18 Aug 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Special to the Tri-State Defender
The Rev. Rickey R. Adams Sr. is pastor of the quickly growing Greater Abundance World Outreach Ministries. I caught up with him so that we could talk about his debut spiritual release, “I’m Saved! Now What? How to Receive and Maintain Your Salvation.”
|Pastor and now author Rickey R. Adams Sr. points out to new Christians that although their salvation has been paid for, they still have an obligation to live it out in a certain manner. (Courtesy photo)|
“This book is about the individual who wants to know God better,” said Adams of “I’m Saved! Now What?” “People have questions and when they join the church many pastors don’t have the time to deal with every individual one on one to answer all of these questions. I feel that writing this book will help aid the church in a new Christians’ walk”.
New Christians wonder if they are still saved or loved by God when they mess up, and yes. they are, offers Adams. Chapter two is titled, “What is Salvation?” and in that chapter Adams wants readers to know that Jesus and his sacrifice cleanse all from sin. Even the sins you don’t want to talk to anyone about.
Acutely aware of the different rules and agendas within churches, Adams says it’s not what man says is right or wrong but what the “Word” says is right or wrong. He points out to the new Christian that although your salvation has been paid for you still have an obligation to live it out in a certain manner. This is how you are separated from the world. You can’t live a wild life Monday through Saturday and expect God to be with you on Sunday. God’s word brings about a change and if we’re not exemplifying that change we are taking away from his “Word.”
“Reading this book will help you understand what you need to do after receiving the gift of salvation. I have provided many supporting Scriptures throughout the book to support my theories,” Adams said.
In the chapter titled “Sanctification,” Adams takes us to Sunday School, positing that the more you conform to the image of Christ, the less you look like the devil. To sanctify simply means to set apart and that’s what you become.
I then moved to get a final word from Adams about an issue that arose in New Birth Ministries involving the high-profile Bishop Eddie long.
I asked pastor Adams just what he thinks of the situation that unfolded and how it was handled. Being the pastor of a church for over 20 years, I knew he had an opinion. I asked what happens when we get saved and are maintaining our salvation and understanding our “Now What” when a scandal breaks loose in the church like with Eddie Wrong, I mean Long. How do we approach this?
Pastor Adams said that from the very beginning of your Christian walk you should always keep your focus on the goal, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Remember that man is flesh and we build man up far to high. He is not God.
Then he started talking about cars.
All of us, Eddie Long included, have to realize that a walk with God is like owning a car, Adams said. You have things that you must maintain on a car. Things that keep your car from breaking down, running out of gas or throwing a rod in the motor.
This is the same thing when you’re saved, he said. You have to do things to keep your salvation maintained and in great working order, or you will mess it up.
(Pastor Rickey R. Adams will have his debut book signing on Saturday (Aug. 20), from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cokesbury Bookstore, 6150 Poplar Avenue, Suite 118. Dwayne Benton will host the event. You can purchase his book from: Amazon.com, Barnes andNoble.com or from The Church of God in Christ Publishing House at 2500 Lamar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114.)