An Englishman by the name of Ebenezer Wooten had just concluded a preaching service in the village square. The crowd had dispersed, and he was busily engaged in loading the equipment. A young man approached him and asked, “Mr. Wooten, what must I do to be saved?”
Sensing that the fellow was trusting his own righteousness, Wooten answered in a rather unconcerned way, “Its too late!”
The inquirer was startled. “Oh dont say that, sir!”
But the evangelist insisted, “Its too late!” Then, looking the young man in the eye, he continued, “You want to know what you must DO to be saved. I tell you its too late now or any other time. The work of salvation is done, completed, finished! It was finished on the cross.” Then he explained that our part is simply to acknowledge our sin and receive by faith the gift of forgiveness.