And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. 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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
This is “The Great Commission”; the commandment given to us, by the Lord Jesus, before he ascended on High. His words are patented with poignancy, and held in reserve, for such a time as this. This utterance was delivered to a congregation of believers determined to “work the works of Him that sent them, while it was day”. After two thousand years, The Master’s’ words continue to resonate in the atmosphere. His dictate of evangelism is yet reverberating with the necessity to reach the lost, the misguided, the foolish and the self proclaimed wise, with the good news of Jesus Christ. We have received a mandate from the Holy One of Israel, to “preach the gospel to every creature.” The Word of God continues to transform lives, converting souls which were bound to the gratifications of sin, and shame. The anointing resting on this decree obliterates every effort of subjugation by satan. This decree is given to those who were “called out of, darkness and brought into His marvelous Light.” Our Saviors’ instruction continues to echo throughout the course of eternity, transcending the winds and waves distributed by “doctrines of devils.”
Jesus is our help. And the manifestation of His Glory, awaits individuals disposed to walking in His way. Realizing the authority given to Him by God, every Saint of the Most High should be encouraged to battle hostilities in the heavenlies. Souls are crying out to God, with groans that cannot be uttered. The masses lament and even nature expresses its grief. Only through the resolute admonition of evangelism can the decree for the restoration of men’s hearts be fulfilled. It is our calling. It is our determination. We are obliged to the innumerable men and women, who though they may believe that there is a God, have not yet been acquainted with the only True and Living God. This is the time, and this is the moment for the Church to arise and deprive the gates of hell. Countless blessings sway on the hinges of Salvation. The influential factor of faith which inspires complete trust in the Almighty, and the uncompromising love of God, will someday yield a bountiful harvest that will only be fully appreciated when we hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
EVANGELISM: THE GREAT COMMISSION
IT WOULD DIFFICULT FOR ANY CHILD OF GOD TO ARGUE THAT THE EMANCIPATION OF AFRICAN SLAVES IN THIS COUNTRY WAS LONG OVERDUE. IN FACT, IT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN NECESSARY. WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE CREATED IN THE LORDS IMAGE TO OBTAIN EQUAL LEGAL RIGHTS AS OTHERS IN THIS NATION? AFRICANS WERE INVOLUNTARILY BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY. THEY WERE HOSTAGES OF A SOMETIMES HOSTILE PEOPLE. MANY DIED, NEVER REALIZING THE FREEDOM THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY BE WON.
From the 16th to the 19th centuries, an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped as slaves to the Americas. Of these, an estimated 645,000 were brought to what is now the United States. By the 1860 United States Census, the slave population in the United States had grown to four million. … From Wikipedia Encyclopedia,
MEN AND WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT WERE ABDUCTED FROM THEIR NATIVE LAND, AND TRANSPORTED TO A PLACE THEY DIDN’T IDENTIFY AS THEIR HOME. THE CUSTOMS IN THIS COUNTRY WERE DIVERGENT. THE LANGUAGE WAS UNFAMILIAR. THE LIVING STANDARDS WERE HORRENDOUS AND THEY WERE FREQUENTLY HUMILIATED, AND RIDICULED. A PEOPLE NEITHER HONORED NOR RESPECTED. NEITHER SIGNIFICANCE NOR DEMONSTRATION OF WORTH WAS REVEALED. THE BONDSERVANTS TOILED AND LABOURED FOR A POPULACE UNREPENTED OF THEIR BLATANT DISRESPECT, AND DISREGARD FOR A SEGMENT OF HUMANITY. NATIVES OF AFRICA, THEY WERE LITERALLY STOLEN FROM THEIR HOMELAND, AND CONSTRAINED IN SURROUNDINGS UNKNOWN TO THEM. CITIZENS OF ANOTHER KINGDOM, USED AND ABUSED, INJURED, MALTREATED, AND DENIED THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO LIVE THE LIFE FOR WHICH THEY WERE CREATED.
