IN THIS ISSUE
THE NIGHT IS COMING
The Question we couldn’t answer
“He WHO winS souls is wise”
The Task is Unfinished!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF $1000 WERE OFFERED TO YOU?
IS IT NOTHING TO YOU, ALL YOU WHO
We need to Stop PlaYIng Church!
THE GARBAGE DUMP PEOPLE
“EACH ONE, REACH ONE”
CHINA: saved through torture
Sept 2002. This month
the world has been compelled to re-live the awesome hours of Sept 11,
2001. And we have all been graphically reminded of the Messiah’s words,
“You will be hearing of wars” … and “there will be terrors.”
(Matthew 24:6. Luke 21:11)
With the backdrop of
an imminent war in the Middle East, and the nations in an uproar, the
Rapture-ready believer is looking up, for he knows the current time is
11:59 – one minute to midnight. And our time and opportunities may be
“And at midnight
there was a cry, ‘Look! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet
Yes, my saved reader,
our time is running out! And the Scriptures says:
“Therefore be careful
how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming and making the
most of the time - buying up each opportunity, because the
days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will
of YHWH the LORD is.”
unsaved there is a long stretch
of night ahead – ‘from midnight till sunrise’ – a period of awful
darkness and disaster.
Our FRONT cover picture
I am sure you will
agree that this is quite an amazing photograph - the sun shining through
from behind the Twin Towers of the World trade Centre in New York,
forming a cross of light.
This photograph was
taken by a lady returning on a cruise on July 28, 2001 – six weeks
before the horrific destruction of the towers. The lady has written:
“As I watched the
beautiful skyline of New York City float past me, I noticed the sun was
about to line up just behind the twin towers. I was lucky enough to snap
the picture at exactly the right moment. If you look at the sunrays it
is almost prophetic - a little spooky. When I show this picture to
anyone they almost always ask for a copy. I want to share it with all
who want it. Please take this picture and share it with anyone and
everyone who likes it.”
The photo of the
setting sun over New York certainly seems to be a prophetic sign to
“The night is
coming when no-one can work.”
But even as the sun
is setting on our present age, that same sun gives a sign, with
“outstretched arms,” to all who will believe. It points to the Son of
Righteousness, the Light of the World, who died as the Lamb of God to
take away our sins.
“ … the Son of Man
must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life.”
That’s the Gospel
message, my reader, and this message must reach the uttermost parts of
the earth in these days - before it is too late! The night is coming
when no one can work. It is time for Christians to wake up!
“The end of all
things is near; therefore, be sober-minded and attentive to prayer.”
(1 Peter 4:7)
“We are not of the
night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us
be alert and sober.”
And this is my
burden, my beloved reader. We must wake up, and proclaim the Gospel
Oh woe, my saved
friend, if we are determined to “fiddle” while Rome burns; if we insist
on “taking our rest” while the rest rush headlong into the lake where
there never will be rest! If we persist in pampering ourselves while
billions of precious souls perish; if we saturate ourselves with
selfishness, and hand over the unsaved to Satan; if we cater to
complacency and care not for the condemned! Woe to us if we won’t wake
up at this woeful time, my fellow-believer; we will have a lot to answer
“Let a man regard us
as servants of Messiah and trustees of the mysteries of God. Moreover,
it is required of trustees that they be found
In this issue I have
included “Voices from America” -
several articles from faithful, and passionate men of God – Americans
of not so long ago. I find their messages a personal challenge. They
give a wakeup call to all of us who are current day trustees of
the mysteries of God.
But we need
more than a wake up call! We
need to get right with God, and get down to prayer, and to the serious
business of winning souls!
night is coming!
is also a new day coming – the day when the Messiah returns in power and
great glory. As Malachi 4:2 says:
“But for you who
revere My Name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His
And ... “When the
Messiah, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed
with Him in glory.”
three most glorious days ahead for the
Bride of Christ. (Of course, every day in the “Glory-Land” will be
glorious!) They are …
1 The day of the
2 The day of the
Marriage of the Bride and her
most glorious Bridegroom
3 The day of the
Revealing of the Bride and
Bridegroom in glory, at the Return of Y’shua, the King of Kings.
With that great joy
and glory set before us, beloved …
Let us labour for the Master,
from the dawn till setting sun
Let us tell of all His wondrous love and care;
For we know that when this life is over
And all our work on earth is done,
Then the roll’ll be called up yonder,
We’ll be there!
In fellowship with
Y’shua the Messiah,
A PRECIOUS SOUL
living soul, how priceless! Its value is untold.
Invisible, immortal, worth more than purest gold.
And oh, the souls are countless upon life’s busy way,
who knew not Christ, our Saviour,
who never stop to pray.
They rush toward sin’s gay glitter,
its glaring, garish light.
These souls of men are marching
go ye into all the world, is His divine command.
hear His voice so tender; I see His loving hand
Outstretched in power and blessing,
the fallen ones to raise.
Then may we do His bidding,
through all our early days.
And when the sheaves are gathered,
before His throne that day.
May there be souls most precious,
whom we have shown the way.
The Question we couldn’t answer
A true story from
Ethiopia, by George Middleton
ED AND I climbed
painfully from our mules. It had been a long ride to these huts away up
in the hills, and we were pretty soft.
