This is a fall out from the Sunday school of Sunday 18th March 2012. It is a capitulation of sorts when we cannot pray in the name of Jesus Christ or preach his gospel when we are in certain company for fear of ruffling too many feathers. From my background as a former active Moslem, I speak from firsthand experience. When I had just been converted to Christ, I endeavored to buy my Moslem father a ram for the yearly Moslem festival of Eid – El – Kabir which is really a recapping of God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, though The Quran says it was Ishmeal. Afterwards God provided a ram after Abraham had demonstrated his implicit faith and obedience. A young convert, very much on fire for God, I made it a point to preach Christ whenever I went home to deliver this ram. I was exposing myself to grave danger. My father was not enamored with this preaching so he forbade me to preach at home. He had managed to tolerate me and my “rubbish Christianity” and here I was adding salt to injury by daring to preach the gospel of Christ in a town where everybody was a Moslem. I agreed because I did not want to rock the boat too much. In retrospect my father could even be accused by his fellow Moslems of not being a true Moslem because a true Moslem would not allow his traitor of a son to live after abandoning the family faith. I capitulated and never preached Christ again there. Nor did I ever pray in the name of Jesus Christ again there.
My good friend Sammy, mission specialist took me along to visit a government shelter where he spoke to the clients living there. While giving his testimony, he mentioned how Jesus Christ saved him and gave him a new life. He was politely called aside by one of the staff there and cautioned that he could not mention that name - JESUS CHRIST whenever he spoke there. The institution was government owned and no religion was allowed to be preached in the premises.
Michael Dean had a somewhat similar experience when a few accosted him albeit politely, I hope to discourage him from praying in the name of Jesus Christ in one of the secular clubs where he is a member.
My humble view is that all 3 of us agreed not to mention the name of our Lord and Savior in order not to offend. But if we must position ourselves in order to be part of this end time army for Christ, we are going to have to take a break and retool. The end time harvest of souls for Christ cannot be built on the altar of socio - economic expediency. I agree that The Army service presentation is done on 2 (Two) main fronts – SOULWINNING and CHARITY. But the army is first of all a missionary organization where first consideration is Soul winning as in “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mt 6:33 (KJV). Charity must necessarily issue from Soul winning which is the cardinal focus. Prayers are needed for our elders to be able to reclaim Soul winning as a cardinal focus to which Charity must be a joyfully accepted appendage. If we give them 2 equal emphases, eclipsing of Soul winning by Charity as it is quietly asserting now would be inevitable. The 2 should not even be on the same standing. Charity must be at the back burner, desirable and noble as it is, leaving us to focus on Soul winning, our first calling.
This I believe will help us resist capitulation in the face of anti Christ sentiments and opposition; and help prevent us from toning down our Christ likeness. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Php 2:10 – 11. Php 2:9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” May we be led aright in Jesus’ name.