We must revive evangelism.
and His disciples never brought sinners
into the church. They went out into the world and preached the
message of repentance. Mark
6:12 records that the twelve “went out, and preached that men should
Jesus nor His disciples ever commanded us to bring the world into the
church hoping they might get saved.
the contrary, Jesus commands us…
ye into all the world,
preach the gospel to every creature.
Jesus does not say bring the world into the church.
He tells us to “go into all the world.”
But we have become lazy and indifferent.
We refuse to obey God’s command of evangelism.
purpose of evangelism is to go out into the world and win souls to
Christ...then bring them into the church for discipleship.
church is for instruction in righteousness – the perfection of the
the church is for the fellowship of the saints.
of bringing unholy people into the holy sanctuary, we must go out into the
world and preach the Gospel.
We must revive personal evangelism.
We must revive evangelistic crusades.
Remember the evangelists holding tent meetings traveling from town to town preaching the gospel message of repentance? I have only seen one tent crusade in the past ten years.
There is a great need for evangelists! Evangelists are traveling preachers spreading the gospel message of repentance and sending saved souls into the sheepfold – the local churches.
And each of us must share the gospel message of repentance and sanctification with our family and friends and everywhere we go. We are all called to go into the world and preach the Gospel. Today, Jesus is calling us to go into the world and preach the Gospel…
Go…hold evangelistic crusades in your church, including child evangelism.
Go…hand out Gospel tracts.
Go…witness door to door in groups.
Go…start an evangelistic website calling sinners to repentance and obedience to God's Law of holiness.
Go...wear evangelistic T-shirts.
Go...publicly display the Nativity outside your church and home and business every Christmas.
Go…travel as an evangelist.
Go…start a true church.
Go into all the world!
But we refuse to go. Instead, we say "come."
We open the church doors and say, "O come all ye sinners! Come and we will welcome you with open arms as brethren. We will not judge you. We will not preach to you the gospel message of repentance and holiness. Come and we will conform our message and service to your carnal desires. O come all ye sinners! Come!"
And so we sit in church and demand the sinners come to us instead of going out into the harvest field. We are lazy and refuse to labor for the Lord.
Alas, Jesus tells us there are few laborers…
harvest truly is plenteous,
the labourers are few;
ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:37, 38
Will you go into the world and gather in the harvest?
Will you evangelize and win souls to Christ?
To sit back and demand sinners to come to you is not evangelism…it’s laziness. And it's rebellion against God's commission to go into the world and preach the Gospel.
Sinners should only be welcomed into the church during evangelistic crusades or for a temporary time. However, their permanent unholy presence corrupts the body of Christ and endangers the sheep.
Grace and peace,
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.