“Oh, Brother,” Ed
groaned, “Give me the New York subway any day!’’ I patted my mule and
gave a sigh of relief. The feeling must have been mutual – the mule
We were the
first white people to visit this village. Women watched us cautiously
from dark doorways. Little faces peered at us around corners and
through legs. Even the chickens paused to look us over.
An old man came to
greet us. He was as pleased as a schoolboy on the first day of
vacation. His greetings were extremely long and polite. Finally he
asked us, “Why have you come, sirs? Why do you visit us?”
“We have come with
God’s Book, to tell you that there is a Saviour for you and your family.
Have you heard this news before?”
“Never, sirs. Come
in! Do you have the Book?”
Soon we were reading
the gospel story and telling them of Christ. Eyes glued upon us, they
listened to every word. But as we talked we could tell that something
was bothering the old man.
At last he spoke,
“This is good news sirs. It is medicine to my heart. Are you sure it is
“Yes,” we told him.
His wrinkled face was
deep in thought. “I have a question,” he continued. “I am an old man. I
have seen many of my people die. They never heard this news. I have not
heard it until this day. Tell me, sirs, if this is true, why didn’t
somebody tell us before?”
We fumbled around,
but we couldn’t answer his question. How could we tell him that Christ
cared enough to die for him, but Christ’s followers did not care enough
to tell him about it?
We had to ride home
with his question hanging in the air. “You know,” said Ed, as we jogged
along. “Some day we’ll all stand before God, and people from all over
the world will ask that same question – ‘Why didn’t somebody tell
Then he added, “I
wonder how God’s people will answer that question, George? Don’t you?”
“Yes, I do,” I
And I wonder, my
friend, when God asks for your answer, what will
you tell Him?
WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF YHWH-Y’SHUA THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear unless someone proclaims the Good News?
“And how shall they
proclaim if they are not sent? As it is written, HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE
FEET OF THOSE WHO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD
TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!
“But they did not all
obey the Good News; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR
So then faith
comes from hearing, and the hearing and understanding comes
through the Word of God.”
“He WHO winS souls is wise”
By JOHN R. RICE
ANYTHING less than
an all–out effort to
reach “every creature,” every living being that we can get to with the
gospel, is less than the obedience which Christ requires.
Jesus gave the
parable of the man who made a great supper and sent his servant first to
those who had already been invited. Then the man said:
“Go out quickly into
the streets and lanes of the city, and bring hither the poor, and the
maimed, and the lame, and the blind.”
Then when the servant
reported there was more room, he said,
‘’Go out into the
highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be
(Luke 14:21, 23)
And in the similar
parable of the king who made a marriage supper for his son, the
wholesale, all inclusive nature of God’s requirement of us as soul
winners, is illustrated by the King’s command after some had treated his
servants spitefully and killed them, and after the king had destroyed
“Then he said to his
servant, ‘The wedding is ready, but they that were invited were not
therefore into the highways, and as
many as you find, invite to the
(Matthew 22:8, 9)
No church is meeting
the New Testament standard unless it goes after “as
many as you find” for Christ.
We know that the New
Testament churches - for example, the church at Jerusalem - followed
that command so literally that we are told, “Daily in the temple, and in
they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
And so at Pentecost there were three thousand added.
A few days later,
“the number of the men was about five thousand”
and a few days after that there were “multitudes both of men and
There is in our poor
carnal natures, a tendency to drift from all–out obedience to nominal
obedience, from red–hot enthusiasm and zeal to a lukewarm, half–hearted
way of doing God’s business. As a great old song says:
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.
So there is need,
again and again in the churches for a revival of zeal, a revival of
soul–winning compassion, a revival of the power of God upon us.
But there is no way
for the Church to win souls after the New Testament pattern and measure
except by an all–out effort.
A Church that wins
souls after the New Testament pattern seeks to get the Gospel to “every
creature” and to carry the Gospel as they did in Acts 5:42 ...
“and daily in the
temple, and in every house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus
Soul-winning Takes Tears Also
that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who goes forth and weeping,
bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him.”
Let us not be content
to bask in the sunshine of God’s
love and light, and allow the masses of men to languish in darkness and
The Task is Unfinished!
Fred Jarvis was a missionary for many years in Japan,
and also a writer for Herald of His Coming
IN THIS AGE of speed
and hurry, may we feel the sacredness of our trust and the urgency of
our task. Christ’s Commission is binding upon Christians everywhere and
for all time. Obedience to this unchanging Commission is our supreme
obligation. The church that plays down this obligation – is a
(Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15)
The task is
unfinished! The need is urgent! The Commission is compulsory! Men
around the world are under the curse of sin. They are born, live, and
die under the curse.
How sad that the
treasured truth of the remedy in Christ will never once reach the ears
of most of them – unless we Christians
awaken to our responsibilities, and speedily go out with the
A little boy was
asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” His reply was,
wondering today how long they will be
alive. No wonder our children ask, “Is the world coming to an end? Will
we all die soon?”
In these terrible
times the world seems to be moving from one maddening crisis to another.
We have listened to
so many warnings – that we are living in the death throes of our age –
that we cease to be moved by them.
The threat of total
disaster no longer terrifies us. Even the church is caught up in the
sweeping currents of compromise. Cold Christians with empty hearts sit
in cold, empty churches, carefree, contented and comfortable. They are
unaware that they are spiritually paralysed and powerless.
How sad that so many
of our churches are dwindling and dying. Though many Christians still
give lip service to the Cross as God’s way to heaven, they do not follow
it as His way of Life. We wear, instead
of bear, the Cross.
