The Gospel and “The Killer”
So says one of rock and rolls most notorious sinners, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Long time fans know that one of his signature songs “Great Balls of Fire” almost didn’t get recorded because Lewis and legendary producer Sam Phillips got into a heated discussion over how Jerry Lee could ever get to heaven playing “the devils music”.
“You’ve got to walk and talk with God to go to heaven… I have the devil in me! If I didn’t have, I’d be Christian!”
Jerry Lee has always felt the flames of hell licking at the boots John Lennon once bowed and kissed.
“You know why you don’t understand it? Cuz you’re lookin’ for an easy way out. Now, if you can show me somethin’ in there that’ll show me how to get outta this thing without burnin’ my ass off in hell, I wanna know where it’s at. You and me, we’re gonna burn in hell. We’re in trouble. We’re sinners, goin’ to hell.”
Toches named the biography “Hellfire”…
The old man is creeping up on 80 now and the “last man standing” spends most of his life laying in bed wracked with arthritis and trying to find redemption.
He’s stopped running around on his wife, he prays over his food and prays over his past, he reads his Bible, he pays his tithes, and he’s working hard to work his way home before dark.
He wants to get right with God…and that’s the problem.
That’s not the Gospel.
The Gospel says that the work has already been done by Jesus Christ.
The Gospel says that the blood of Christ paid for the sins of those who will believe, even the sins of Jerry Lee and me.
The Gospel says it is finished, the works that could be done were all done on the Cross.
The Gospel says that those works are the only ones that can save you.
The Gospel calls us to rest in His works, not hope our own measure up.
I’m glad the old man is seeking God…eternity without his music would be hell for me.
I’m just praying that Jesus finds him…and lets the old man get some rest.