in His Word to be saved from this judgment. He told Noah to build an ark, saying that He would judge this world, and to preach to all that whoever comes into the ark would escape from the judgment and avoid death.
A hundred years after God had thus spoken His Word of warning to Noah, He brought down heavy rain on this earth. To be more exact, God brought down the rain seven days after Noah and all his family of eight had come into the ark, from his wife to his sons and his daughters-in-law. The Bible says that the windows of the heavens were opened, and all the fountains of the great deep were broken as well. In other words, water sprang forth from the ground, and rain poured down from the sky as its windows were opened. It rained so much and the groundwater surged from the fountains so much that even the highest mountain in the world was submerged in water. And as the flood prevailed over the earth for 150 days, every life form that breathed through the nose perished away, as it says in Genesis 7:21-22: “And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.” Except for Noah’s family protected by God and the animals chosen by Him, God wiped out every life form that was on the face of the earth, and so all other men perished away, along with every bird, cattle, beast, and creeping animal that had not come into the ark. As such, this present world is actually a second world.
Today, some scientists also accept what’s written in today’s Scripture passage as a historical fact that the water above the firmament had poured down as the windows of the heavens were opened at the time of Noah’s flood. When God created the heavens and the earth, He had placed a layer of water above the atmosphere (firmament) to prevent the harmful rays of the space from reaching the earth (Genesis 1:6-7), but all that water was drained onto the ground at the time of Noah’s flood. So scientists argue that after Noah’s flood, the climate of the planet earth, which had been temperate before, saw radical changes, and as the harmful rays from outer space reached all the way down to the earth’s face, the average human life expectancy was reduced drastically.
Like this, God had judged the first world with water, but He says that this second world is now kept for Him to judge it with fire (2 Peter 3:6-7). In the future, God will burn this world with fire. This sin-filled world will once again be judged just as it had been at the time of Noah’s flood, and this judgment is not a distant prospect, but it is an event that’s right around the corner. If God permits nuclear war to break out, the entire world will turn into a sea of fire from the nuclear weapons of man’s own making. In that event, it will be impossible to hide anywhere. Even if one were to seek temporary refuge somewhere, what use would this be, since the entire planet earth will be judged to turn into a fireball and be contaminated by radiation?
You should realize here that when the judgment of God descends, no place whatsoever in this world will be spared from this judgment. If nuclear war breaks out in Korea even just once, the whole country will be completely destroyed in just a few seconds. A small nuclear device alone will be enough to turn this land called Korea into a sea of fire in no time. Buildings will evaporate into air. As the air and the water will be contaminated by radiation, even the few survivors from the initial explosion will not last for long. Furthermore, even without such war, a great famine of global scale will come before Jesus Christ returns to this earth. This world is as precarious as a time-bomb waiting to go off at any moment. Yet despite this, so many people are so unafraid and care-free that it gives credence to the Korean saying that goes, “Ignorance is the source of bravery.”
In Noah’s time, everyone was put to death except for his family of eight. What was the reason for this? It was because mankind was sinful. There was no other reason. This means that every sinner was put to death. Noah’s family of eight, on the other hand, were saved by God, and this was because they had believed in His Word. It’s for this single reason that Noah’s family of eight were saved. The reason is that simple. To be exact, it’s not because people in Noah’s time had committed a particular sin that God judged them, but it’s because they had not believed in His Word, and therefore they were not born again. In other words, it’s because they had sin in their heart that they were judged, not for any other reason, and you all need to grasp this.
The people of this present world will also be cast into hell in the future. There is only one reason why they are destined to hell, and it is because they have sin in their hearts, for they do not believe in the Word of God. The greatest curse and tragedy for mankind is to be judged by God and thrown into hell, but this is a woe that human beings have plunged themselves into by rejecting God’s grace of salvation. That is why judgment by fire will descend on this earth. Even though no one really wants such tribulations to come, the Bible makes it clear that this kind of tragedy will unfold on this earth without fail. Of course, such judgment will not descend right now, but I am sure that sooner or later, judgment by fire will come eventually. And perhaps this judgment may even come in our own generation.
Iniquities now pervade the whole wide world just like the time of Noah’s flood. Yet because we are now living surrounded by so many sins, we can’t tell one sin from another, but regardless, there is no question that sin prevails in this world. This means that the destruction of the human species is upon us. And it means that the end of this world is also near us. Can’t you feel this in your heart? Can’t you feel the impending destruction of every human being in your heart? Do you not know where one would go if he has sin in his heart? Who wouldn’t know this? Anyone with sin will be cursed both on this earth and in the next world to come. Everyone knows this, even a child. If you have sin, you will surely be cursed by God.