We repeat the
Apostles’ Creed but not the apostles’ deeds. Too many iceberg Christians
with their petrified religion, only warm the benches in our Gothic
churches. The ring and reality of inspired worship has given way to dead
ritualism and icy form and ceremony.
The cheap grace of
easy–believe-ism has been substituted for the costly grace of Calvary.
The gospel of happiness has been
substituted for the gospel of holiness.
The upper room has been
converted into the supper room.
Candid preaching has
often turned to candied preaching. The salt
of the earth has become the sugar
of the earth. We have tried to court the favour of the world and
carnal Christians, by clever programs and compromised standards. We have
tried to influence the world by being like the world, instead of being
transformed by the Lord. Honour from one another is more sought than
that which comes from God only.
It is time for us to
examine the world in which we live and re–think our responsibility to
it. It is time for courageous Spirit–filled prophets to call God’s
people back to surrender, sacrifice and whole–hearted Bible
Not only the world,
but the church, is ripening for judgment. Too many have been following
the philosophy …
your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”
Too many are “wicked
and slothful servants” hiding their talent in the earth.
(Matthew 25:25, 26).
How tragic that many have to admit that “our lamps have gone out,” and
that we are like foolish virgins who took no oil!
(Matthew 25:3, 8)
May God revive our
cold hearts, breathe on our dry bones, and give us a new baptism of
power and love.
God has given us a
luminous legacy of light! Let us not be content to bask in the sunshine
of God’s love and light – and allow the masses of men to languish in
darkness and sin!
Let us bombard every
sin–sick, sin–darkened part of the world – with the Life–giving,
Light–spreading, Life–mending Gospel of Christ!
How the angels must
weep, how heaven must grieve – that we do so little to save a
perishing world from hell! May we get down low before God and fully
repent of our complacency and unconcern!
dissatisfied we Christians ought to be with the status quo. There is no
place for rocking chair Christians. The
Great Commission does not say, “Go into half
the world and preach the Gospel.” It does not say “Go inside the
church and stay put.”
IS FOR ACTION!
Lost souls are weary
of their wandering and must be reached at all costs! We must do our
best to send our best men to the
front lines of action!
World evangelism is
not a peripheral undertaking. We are under orders! The Commission
is clear. It is essential and not optional. All must be participants in
the fight, partners in the task. To reject our responsibility is to
reject God’s will and favour. Every life must be invested in the Cause
Millions of blind,
blighted, bound, Bible-less souls live in sin–darkened lands, not
knowing why they were born, why they live, or how they are to die.
We cannot but plead the cause of these millions!
Their darkened minds
must be enlightened with light from on high. Their sightless eyes must
see the King in His glory! Their dumb ears must hear the sweetest Name
that men can ever hear – the Name of Jesus!
Christianity Means Commitment!
We are called to
forsake all and follow Him. May God help us to accept afresh the true
terms of Christian discipleship. We must fully follow the Lordship and
Leadership of Jesus Christ! God’s will must be done upon earth as it is
If our Gospel is true
we must tell it! If our experience is real we must spread it! Our
conduct must match our creed! His precepts must become our practice! Our
walk must match our talk! Life is a battleground and not a playground!
The crowning glory of
the church is winning souls!
“Ichabod” (the glory has departed) is written over too many of
our churches. The only way this rebellious world will ever turn to
Christ – is for the reprobate church to return in deep repentance to
God has a plan to
fulfil. We have a world to warn, a message to deliver – and only a
short time in which to do it. Non–compliance with God’s plan is a foul
miscarriage of justice. Missionary Mark Maxey, here in Japan, put it on
the line when he wrote:
“The local church has
been concerned with the task of world evangelization. That this is true
is so obvious that it should not have to be repeated. But the 10% of the
budget many churches pride themselves on giving for foreign evangelistic
work is only a sop. Actually it is another sponge filled with vinegar
and offered to a Christ who died for all men everywhere.
“If any human
business organization spent 90% of its income just to keep its own
business operating and only 10% for expansion and growth of that
business, it would soon be bankrupt.
“But the church is
very proud of giving this amount for evangelization of the world and
confidently expects the Lord to bless this kind of selfishness.
“When it comes to
providing the evangelists to do the task, the church’s unconcern for its
primary task is even more revealing. Only 4% of the men trained to
preach the Gospel are sent on worldwide evangelizing.
“96% are kept at home
to preach the Gospel again and again to the same people who have heard
it all their lives. It would be laughable if it were not so tragic!”
Our tragic failure to
evangelize a lost world does not arise out of our lack of manpower or
money. It’s not the shortage, but wastage
of manpower that is regrettable. We bottleneck the message in
Gospel–hardened lands instead of spreading it to Gospel–hungry lands!
ecclesiasticism for evangelism, professional clergymen for volunteer
laymen. In the early church …
“daily in the temple,
and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
They “taught . . . publicly and from house to house.”
They “sounded out the Word of the Lord”
We have ceased to
follow the divine blueprint and have walked in our own way. Instead of
preaching Christ where He has not been named, we, like Israel, have
“forgotten our Maker and built temples.”
There was no such
thing as a church building in the first two hundred years of Christian
history. They took the Great Commission seriously. Of course, we need
churches, but the billions of dollars that we have invested in fancy
churches, plush pews, expensive organs and lavish stained glass windows
– are doing more than anything I know, to drain off money that should
rightly go to carrying out the Great Commission!
(Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15)
“There is a sore evil
which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners
thereof to their hurt.”
This can be applied
not only to the individual, but to the church as well. This business of
making Christ known is the greatest business on earth!
We must keep
everlastingly at it until Jesus comes! May we give the loaves of our
lives to be broken in His hands, and to be shared with the hungry
multitudes! Truly the Christian who gives, gathers – and the one who
The Supreme Hour Of Challenge!
The cup of God’s
preparation overflows. Glorious opportunities urgently beckon us.
Millions are within easy reach of the Gospel. God’s great signal guns
sound out a mighty call to advance!
It is time for us to
rise and shine, to give and go!
It is an honored
privilege to be God’s instruments to finish the greatest task on earth!
As loyal laborers for
the Master, let us move forward in faith and do our best to reach the
untold millions still untold.
“The Messiah, Y’shua,
who, although existing in the form of God - being in very nature God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied
Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in human
likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself
(still further) by becoming obedient to the extreme of death, even
death on an execution stake - a cross.”
Lord Crucified, give me a love like Thine.
Help me to win the dying souls of men.
Lord, keep my heart in closest touch with Thine,
And give me love, pure Calvary love
To bring the lost to Thee.
OFFERED TO YOU?
were to offer you a thousand dollars for every soul that you lead to
Would you endeavour
to lead any more souls to Him than you are endeavouring to do right
Is it possible that I
would attempt to do for money, even at the risk of blunders or ridicule,
what I hesitate or shrink from doing now, in obedience to God’s command?
Is my love of money
stronger than my love of God, or of souls? How feeble then, is my love
of God! Perhaps this explains why I am not a soul–winner.
“Do you love Me more
I saw a
blind man unknowingly approaching the brink of a high precipice, and I
sat there without concern, and made no effort to warn or save him from
certain death. Would I not be as guilty of his death in God’s sight, as
though I had murdered him outright?
The death of a body,
which might have been (but was not) prevented, is a terrible thing, but
what about the preventable death of a human soul – per chance of many
souls – for which God may hold me responsible?
If my murder of
another’s body by neglect is an unspeakable crime, what shall be said of
murder by neglect of another’s soul?
“do not give him warning ... his blood will I require at your hand.”
the roll is called up yonder,” I am there myself, but all through the
eternal ages I am unable to find a single person who is there because of
my having led him to Christ. How much will heaven mean to me?
“The one who is wise
“And many of those
who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake; some to everlasting life,
others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will
shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of the heavens, and
those who lead many to righteousness, like the
stars for ever and ever.”
(Daniel 12:2, 3)
that as an
employee I was spasmodic in the kind of service I rendered – zealous one
week, lukewarm the second, and utterly indifferent the third; then
zealous, and lukewarm, and indifferent again, and so on. How long would
my employer stand for that type of service?
But is not this the
kind of soul–winning service I am giving to God? If God’s
love for me were as spasmodically manifested as my love for Him, how
would I fare?
“Be instant in
season, and out of season.”
the final reckoning comes, I should be found, not with ten talents, or
even five, but with only one, and that one, “hidden ... in the earth”
– what then?
Has the soul–winning
talent that God has given me fallen so into disuse that I even doubt its
existence? And therefore have I not already hidden it “in the earth”?
“Moreover it is
required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
asked how many persons I had persistently tried to win to Christ during
the past month, or even during the past year. What would my answer be?
How many have I even spoken to? How many have I on my prayer list now?
If I am not
interested enough in the salvation of others even to have a daily prayer
list, is it any wonder that I am not a soul–winner?
Paul’s prayer list:
“Without ceasing I
make mention of you always in my prayers.”
member of the church to which I belong were to dedicate himself or
herself today, to a life of full surrender to the will of God according
to His Word (Romans 12:1, 2) and were to become, from now on, a
soul–winner as exemplified in the life of Paul.
Would not a revival
follow such as this church and community have never seen? And am I not
willing to say that by His
grace, I will give myself from this day for-ward, to the
definite business of saving the lost, and that I will have a daily
prayer list, and that I will do what I can under the guidance of the
Holy Spirit to help accomplish the supreme work for which my Saviour and
Master came into the world?
“Vow, and pay unto
the LORD your God.”
Yes, Lord, I gladly
respond to Your call
and I will do what I can, from this day forward, to help win the
unsaved to You.
“Go out into the
highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be
“Joy shall be in
heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety and nine just
persons, who need no repentance.”
love of the Messiah compels us, having
concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died; and He died
for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but
for Him who died for them and rose again on their behalf.”
By Thomas E. Stephens
IT NOTHING TO YOU,
ALL YOU WHO PASS BY?
If the Lord Jesus
were to appear in person among His churches today, I feel this is the
question He would ask with reference to the great unevangelised areas of
“Is it nothing to
you,” the Lord Jesus asks, “that I suffered and died for the sins of the
world? That My atonement was a propitiation, not for your sins only, but
also for the sins of the whole wide world, for all mankind? Did I not
plainly state this through My servant John?”
Vast Throngs Still Unreached
“Have you not
understood that on My cross I paid the penalty for the transgression of
all mankind – not merely for you alone? You who have received the
benefits of My atoning death and sacrifice, is it nothing to you that
there are still vast multitudes of Adam’s children who are chained
helplessly to their sins, in misery, dread, and despair?
