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1 Corinthians 9:11
"If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we should reap material things from you?"

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 9, Chapter 4

There Is No Such Thing As A
Safe & Costless Christianity
 

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While I was attending Bible College, I worked with a girl in a job on Campus who had an insecurity problem. I will call her Brenda. Every time a man asked her out for a date, she would agree to go, but then would not show up for the date or would postpone it. Understanding what this was centered in, I said to her one day during work, Lets go to lunch. I have something I want to talk to You about. While we ate, I said to Brenda,

Brenda, if you have never been hurt, then you have never loved anyone. You cannot love someone truly without the possibility of getting hurt.

Mothers and fathers are painfully aware of this reality. As they raise their children, many times in order to truly love that child results in their being hurt by that child. Especially is this true during the teenage years.

How does this relate to Christianity? The Bible tells us about God's love for us in Romans 5:6-10,

"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more than having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

When did Jesus die for our sins? Was it when we decided to repent and turn to Him? No. Paul tells us in this passage in Romans that it was while we were living in sin. It was while we were enemies that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins.

What did it cost Jesus to save us from our sins? It cost Him His very life. It cost him more than that. Jesus was practically beaten to death before he was put on the cross. God did not give us a costless redemption. If he had, we never would have received it or given it any attention. What is it that caused us to take note of the salvation that God bought for us through His Son Jesus Christ? It is the very fact that God humbled Himself by taking on finite humanity with all of its limitations and did not draw upon his divinity while a man and allowed us to beat Him and nail Him to a cross, a cross his sinless nature did not deserve. The CROSS is what manifests to us God's real love for us. We say to ourselves, God really loves me! He died on the cross for me!

How does the cross demonstrate God's love for us? What does it tell us about God's love? It tells us that even though God is a just God, pouring out his wrath upon man is the last thing on his mind. God does not want to send anyone to hell. God does not want to judge anybody. So violently apposed to this is God that he became a human being and allowed us to take violence upon him to reveal how much He loves and wants to have relationship with us. He did this so we would repent and turn back to Him so He could bless us and so that He would not have to send us to hell. Jesus does not desire to send anyone to hell. How do we know this? We know this because He allowed us to totally abuse Him to the point of death and He tells us that all we have to do to be saved is believe that that is Him, the Son of God, dying for us on that cross and we will be saved (John 3:14-15). Jesus’ very death on the cross is what humbles us and causes us to melt in repentance and gratitude at the foot of the cross.

I have been in many major cities of this country and talked with Pastors about Evangelism. When I do they tell me how they and other pastors meet regularly to pray for revival in their communities, but very few of them tell me about how they are out going door to door sharing the love of Jesus Christ with unsaved humanity. Why? They want revival in their cities and America, but they want a costless revival. They do not want to pay or sacrifice anything for that revival.

What is the problem with America today? Why is America rejecting the Christian principles our forefathers gave their lives to defend? Because they do not see any Christians in this country willing to cross the street for what they believe let alone dying for what they believe. They do not see that Christians really believe that there is a Heaven more real than the temporary pleasures of this earth and as a result sacrificing all that they have on this earth to have Heaven. They see Christians in America just as selfish and materialistic and self grabbing as they themselves are.

Matt 13:44-46 "The kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it."

Why is America rejecting Christianity and God? Because there is no such thing as a Safe & Costless Christianity. They do not see Christians willing to give up anything for the kingdom of God. Why aren't people turning to Jesus in this country? Why? Because Christians are doing everything but going out and aggressively sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others.

The first century Church literally turned the Roman empire upside down from a pagan society to a government declaring Christianity the only recognized religion in society. What brought this about? It was the fact that Christians so believed in what they professed that they were willing to lose all that they had including their lives to hold on to that confession. The Apostle John wrote in Revelation 12:11,

"And they overcame him [Satan] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death."

Brothers and sisters, Pastors and friends, do you want to reach America and bring it back to God? You are not going to do it without it costing you something. You are not going to do it unless you are willing to lose something. You are not going to do it unless you give up this life. You are not going to do it unless You pay for it. It is going to cost you something. How do I know? Because I have been regularly, weekly sharing my faith aggressively with men for forty-three years and continuing to do so has cost me dearly. Jesus said,

Matthew 10:32-36 "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in Heaven. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in Heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's enemies will be the members of his household."