ANY EFFORTS TO ESCAPE THE UNPLEASANTRIES OF SLAVERY WERE MET WITH THE TERRORIZATION AND EVEN THE REALITIES OF PERSECUTION AND/OR DEATH. TO SUGGEST THAT ONE MIGHT JOIN THE SOCIAL ORDER OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD COULD BE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE AWFULNESS EXECUTED BY THE POSSESOR OF THE SUBSERVIENT. DREAMS OF ACCEPTANCE IN A COMMUNITY INFESTED WITH THE STENCH OF HATRED WERE EFFORTLESSLY DOWNTRODDEN. DEMORALIZATION OF A ONCE PROUD PEOPLE, SANCTIONED TO LIVE AN EXISTENCE IMPOSED UPON THEM BY A PEOPLE PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD OF.
FAMILIES WERE ESTRANGED. WIVES SEPARATED FROM THEIR HUSBANDS AND CHILDREN. FOR MANY SONS, A FATHER, THEY WOULD NEVER KNOW. DAUGHTERS, NOT HAVING AN EXAMPLE, WOULD STRUGGLE TO IMITATE THE LOVE OF A MOTHER. CHILDREN WERE NOT BORN TO ADORATION, BUT TO THE ISOLATION THAT ONLY THE SOUND OF SILENCE COULD BRING.
THESE WERE INHABITANTS OF A NATION AFFLUENT IN RESOURCES, AND CLOAKED IN THE BEAUTY THAT ADORNED HER TERRAIN. SHE WAS ONCE KNOWN BY THE LOVELINESS OF DIVERSITY, AND A SPECTRUM OF COLORING SO VIVID, ONLY GOD COULD HAVE CREATED THE MAJESTY WHICH CROWNED HER GLORY. SOME WERE SOLD, SOME STOLEN FROM THE LAND, BUT WHATEVER THE METHOD OF TRANSPORTATION, LIFE AS THEY KNEW IT, WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME.
THE STRUGGLE TO END SLAVERY IN THIS NATION WAS NO SMALL FEAT. MANY WOULD OFFER THEIR LIVES AS A SACRIFICE. THE PROCLAMATION OF FREEDOM CAME FROM ABOLITIONIST SUCH AS FREDERICK DOUGLASS, WILLIAM WILBERFORCE, THOMAS PAINE, JOHN BROWN, OLAUDAH EQUIANO, THE ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY, AND A HOST OF OTHERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THEIR CRY RESONATED IN HOMES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND CLANDESTINE ASSEMBLIES. PROMINENT MEN, INCLUDING PRESIDENTS OF THESE UNITED STATES, WITH GREAT INFLUENCE CONTINUED TO BE THE ANTAGONIST OF LIBERTY. ARMED WITH THEIR WEALTH AND STATURE, THEY CONTINUED TO DENY MEN AND WOMEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXIST IN THIS LAND WITHOUT DISSENSION. NEVERTHELESS, THOSE WHO UNDERSTOOD THAT “ALL MEN WERE CREATED EQUAL”, NEVER RELINQUISHED THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. THEY DEFIED THE MAINSTREAM BY NOT THROWING AWAY CONFIDENCE IN THEIR BELIEF, PERCEIVING THEY WOULD PREVAIL AND RECEIVE A “GREAT RECOMPENSE OF REWARD”.
Twelve American presidents owned slaves and eight of them, starting with Washington, owned slaves while in office. From Edition.CNN.com/2008
YEARS AFTER THE EMANCIPATION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY, MANY WERE YET IGNORANT OF THE FACT THAT THEY HAD BEEN SET FREE. STILL LIVING IN IMPOVERISHED CONDITIONS, THEY PROLONGED THE TRADITION OF SLAVERY, BY CONTINUING TO WORK THE FIELDS, AND SUBJECTING THEMSELVES TO THE HARSHNESS OF THEIR TASK MASTER.
AFTER SLAVERY, VOICES OF AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT PERSISTED IN CONDEMNING THE SEGREGATED PRACTICES OF WHITES IN AMERICA. LOWER WAGES, SUBSTANDARD EDUCATION, AND POOR HOUSING, ARE JUST SOME OF THE DEVICES USED BY THE WHITE ESTABLISHMENT TO FURTHER THEIR CAUSE OF SEPARATE, BUT IT WAS STILL NOT EQUAL. THE RAPE OF AFRICA INCLUDED BLACK WOMEN, MANHOOD, INDEPENDENCE, AND FAMILY, WHICH WERE HER MOST VALUABLE RESOURCES.
