| The Evangelical Sacrament
The year was 1988. Mary McDonald placed her hand on the TV and was led
by Jimmy Swaggart in a salvation prayer. Theres a new name
written down in glory, he said as he pointed at her through the
screen. She turned off the set and stood wondering, Is that all
there is to it?
The next day she went to early mass, said the rosary and lit a candle
for her husband in Purgatory.
At work, she shared her experience with her friend, Sally.
Oh, thats great, Mary! Im so glad youve found
But I dont feel any different. Is something supposed to change?
No, youre saved because the Bible says youre saved.
It has nothing to do with feelings. The Bible says we are to walk
OK. I get it. Its because I said the prayer that Im
Yes. You see, going to church and doing good deeds cant save
us; only the blood of Jesus can save us.
So everything I did before to please God didnt do any good
... but now that Ive said the prayer, God is happy with me?
Sally could see she wasnt getting through. She remembered she had
a book at home called What Does it Mean to be Born Again? and promised
to give it to her the next day.