However, God has solved the problem of our sins, the source of our curse that had destined us into hell. In doing so, He has given us Heaven. Furthermore, God has blessed our souls in our present lives, and He will bless us again in our next lives—that is precisely why Jesus had come to this earth. It is to save us from this destruction and this judgment that Jesus came. Yet the problem is that countless people are unable to prepare for their future, even as they know that they will be cast into hell if they have sin. Even though most of them realize that they are destined to hell, they cannot find the right direction to solve this problem
However, if your heart really yearns to be born again, then the way will surely be opened for you. After all, you have Jesus at your side, who is the door of salvation and its way. The gospel of the water and the Spirit through which Jesus has blotted out all your sins once for all is right here waiting for you. If you would turn to the written Word of God and ruminate on this Word with us, you will realize that your problem of sin has already been completely solved. It’s by believing in the Word of God that everyone is saved. Therefore, you should also listen to this Word of God, accept it by faith, and thereby receive the true remission of your sins.
The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This means that it’s because of the single cause of sin that so many people in Noah’s days all drowned. God is explaining to you here just how terrifying and accursed sin is, but you must also realize this yourself. The issue at hand is not someone else’s soul, but it is your soul. The problem of sin is the most serious problem for both your present life and your next life. If you have sin, then you will be most wretched both in your present life and your next life alike; but if you receive the remission of your sins, then you will be the most blessed man, both in your present life and the next one to come.
You may have somehow done quite well by yourself until now, but is your future assured? In other words, is your soul ready to go to Heaven? This is not someone else’s problem. It is none other than your own problem, and it is also the most urgent problem common to every human being.
If you receive the remission of your sins, you will be blessed by God. I know only too well just how different my present life is from what it once was before I met the Lord. I have believed in Jesus for over 30 years, but for the first ten years, I had been unable to receive the remission of my sins. For all those ten years, I had thought that Jesus took away only my original sin, not my personal sins, and so I always had sin in my heart. Back then, life was a living hell. I was struggling every day not to commit sin anymore and live an upright life, so much so that I had neither any rest nor any peace in my heart. At that time, I could hardly manage my spiritual life by reading the Bible, nor could I find any comfort from reading commentaries and sermon collections, or even praying and fasting—in short, my life was a constant struggle. That’s because there was a heavy burden of sin in my heart.
Then one day, I came to truly find the Lord from the written Word of God. I came to realize and believe that the Lord had already blotted out all my sins with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. From then on, my life began to change. As my heart found peace, I began to gain some weight, when before this I had been as skinny as a skeleton. Of course, I’m not saying here that overweight is a blessing. After all, who would ever say that it’s a blessing to be obese? What I am trying to convey here, however, is that my heart became peaceful after I received the remission of sins once and for all. In other words, the God-given food now abounded in my heart, and my soul was richly blessed.
I no longer worry about hell. I have received the remission of my sins, and on account of this sole reason, I will not be plunged into destruction anymore. Now, I no longer struggle to prepare my sermons. Since all that I have to do is just preach the God-given grace exactly as it is, there is no need for me to borrow from others’ teaching here and there to patch them together in my sermons. It is with such a joyful heart that I am now preaching the grace that the Lord has bestowed on us. We the born-again will never be cast into hell, for the single reason that we have received the remission of our sins. And we will never be destroyed either. Just as Noah’s family were saved in his days, we, too, have been saved from this world of doom. Because we have now been recreated as God’s treasured children, we are protected by Him as His priceless possessions. At the time of Noah’s flood, his family of eight had gone into the ark where they were protected and loved by God, and they had the next world waiting for them. Likewise, so have we become such blessed people.
On what account have we received blessings like this? Why is it that we are able to put on the grace of God every day, and live our lives by this God-given grace day after day? There is only one reason for all this, and it is the fact that we have received the remission of sins. For this one reason alone, that we have been remitted from all our sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we will never be destroyed. Because of this one reason, that we have been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we have escaped from all our curses, we are now living in God’s blessings every day, and we are assured of our eternal future ahead.
