A.C. Green Decided to ‘Trust Jesus and Live by His Standards Instead of Being a People Pleaser’


He is a former NBA basketball star who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the nickname “Iron Man”. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He is a three time NBA champion in 1987, 1988, and 2000. He was an NBA All-Star in 1990 and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1984. At the 2011 All Star Breakfast, he was awarded the Bobby Jones Award for character, leadership, and faith in the world of basketball at home and in the community. He is also well-known for beginning and ending his NBA career as a virgin. Currently, he runs youth camps through his foundation promoting abstinence until marriage.

While growing up in a very religious home, he did not accept Jesus Christ into His life until he was on his way to college with a full-ride basketball scholarship. Being an All-American player, and being very popular, he says of his salvation experience, “I had a lot of things going for me but at the same time I was very empty on the inside. Something was wrong. I finally decided that the most important thing for me to do was to find out what it took to go to heaven and understand more about this Jesus person that I have heard so much about.” He goes on to say, “I was at a church in Hermanston, Oregon and the amazing thing was that God really spoke through the Minister. He had a sermon that day, in which he asked, ‘do you want to go to heaven or do you want to go to hell?’ He spoke from what I now know as the gospel. I had to make a decision whether I wanted to trust Jesus and live by the standards that He set or be someone who seeks to please man.” Out of his ten friends that were with him that day, he was the only one to go to the altar that Sunday morning and accept Jesus Christ into his life. He said, “I learned that it wasn’t important to be a people pleaser, but to be a man who pleases his Lord and Savior…Now, I put everything on the line for Jesus.” His name is A.C. Green.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, and just as A.C. Green gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith! God Bless You!