Once while working in a grocery store I was eating my lunch. I had an hour and saw a man sitting by himself doing nothing. I saw it as an opportunity to share Jesus with him. When I looked up I saw to my left my manager and a supervisor talking. The Lord said to me, Do not fear them. I got up and went over and shared Jesus with this employee using a Salvation Tract. Before I was through he bowed his head and accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord. An hour later my boss called me to his office and fired me for bringing Christianity into the work place.

John 15:18-20 "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also."

Many times I have lost jobs because of my Christian witness. At times this has led to my being so broke that I ended up homeless. The bible teaches that a person who truly walks with Jesus will have no where to lay his head.

Matthew 8:19-20 "And a certain scribe came and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes Have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’"

Do You want to see America reached with the Gospel and turned around? It is not going to happen until America sees that you believe in Your Christian Faith so strongly that you are willing to give up everything this life stands for to share the love of Jesus Christ with others. I know, because being faithful to consistently share my faith with others has so far cost me everything a person can lose in this life except my life itself and I pray daily to Jesus for His grace to be ready to die for Him if He calls me to do it. But though I have lost all there is to lose in this life, and even now I live on the minimum of sustenance, yet I have had the joy of seeing many come to a saving knowledge of who Jesus is.

Do You think I am sharing a foreign Christianity? Study the life and ministry of Paul in the book of Acts. Paul’s reaching the Gentile world was not without cost and hardship. Eventually it cost him his life. Whenever Paul would go into a new town he had a group of Jews who followed him just to hassle him. They would tell the people lies about Paul and turn the town against him. Many times Paul was whipped and stoned and thrown into jail. I have had the joy of being imprisoned once for my Lord. It was anything but a negative experience. Paul Wrote about his ministry and travels,

2 Corinthians 11:23-28 "I... in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was ship wrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren. I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure upon me of concern for the Churches."

Does Paul say that he regrets his experiences in the Lord? No. What does he say? He wrote in Philippians 3:7-11,

"But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him, and the power of His Resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."

Paul did not run from suffering and loss for his faith, he COVETED it. He wanted to experience all that Jesus experienced in His humanity for us so that he might be completely one with Jesus. Secondly, Paul recognized that it was through his imprisonment and sufferings that others not only came to Jesus, but that other Christians were motivated to go out and preach the Gospel without fear. He wrote in Colossians 1:24 and Philippians 1:12-14,

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the Church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ’s afflictions."

"Now I want you to know, brethren that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear."

Only when the brethren saw Paul putting the importance of the Gospel above his very life did they then find the courage, through Paul’s example, to go out and preach the Gospel without fear, even if it meant losing all that they had.

One of the primary seeds in Paul's life that prepared him to receive Christ was his witnessing the stoning of Stephen for his faith in Jesus which Paul sanctioned (Acts 7:54-60). When the jailer in Acts 16:22-34 saw Paul and Silas's faith as a result of their suffering and imprisonment, he was saved and his whole household.

Why was Paul willing to lose everything including his life for the cause of the Gospel? Because Paul was a true believer. He really believed that this life was temporary and would pass away but that Heaven is forever and never passes away and proved it by investing in the future life, not in the present life. I believe this is why God gave Paul so much space in the New Testament that we have today. I believe God wanted us to see and learn from Paul's example of his faith and walk with God and imitate it. While in prison, Paul wrote the Church about his life and example, Philippians 4:9 "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you."

Do You know what most Christians say to America today through their selfish self-centered life-styles? This is what they say: America, this life is all there is. There is no after life, so you better invest in this life now! That is exactly what most Christians in this country do. They are not willing to walk across the street let alone give their lives for the cause of the Gospel. They say to America in essence, We really don’t have any faith at all, and America responds accordingly.

America does not see Christians who really believe in what they profess. The only way that America will turn to Jesus is when they see American Christians not only professing that they believe that Heaven is more real than earth, but when they see Christians proving in life-style this confession by investing everything that they have into the Gospel and by losing if necessary everything that they have for the Gospel. Only then will America come to know that Heaven is more real than earth and therefore a better investment then in this temporary life. They are not going to believe and turn to Jesus until they see that we really do believe in what we profess in our life-styles and actions as well. As the old saying goes, I hear what you do, I do not hear what you say.

