The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 13.5 to test and examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. No, don't just wave it off because this is actually very important. Far too many churches are nothing more than religious social clubs that have no concern for the lost. (In fact, I have always detested the term "unchurched" for that very reason.) Ask yourself some questions:
- Do I really believe the Bible is God's Word (2 Timothy 3.16-17)?
- Do I really believe that the unsaved are going to Hell (Revelation 20.15)?
- Do I really believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation (John 14.6, Acts 4.12)?
- Do I care that Jesus commanded us to spread the Gospel (Matthew 28.18-20)?
- Do I care about the eternal destination of friends and family? Charles Spurgeon had a blunt message for those who do not care about sharing the Gospel: "Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that." Perhaps. It's worth considering.
- Am I more concerned about the opinions of men than the opinion of God (Galatians 1.10)?
Most people fall who hear the salvation message and "make a decision for Christ" fall away. A good part of the problem is the watered-down social gospel message that "God has a wonderful plan for your life" that is targeted for the down-and-out people, those going through a crisis or are having emotional turmoil. This modern message is horribly incomplete!
I am going to ask you to give Ray Comfort two hours of your time. No, not all at once. Here are two important messages that you can hear online or download. Please listen, think and pray.
Videos are available for these as well: HBKS is here, and T-FC is here.
Evangelistic zeal should be the rule for true Christians, not the exception! When we talk to people, hand out tracts, go door-to-door — people think we belong to a cult. There is no way Christians should have let the cults take that from us!
Pray for me, too, that God keeps my own zeal strong, as well as for wisdom.