Jesus said you cannot be a Christian unless you love Him more than your own life!

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If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his  cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it

Jesus said you cannot be a Christian unless you love Him more than your own life!

Authors:  Johnson and Pearl, Bible teachers and founders of:
The Pure Gospel and Revival website

  • Luke 14:26-27 Contemporary English Version (CEV) “You cannot be my disciple, unless you love me more than you love your father and mother, your wife and children, and your brothers and sisters. You cannot come with Me(Jesus) unless you love Me more than you love your own life. You cannot be My disciple unless you carry your own cross and come with Me.”
  • Leonard Ravenhill quote: It is much easier to wear a cross ...
  • Luke 24:47 Jesus said, “and that repentance [necessary] for forgiveness of sins would be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47 Amplified Bible)

Yes, Jesus really did say that “you cannot be a disciple/Christian unless you love Him more than you love your own life! 

And Luke 14:26 is probably the least preached verse in the whole Bible.

Today, let me ask you this very important question, do you love Jesus more than you love your own life? Probably not!
But Jesus demands this, He demands that you love Him more than you love your own life.  If not, then you cannot become a Christian! (Luke 14:25-27)

If you have repented of all your sins BEFORE you got baptized in water, if you knew your were a hell-deserving sinner BEFORE you got baptized in water, then it should be natural for you to love Jesus more than you love your own life. 

After all, you used to live a sinful life, your life were full of sin and void of meaning and eternal purpose, so of course it makes sense for you to surrender your sinful, earthly, and mortal life to Jesus in exchange for His eternal and immortal lifeOf course it make sense for you to love Jesus more than you love your own life.  

Sadly, most churchgoers today do not love Jesus more than they love their own lives.  If this is your case, then this could mean that you are a fake Christian.

Does Jesus deserve you loving Him more than you love your own life?

Does Jesus deserve you loving Him more than you love your own life?

My Reflections...: 1Reflection for Sunday September 8, Twenty-third Sunday  in Ordinary Time: Luke 14:25-33

Luke 9:23-25 NKJV      Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

“True and False Christian Test”

“From my many years of experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.”  -Sadhu Sundar Singh

“Jesus clearly said that the preconditions of becoming a follower of Christ, or a Christian, is to deny yourself daily, take up your cross daily, and follow Christ daily. All those that become Christians and stay Christians are those that are willing to make this daily decision.” -Johnson and Pearl

Gal 5:24  “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

“No Christian can successfully deny self and crucify his flesh without putting prayer first thing every morning.”     -Johnson and Pearl

“Those who determine not to put self to death will never see the will of God fulfilled in their lives. Those who ought to become the light of the world must necessarily burn and become less and less. By denying self, we are able to win others. 」  -Sadhu Sundar Singh

Luke 9:23 New King James Version
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [a]daily, and follow Me.

“How important is it crucify the flesh daily? Without it the Christian cannot humble self, deny self, deeply repent, and grow in hunger for God.  And without humility, repentance, hunger, prayer and holiness, a person will not be able to receiving God’s blessings, promises, power, and revival.”   -Johnson and Pearl

“Before the cross, those that are not willing to deny self are those that love themselves too much!” -Johnson and Pearl

“Our flesh often wants us to choose sinfulness, but the Holy Spirit wants us to choose holiness everyday, so God can prepare us to be holy vessels to carry His power, glory, and revival.” -Johnson and Pearl

Gal 5:16  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 2:20 NKJV
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Paris Reidhead quote: Why should a person come to the cross? Why should...

Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

If you have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, and if you have carried your cross everyday and denied self, then you will naturally have no need and no desire for any worldly TV, sports, and entertainment.”   -Johnson and Pearl

“There can be no question that the biggest hindrances to revival are sin, idolatry, covetousness, lust, selfishness, pride, prayerlessness, worldliness, sports, and entertainment.” -Johnson and Pearl

“The person that truly loves God with all of his heart and persistently “desires" God’s revival, glory, and power; there is no need and no more room for sports, entertainment, lust, the love of money, watching TV, and sinning.” -Johnson and Pearl


“If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes.” -Jonathan Goforth.

“I have made the choice, I choose that this life shall be holy, used for God at any cost, at any price.”   -Kathryn Kuhlman

“Ask and it shall be given you. Practice entire, definite faith in God’s promise of the Spirit.” -Evan Roberts’ secret.

“Upon hearing of revival breaking out in Wales in 1904 with 70000 saved in 2 months. Suddenly I realized: “Revival is not a thing of the past!" -Jonathan Goforth


“Sin SUCKS and sin KILLS, remember that!”  -Johnson and Pearl

“Sin is blatant mutiny against God.”  -Oswald Chambers

Luke 12:42 NKJV
“And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food [at the right time]in due season?

“Today Christ can adopt any puppy and it will be more faithful than a modern day Christian.” -Johnson and Pearl


“If a dog can faithful to its master, Christians can be faithful to Christ. -Johnson and Pearl

What is the pure gospel of Jesus Christ?

“True and False Christian Test”


What is true revival?
The truth about sin

Many want miracles, few want the cross!

Many want miracles, but few want the cross!


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