Marks of a Cult

Why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Why is the Jehovah’s Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult while Presbyterians, Wesleyans and Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? How does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? And just what are the marks of a cult? Watchman Fellowship, a great anti-cult ministry, states that there is an easy way to differentiate a cult from a church. The marks are as simple as add, subtract, multiply and divide. Add: Cults add to Scripture. The revelation of God provided in the Bible is never sufficient for a cult. Thus they must add to the written revelation of Scripture, usually with additional scriptures or with their own translation of the Bible. In this way we have books such as The Pearl of Great Price of the Mormons and the New World Translation of the Bible produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since the Bible claims exclusivity as the written revelation of God, we must see that other books, even if the followers of cults claim that they are equal to the Bible, must actually be over and above the Word of God. Subtract: Cults subtract from the person of Christ. Cults cannot tolerate the divinity and exclusivity of Jesus and thus usually reduce Him to being a created being. In some cases they make Jesus only a manifestation or mode of God. In either case, the role of Jesus as revealed in Scripture is diminished. Multiply: Cults multiply the requirements of salvation. Salvation, as it is presented in the Scriptures, is by God’s grace through faith alone. Cults continually add to the requirements of salvation, always adding human works as a necessary prerequisite to salvation. No cult teaches or endorses justification by faith alone. Thus all cults reject the very heart of the gospel. Divide: Cults divide the loyalty of believers. Each cult believes that it has exclusive revelation and understanding of God that ensures its followers are either exclusively God’s people or are somehow more blessed than others. Cults always seek to divide believers against each other based on the previous three marks. Thus cults are, by their very nature, divisive. Each one is proven to be true within the belief systems of several different cults including the Seventh Day Adventists, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, The Moonies, and Oneness Pentecostals (or the Jesus-Only Movement).

Are You A Rescuer?

“When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36)

Are You A Rescuer?

Have you ever been to the beach?  Here in Florida, we often get extremely dangerous riptides.  For those non-beach goers out there, a riptide is where the waves come crashing into shore, and then the water returns, making a river with a very strong current going directly back out into the ocean.  If a person’s not careful, they can get pulled right into a rip current and very quickly end up1/2 mile off shore.  I once found myself in a riptide in Hawaii and almost lost my life. Many people drown every year from these deadly traps!      Recently, there was a story in the headlines that really moved me.  A large church youth group was visiting the beach on the west coast.  Without warning, a young man wading in the water was yanked by a riptide, was swept out to sea, and vanished.  Immediately, the panicked youth group relentlessly looked for him and called for help.  There was no trace of him.  In approximately10 minutes, the surf rescue team was on scene.  During the search, twenty-plus kids from the youth group, kneeling on the sand, sobbed uncontrollably and prayed, a truly heart wrenching sound and sight if ever there was one.  It took another 15 minutes before the rescue swimmers found his lifeless body floating in the ocean.  Time was of the essence and they had no time to waste.  They grabbed him and pulled him aboard the Jet Ski and rushed his lifeless body to the beach.  Then, to the absolute amazement of all, he miraculously was revived and saved!   In the same manner, God is pleading for us to rush to the masses and rescue them!  Time is of the essence!  What type of person could sit back on the beach in apathy while someone is dying in the ocean?  What kind of person could care less if the perishing person dies?  If they could ignore it, they’re heartless.  No, a person with any heart would do everything in his/her power, whatever it takes,
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to rescue the perishing.   Likewise, there’s a multitude all around us dying in a sea of sin!   Have you ever noticed that in a rescue attempt, the rescuer must go to the perishing?  The perishing doesn’t come to the rescuer.  I’ve never seen a drowning person swim to the lifeguard to ask for help.  The lifeguard rushes to the drowning person!  I want to challenge you to be a rescuer for Jesus and rush to that neighbor, friend, relative, classmate, or worker who’s perishing and tell him/her there’s a Savior who loves them and wants to come into their life to save them! Sadly, many lost people around us remain just that, lost forever, because we’re waiting for them to come to us!  But the reality is, most lost people have no intention of going to a religious meeting to hear a religious speaker talk about a religious subject in a religious place.  Often the biggest mistake Christians make in getting the Good News to dying people is we’re waiting for them to come to us.  Most of our efforts to change people’s destiny from hell to heaven focus on the lost coming to our meetings, to our buildings, to our places of worship.  Tragically, most of those lost and dying people remain just that, lost and dying!
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)    
They’re looking for a church about as much as a thief is looking for a policeman.  They’re not looking.  They’re not coming to us, so we need to rush to them!  We have to take the initiative and “go.”  Whatever the risk, no matter what the cost, we must rush to them and rescue them.  Dr. Chuck Kelly said, “The only thing that is worse than being lost, is being lost and nobody is looking for you!”  The question is are we even looking for them?   The great 19th century evangelist, D.L. Moody, once commented that one day he saw a painting that captivated him, and he immediately purchased it.  It was a picture of a man coming out of the stormy-tempestuous waves clinging to the cross with both arms.  Later, Moody said that he found another picture which spoiled the first painting altogether.  It was an engraving of a man coming out of the stormy-tempestuous waves clinging to the cross with one hand, and with the other hand pulling another person to safety.  Moody said, “That is what I like.  Keep a firm hold upon the cross, but always try to rescue another from drowning.”  As you and I tenaciously cling to the cross every day, I challenge you to reach out and grab hold of the perishing that are all around you in the sea of sin.  This same D.L. Moody said he envisioned himself in a lifeboat every day, and as he paddled in the sea of sin, his objective was to daily rescue as many perishing as he could before it was too late.  Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)   Maybe you’re thinking right now, “Well I just don’t believe in confrontational evangelism, I believe in lifestyle evangelism.”  So do I, that is, if you define lifestyle evangelism as making Jesus known every day as a lifestyle.  But if you mean never opening your mouth to share the life-giving Gospel, well I respectfully choose to disagree.  You see, there’s only one problem with that point of view; it’s unbiblical!  When you read the book of Acts, you see a common thread throughout the book, a common denominator.  The believers were constantly going out from the church and reaching as many people for Jesus as they could.  Throughout the Scriptures, you consistently see that the church was an offensive entity!  They didn’t sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya.  No!  They were passionate about the One who was passionate for them!  The disciple’s earnest plea throughout the Book of Acts was, “Lord, grant that Thy servants speak with all boldness,” and they went into the highways and byways boldly and compassionately making Jesus known.  They were passionate about their Savior!  They wanted to make their Savior known because of the intrinsic fire and love that consumed their heart for their Savior.  The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  They knew this, embraced this, and acted upon this.   Let me ask you a question.  Suppose you were walking down your street and you saw a family on the second floor of their house in the dining room.  They were eating, laughing, and enjoying themselves.  You probably wouldn’t want to interrupt them.  However, what if you walked by and saw raging flames engulfing the lower floor of the house; would you just walk on by?  No!  You would beat on the door; maybe even kick it down as you raced to warn them of their impending doom.  Even so, if we have any heart, we will rush to those perishing all around us. Jesus was approaching Jerusalem, and “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).  The Greek word “splagchnos” is the word for bowels or intestines.  It means to be moved to the gut level.  In other words, Jesus was so burdened, so broken over the lostness of Jerusalem that he felt like He needed to vomit.  Are you so burdened over the lostness of the world to the point of being nauseous?  You see, having compassion isn’t just having sympathy or even having pity; it’s even more than being stirred emotionally or to tears.  Compassion means “being stirred to action.”  It conveys being proactive, taking initiative and doing something.

John Harper: An unseen hero of unshakable faith

It was declared “The unsinkable ship.”  Tradition tells us that an employee of the White Star Lines who built the Titanic boastfully stated that “Not even God can sink the Titanic.”  Many of us are familiar with the immense tragedy that happened over 100 years ago with the RMS Titanic, but there is more to the sinking of the Titanic than a historical tragedy.  There is a story of courageous heroism of a man with incredible faith.  Among all the passengers who boarded the Titanic, there was a simple man, a pastor whose name was John Harper, who was passionate about JESUS.  He was a man who was saved at the age of 13; GOD called him to preach at 17; and he was passionate about the Lord and His Kingdom. As John Harper’s life unfolded, one thing was apparent…he was consumed by the Word of God.  Every day after working at the mill, for over five years, he could be found preaching the Word of God on street corners.  John Harper loved his Savior and his heart was consumed with a fire that could not be quenched.  This fire was seen by Pastor E. A. Carter of Baptist Pioneer Mission in London, England, who called him to the work in a church.  This set Harper free to devote all of his time and energy for the Kingdom of God.  Soon, John Harper started his own church in September of 1896, now known as the Harper Memorial Church.  When asked by different pastors what his doctrine was, he consistently replied, “The Word of God.”  This church which John Harper started began with 25 members, and had grown to over 500 members when he left 13 years later.  During this period of time, he fell in love and got married, but was shortly widowed after the birth of their daughter, Nana. Almost as if God had been preparing him, ironically, John Harper almost drowned several times during his life.  When he was two-and-a-half years of age, he drowned when he fell into a well, but was resuscitated by his mother.  At the age of twenty-six, he was swept out to sea by a riptide and barely survived, and at thirty-two, he faced death on a leaking ship in the Mediterranean. On April 11, 1912, when the Titanic began her voyage, John Harper boarded the RMS Titanic with his six year old daughter, Nana, to come to America to preach a revival at the Moody Bible Institute.  There were three classes of passengers on board: first, second, and third class.  Aboard this luxurious ocean liner, there were some of the wealthiest people in the world desiring to embark on her maiden voyage.  While many passengers spoke of their next business deal, their acquisitions and material desires, John Harper could be seen diligently sharing the love of Christ with others.  In the days leading up to the tragedy, survivors reported seeing Harper living like a man of faith, speaking kind words and sharing the love of Christ. It was the night of April 14, 1912, when the RMS Titanic sailed swiftly on the bitterly cold ocean waters heading unknowingly into the pages of history.  As passengers danced in the ballroom and tried their luck at the card tables, John Harper put his daughter to bed and read his devotions as he did every night.  At 11:40 p.m. on that fateful night, the Titanic struck an iceberg.  The “unsinkable” ship was doomed once the ship’s starboard side scraped an iceberg, showering the decks with ice and ripping open six watertight compartments.  The sea poured in; either in disbelief or unaware at the time, passengers continued about their pleasures.  It wasn’t until the ship’s crew sent up a series of distress flares that passengers realized the seriousness of their situation.  Then chaos ensued.  It all happened so fast.  Harper quickly awakened his daughter, picked her up and wrapped her in a blanket before carrying her up to the deck.  He took his daughter to lifeboat 11.  As a widowed preacher, John Harper could have easily gotten on board this lifeboat to safety; however, it never seemed to have crossed his mind. He bent down; the flares reflected off the tears streaming down his face, he looked into his daughter’s eyes and told her that she would see him again someday.  Harper knew he would never see his daughter again on this side of eternity.  His daughter would be left an orphan at six years of age.  He then turned and rushed towards the crowd of desperate humanity on the sinking ocean liner. From a survivor we learn that he called out, “women, children, and unsaved people into the lifeboats.”  John Harper understood that there was a more important thing than surviving that terrible disaster.  He understood that there were those who were unprepared to face eternity.  He understood that believers were ready to die but the unsaved were not ready.  Harper then ran along the decks, pleading with people to turn to Christ, and with the ship sinking, he called upon the Titanic’s orchestra to play, “Nearer, my God, to Thee.”  Gathering people around him on deck, he then knelt down, and “with holy joy in his face,” raised his arms in prayer.  As the sounds of terror and mayhem continued, Harper focused on his God-given purpose. Survivors reported seeing him on the upper deck on his knees and surrounded by terrified passengers, he was sharing Christ and praying for their salvation. The ship began to lurch and break apart.  Most people thought it was an explosion; actually, the gargantuan ship was literally breaking in half.  At this point, many people jumped off the decks and into the frigid, icy, dark waters below.  John Harper was one of these people who were forced to jump into the icy waters.  He swam frantically to all the perishing he could reach, beseeching them to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.  That night 1,528 people went into the frigid waters.  John Harper was seen swimming frantically to people in the water, leading them to Jesus before the hypothermia became fatal.  Mr. Harper swam up to one young man who had climbed up on a piece of debris.  John Harper asked him as he gasped between breaths, “Are you saved?”  The young man, who was near shock, replied that he was not.  John Harper then took off his life jacket and threw it to the man and said, “Here then, you need this more than I do” only to then quickly swim away to other people. A few minutes later, Harper swam back to the young man and succeeded in leading him to salvation.  Of the 1,528 people that went into the water that night; only six were rescued by the lifeboats, and John Harper was not one of them.  In his last moment, this tireless man of undying faith continued his life pursuit of winning lost souls.  As his body succumbed to the intense cold of the icy water, his body frozen, but his heart afire, John Harper’s beckoning call to the lost and perishing before he slipped under the water was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Four years later, a young Scotsman by the name of Aguilla Webb, who was one of the six individuals pulled out alive from the icy waters stood up in a meeting in Hamilton, Canada, and gave the following testimony: I am a survivor of the Titanic. When I was drifting alone on a spar (wood debris) that awful night, the tide brought Mr. John Harper of Glasgow, also on a piece of wreck, near me. ‘Man,’ he said, ‘Are you saved?’  ‘No,’ I said, ‘I am not.’ He replied, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’  The waves bore him away; but, strange to say, brought him back a little later, and he said, ‘Are you saved now?’  ‘No,’ I said, ‘I cannot honestly say that I am.’  He said again, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,’ and shortly after, he went down; and there, alone in the night, and with two miles of water under me, I believed.  I am John Harper’s last convert. Does Hollywood remember this man?  No.  It doesn’t matter, Heaven does!  This man’s heroism will be ringing throughout the eons of eternity.  This faithful servant of God lived his life for an Audience of One.  While other people were trying to buy their way onto the lifeboats and selfishly trying to save their own lives, John Harper gave up his life so that others could be saved.  John Harper was truly the hero of the Titanic!  When the Titanic began her voyage there were three classes of passengers: first, second, and third class, but when she came to her abrupt end, history records only two kinds of passengers: those who were lost and those who were saved.  Even so, God’s word divides all humanity neatly into only two classes.  “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John 5:11-12).   There’s a lost and dying world of people who are drowning in a sea of sin, who desperately need to be rescued.  May you and I be passionate, relentless, determined, and consumed “Life-Savers” for Jesus! “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends…”   John 15:13 The great hymn writer Fanny Crosby penned these powerful words in the hymn Rescue the Perishing:   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Though they are slighting him, still he is waiting, waiting the penitent child to receive; plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently; he will forgive if they only believe.   Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that were broken will vibrate once more. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save. Rescue the perishing, duty demands it; strength for thy labor the Lord will provide; back to the narrow way patiently win them; tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying;  

“When you fish for fish, you catch something that’s alive that’s going to die.

When you fish for men, you catch someone dead that’s going to live.”

 

 
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.   Are you a Rescuer for Jesus?  Our goal at ETI (Evangelism Training International) is to train followers of Jesus Christ to become passionate “Rescuers for Jesus Christ.”  Come join us in the harvest.  Would you consider partnering with us by praying and investing your time, talent, and resources to reach the multitudes that are perishing?  THANK YOU! GOD bless you as you consider partnering with us in this great calling.  

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The Wordless Book

Have you ever tried to lead a child or young person to Christ and struggle as you try to get them to understand the biblical principles you’re trying to show them? Here is a time tested resource available from Evangelism Training International that will fit that need.

The wordless book has been used countless times while evangelizing children and yet it has also proved to be a valuable resource when visiting foreign lands

The Wordless Book
The Wordless Book
and leading people to Christ with a limited grasp of the English language.

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Your Evangelism Questions Answered Here


General Questions

If you had the opportunity to have a personal relationship with your Creator, would you want one?

What would you say is a person’s greatest spiritual need?

Do you ever give much thought to God and spiritual things?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you seriously considered your need for eternal life?

In your opinion, what would you say a person must do to inherit eternal life and go to heaven?

Did you know that if you are born once, you will die twice, but if you are born twice, you will die only once (John 3:3 and Revelation 20:6, 14)?

If I could show you in the Bible how you can be 100% certain that you will go to heaven when you die, would you be interested in hearing about it?

May I take a moment to share with you what I know to be true about knowing God in a personal way?

Tell me about your most memorable spiritual experience.

Tell me about your church background. Did you go to church as a child?

How do you feel about your upbringing and your awareness of spiritual things?

How would you describe your life with God now?

How do you think a person begins a personal relationship with God?

When did you feel closest to God? What factors or influences brought you nearer to God? Would you like to sense a closeness to God that you have never known before?

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being closest to God), where do you see yourself in relationship to Him? Where do you want to be? How do you see yourself moving closer to God? How can I encourage you to get to where you would like to be?

What gives the most meaning to your life?

