The Plain Gospel
by William F. Bell
Are you among many today who are confused as to which religion, which denomination, which
church, or which preacher is right? They cannot all be right, can they? There are "uncertain
sounds" to all their different beliefs. Who are you to believe, then? Who can you really trust? Is
there one, sure way of salvation from sin? How do you get to heaven? Well, it is the simple
purpose of this tract to present to you, poor sinner, the plain gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

You may say, "But why should I believe you over someone else?" My answer is, "Do not
believe me, but believe what the Bible teaches!" The Word of God is our sole authority for
salvation, eternity, judgment to come, and all matters relating to faith and practice. "But," you
say, "there are so many different interpretations of the Bible." Granted, there are. However,
what does that have to do with what the Bible actually says? So, poor sinner, hear what God's
Book says to you:

You are a Lawbreaker -
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" (I
John 3:4)

You are Lost -
"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10)

You are Lifeless -
". . . dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1)

WHY YOU ARE A SINNER
You were born into the world with a sinful corrupt nature (Psalms 51:5). All men who have
ever lived (except Christ) have had this sin nature (I John 1:8). You are a sinner, and therefore
you sin (Romans 2:23; 5:12). You and I sin, not just because we fell in Adam, but because we
choose the love of sin ourselves. In other words, we are sinners by birth and by personal
choice. Did anyone teach you to lie or did it come naturally? What about your pride, your
anger, and your rebellion against God? You are justly condemned before the holy law of God
as a transgressor and rebel (Romans 7:12-14)

WHY YOU MUST BE SAVED
Because you are a sinner, the wrath of Almighty God abides on you this very moment (John
3:36). If you were to die in your natural condition you would perish eternally. There will be no
mercy for you after death. You have offended a just and holy God by your sins -- and your
sins demand judgment. "For the wages of sin is death . . ." (Romans 6:23). These wages you
must pay, unless Someone pays them for you.
Oh sinner, see the awfulness of your sin! See the loathsome disease that now eats away at your
soul! See the horrible pit sin has put you in! See the "lake of fire" to which you are headed,
unless you repent and turn to God! You will turn or burn (Psalms7:11-13); you will repent or
perish. (Luke 13:3).

HOW YOU ARE SAVED
In love and mercy, the God of heaven sent His very Son to this sinful world. "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" (John 3:16). Because of God's goodness (out of His mere
good pleasure), He has given to the world a Savior. (see Isaiah 53). This One sent from God,
the Lord Jesus Christ, came into the world (via His Virgin Birth), for the specific purpose of
saving sinners -- sinners, just like you, ". . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . .
." (I Timothy 1:15). "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the
ungodly" (Romans 5:6). "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Here is the glorious good news: Christ came! Christ
lived a perfect life! Christ died a substitutionary death! Christ was buried, but arose from the
dead! Christ Jesus is now enthroned in glory! Christ is interceding for His own! Christ the Lord
is coming again! Christ will rule and reign forever! See I Corinthians 15:1-4; 23-26; Hebrews
7:22-28; 9:24-28.

Poor sinner, fall at Christ's blessed feet, by faith. Confess your sins to Him alone. Mourn over
your hatred of God and His law. Repent, trusting only in the Lord Jesus and His precious
blood. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to
the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7).

Note, forgiveness and redemption are only found in Christ's blood! You cannot earn or merit
salvation, for you only deserve hell and God's wrath.
May the Holy Spirit draw you to Christ! May you be enabled to see the glory of Christ's cross,
where He offered Himself without spot to God, and wrought salvation for all His believing
people. Fly away to Christ now!