In my early twenties, I had suffered from tuberculosis. In Korea at that time, it was not unusual to come across people dying from tuberculosis. I was one of them; as my illness worsened steadily, I eventually came to cough up blood. I thought that my life was completely over, now that I was suffering from tuberculosis. In those days, it was so hard for me to struggle against my illness, and as I no longer had any lingering attachments to this world, I had decided to leave it early. However, before I died, I wanted to believe in Jesus and give it a try. It’s at that time that I met the Lord, but only in name. In those days, I did not know who the Lord really was. Yet if there was just one thing that I knew about Him, it was that He had died on behalf of the wicked like me.
So, for the first time, I opened the door of a place called a church and went into it. Kneeling down in that dark church by myself, I prayed, “Lord, while I do not know who You are, I do know that You died for the wicked like myself, and so I thank You. You said that You would forgive my sins if I believe in You, and because of this promise, I now believe in You. Here I’ve come to stand before You now; please accept me. With this, all the sins that I’ve committed while living on this earth have been solved.” Strangely, after I prayed like this and came out of the church, the desire to live kept springing forth in my heart.
Even though I did not know who Jesus was, I still wanted to believe in Him from then on. Having bought a copy of the Bible and begun to attend church at that time, I continued to live as a “good” Christian for ten more years. I believed in Jesus so faithfully that I did not envy even the faith of the late deacon Chudal Bae, a martyr revered by many Christians in Korea. During the Korean War (1950-1953), when North Korean troops invaded South Korea, deacon Bae had disobeyed the occupying force’s order to work on Sunday, in order to keep the Lord’s Day holy. For this, he was shot to death by North Korean troops. Later on, his denomination bestowed him with deaconship posthumously, citing his treasured faith. I was such a good Christian that I could even be compared to this deacon Bae.
After I became a Christian, I was genuinely happy for a while. However, the more I believed in Jesus, the more sins I actually began to accumulate. Tormented by the sins that were piling up in my heart, I asked elderly Christians, “My sins are piling up even more now that I believe in Jesus. What’s going on?” They then told me not to worry, explaining that it was only expected. They said that a Christian is actually supposed to turn into a real sinner the longer he believes in Jesus. They also said that even though I actually had sin, God still considered me righteous and called me a saint. However, such words brought no comfort to my heart, and I still continued to be so tormented by the sins that remained in my heart that life itself was becoming unbearable. Every day, I prayed to God, “Lord, I’ve committed sin. I once again hated someone today.”
Even though I believed in Jesus, my heart was always suffering in pain like this. Not a day went by without my conscience suffering from the pain of sin. I was afraid that Jesus might not have been able to blot out all my sins, and so I tried everything possible not to commit sin and keep the Law. This was what my life of faith was all about. So given this miserable situation, how could I have led a proper and joyful life of faith? At that time, whenever I committed sin out of my heart, I felt so much pain that I offered fervent prayers of repentance and fasted diligently. I am sure that some of you were like this as well. On the Lord’s holy day, I had to put on the full dress, go to church in holiness, worship God in holiness, return home in holiness, and live my life in holiness, but who can ever do this? I was so sick and tired of sin, and yet I was pretending to be holy. When I think about it now, I realize that I was actually doing what God abhors the most.
However, after I had lived like this for ten years, the Lord came to me and met me. Even after having lived my life as a Christian for ten years, I felt that I could no longer believe in Jesus because of my sins, but I still asked the Lord to show me the way, holding onto the passage that says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It was then that I finally came to meet the Lord for real.
Once I met the Lord, I realized that all my own efforts not to commit sin had been completely in vain, just as it had been all in vain to have tried to wash my sins whenever I committed them by offering prayers of repentance and fasting. I woke up to the fact that I had lived my life as a spiritually blind man all this time, for I had not known the Truth. It was because I was spiritually blinded that I had fallen of the cliff so often and reached the wrong conclusion on so many occasions, for I had stumbled on my way even as I insisted stubbornly that I was on the right path. In reality, however, I had been walking on the path to be cursed despite believing in Jesus. I had believed wrong, for my faith was based on my own acts. That is why the longer I believed in Jesus, the more sins piled up in my heart, only leading me to suffer even more. There was so much suffering in my heart that life itself was a torture for me. So at one point, I even tried to commit suicide again even after becoming a Christian.
Where would I have gone if I had killed myself at that time? Despite believing in Jesus, I still had sin in my heart, and so where would I have gone if I had committed suicide back then? I would have gone to hell. It still sends chills down my spine when I think about it. If I had died like this, I would have also been cast into hell, just as all those souls that were destroyed at Noah’s flood were sent to hell. But now that I have received the remission of my sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I am so happy. Because I now believe in this gospel and have attained the remission of my sins, I have no fear whatsoever, even if this world were to end right now. It’s precisely because I have been remitted from all my sins that I have no fear; if my heart had otherwise remained in its sinful state like before, it would not only be a struggle to live in this world, but even worse, I would be even more terrified of the coming end of the world and the death that I’d be facing as a result.
