There is something called the Great Commission. Older Christians will remember actually obeying it, but younger church members only hear about it. Oh, we hear fine sermons on the topic, but pastors who actually lead others in the Great Commission are rare as June snow in New York City.
What is the Great Commission? It is based on what Jesus said in Mark 16:15: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The Great Commission has become the Great Omission as far as most pastors and ministers are concerned in terms of action. The sheep as a general rule will only do what the local shepherd does – which in evangelism is usually precisely nothing.
So the unsaved drift unsuspectingly to their departure from this world into hell. That’s another great omission too isn’t it? “Hell? Let’s not mention that horrible word,” today’s leaders say. Yet Jesus spoke of hell many times. Repentance and sin are neglected topics too.
Jesus said broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in by it. (Matthew 7:13) Nevertheless, the church has to do its best to get them off that road!
This refusal to obey the command of Jesus in Mark 16:15 is a tragedy. There is no leadership by example, no attempt to instruct the congregation how to share their faith. In fact there is no interest by most pastors in the subject.
Anyone who fears God will be awestruck at the thought of these “shepherds” standing before Jesus; trying to explain away why they did nothing about those heading for the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
Many pastors who are trusted as leaders have betrayed that trust. They are more concerned with organizing socials, financial gain or building their own little empire, writing books, travelling far and wide as well-paid guest speakers at large conferences, than doing anything about the hell-bound people outside the doors.
The result of it all is a vast number of self-centred Christians who end up doing what the “leader” says rather than what Jesus says. If your pastor has no interest in lost souls, ignore him. Get out there in public with some friends and start spreading the gospel by tracts or whatever idea God gives you. Remember in the end we have to answer to God, not the local pastor. Read your Bible.
“The Lord is… not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). We have the job of telling them.
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Lord, bless my brother Rod richly, for he sees - as best as can be done humanly - with your eyes. Yes Sir, we tolerate "hell" in all the television we watch, and words like "What the H&77!" all the time. Then give in to the ACLU to hide who we are: Christians. Because they have made us cower for a few crumbs we cannot do without. Starving for Truth is not what I or many of you are willing to do. So we are Christians in the circumscribed way the polticians want us to be. And yes, it is easier and more sexy to preach ourtside of America than IN it! Speak truth to power, my Brother Rod!
Powerful word! I pray the Lord will show us many pathways to fulfilling "The Great Commission" -- ideas for getting the Word out there. This ought to stir the heart of every person who reads it to "step up to the plate."