Al Green: Singing God's Praise After Giving his Life to Christ
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In 2005, Rolling Stone named him #66 in their list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All Time'. In 1995, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which referred to him as "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music." To date, he has sold more than 20 million records. He has won numerous other awards and accolades including being inducted into the GospelMusic Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 BET Awards.
Like many children during his time, he was taught Gospel music from a young age. In fact, Gospel music was the only accepted form of music in his parents' household. He writes in his autobiography, "There was God's music and the devil's music...nothing in between and no two ways about it." His father often told him about the "evils" of other types of music such as soul music. But this other music was compelling to him, and consequently, as a teenager, his father threw him out of the house for listening to other soul artists. He eventually started an R&B group and soon after went solo. By the early '70s, he had made his home in Memphis, forgotten about God and his Christian upbringing, and was enjoying the fruits of fame which included rock and roll and lots of women. He states in his autobiography, "I wasn't paying much attention to the laws of God and the wages of sin at the age of twenty-five. I have had carnal relations with more women then I can remember or confess. We sow the wind and reap the whirlwind, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and bringing down upon ourselves the judgment of God."
He says of his conversion that he was in the Disneyland Hotel in the middle of a tour, when he was awakened out of sleep by his own shouting. He said, "I was praising God, rejoicing in the great and glorious gift of salvation through his son Jesus Christ.... Suddenly the shouting and celebration stopped and I heard a voice, calm and clear coming from inside me. 'Are you ashamed of Me?' was the question it asked and the words pierced me like a knife." He buried his face in a handful of towels to muffle the noise as he shouted "Lord, no!" He says, "Whatever I knew...all that faded into insignificance. I was in the middle of a personal encounter one on one with my Creator and now at least I understood what all the words and all the songs and all the tears had really meant."
However, after this conversion, he kept up with his sinful ways and needed a more harsher lesson before he truly came to Christ. A little while after his conversion in the Disneyland Hotel, one of his girlfriends assaulted him by dousing him with a pot of hot grits while he was taking a shower, burning him on his back, stomach, and arms. Although she was already married, she was upset because he would not marry her. After burning him, she went and killed herself with his gun. This episode proved to be a turning point in his life. He finally surrendered his carnality to his faith in Jesus Christ and produced what many consider to be the finest work of his career, the "Belle" album. In it, he says, "I sang 'it's you that I want but it's Him that I need,' And I meant it. Each note and every word."
Today, he continues to sing R&B and Gospel music around the world, pastors the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, and gives this message of salvation to all people who visit his website: "Thank you for visiting my website. I would like to take this opportuntity to invite you to bring Christ into your life. Confess Jesus Christ today as your personal saviour and you will begin to receive his bountiful blessings. Ask him into your life today. By confessing your sins, you will be given the miraculous gift of salvation. Your burden will ease and the clouds will begin to part." His name is Al Green.
This is the "Chief of Sinners," Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and just as Al Green gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:
John 3:16 reads, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
"For God so loved the world" means that if you are in this world, God loves you. No matter what you have done.
"that He gave His only begotten Son." His name is Jesus Christ. He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
"that whosoever believeth in Him", the word "whosoever" means anybody at anytime. "believeth in Him" means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
"should not perish" where? in hell.
"but have everlasting life" in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
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