If this life is the most important thing to you, then are you really a follower of Jesus? Do you really believe? Brothers and sisters, forgive me if you think my words are strong. When I started updating this textbook, the one thing the Lord said to me was to not hold anything back. He said to me that this is not a time to be soft. The lines are being drawn, evil is rapidly taking control of our world and that the opportunity to share our faith freely is coming to an end. Jesus said in John 9:4 "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work." Yehovah said through Jeremiah in Jeremiah 48:10

"Cursed is he who does Yehovah’s work negligently (hY:mir], carlessly, inattentively)68, and cursed is he who restrains his sword from blood." We say we believe that Jesus is coming soon. If you really believe that, this is not a time to be squeamish or soft. It is a time to get aggressive and serious about the Gospel and sharing it with lost humanity because Jesus’ return for them will be their damnation.

My message is not a popular message among Christians in America. This is because Christians in America don't want to sacrifice anything to bring another person to Jesus. They want to live a costless Christianity. This is not possible if we want to bring others to Jesus. This is what Jesus was talking about in Luke 18:8 when He said, However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? When Jesus comes back, will he find a Church in America putting their trust in Him for their present and furture needs and investing in the Kingdom of God? Or will He find a Church with no faith in the life to come at all and instead investing and putting their trust in a bankrupt world system?

Brothers and sisters, there is no such thing as a safe and costless Christianity. In order to truly walk with Jesus and consistently share Jesus with others, it is going to cost you something, everything in many cases. Brothers and sisters, if we are to turn America around, it is not going to happened without it costing You and I something. Sharing the love of Jesus Christ with another human being is the most loving thing you can do for another human being; but if it has not cost you something you have not loved anyone. If you have never been hurt, you have never loved anybody. You cannot love without it costing you something and eventually being hurt in the process.

Brothers and sisters, I implore You in the name of Jesus Christ, give your lives and your time and your resources to the sharing of the Gospel with others. Let me tell you how I live my life: I work at a regular forty-hour a week job. When I come home at night I have a Quiet Time in the Word with Jesus. I then spend a half hour in prayer. I next study the New Testament in Greek, Christology and Apologetics. I then eat. For the next three hours I write Christian literature, like I am doing right now, mainly for Evangelism and reaching the lost with the Gospel and for training and encouraging Christians to reach others with the Gospel. I go to bed and get up at 5:00 A.M. and spend a half hour in prayer seeking the Father to draw me close to Him, to make me one with Him, for Him to reveal his heart, mind and emotions to me. It was during this time one morning the Father told me to write the content of this Chapter. I then spend another half hour studying Christian apologetics for the defense of the Gospel. I then go to work. Friday nights I relax and play, but on the weekends I spend my mornings again studying and writing on the Gospel and my afternoons out on the streets, malls, beaches, etcetera sharing the Gospel with anyone who will listen to what I have to say. I come home and work some more on my Christian writings. I eat, study, write and go to bed. Sunday afternoon I again go out somewhere and find someone to share the Gospel with. I relax the rest of Sunday, have my Quiet Time with Jesus, relax and go to bed and start my weekly routine all over again. Jesus said,

Matthew 6:19-21 "DO NOT lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

You see brothers and sisters, I do believe that Heaven is more real than earth and for this reason have committed every resource that I have and every dime and free waking moment of my life to the investment and preaching of the Gospel to men. I do this because I also believe that there is an eternal hell and that men without Jesus, will go to hell forever. The

Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 1:9,

"And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."

Hell is just as real and eternal as Heaven. Hell is more real than this earth because the earth will pass away. Hell is forever. Men on this earth without Jesus will spend eternity in Hell.

Brothers and Sisters, Heaven is more real and a million times more glorious and more fulfilling than anything this life has to offer. How do I know this is true? Because Jesus came back from the dead to prove to us it is true. When you get to Heaven you can then have your expensive vacations, Porsches, beautiful mansions, etcetera; but right now, Jesus needs you to invest in Heaven by giving your life, time and resources to the preaching of the Gospel to men. Until you do, America will not turn back to God, but will instead continue on its pagan path and eventually will take the step of eradicating Christians completely from America in order to live with themselves and their selfish self-centered pagan life-styles. How do I know? Because They are already doing it in the job market. You can get involved in the battle now or suffer later without reward.

