Grandmom’s Bible, #3

This entry is actually more serious than other erroneous conclusions that people come to which have no Biblical substantiation.  We are talking about the absolutely incredible assertion, proponed in huge mega churches and even at times on the mission field, that a strategy for spreading the Christian faith is NOT SHARING THE GOSPEL AT ALL.  If the “Gospel” is shared, it is often a weak and insipid version that omits the key elements of salvation: namely repentance, conviction, and turning from sin.  It must be working rather well, as a great majority of professing Christians have never led a soul to Christ, as they fail to submit to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Most Christians, in fact, never even share their faith.  Satan’s favorite tools in the church today are marketing the Gospel, strategizing on how to do it, training on how to share, and emphasizing a new methodology.  We do everything in the Christian church today EXCEPT what the Nike commercial says:  “Just do it.”  Sharing Christ is spontaneous as we listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  It comes naturally as we submit to the hand of God.  Jesus had the following to say to Christians who lack fervor in Revelation 4:16:  “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”  Dwight L. Moody was a converted shoe salesman from Boston who became an evangelist.  He planted a world famous ministry in Chicago, Illinois featuring the Pacific Garden Mission and the Moody Bible Institute.  He went to an evangelism conference as a younger man and became bored and restless as he listened to hour after hour of strategy concepts and theorizing.  So D. L. Moody went out to the streets himself and brought in a group of people to hear the Gospel.  I have been in mega churches over the past several years who remove the crosses so as not to offend visitors, and they play secular music by rock groups at the beginning of the service in order to make lost people feel welcome.  I have been on the mission field overseas and received a directive [that I disobeyed] to not share the Gospel with the local upper class people we were targeting, lest we scare them away.  We were suppose to just invite them to church.  When I submit to the Holy Spirit, it will be a cold day in hell when I do not share the Gospel as I feel the Lord open the door.  So many people no longer really expect the Holy Spirit to convict sinners.  By the way, what happens when people get used to coming to a church with a watered down approach to the Gospel?  You have more unsaved church members; they are starched, ironed and pressed but not washed.  How much training did the “woman at the well” receive, whose story is in John 4?  Zilch, nada, zero, nihil, nothing.  She dropped her water bucket and ran into Sychar and brought out the towns’ people to hear Jesus.  This is Soul Winning 101.  I am aghast that the professing Christian church would strategize growing the church through not sharing the Gospel.  That is the church that I will run away from and FAST!  I could quote legions of scriptures that command us to do this; such as Acts 1:8 (look it up if you do not know it), or the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20 (look it up if you do not know it).  Witnessing is not a gift given to a handful of select Christians; we ALL have a testimony if we are truly born from above, and we understand the saving faith and can share the  plan of salvation.  If the following verse does not encourage us to be the soul winners that God intends for us to be, then nothing will:  John 3:36:  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  Does this rattle your cage?  I hope so.  I have a dream of serving in a church where soul winning becomes contagious.    In Christ,  Pastor Steve

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Perhaps you are wondering whether or not it is the right thing to do by disobeying directives given to us.  The Bible even tells us to submit to the authorities over us.  The key is that we submit to the authorities UNLESS their orders conflict with the Word and the will of God in our lives.  A Biblical illustration can be found in Acts 5:17-33.  The high priest and the Sadducees ordered Peter and the apostles to stop sharing the Gospel.  The apostles replied that they had to obey the Holy Spirit (vs. 32).  The key verse is Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”  I read my Bible and because of my faith, it is the priority of my life.  If someone gives me directives, whether they are a professing Christian or not, I will submit to them ONLY SO FAR AS THEY SUBMIT TO THE WORD OF GOD.  Amen and amen…

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