“Is it nothing to you
that these multitudes continue to live and die in the bonds of iniquity,
and in the gall of bitterness and in despair, as though God had never
sent Me into the world?
“Is it nothing to you
that I should have endured all the agonies of sin and judgment
in vain so far as these multitudes are
concerned? That My finished work on the cross should be utterly without
fruit in these vast, dark, distant lands where men and women abide still
in total darkness? That the countless crowds have not so much as one ray
of light from My gospel? Is it nothing to you that I should have been
led as a Lamb to the slaughter for nothing in regard to these millions
for whom I died, just as much as I died for you?
“Is it nothing to you
that My Father laid upon Me the
iniquity of all mankind, and yet
more that half of them still have not been told? Is it nothing to
you that I was wounded for their transgressions and bruised for their
iniquities, and that the chastisement of their peace fell upon Me – and
yet they cannot be healed?
Singing, But Not Doing
“You sing, ‘Oh Happy
Day When Jesus Washed My Sins Away,’ but is it nothing to you that vast
areas of the earth have never been told of the fountain open for sin and
uncleanness here at My cross? You also sing “Jesus, I My Cross Have
Taken, All to Leave and Follow Thee,” but you lie to Me when you sing
it, or else you do not think what you are singing for you have not taken
My cross to these benighted millions who are the helpless victims of sin
and fear. Have you taken My cross at all? Have you taken it
“Is it nothing to you
that I bore in My own body on the accursed tree, the guilt of all of
Adam’s race? Is it nothing to you, you whose skin is white, that I
also died for those whose skin is black, yellow, brown or red? Why have
they not the same knowledge that you have? “For some have not the
knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame.”
The Agonies of Christ
“Is it nothing to you
that I stood forsaken before Pontius Pilate in judgment, and opened not
My mouth when hellish men cried out ‘Crucify Him’? And when Pilate
delivered Me into their hands, I remained silent because I wanted to be
‘lifted up that I might draw all men unto Me,’ and unto My Father?
“Is it nothing to you
that yonder in the garden of the Olive Press I took upon Myself the sins
of the whole world, which almost crushed Me down into the very jaws of
death then and there, and that I sweat My body’s blood to carry the
load, and cried out to the Father to spare Me from the awful cup if
there could be any other way of saving the world? But because
there was no other way, I
suffered the Just for unjust that I might bring men to God.”
“Is it nothing to you
that I bore My cross to Golgotha, and gave My feet to the spikes, and My
back to the smiters, to bear away the sins of
the whole world? Is it nothing to you that this is all in vain
with regard to the many millions, past and present, who have never heard
the good news? Are you unconcerned, indifferent? Do you not care that I
did all this because I knew it meant salvation for men – does it mean
nothing to you? Nothing save your own personal
“Is it nothing to you
that I could at last declare with satisfaction, ‘It is finished?’
that I had done all I could, all that was
required of Me in order that men might be saved? And you – what
have YOU done to save them? I finished My part, but My redeemed ones, My
Bride, My Church, you have not finished your
The Accomplished Task
“Is it nothing to you
that Almighty God bared His arm and ripped asunder the veil in the
temple of Jerusalem from the top to the bottom to show the world that
the way was now open for all mankind? Should they not all therefore be
told? Why have they not been told? Why
must so many grasp and grope in the dark, trying to find their way to
God, despite the fact that I suffered so much to provide a way - a way
wide enough and plain enough for them all? What have you to say in
answer to this?
“Is it nothing to you
that I gave a plain commandment to My church: ‘Go into all the world and
preach the gospel to every creature’?
I repeated this commandment many times to My followers after I came out
of the grave. It was the very last word
I left with them before I went back to heaven as the King of Glory
to be received at the Father’s Right Hand. Why has it not been
“I only gave two
commandments to My Church, and they are both plain and positive. No one
could misunderstand them: nothing could have been plainer: ‘Love one
and ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’
“The second one was
the very last I spoke to My people on
earth as the clouds received Me out of their sight – I thought surely it
would not be forgotten or omitted. But, alas, such seems to be the case.
My people have done and are still doing many fine things which I did not
at all command them to do, and I am not unmindful of these things, but
the two things I straightly commanded them to do, is where they have
failed Me most. Why is this?
“I knew it was a
heavy burden and a severe task I placed upon your shoulders, and that it
demanded more than human power could supply, that it would mean
sacrifice and suffering; but I promised that I would be with you to the
end. Have you not read My promise? Did I not give My word that I would
never leave you nor forsake you? Did I not promise that I would send you
My Spirit who would bring all My power, supreme in both heaven and
earth, into your beings, and that this power would enable you to
accomplish the task? Is it nothing to you that I gave such a commandment
and made such a promise?
The Work of the Spirit
“Is it nothing to you
that the Holy Spirit came?
That He came to earth to take up His abode in the Church which is My
Body – that He has made your being and body His very own temple? That He
did this to empower you to fulfill My command to bear My witness
throughout the length and breadth of the earth? That this was His chief
reason for coming? I told My disciples: ‘You shall receive power after
that the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be
witnesses unto Me . . . unto the uttermost
part of the earth’.”
“Do you think the
Holy Spirit came just to bring you more joy, and help, and happiness?
Just to serve you? Just to make the
Christian life more satisfactory and easy for you yourselves? Is
that all His coming means to you?
