Quotes and Notes for the Day
CHRISTIAN SERVICE II
(Winning the Lost To Christ.)
” The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalms 126:5-6
The church is not here to make the world better. On the contrary, it is here to testify the world can not be made better. The church bears the same relation to the world that a life boat and its crew do to a ship pounding on the rocks. The people in the ship do not appear to be aware of their danger. There is laughter and song and dancing. The men in the life boat are putting out. They have but one aim; get the people out of the ship and into the life boat.
The church is here to impress upon men two facts: the fact of the soul and the fact of eternity. The Church is to cry in the ears of men, ” You have a soul. You are a soul! The real life, your soul is invisible and just as eternal as God.” The church is here to so move men that each man shall ask himself the question, ” Where shall I spend eternity ?” Eternity ! Eternity ! Eternity! ” The soul and not the body, eternity, not time: Awake, arose O sons of men before it is too late.” The Church’s prime responsibility is to tell men and women that however long delayed, the end of “man’s day‘ is certain.
Yes, the church is here to warn men of hell that awaits every soul outside of Christ; not only invite men to surrender to Christ and be saved, but also , sound her voice in warning that the world each day is rushing on to judgment. As we said before in previous messages there are three forbidden words in many churches today. They are SIN, HELL and REPENTANCE.!! The word ” hell” has fallen out of theology. It is banished. It is not heard in the pulpits. And yet sweetest man whoever spoke not only uttered it, but also described that most harrowing scene ever presented to mortal gave, the awakening of the rich man in this place of torment- Luke 16:19-31.
Sad to say, few Christians are looking for souls. Jesus said, ” Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. “ Matthew 4:19 Jesus said, ” Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel……….” Mark 16:15 This is a command for all of God’s children! It is not just a good idea! It is not merely a suggestion! If you are not fishing for men, if you are not witnessing to others, you are disobedient to the Lord Jesus Christ. You must have a cold heart! It does not bother you, that Jesus gave His life to save you. What others might think about you, that bothers you, more than how the savior feels? Does it not bother you that multitudes, probably some of your family, are lost and on the way to hell for all eternity?
Christian friend, do you expect that ” fish” will just jump into the boat? If that were so, the Lord would not have told us so many times to Go!!! ” Go out into the highway and hedges and compel them to come in.” It is not enough to provide a church building, advertise and hope somehow ” fish” will come in their own accord. Friend, if you are saved and are not seeking the lost, you are surely backslidden! How can we with good conscience fail to give the soul saving message to the lost souls around us?
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