Quotes and Notes for the Day
CHRISTIAN SERVICE III
(Be Ware of False Professions !!)
“…. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1st Corinthians 6:11
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2nd Corinthians 5:17.
In the reaching out of the lost for Christ we have two dangerous trends of our day. On the one side we have those who have yet to see the real reason why we should be soul-winners. They do not know that motivation necessary for passing the torch of faith. On the other side, many a preacher/Evangelist are afraid that they would not get many decisions in their evangelistic efforts, and to avoid such pit fall they employ un-scriptural methods, to push many decisions for Christ.
We see so many decisions being made today that never pan out. We should be more afraid of getting a false decision than no decision. Lots of the Evangelistic effort of our day is scorched-earth evangelism. It is possible to go into a church and try to force folks into decisions that have not been brought about by the working of the Holy Spirit. In the gospel of Matthew 7:21, Jesus said, ” Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
There are many who profess Christ with their mouth, and not trust Him from the heart. Many of such may enter into church membership, may enter even the baptismal waters, but never enter into heaven. For Jesus said of such in Matthew 7:23, ” And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” The phrase, ” I never knew you” as one bible preacher put it; it means, “ I did not know you in the first place!”
People can make folks make decisions with their heads that never affect their hearts. A lot of these great numbers that are reported today are just such in light of the fact that they never show up in church again after they supposedly made a decision. It is a common sight for many churches that have maximum numbers for Sunday School and minimal numbers for Sunday evening, and mid week prayer meetings. In one Evangelistic campaign conducted by a preacher down South, there were a record 399 people crowded into a small building for Sunday School, but only 17 were present that same Sunday evening on the first day of the evangelist services. One wonders where all the professions of faith have gone! We must be great believers in allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work. Our duty as soul-winners is to preach faithfully the Word of God, sow the proper seed, pick the fruit that is ripe and depend on God for bringing the increase according to His good pleasure.
We ought to be concerned more with doing something more lasting than something that is temporary and looks good for awhile, but the results are only a handful of smoke. ” Remember the parables of ” The Seed and the Sower” where only one-forth of the seed sown bear fruit ? The Bible does not tell us that everyone that hear the gospel will be saved. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “ Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth to life and few there be that find it.” But at the same time the “Great Commission” into which every born-again child of God is commanded to enter in, is to reach every soul on the face of the earth with the gospel of Christ.
We hope that the article given forth will not be misinterpreted as opposing earnest personal soul-winning efforts and opposition to warm-hearted evangelistic preaching. However, to artificially press for an outward decision the first time the persons enters the church doors may not always be the best strategy. We here in the PGH ministry want to see what we do magnifies our Lord, and prove to be a blessing to believers . We desire above anything else to be used of the Lord Jesus Christ in bringing the lost to Him.
to be continued……………………….
The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff