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I Timothy 3:15

A Fatal Choice

Inter-Mountain Baptist Bulletin, July 3, 1997

Late one night a young student at Princeton University walked across the campus to his room. He had just left the auditorium in which a revival meeting was in progress. For several days and nights this young man had attended these services. He was much impressed with the messages as the claims of Christ were earnestly placed before him.

A Christian professor said, "Burr, if God is speaking to you, you better respond to His call. Go to your room, and settle this matter with God."

He went to his room. At last he left his room and met the professor who asked him concerning his decision.

Aaron Burr said, "I settled it with God, I told Him that if He would let me alone, I would let Him alone, and that settles it."

History tells us that Aaron Burr was qualified in every way to distinguish himself as a leader an statesman. He was the grandson of the famous theologian, Jonathan Edwards. At the age of 35, he was a member of Congress. In the election of 1800, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr were tied for the presidency, but Jefferson was given the deciding vote.

Some time later, Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, which made him an outcast from his country’s social and political life. He fled to Europe where he lived for four years on borrowed money. Returning to this country, he practiced law for 20 years, but he died in poverty, a broken and disillusioned man.

As Aaron Burr walked across that Princeton campus that night, it was perhaps the last time he ever gave any serious thought to the question "What will I do with Jesus Christ, the Saviour God has provided?"

He turned his back on this Saviour, and went out into the darkness of a soul without Christ and without hope.

Would to God all men would trust Christ, for He is the Saviour we need. He will be either our Saviour, or He will be our Judge. No one can avoid coming face to face with Him eventually.

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved." Acts 4:12