THOUGH THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT HELPED BLACKS IN THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE ACHEIVEMENTS PREVIOUSLY UNATTAINABLE, THE SHACKLES ON THE MINDS OF NUMEROUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS YET ECHO THROUGH THE STILLNESS THEREOF. WE HAVE BEEN FREED FROM THE CHAINS OF SIN, THOUGH SOME REMAIN OBLIVIOUS TO THIS REALITY. DRUGS, ALCOHOL, DEBT, PRIDE, ANGER, UNFORGIVENESS, LACK OF EDUCATION,THE LOVE OF MONEY, FORNICATION, PORNOGRAPHY, HOPELESSNESS, VIOLENCE, HATRED, ABUSE, MOLESTATION, PROSTITUTION, SICKNESS AND DISEASE,
ALL DETERMINED AND DESIGNED TO KEEP MAN IN BONDAGE. THIS IS THE SLAVERY OF TODAY. MASSES ARE BOUND TO A TASK MASTER THEY CAN HEAR, BUT THEY CAN NOT SEE. GODS GREATEST AND MOST LOVED CREATION, DESTINED FOR GREATNESS, BUT DISILLUSIONED IN THEIR MINDS. THEY HAVE NOT OVERCOME. “GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.” BUT MANY ARE SUBJUGATED BY AN evil OBSESSED WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY. AND THE WAR FOR TRUE FREEDOM STILL WAGES. BECAUSE UNBEKNOWNST TO MILLIONS, THE WAR WAS WAGE D AND WON OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO, ON A HILL CALLED CALVARY.
HE WHO WAS TO DOMINATE, HAS BECOME THE DOMINATED
IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS IT READS, “AND GOD SAID, LET THE EARTH BRING FORTH GRASS, THE HERB YIELDING SEED, AND THE FRUIT TREE YEILDING FRUIT AFTER HIS KIND; AND IT WAS SO.” YET THOUSANDS OF DEATHS OCCUR YEARLY RELATED TO TOBACCO, MARIJUANA, COCAINE, ETC…
In the USA, about 438,000 people die from smoking-related illnesses per year. Overall, cigarette smoking accounts for about 30% of cancer deaths. Of every 5 deaths in the USA, 1 is caused from smoking… FROM WIKIPEDIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
THOSE OF US, WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED, MAKE our BOAST IN THE LORD. WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF darkness, AND BROUGHT INTO HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT. LIKE A RAFT ON A STORMY SEA, WE WERE TOSSED AND DRIVEN. “BUT THE MASTER OF THE SEA HEARD OUR DESPAIRING CRY”, AND HE STRECTHED FORTH HIS HAND TO HEAL US AND SET US FREE. “WITH LOVING KINDNESS HE HAS DRAWN US.”
HE, WHOM THE SON SETS FREE, IS FREE INDEED. YET COUNTLESS SOULS HAVE NEVER BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY THE SIMPLICITY OF THESE WORDS. FREE. ONLY JESUS CAN MAKE MEN FREE. HE CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND THAT MORE ABUNDANTLY. HE CAME TO CALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE. HE CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST. HE CAME TO GIVE HIS LIFE AS A RANSOM FOR MANY. HE CAME TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE TRUTH. HE CAME TO DO THE WILL OF HIS FATHER. AND ONLY HE CAN MAKE MEN FREE. IT IS HE WHO HAS ISSUED THIS EDICT. “COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOUR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.” LET THE CRY OF THE FATHERS HEART, BE OUR CRY. WITH A MIND TO DO THE WILL OF GOD, LET US LIFT OUR VOICES TO “CRY LOUD, AND SPARE NOT.” LET US DETERMINE TO DO THE WILL OF GOD, AND TO BE ABOUT OUR FATHERS BUSINESS.
“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 always, even unto the end of the world.” AMEN