“Is it nothing to you
that the Holy Spirit wants to possess your
lives, consecrate you to God and to My service, and to direct
your life into Our holy will, and to thrust you forth into the great
harvest fields of the earth that are white with ripened grain and ready
for reaping? Have you not been told to pray the Lord of the Harvest to
do this? And if you prayed that He do this, can you hold back
yourselves and refuse to let Him thrust you
“Is it nothing to you
that the Spirit longs to ‘shed the love of God abroad in your heart’
so that your soul will be moved with compassion over the lost and dying
multitudes of mankind as Mine was, and is?
“I wept over them
when I saw their plight that they were sheep not having a shepherd, and
I poured out My life for them. What about you? Have you ever wept over
any of them? Are you pouring out your life, or any part of it for them?
Have you any concern for them, or are they nothing to you? Have you
closed your heart to the Spirit’s work, so that you do not share My
concern for lost souls?
“Is My command to
preach the gospel to the whole world, and My promise to be with you to
the end of the age, and My Spirit’s heavenly power to enable you to
witness to all the world; does all this mean nothing to you?
“Is it nothing to you
that I gave My all for you? Are you not willing in return to give your
all back to Me?”
These are not
fictitious attempts at rhetoric. These statements are all based on
indisputable facts that face us both in the Word of God and in the world
of our day. We cannot be indifferent. To be indifferent and unresponsive
is the equivalent of high treason in Christ’s kingdom.
From the booklet under the same title, published by
Back to the Bible Broadcast. Used by permission.
We need to Stop PlaYIng Church!
(photo when he was 81)
PAUL WAS ANGERED at
the sight of the Main Street in Athens walled in with temples to false
gods. In the language of the stately Elizabethan English of the
Authorised Version, we have Paul’s reaction to this sight: his spirit
was “stirred within him.”
The Amplified Version
says, “Now while Paul was awaiting them at Athens, his spirit was
grieved and roused to anger as he saw that the city was full of idols.”
though given to class and culture, was still peddling soul–dope.
believer’s complacency towards the lost-ness of men is appalling. We
believers today need a baptism of Paul’s holy anger.
It is not a zealous
Pentecostal or holiness brother or an unshackled Baptist who knocks at
my door to witness. It is a deluded Jehovah’s Witness or a message-less
Mormon. We have in false cults a horrible picture of lost men seeking
lost men, to lead them to a lost eternity.
Ask yourself these
soul–searching questions, about the unsaved millions in
Why don’t we attack?
Why do we fear?
Why do we hesitate?
What chills our
Have we nothing to communicate?
Are we unsure of our own Biblical knowledge?
* Do we lack
personal assurance of Salvation?
Are we unconvinced that sinners stand in jeopardy of an eternal
Have we forgotten that even as believers, we shall, at the Judgment Seat
of Christ, be judged not only for what we have done, but, (and this
really hurts), for what we could have done?
In the sins of
omission that will be brought against many of us at the Judgment Seat of
Christ, there will surely be a paragraph of indictments where we have
failed to witness. Witnessing is not optional, but obligatory. We
Christians are debtors.
To me it is a
shocking commentary on Christian feebleness that, while in the first
century, 120 men could move from an upper–room closet and shake
Jerusalem, now-a-days 120 churches, claiming a like experience of the
Holy Spirit, can be in one of our cities and yet that city at large
hardly knows they are there.
In our spiritual
warfare, we churches must be guilty of shooting with dummy bullets. To
change the figure, we must spiritually be running with empty freight
It is my deep
conviction that the end of the age is upon us. Things are going to
develop more rapidly than any of us anticipate. In the light of this, we
need to fence off our altars so high that to get to them takes a
This is no hour for
crocodile tears, for half-baked commitments, or emotion-packed vows.
These should never be permitted to clutter our altars.
Most likely, if we
walked down Main Street today and saw stately edifices dedicated to
strange gods (false cults), we would shrug the thing off with the
cold–hearted, nonchalant comment, “It’s a pity that folk have no more
sense than to fall for that kind of thing.”
Let me repeat: I
believe the hour has come when we, God’s people, need the baptism of
There is a command,
“Be angry, and sin not.”
Too often, if the believer does know anger, he knows it at the wrong
time, about the wrong
thing, to the wrong
people, and in the wrong
place. His anger is so often
self–generated because his pride has been hurt.
The faultless image
which he carries of his own personal holiness has been smeared. Or he is
chagrined at the affront of some who have dared suggest that his idol of
gold has clay feet.
We need to remind
ourselves again that the Holy Son of God, our Saviour, was angry with
the pigeon sellers and the polluters of His Father’s House.
It is not difficult
for me to conceive that with millions of heathen perishing, our
hard–luck suppers, our shabby gospel films, our bloodless church
membership, and our nervous witnessing (plus our self–contentment and
self–indulgence) would all come in for a scathing denunciation from the
white–heat heart of the righteous Son of God!
We might remember,
too, that in the Bible story, Jesus was angry at the hardness of the
hearts of those who meticulously followed the synagogue’s law and
(Mark 2:23–28; Mark 3:1–5)
Ours is now the most
chronically unhappy world in history. It would be folly to give an
aspirin to a cancer patient, assuring him with lying words that this
would cure his malady.
Equally criminal in
my judgment is our attempt to appease the soul-hunger of
the millions around us by sermons that are not Christ–centered, not born
in the burning heart of a yearning preacher, and not wet with the tears
of his own travail and anxiety for fallen men.