Jesus tells us that if we do not get involved in this battle of the souls of men we will be overcome by the battle. Jesus said in Luke 11:17 "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls." We will be overcome by the things of this life, by the security of jobs, by the worries and the riches of this life. To stay involved in the battle you must stay involved in the battle. Only those who stay involved in the battle will keep their priorities of life straight and stay involved in the battle. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said you cannot serve God and man. You cannot have one foot in the world and be true to Jesus at the same time. Either Your allegiance is to Him or it is not. There is no middle ground in the economy of God's kingdom.

What happens to Christians and Churches whose main focus is not Evangelism? They focus instead on non-fruitful doctrines and sit around convincing themselves and each other that they are better than those guys over at the other Church because they believe this doctrine or that doctrine (Nausea and Barf!).

What happens to Christians and Churches whose focus is Evangelism? Their concerns and priorities become, Jesus, please show me how to help this man and woman see that you are the answer to their needs. Jesus, please show me what your Word teaches on this subject that is blocking this man and woman from releasing their faith in You. Instead of your focus being some issue or doctrine to convince other Christians you are better than them, instead your focus is Jesus, what can I do or say that will release this person's faith in You so he or she will give her life to You?

The Apostle Paul wrote about His life,

Acts 20:24 "But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the Gospel of the grace of God."

Love is a decision of the will, not a feeling. Jesus did not say, Oh boy! I get to go to the cross and suffer and die for people who want nothing to do with Me! Jesus made a decision of his will against his feelings to obey His Father and suffer and die for us. He did this because He knew it was the only way to bring us back to Himself and deliver us from an eternal hell. The writer of Hebrews tells us about this act of love Jesus did for us Heb 12:2 "Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

While preparing to go to the cross, Luke wrote concerning Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 22:41-44,

"And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, "Father if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Your will be done." Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground."

Does this sound like Jesus was over joyed at the prospect of suffering and dying for us on the cross? No. Like any normal human being, his flesh and soul abhorred the prospect. But in obedience to the Father, Jesus went. He went because He was acting out of love, not feelings, for your and my salvation. The writer of Hebrews tells us,

Hebrews 5:7-9 "In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation."

What does the Bible say about living for ourselves and focusing on ourselves. The Apostle Paul wrote,

Philippians 3:17-20 "Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ."

This earth is not our destiny. HEAVEN is! When you get to Heaven, then you can have your Porsch, houses, jewelry, vacations around the universe. But right now Jesus needs your help desperately to reach men and women with the saving message of the Gospel so that their eternity can also be Heaven instead of the eternal lake of fire.

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a Jew before he became a Christian, who suffered as a Jew in prison during the second world war. After reading the New Testament and being strangely drawn to Christ, Pastor Wurmbrand said to Jesus, You'll never have me for a disciple, I want money, travel, pleasure. I have suffered enough. Yours is the way of the Cross, and even if it is the way of truth as well, I won't follow it. Jesus’ answer came back to him in the form of a plea: Come my way! Do not fear the Cross! You will find that it is the greatest of joys.51/13 He did decide to give his life to Jesus and follow him and eventually spent another fourteen years in imprisonment under communist rule because he refused to reject Jesus and his walk with him.

Through many years Pastor Wurmbrand and his wife, Sabina, were a great support and encouragement to me through their books and monthly news letter titled, The Voice of the Martyrs.52 His books helped me to realize that my life was a picnic compared to the suffering and losses these people endured.

In 1972 I went with a Christian singing group to Hawaii to suffer for Jesus (lol!) and to preach the Gospel. We were there for thirty-one days. During the first two weeks it seemed to my friend Gene Wilson and I that many in our group were too easily distracted by the sights and activities of Hawaii. Thus our reason for being in Hawaii, to preach the Gospel, seemed to be blunted by these distractions. This concerned my friend Gene and I. As a result, one night Gene and I got together and really poured out our heart to God in prayer asking Him to do something to awaken our group spiritually and bring us back to the place of complete commitment and focus for our reason for being in Hawaii which was to preach the Gospel and bring the lost to Jesus.

