The Family Altar
81 She made her decision. She had to either go back or go forward. We stand on that same grounds, this morning, go back or go forward. Don’t never go back. Let’s go forward.
82 On into the promised land they went, into the land of strange people. Ruth, a type of the believer now. What? What is the believer? When she or he comes out, the person from the world, he comes in amongst Christian believers. Women that used to smoke, drink, and play cards at societies, and so forth, and have all kinds of fancy stuff, and like some kind of a “frizzed-up bird,” but now she’s changed. She’s made a decision to go with God. Now she comes into a people that doesn’t believe that kind of stuff. She’s a stranger. She’s got to walk as a pilgrim. She doesn’t know their customs. They’re all strange, to her. She don’t know what to do. That’s what Ruth had to do. That’s what you have to do. That’s what I have to do.
83 When I accepted Christ, I was turned out of my own home. When I accepted Christ, my boy friends, girl friends, everybody, throwed me down. Went down with a bunch of old people that had the Holy Spirit and believed in God, serving Him. The girls, was down there in that church, was different than what the girls I had been going with. They looked different. They acted different. They were strange, and I was scared of them. They were different people.
84 That’s what Ruth had to do. She had to come from her own, over to another people. She was converted. She made a decision.
And you make a decision. You got to take your choice. You want to go back to the things of the world, or you want to go on with God?
85 Do you want to act like the world and the rest of them? Then kiss Christ “good-bye” and go back.
But if you want to take your way with the Lord’s despised few, hold on to God’s unchanging hand. Regardless of what the rest the world says, you hold right there. “God said so. It’s true. I believe It, though I can’t make it manifest in my life. God said so. I believe It. I hold right here.”
86 That’s the way she did to Naomi. “I’ll not leave you. I’ll go where you go. Your people will be mine. The way they act, that’s the way I’ll act. The way they do, that’s what I’ll do. What they eat, that’s what I’ll eat. Where you die, I’ll die. Where you’re buried, I’ll be buried. And the Lord do more to me if I fail anywhere.” That’s the real clean-cut decision. God wants clean-cut decisions out of His Church.
87 “Well, Lord, if You’ll just bless me and do this for me, I’ll do so-and-so.” That’s not a decision.
60-1002 - The Kinsman Redeemer
Rev. William Marrion Branham