What or who is your source of strength in your day-to-day living?

When you have problems or crises, how do you manage to get through them?

Is religion or God important to you? In what ways? If not, is there any particular reason why they aren’t?

Could we look at a few verses of scripture to see what God says about this matter? Would you be kind enough to tell me what you think this verse means?


Relationship Questions

Does God (or a higher power) seem personal to you?

Do you feel close to God?

What is your picture of God?

What has God done for you?

How is God working in your life right now?

Do you feel you are living up to what you feel God expects of you?

Are you comfortable with God’s guidelines and laws for living?

Do you feel there are any barriers between you and God?

Have you ever felt anything against God?

Have you ever done anything for which you feel God could not forgive you?

Do you understand the way to forgiveness and what it means?

Do you feel God has a plan for your life?


Devotional Life and Practice

Do you read the Bible?

Do you understand what you read?

Does Bible reading help in living? How?

Is prayer a meaningful part of your devotional life?

Do you feel you are growing spiritually?


The Church

Are you involved in a church? Do you attend the worship services of your church?


Religion and Illness; Dying and Death

Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God or heaven?

When you are ill, do you have feelings that God is punishing you or that it is His will for you to be sick?

Do you trust God with your future?


These questions are great when you’re moving the conversation from the natural realm to the spiritual realm and trying to diagnose where the person is spiritually. Let’s be “soul-conscious” this month; having our spiritual antennas up, and looking for every opportunity to share the Gospel whoever the LORD leads across our path.


Seeing The Shanty Towns of South Africa For The First Time

Poor American = Rich African

The experience of seeing the shanty towns in South Africa for the first time. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) “Stop the car” I yelled out to pastor Malvory as we drove down a steep hill in East London, South Africa. He pulled over to the side of the road wondering what was wrong. It’s been said that a picture speaks a thousand words and did this one ever! I didn’t want to miss this one. Quickly, I grabbed my camera and jumped out of the car to click one of the most profound pictures I had even taken in my life. There, sitting on the top of a hill, was a beautiful church shining in all her glory. Surrounding the perimeter of the church grounds was a huge block wall that must have been at least 10 feet tall. On the other side of the wall was some of the worst abject poverty that I had ever seen. Jesus said that a city set on a hill cannot be hid; likewise, it was obvious that this church was not hid from this community. The ultimate question I had…was the community hid from this church? A fence or a wall conveys the message “say out!” It says, “We’re here and you’re there. You stay on your side and we’ll stay on our side.” As I pondered the immense perplexity of the scene, I couldn’t help but wonder what was that church doing to reach the multitudes on the other side of this wall? Were they proactive and reaching out to a lost and hurting world on the other side of the wall or were they an island unto themselves? Were they impacting these needy people or were they now an isolated, insulated, inoculated institution completely oblivious from the obvious plight of the hurting outside and below them. I still wonder to this day. The reaction cannot be described adequately with words when a person sees the poverty of Africa for the first time. As a westerner, one realizes very quickly that the poorest of poor in America is wealthy in comparison to the majority of Africans. I remember driving down a road in Malawi with pastor Malvory years ago. I had an empty 2 liter bottle as trash so I asked pastor Malvory what I should do with it; he simply replied, “Throw it out the window my brother, they can use it!” Although I was puzzled, I threw the bottle out the window. The bottle had hardly hit the pavement before someone rushed over and grabbed it. I was amazed to say the least. What we count as trash in the western world, they count as treasure and utilize almost everything. We complain about having to get up from the table to get a glass of water; yet many Africans don’t complain about walking miles to get contaminated water. It’s been said that the greatest crime in the Sahara Desert is to know where the water is and not to tell. I believe that the greatest crime in modern Christendom is to know where the “Living Water” is and not to tell. May we cross the street to the other side and rescue the perishing; care for the dying!

Are You Sold Out To Jesus?

