If that is so, as it is declared to be in the Word of God, then why have the churches changed over the years: and I mean all of them?  Why are Christians afraid to go, as Christ said to go, into all the world?  Why are they hindered by opinions of unbelievers, by unfavorable governments, or by anyone or anything else?  I can only speak for myself; but the reason I don’t go out with the Gospel, is because I fear all of the above, more than I fear God.  O yes, there are missionaries today, some of them serving in dangerous places; but the church in general is quite content, it seems, to watch people die all around them.

You may well hear someone say, “Isn’t it a shame the way things are.  Why you can’t walk on the streets without getting mugged; you can’t leave home without getting burglarized; you can’t enter into a contract with someone without getting fleeced.”  Why is this?  Why, it’s because “men love darkness rather than light” (John 3:19) and the church has lost its zeal and its courage.  Many churches are steeped in false doctrine, unsupported by Scripture; but even those whose doctrine is as clear as ice, often seem to be just as cold as ice toward those outside the church.  We don’t hear the birth cries of new Christians, and we don’t care.  We talk about those who aren’t Christians like they’re only bad, rather than having compassion because they’re lost.

I’ve made a decision!  Instead of waiting for God to move me, I’m going to step out on faith, by God’s grace, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, boldly, as the apostles did.  When I see something wrong going on, I’m going to say it’s wrong.  When I see someone behaving in an unchristian way, I’m going to ask them if they know Jesus; and if not, would they like to.  Yes, you put yourself in jeopardy when you do this; but “what shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Matthew 16:26).”  “Must Jesus bear the cross alone, and all the world go free: No!  There’s a cross for everyone (and one for you and me)!” (George N. Allen)

From a sinner saved by grace,



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