One morning, soon after we prayed, I got on an elevator after eating breakfast to come back to my hotel room. As I got on, an elderly lady got on with me. I had my Bible with me because we had such a busy schedule that the only time I could find time for a quiet time was while I was eating breakfast at the restaurant. As we were going up, the elderly lady looked at me and asked me what the book was I had in my hand. I told her it was a Bible. Her response was, Oh! A Christian! Please! Come up to my room!

At that point I did not know if I wanted to go up to her room, but it struck me that she looked familiar. I told her my name was Dale Kruse. She replied back, My name is Mrs Richard Wurmbrand. I could not believe my ears! She and Richard were passing through Hawaii on their way to the Philippines and had just happened to stay in the same Hotel we were in. I had the morning off and she and her husband were on their way to Marine Land. She asked me if I had ever met her husband. I said no but that I had been supporting their ministry for several years. She then asked me to come along.

I then knew that the answer for our group was Pastor Wurmbrand himself. I asked him if he would come and speak to our group. He said he would. After he shared some of his experiences in communist prisons for his Christian faith the group was obviously moved and became sober. It took the suffering of a Christian brother to wake them up to what was and was not important and what their focus should be while we were their. From that day on everyone in the group was completely unified and committed in prayer and activity for one purpose: to bring men and woman to a saving knowledge of their Savior and Lord which cost them nothing more than walking across the street and asking anyone permission to share their faith with them.

When Communist Russia was handed Romania by Churchill and Truman, Wurmbrand tells the following story in his book In God's Underground,

"In 1945 a Congress of Cults was called in the Rumanian Parliament building, with 4,000 representatives of the clergy filling the seats. Bishops, Priests, Pastors, Rabbis, Mullahs applauded as it was announced that Comrade Stalin (whose vast picture hung on the wall) was patron of the congress—they preferred not to remember that he was at the same time president of the World Atheist's Organization. The trembling old Patriarch Nicodim blessed the assembly and the Prime Minister, Groza, opened it. He told us that he was a priest's son himself, and his lavish promises of support, echoed by other personages who followed him, were appreciatively cheered.

"One of the chief Orthodox bishops said in reply that in the past many political rivulets had entered the great river of his Church—green, blue, tri-colored—and he welcomed the prospect that a red one should join it, too. One leader after another, Calvinist, Lutheran, the Chief Rabbi, rose in turn to speak. All expressed willingness to co-operate with the Communists. My wife, beside me, could bear no more. She said, ‘Go and wash this shame from the face of Christ!’

"‘If I do, you'll lose your husband,’ I replied.

"‘I don't need a coward. Go and do it!’ Sabina said."51/13

Richard Wurmbrand did defend the cause of Christ before this congress and as a result Sabina did lose her husband. He ended up spending fourteen years in prison before she got him back, three of those years in solitary confinement. She herself eventually ended up in prison for her faith also.

Their Son, Mia, ended up an orphan wondering the streets because he could not get an education nor a job because his parents were committed Christians and would not support the communist regime. They were considered common criminals in society. One day her son came to visit her. A guard stood between them and continually interrupted their conversation making intelligent conversation impossible. Sabina finally cried out to her Son,

"Serve Jesus and put him first above all else!"

Mia responded back,

"Mother, if you and Father can serve Jesus under these conditions, then I will to."51/23-24

That was the day Mia gave his life to Jesus. He has been serving him ever since and is now a full time Pastor. Only when their son saw that his parents were willing to give up everything for Jesus was he then compelled also to give his life to Jesus.

How unlike American Christian parents. Many times when I talk to them about getting involved in Evangelism their response is that their ministry is their children to give them a good home. They cannot risk losing that, their jobs, because then how would they support and take care of their children?

I agree that taking care of their children is their responsibility, but not to the compromise of truth and their relationship with God. The question American Parents need to ask is do they want to leave their children with beautiful things, property and homes that are temporary and that will pass away and be burned with fire along with the earth in the end? Or would they rather by their self sacrifice and example of living totally for Jesus with all their hearts and everything they have say to their children,

Children, Jesus and Heaven are more real than this temporary earth and therefore should be invested in with all that you have and your very life rather than this temporary life which will pass away.

