Does God give up on people who reject Him repeatedly? The question plagues many, but evangelist Billy Graham has an answer. “God welcomes anyone—absolutely anyone—who sincerely turns to Him in repentance and faith, even at the last minute,” Graham said. Take the thief on the cross beside Jesus as an example. In Luke 23, the thief recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and Jesus assured the man they would be in paradise together. But there was another on the trio of crosses—one who continued to mock Jesus.
“God cannot save someone who refuses to be saved—and when a person repeatedly turns his or her back on Christ, their heart grows more and more hardened toward God. As a result it becomes easier and easier for them to resist God’s call, and—like that unrepentant criminal—they are in danger of refusing to turn from their stubborn unbelief,” Graham said. READ MORE