I used to work for a man who had been in the ministry when he was younger. He saw that his current secular job was ALSO his ministry and he was a very “at peace” and “comfortable in his own skin” type of guy.
He knew I was a Christian and we would often talk about the things of God. We became good friends. One day, he told me that he used to be an alcoholic and often drank away his problems, even as a minister. He even had a bottle in his desk draw while in secular work. Several Christians in the workplace had been having lunch hour Bible studies and, on one occasion, he overheard one of them misquote a verse of Scripture. He corrected the employee and that person was amazed. He said, “I had no idea you were a Christian, too!”
He testified that, at that moment, he became immediately convicted and quit drinking. As he said to me, “I realized that, if I were a Christian, people should KNOW that I am.”
Do they know that YOU are?
A 1990 Gallop poll found that 74% of Americans claimed to have made “a commitment to Christ,” yet George Barna’s Research revealed that 84% of born-again Christians deny that there is a Devil, a hell, or a Christian doctrine.
Read that again. It explains a great deal.
Apparently, many respected evangelists and pastors estimate that over 50% of our church members may not really be saved! (Mt. 7:21-28).
Dwight Moody lamented, “There is only about one in ten, who profess Christianity, who will turn around and glorify God with a loud voice. Nine out of ten are ’still-born’ Christians.”
Charles Finney repented of his Sinner’s Prayer concept and Altar Call that he had claimed would win souls from coast to coast because his converts exhibited so little fruit after their initial emotional moment with God.
Dr. R.L. Hymers in his booklet, “The Falling Away,” provides the following estimates from renowned evangelists and ministers: Dr. W. A. Criswell said that he would be surprised to see 25% of his members in heaven! Billy Graham once estimated the percentage of lost people in evangelical churches to be 85% while Dr. A.W. Tozer put it at 90%! Dr. Rod Bell and Dr. Monroe Parker estimated 50%, while Dr. B.R. Lakin and Dr. Bob Gray believed that number to be 75%.
In December 1958, the Oakland Tribune reported that out of the 26,000 people who came forward at a Graham crusade, only 13 people actually joined a church. That’s less than 1%.
Andrew Wommack, who served in Katherine Kuhlman’s healing ministry, states on his website: “Billy Graham was quoted as saying that only fifteen percent of all the people who professed to be Christian are truly born again. Here is something else that may surprise you: Katherine Kuhlman said that only fifteen percent of those who were healed at her services kept their healing when they left the service. These numbers should tell us something about how we measure success in ministry.”
Have YOU had an encounter with God? If I were a few minutes late for a meeting but arrived clean and pressed, and said to the group, “Sorry I’m late but I was hit by an 18-wheeler on the way in.” You would think I was a lunatic or a liar, right? That’s because you know that anyone hit by an 18-wheeler would be forever changed. I’d be crippled, wounded, bloodied or dead. My car would not have survived the encounter either.
It’s the same way where an encounter with God is concerned. We either KNOW Him or we don’t. He has either impacted our lives , or He hasn’t.
I’m inclined to concur with the shocking statistics and comments you just read. Bearing that information in mind, all I can say is that we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve created this Christian world that consists of everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers, contemporary music to podcasts and magazines. If we could win the word with all our Christian stuff, I would think we’d be further along than we are. Truth is, we’ve created a Christian ghetto into which very few outsiders will ever stray, one from which very few of us ever venture.
There is one ministry that every adult Christian has, a mission field where we spend over half our lives and a ministry in which many of us wear the camouflage of a profession - be it a policeman’s uniform, a nurse’s scrubs, a construction helmet or a businessman’s tailored suit.
It’s called the Workplace Ministry.
Perhaps you’re already serving there. If not, are you getting prepared? Does anyone there know you’re a Christian?
If you’re a minister, are you training your Members on Sunday for their ministry there on Monday?