Some of you bible believers may recognize this phrase “And no man could bind him, no, not with chains” from Mark chapter 5. There we are told the account of the “Devil Possessed man of Gadara”. If you’ve not read it lately I encourage you to do at this point before proceeding. There is so much to consider in this piece of scripture but for sake of time let me point out that this poor devil possessed soul was living in the graveyard…cutting himself with stones. That is how Satan rewards his followers…self-loathing…self-hatred…self-injury! As is clear from the text, the people there had many times hunted the poor soul down and captured him. They’d many times bound him, certainly they’d tried ropes at first…and then when those had failed to hold him they’d even resorted to using chains to try to restrain him. Yet in his rage and fits   and If you know your Bible you may recognize that phrase “And no man could bind him, no, not with chains” as a quote from the New Testament, Mark chapter 5 Some years ago during a tent revival meeting a woman came up to the preacher and said “my twenty four year old sister is coming Sunday preacher, please pray that God would grant her repentance unto salvation”. Sure enough the sister came and the preacher (a friend of mine) preached a Holy Ghost anointed sermon that filled the altars with lost and backslidden souls that night. The young woman too raised her hand admitting before God that she knew she was not saved and that she was being convicted of God. Yet when the invitation time came she remained in her chair and despite much prayer, she refused to come forward and take Christ as her Lord. That Sunday night after the meeting she told the preacher “I can’t come tomorrow night but I’ll be back Tuesday night”. Despite his urging she wouldn’t accept Christ that night; she said “perhaps I will Tuesday night”. The next night she was talking to a friend on the phone while she sat on the couch with her little three year old daughter in her lap. During the call, her friend tearfully said “she just quit talking and I heard the phone hit the floor…I called her name over and over but she didn’t answer”. Later the three year old came into the other room where her grandfather was napping and said “Paw-Paw I’m done playing with mommy in the floor but she won’t get up”. He went into the room and found his daughter lying on the floor unresponsive and not breathing. The Coroner said in his autopsy report {cause of death unknown}, he said, ‘there’s nothing wrong with her’. 2 Corinthians 6:2 warns [For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation]. Revelation 3:20 tells us God said “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” If she had known that her appointed time [Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment] was mere hours away I believe that young lady would have ran to that altar and begged the great King of Kings to impute his righteousness unto her [Romans 4:7-8; Ephesians 2:8-9]. I believe she’d have called out saying “God, be merciful unto me a sinner” [Luke 18:13]. Sir, mam, when did you come under conviction, call out in repentant faith and open the door to your heart for a merciful God to come in? Hell is filled with people that were going to “get saved later”. We here at Calvary beg you not to put it off one moment longer. Malcolm Harrison is the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church 903-729-5924 703 Gillespie Rd on the Loop across from Pizza Hut. Visit us on the web at On Facebook Calvary Baptist Church of Palestine.