Our situation is not
like walking down Main Street in Athens, where ignorance, superstition,
and strange gods held sway, to enlighten people. Ours is a far worse and
more terrible situation. We have pulled down the old altars to Yahweh
and built new chrome-plated altars to Ashtaroth and Baal.
To stir us sickly
saints to rescue the perishing, we need the smell of hell.
Oh to be like Thee,
blessed Redeemer – angry! More than ever we need to cry:
Breath of life, come sweeping through us;
Revive Thy Church with life and power.
Breath of Life, come cleanse, renew us,
fit Thy Church to meet this hour.
Bessie P Heed
THE GARBAGE DUMP PEOPLE
Jim Bramlett has
shared this report. He says, “The story is one of the most fascinating
I have ever heard. It comes from a reliable Christian friend. I first
heard it in 1999. It demonstrates the power of God’s love to penetrate
even the most closed cultures when His people are willing to lay down
all for the Savior and take up His cross. It also demonstrates the
outpouring of God’s Spirit in these last days.”
missionary couple had
been labouring in a certain Muslim country that I will not name for
purposes of protection. They had become terribly discouraged in their
attempts to share the gospel with the Muslims there, and they were about
to quit and go home.
However, they first
decided to take a few days to fast and pray, asking the Lord for
direction and guidance. To their surprise, during this period of
seeking, the Lord gave them this simple instruction, “Go to the garbage
(In my humble
experience, whenever God really speaks to us, it is usually very
succinct – short, to the point, with few words, very direct. I am always
wary of long dissertations purportedly from God.)
The garbage dump
people lived on the outskirts of this large Muslim city, the last people
group anyone would normally ever want to visit. There are thousands of
people there who literally live in the garbage dump. They have no other
place to live. They actually comprise a city built on top of all the
garbage. “Homes” are typically cardboard boxes. (My friend has photos.)
People live off of
what they find in the garbage. The stench is described as terrible. The
missionary couple hesitated, humanly not really wanting to go, but they
decided that if the Lord was speaking to them they had better obey.
They soon began an
outreach to the garbage dump people. God’s anointing was obviously on
the effort because after only a short time they had 30-40 people
gathering around them for a Bible study in the garbage dump.
In less than a year,
800-900 people were gathering every time the missionaries went in to
peach and teach, which was three times a week. They soon began to see
God’s wisdom in this unique ministry. The garbage dump was a totally
protected place because no one, including the authorities, wanted to go
in there to interfere with what they were doing.
One day, their
numbers having reached into the hundreds, they were talking with one of
the oldest men of the garbage dump city. They told him that somehow they
were going to have to find some shelter so that the assembled people
would have some cover from the elements.
The old man said,
“When I was just a child, many years ago, some of the old people at that
time said that there was a cave, and far down into the cave there is a
meeting place. I remember being taken in there as a young boy. I think I
could take you there again.”
They agreed to come
back and go with the old man. The missionaries soon returned with
friends and flashlights. The old man led them to a back part of the
garbage dump with a lot of rock formations. He then took them to the
opening of a very large cave. They all entered the cave and walked and
walked, for about 45 minutes.
Finally, at the end,
there was a turn, and then to their astonishment they saw an enormous,
incredibly well-preserved theater! It was like one of those in the Roman
times we have seen in pictures. It was in immaculate condition,
obviously preserved from ancient times by the unusual climate. They
discovered there was seating for about 5,000 people!
began to use that underground theater as the meeting place for the
church. God began to fill the place with garbage dump people. It was not
long before every seat in the whole theater was filled, and it was not
unusual for the lines of Muslims waiting to give testimonies of
salvation to go down both sides of the theater, to the left and the
right, all the way to the back. These were all Muslims who had come to
faith in Jesus Christ, many of them after a supernatural experience,
with Jesus appearing to them in dreams and visions, a phenomenon in
Muslim countries we have heard about from other reliable sources.
Services sometimes go
on for hours. All this happened because the Father’s love through the
Holy Spirit stirred in the hearts of two people – a committed missionary
couple – who said, “yes,” and who were willing to lay down their lives,
personal ambitions, ego and pride for Jesus, and preach in a filthy,
stinking Muslim garbage dump. I marvel at God’s wisdom and how He loves
and remembers the lowly. To Him be all the glory, honor and praise!
A SCRIPTURAL PRINCIPLE
“EACH ONE, REACH ONE”
“Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the
Have you heard of
this slogan, “Each one reach one”?
Behind the slogan is
the conviction that the whole world could be evangelised in less than
ten years, if each believer would lead one soul to the Lord every year,
and then teach the new believer to do the same.
If, out of the
hundreds of millions of “Christians” throughout the world, at least 10
million born again believers could be committed to the goal of leading
at least one soul to the Master each year, the number of believers would
double each year. The multiplication of born again Christians would look
like this – starting this year:
- 10,000,000 believers
2009 - 20,000,000 believers
- 40,000,000 believers
- 80,000,000 believers
- 160,000,000 believers
2013 - 320,000,000 believers
2014 - 640,000,000 believers
- 1,280,000,000 believers
2016 - 2,560,000,000 believers
2017 - 5,120,000,000 believers
2018 - 10,240,000,000 believers
That’s over ten
billion! Everybody in the world saved!
(World population in
2018 is expected to be nearly 8 billion)
THEORETICAL STATISTICS ?