They may not come to Jesus while under your roof, but later when they become miserable when they find that the world does not satisfy with all of its things, they will remember how happy and fulfilled you were with nothing and realize that Heaven really is more real than this temporary earth. When they do, they will give their lives to Jesus and invest all that they have in the kingdom of God for an eternal reward that will not pass away.

Would you like to know what turned me around and brought me to a place of living totally for Jesus with all that I have spiritually, soulishly, physically and materially? It was a phrase given to me by a Catholic Nun when I was in Junior high that never left me until I gave my heart to Jesus when I was a Junior in High School. The phrase was:

ONLY ONE LIFE,
IT WILL SOON BE PAST,
ONLY WHAT IS DONE
FOR CHRIST WILL LAST

Brothers and Sisters, this is not a day to be soft or passive about the Gospel or preaching the Gospel. Jesus has not given the trumpet call of victory and that the battle is over. The battle rages stronger and more blatantly than ever before and unless you and I get involved in the battle, we will be overcome by the battle. There is no middle ground! A passive decision today is a decision against the cause of Jesus and his Kingdom. You are either with him and the battle of the souls of men or you are blatantly against him. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-26,

"For whoever wishes to save his soul shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul for My sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds."

Jesus plainly tells us that if we make this life our focus, we will lose our souls. But he also plainly tells us that the one who gives up this life and his soul in this life, that, that is the person who will gain his soul forever. There is no such thing as a Safe & Costless Christianity. Jesus said you are either for and with Him or you are for and against him. There is no middle ground. Jesus said,

Rev 3:15-19 ""I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor boiling-hot, I would that you were cold or boiling-hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither boiling-hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent."

Does this sound like a mamsey pamsey costless Jesus? No. Jesus said He would rather you be boiling-hot or cold for him. This is not a day to be lukewarm. This is a day to get boiling-hot for Jesus. Unbelieving man has become very hot for his cause. Wake up Christians in America and smell the coffee! Jesus Is Coming Sooner Than You Think! People are going to Hell because they do not know Jesus and they do not know Jesus because we are not out aggressively preaching the Gospel to men.

Isaiah 5:13-14 "Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude is parched with thirst. Therefore Sheol [hell] has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure; and Jerusalem’s splendor, her multitude, her din of revelry, and the jubilant within her, descend into it."

KEEP A HEART FOR THE BATTLE!

As You finish this school of Evangelism, do not set aside what you have learned, make a decision now to not only get involved in Evangelism regularly and weekly, but permanently. Make a decision to not only get involved in the battle of the souls of men, but make a decision to stay involved in the battle of the souls of men and keep a heart for the battle no matter how tough the battle gets. When needed, take rests, a vacation, but even when you decide to do that, decide when you will get back involved in the battle and then determine and purpose that you will and acknowledge the Lord in that decision.

How does one stay involved in the battle? You stay involved in the battle by making a decision when and how often during the week you are going to go out and share the love of Jesus with men and then deciding that you will not allow anything, anyone or any loss keep you from spending that time sharing the love of Jesus with men. That is how you get involved in the battle and stay involved in the battle.

Stay Jesus’ disciple and invest your life and time in His Kingdom. If you do, when you get to heaven, Jesus will more than compensate you for your losses here and bless you and reward you one-hundred times more than anything you could gain on this earth by living for yourself. It is true! We know it is true because Jesus came back from the dead to prove to you and I that it is really true. When Jesus comes back, will He find faith in you? He will if you make a decision daily to be involved in the battle and stay involved in the battle and to make Him your source, not the world.

Recommended Further Reading:

  1. In God's Underground, by Richard Wurmbrand

  2. The Cost Of Discipleship, by Deitrick Bonhoffer

  3. Through The Fire Without Burning, by Dumitru Duduman

  4. Giants of the Missionary Trail, by Eugene Harrison

  5. He Came To Set The Captives Free, by Rebecca Brown, MD

  6. With And Without Christ, by Sadhu Sundar Singh

  7. The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall

  8. The Final Quest, by Rick Joyner

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