Really Sold Out, Not Just Playacting

UNWAVERING FAITH

(A True Story)

Are you sold out for Jesus? I mean really sold out? Jesus was totally sold out to His Father and we should be totally sold out to Him! Let me share with a true story of a modern-day man who was completely sold out to Jesus. Recently, a young African pastor was martyred for his unwavering faith in our LORD JESUS CHRIST. With the sentence of death upon him and his impending death imminent, he penned his own epitaph just hours before his execution. After his death and his inauguration into GLORY, the epitaph that was later found in his desk drawer:

“MY COMMITMENT AS A CHRISTIAN”

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have HOLY SPIRIT power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of HIS. I won’t look back, let down, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, cheap living and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotion, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on HIS presence, walk by patience, live by prayer, and labor by power. My face is set, my gate is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, and my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, turned back, lured away, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, negotiate at the table of the adversary, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up and preached up for the cause of CHRIST; I am a disciple of JESUS. I must go till HE comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till HE stops me. When HE comes for HIS own, HE will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear… This man was unwavering in his faith! The great theologian John Calvin once said, “Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a day; set him on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.” John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church said, “Set yourself on fire, and others will come to watch you burn.” I believe that God wants us “on fire” for Him! I believe He wants this type of courageous commitment to be found in every believer in every church across the globe today. If you and I have been saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, then the Bible tells us that we are ministers of the Gospel. And if we are ministers of the Gospel, the Bible tells us in Hebrews 1:7, that GOD makes his ministers “a flame of fire.” We are to be passionate about the things that matter to God. What is passion? Webster’s dictionary calls passion an “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.” What are you passionate about? What is the intense, driving, overmastering feeling or conviction in your life that you live for? Is it a job? A relationship? A sport or hobbie? Or is it to live a life completely sold-out and saturated with Jesus Christ? The apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Why has the flame of passion turned into a flicker in so many Christians lives? Why has apathy and lethargy crept into many churches, especially in the western civilization? I believe it’s because many churches and believers have neglected the weightier matters, the things that matter most to God: the Word of God and the souls of men. We have let the world’s value system infiltrate the church. We’ve been sucked into the vortex of materialism. We’ve allowed much of the world to creep into the church and set the standard for the church, instead of the church setting the standard for the world. It’s like the old saying, “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything!” We’re spending more time being amused than being consumed with the things of God, and it is sucking the life out of the church. This world system is diametrically opposed to God. The Apostle Paul even warned us in Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” In 1 John 2:15 -17, God’s Word tells us: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. May you and I be fiery, passionate, sold-out witnesses and ambassadors for Jesus! May we not be enamored by the world, but in radically in love with Jesus!

People Return From First Soul-Winning Outing

Bringing In The Sheaves

Seeing the joy in people when they return from their first soul-winning outing. “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) A great man of God from India who had started over 100 churches once spoke to me and said, “Brother Dave, when a person leads someone to Christ for the first time, it’s as if you took a little child and put him in a darkened room; then stuck a piece of candy in his mouth…It wouldn’t take him very long to say, ‘Hmmm, that’s good I want another!’ When a Christian leads someone to Christ for the first time he says, ‘Hmmm…that was great, I want another’. It puts a taste in his mouth that he will never get over!” Over the years, the LORD has allowed us to do many evangelism trainings across the globe. Whether we’re in Africa, the United States, Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, etc., we always want them to go out at the end of the training and practice on the streets what they have learned. Without exception, no matter what the country or culture, there is always a common denominator; people come back with total joy and jubilation. There’s a synonymous pattern that consistently occurs when they return; two things that the people say. First they say, “I can’t believe how easy it is to share the Gospel!” Secondly, “I can’t believe how open the people are to the Gospel!” Then they proceed to share the supernatural stories of what the Holy Spirit did. I love the story in Luke 10 where Jesus commissioned and sent out the seventy disciples two- by- two to share the Gospel. The story picks up in Luke 10:17-20 with the disciples coming back from sharing the Gospel and says, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit…” The disciples experienced firsthand the supernatural “exousia” authoritative power when they stepped out of their comfort zones, obeyed Jesus, and went out and shared the Gospel. The end result was complete and total joy! Psalm 125:5-6 is so powerful, “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.” When we go, and consistently sow the Word of God to a lost and dying world; watering the seed with the tears of a broken heart, we will doubtless come back with total rejoicing. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ said that only 2% of believers in the western world consistently share their faith. That means 98% of Christians in the western world have gone AWOL! Obedience is the ultimate test of one’s faith. When a believer determines in his heart to obey Jesus and share the Gospel, he will see a side of God that most believers never see. The Holy Spirit then uses that individual as a piece of conduit to flow through to bring salvation to a lost person. God’s not looking for ability, He’s looking for availability! When He sees a willing and available vessel, He will use them greatly “for the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)