Sure! But that’s the
number of souls our Father is willing to see saved! For He is not
willing that any should perish!
Sure! We will never see all of the world’s population redeemed, for we
know that wickedness will increase, and many men’s heart will resist the
grace of God. But I would sure love to see a lot more of this perishing
Sure! The above is a
theoretical chart that depends on ten million believers’ continuous
faithfulness and Spirit-filled walk in fellowship with the Master. But
personal evangelism is scriptural.
“Therefore they that
were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the Word.”
True! There are many
reasons why believers are not winning souls. There’s a lot of issues
that need to be dealt with in believers’ lives before they can really
become effective soul-winners.
And sure! It is not
just a matter of people hearing or not hearing the Gospel. The
resistance of the world to the Gospel is as strong, or stronger, than
ever. Many people do hear, but they are not convinced by the Gospel
because it is not presented in the power of the Holy Spirit, and backed
by holy lives of Christians.
There’s also a
spiritual conflict raging around the world as the forces of evil are
pitted against the Body of the Messiah. This conflict will not be
resolved until Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire, along with all those
who have not been delivered from his kingdom of darkness.
My reader, time is
running out, and we may not even have ten years left to win the world!
True! The whole world
will not be converted. We will not see eight billion people saved. But
why don’t we ask our Father for a larger vision of what He can do? And
why don’t we give ourselves to the work of winning
as many souls as we can?
billion souls saved!
possible if just one million believers,
reach one and teach one, each year for ten years. Is that still too high
for your vision?
Then what if 100
million believers each led one soul to the Saviour every year (even if
the new believers didn’t) ? In ten years, there would be one billion
But where to get
100 million zealous believers? Quite
possibly from China, India, Nepal, Korea, Africa, and a few other such
places! That’s where the increase is!
But as far as the
West is concerned, forget it! The West is ready for the pit! We can let
these nations go to hell!! Right?
Sorry! I’m speaking
rashly - to stir up your minds! But if Christians in the West really
care for their compatriots, then they must wake up, and seriously commit
themselves to soul-winning! Because time is almost up!
Can God find
one million believers in the West
who are really committed to winning souls?
If not, can He find
Can He find
10,000 born again believers who
will do more than give lip service to the need of souls to be saved from
hell? Ten thousand believers reaching one, and teaching one to do the
same, each year, could mean ten million
souls saved in ten years. But can God find
10,000 believers committed to soul-winning?
What if He can only
Well; they could potentially save one
million precious souls!
But what if God can
only find 100?
Then it may only be 100,000
What if He finds only
10 believers? Then,
And what if there is
just one believer who is really
sold out to the Master and to this work of saving souls – it can mean an
increase of 1000 in ten years –
provided that he is able to teach his new believers to also win souls.
greater harvest than addition.
If we see only
one soul saved per year, then of
course at the end of ten years we would have at least
Of course, even
helping to save ten souls will bring great joy throughout eternity.
But let us not go
Can God find one committed believer
in the street where
According to Acts 8
the early believers went everywhere sharing the Gospel; literally
“gossiping” the Gospel. Talking can be the easiest thing in the world.
Everyone does it, to a greater or lesser degree. You can talk about
cars, cricket, football, work, fashions, parties, and food – then why
not talk about the Saviour. But ...
(a) You need to know
what you are talking about. A
first hand knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour is essential.
You must know Him, trust Him, and rely on Him.
(b) You need to
speak of how you came to know Him, what He means to you, what He has
done and is doing for you. This means personal
witness. And a witness speaks
what he knows. This is your testimony.
(c) You need to know
what the Bible says about the Saviour,
what He promises you, and what He offers to others.
(d) You need to know
what the Bible says about the past,
what it foretells of the future,
and what it offers in the present.
All this is well
within your grasp, believer, for woven into the fabric of every
believer’s life is this knowledge of the Saviour and His Word. You read
it every day!
You also need to get
to know the one you are talking to.
It is a matter of common courtesy in conversation that you find out
the other person’s interests and to talk about them.
Dale Carnegie has
written a very interesting book on, “How to win friends and influence
people.’ He used in one place, the maxim – “if you want to gather honey,
don’t kick over the beehive.”
In other words, be
careful. Don’t be offensive. Get
to know the people you are seeking to win, and teach them patiently. Let
the Holy Spirit open doors, and to use your words to bring conviction
A testimony from CHINA
saved through torture
am free, I only want to
do one thing . . . tell others about Christ.”
Brother Yang is a
brand new Christian, and boldly declared the above statement to the
police, who had just beaten and tortured him. Compass Direct
recently reported his testimony.
Yang was invited to a
house church meeting that was raided by police. He was not a Christian
at the time, but the police arrested him anyway. In the midst of the
torture and interrogation he prayed, “Jesus, if You are God, get me
When the police
released him the next day he said to them, “Before I go, I want to thank
you for making me into a Christian. Your cruelty forced me to call on
Jesus, and do you know, to my surprise, He came into me and gave me
compassion for both of you.”
“Now I am free, I
only want to do one thing – tell others about Christ. I intend to get
some Bible training, and then I will depart for another province to
spread God’s Word. All of China must hear of Jesus. If I live to be 80,
then I have 55 years left to spread His Gospel … that’s not a lot time
to reach the whole country.”
commitment to the Gospel is common among Chinese believers.
prisoners as if you were imprisoned with them; and those who are
mistreated, since you yourselves are also in the body.” (Hebrews
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