How is this world as seen through the mass media these days? Is it not running toward the last day? In such a time, if I were living in my sinful state without the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I would be living oblivious to the fact this present age is the last age, and even if I knew this, my heart would be only terrified of the possibility that I might end up in hell. The end times are right before our eyes. Catastrophic climate changes, natural disasters, famine, war, shortage of natural resources, and incurable diseases will all break out on a global scale. These days, ozone warnings are issued quite frequently in Seoul, indicating that the ozone layer already has several large holes. You will soon have to wear sunglasses whenever you go outside to avoid the harmful rays coming through the depleted ozone layer.
On the year when Noah turned 600 years old, the sunny and clear sky would have darkened all of a sudden. Black clouds would have begun to gather, and then, the whole land would have turned dark followed by the silence before the storm. Even so, the clueless people back then would have not worried much, just thinking that some rain was about to come. In Korea, there is an old saying that goes, “A day old puppy is unafraid of a tiger.” Like this, while those who know the Word of God even slightly and are able to read this age are afraid when they see abnormal weather, the clueless and the unprepared have no fear of what is about to happen to them. The people in Noah’s time would have dismissed the early signs of the impending flood, not giving much thought to them; they would have gone on with their everyday life, eating, drinking, and falling asleep, as if nothing was going to happen.
Then it began to rain. Thick columns of rain, heavy enough to bring down the roof, began to pour down. How shocked people must have been to see the water pouring into the house to fill it up in no time? Those who were outside their homes would have realized the gravity of the rain and tried to return to their homes, but they would have witnessed people already being swept away in the current. And they, too, would have been swept away in the current and lost their consciousness to drown. Others who were smarter would have hurried to climb up to a high mountain, and behind their backs, the desperate cry of the drowning people would have rung across the whole neighborhood. In just an hour, the entire neighborhood would have been inundated. It is written in the Bible that except for Noah’s family of eight and all the animals that went into the ark with them, every kind of birds in the sky, everything that crawled on the ground, every cattle and beast, and every human being were all destroyed.
I am not saying this to scare you. Rather, my point is that you must be ready for the end, realizing that this present world is such a world. Just as Noah was delivered from the judgment by believing in the Word of God, so can you be delivered by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. However, if you do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit with your heart, and instead continue to live in your sinful state intoxicated by this world, then you will be destroyed for this single reason that you have sin. It’s not just you who will be destroyed, but your children and all your family members will also be destroyed. Not only will you be destroyed on this earth, but you will also be cursed forever in the next world to come. That is why you must be ready for the last day.
The entire world is now exposed to many tribulations. Although those who are clueless may continue to live as they always have without any worry, those who are knowledgeable should examine themselves to see if they are not living completely unprepared, realize its seriousness, and prepare for the coming end. If you remain unprepared and end up standing before God with all your sins intact, you will not be able to enter His Kingdom and be destroyed instead. Do you believe that in Noah’s time, except for Noah and his family of eight who had prepared the ark, all those who had drunk and eaten without making any preparation for the impending flood were judged? You must realize the fact the Day of Judgment will come to destroy this planet earth with fire, and you must be ready for this day.
By believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we have prepared ourselves for the day of the Lord. And even at this very moment, we are telling everyone in the world to be ready for the imminent judgment that will come in this age, just as Noah had tried to prepare the people of his time for a hundred years. God said that although He had judged the world with water in Noah’s age, in this present age, He would judge it with fire. Just as Noah had built the ark and called on the people of his time to come abroard, by preaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we, too, are leading the people of our time to have faith, receive the remission of sins, and come into God’s Church. They must look for the Word of God, open their ears to the words of the righteous who are preaching it, prepare for the coming end with this Word of God by abiding in His Church, and thus escape from the destruction that’s impending in this age.
Isn’t this world so full of worries? Eating, drinking, and enjoying life can be done according to one’s desires. But how can you solve the emptiness and void that inevitably follow? Human beings, made in the likeness of the image of God, know His will. They yearn for what is eternal, and they also want to become God’s children in His likeness. Even when people live swept away by the world, such desires are always present in their hearts; and these are spiritual desires. For them to receive the blessing of everlasting life, they must return to the Word of God according to their spiritual desires.
