The Tragedy of Being Almost

Almost Persuaded –
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Philip Bliss was listening to an evangelist named Brundage. During the sermon, Brundage quoted Acts 26:28 (Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian”), and declared: “He who is almost persuaded is almost saved, and to be almost saved is to be entirely lost!” Moved by those words, Bliss wrote this hymn, “Almost Persuaded.”

Almost Persuaded
By Philip P Bliss

“Almost persuaded” now to believe;
“Almost persuaded” Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
“Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.”

“Almost persuaded,” come, come today;
“Almost persuaded,” turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wanderer, come!

Oh, be persuaded! Christ never fails—
Oh, be persuaded! His blood avails—
Can save from every sin,
Cleanse you without, within—
Will you not let Him in?
Open the door!

“Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last!
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
“Almost,” but lost!

Be now persuaded, oh, sinner, hear!
Be now persuaded, Jesus is near;
His voice is pleading still,
Turn now with heart and will,
Peace will your spirit fill—
Oh, turn today!

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