The man who couldn’t be saved


“I will show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16

Gipsy Smith, the English evangelist, used to tell a story about a man who came to the altar in one of his London meetings. Gipsy saw others hadn’t been able to help him, and the man was struggling, so he went over to talk to him.

The man said, “I can’t be saved.

“Oh yes, you can,” Gipsy said. He told him the biblical story of the woman taken in adultery. He told him no matter how deep in sin he was, God would save him.

The man said, “You don’t understand, Brother Smith. I work in the bookkeeping department of a certain company. I’ve stolen 10,000 pounds over the years and covered it up. Now if I get saved, I’ll have to straighten this up. My boss is a hard man. He’ll have me put in prison!”

Gipsy Smith told him, “It would be better for you to be saved and spend the rest of your life in prison and go to Heaven when you die, than it would be to remain unsaved and go to hell.”

“That’s too high of a price to pay,” the man said, and he left.

The next morning Gipsy came down the staircase into the hotel lobby, he looked out the lobby windows and saw a hatless and coatless man running down the street. This man crossed the street in the middle of the block, flew through the hotel’s revolving doors, looked wildly around the lobby and the stairs. When he discovered Gipsy, he threw his arms around him. “Oh, Brother Smith,” he shouted, “It’s just like you said! It’s just like you said! Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal”

The man told Gipsy his story. “Last night,” he said, “I went home and couldn’t sleep a wink. I laid awake all-night wrestling with that thing, rolling from one side of the bed to the other. Finally, I decided I’d go straighten it out this morning.

He continued, “This morning I stood outside the company president’s office for 10 minutes, trying to get enough courage to go in. I would start to open the door but then would back off from it. I knew he was in there. I knew he’s a hard man. Finally, I told myself, you’ve got to do it! I opened the door, stepped inside, and was speechless. The president said, Speak up, man. My time is valuable. What do you want?’

“I stepped over to his desk and said, ‘I went to Gipsy Smith’s meeting last night.’ And the president said, ‘Well, did you get saved? Everybody else who goes out there does.’

No,’ I told him, I didn’t get saved. That’s why I’m here.’

“The president said, ‘There’s no use coming to see me I’m just an old sinner. I don’t know anything about it. No use coming to see me.

‘But you don’t understand,’ I said. ‘I’ve stolen 10,000 pounds from this company. I have to make it right. I’ve kept it covered up all these years. I gambled it away on the races, and I can’t pay it back.’ I began to weep. I said, I want to make Heaven, and that thing stands between me and God.

“My employer chomped down on his cigar and said, ‘I’ll tell you one thing, man. I’m sending you to prison. You’re the most trusted employee I had. I met with the Board of Directors just last week. They voted to promote you to that desk right over there next to my personal secretary. But now I’m going to send you to Jail.

“I told him, ‘Well, that’s all right, bless God. The burden’s gone now, and I’m happy. I’ll just spend the rest of my days shouting in prison.

The bookkeeper looked up and saw his employer chomp down on his cigar again. The man said, “You know, on second thought, I believe what I’ll do is promote you. You can get enough extra salary per year to pay back that 10,000 pounds with interest in several years.” Then he said, “Man, just take the day off. Have a holiday. You’ve found God.”

The bookkeeper forgot his coat and hat and ran out of that office down the street to Gipsy Smith’s hotel. As he told his story, he was jumping up and down shouting. Gipsy said, “Both of us started shouting.

You see, God showed him His salvation. That salvation belongs God-the God who is more than enough: El Shaddai. (El Shaddai, Kenneth Hagin P. 49)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16 (NIV)

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