Those who came into the ark when Noah called them were saved. At the same time, you yourself know very well that those who continued to dwell in the world were all swept away by the flood to their death. You, too, must come into the ark of God and live to see your second world unfolding. Although this entire world will be destroyed, whoever comes into the ark will all be saved. You must believe in what God said, and prepare for the coming judgment.
People in Noah’s time were so stubborn that even though he had preached the Word of God to them while building the ark for a hundred years and shouted to them to be ready for the coming flood, they did not pay any attention, nor did they believe in him. Even in this present age, God is still speaking to those who have sin in their hearts even as they profess to believe in Jesus. God the Father is telling them that He has fulfilled the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit through His Son Jesus, and that He has made it possible for all who believe in this to be saved. Yet despite this, too many people have no desire to prepare for the imminent judgment and still refuse to believe in the Word of God. These people will all be judged by fire, just as the people of Noah’s time were destroyed.
My fellow believers, you must be ready for this last age. It’s those who prepare for the coming judgment that are wise. All who deserved to be destroyed at the time of Noah’s flood were destroyed by God for just one single reason: They all had sin. Therefore, in this age and time when the end of the world is near, everyone must receive the remission of sins and be born again by believing in the Word of God, and be ready for the coming judgment. It’s not too late yet. If you don’t prepare yourself, you will end up being destroyed. It’s not as if you would live on this earth for thousands of years. So above all else, you must first get the problem of sin solved for your soul. You shouldn’t just seek material possessions and follow the world, not knowing that your soul is destined for hell. How long would you live, even if you were to live a long life? Your life in this world, which is not that long, is a life that’s been given to you so that you would receive the remission of your sins. As such, according to this purpose for which you were born in the world, you must receive the remission of your sins now.
My fellow believers, I admonish you all to find even a little time from your busy schedule to listen to the gospel of the water and the Spirit in detail and believe in it. You must be ready for the next world to come. If you believe in this gospel, your sins will indeed all disappear. Even though you commit sin every day, because Jesus has blotted out all your sins, you can still be remitted from them all. By believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you will have the grace of Jesus come into your heart, and you will be able to receive the true remission of sins. As the Bible says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4), you must now listen to the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, receive the remission of sins, and wait for the day of the Lord with your salvation in place. This world will surely end. Its individual inhabitants will perish away, just as the world itself will also perish away. And the end of everything will come. If you believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and receive the remission of yours sins, then you will be ready to enter Heaven, but if you fail to receive the remission of your sins, then you will bear the curse on your back and end up to throwing yourself into hell. And even in this temporal world, your life will be miserable only to perish in the end.
What does a watchman do? A watchman has to keep track of the enemy’s movement from the watchtower for the security of his city. No watchman assigned with such a role should turn into a guard dog that cannot even bark. Day and night, the watchman must guard against the enemy’s attack on the city, and if he sees the enemy kicking a dust storm from far away charging into the city, he must blow the trumpet and let the people in the city know of the impending attack. If the watchman is too sloppy and fails to see the enemy’s attack beforehand, or if he doesn’t warn even if he sees the coming attack, then the people in his city will be caught completely unprepared and end up being massacred.
We are watchmen. This means that we have to let everyone know about the coming destruction before the world is actually destroyed, and we have to lead people to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and thereby enable them to receive the remission of their sins, be born again before God, reach their salvation, and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That is the extent of the role of the watchman, and if anyone is destroyed for not heeding to the watchman’s words, then this is entirely his fault.
My fellow believers, let us all listen to the words of the watchman and prepare ourselves for the future. Everyone must prepare both his body and soul for the days to come. Before destruction descends on this world, you must receive the remission of your sins and make your heart sinless, and thus be all ready to receive the returning Lord. You have to prepare yourself to answer this question: “What should I do to blot out so many sins that are in my heart and make it sinless as white as snow?” The answer is to have faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Having thus readied ourselves, let us also fulfill our role as the watchmen that preach the Word of God, and let us then go to meet the Lord in this sinless state.
I am sure that there are countless people everywhere around the world who yearn to hear the Word of God. The very moment our souls were born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we were entrusted with the duty of watchmen, and being faithful to this duty, we are now carrying out God’s work, sharing His Word in His Church. It is such a blessing to live our lives as witnesses to the gospel, never forgetting our duty and leading other souls to prepare for the impending judgment. Just as Noah had brought animals into the ark, so must we draw every soul into God’s Church.