I would like to illustrate to you how church goers and those claiming Christ may appear to non-Christians who view their websites or their activities. I would like to do so through a series of photos; however, I would like to first share with you what is truly driving me to share these photos today.
The Bible says we will all give an account of what we have done with the life He has given to us one day at the judgment. How wisely have we used the time and money He has given to us as individuals, as local congregations, and as the Body of Christ throughout the world?
If you have repented of your sins, believed on the LORD Jesus Christ, asked Him for His Holy Spirit, and recognized Him as your owner and master, then you have become GOD’s child. What a blessing to go to heaven and to be a child of the Creator of the universe!
… but what about all those who haven’t even heard? Who will tell them?
“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15
One of the last things that Jesus told His disciples was the above message (known as the Great Commission) before He ascended to be with His Father. Jesus spent a large part of His ministry warning people about the flames of torment.
“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” – Matthew 5:29
So if the flames of future torment of those without Jesus Christ is really that awful, then how will they hear unless GOD’s people tell them?
“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 without a herald?” – Romans 10:14
Jesus sent all of His disciples as heralds throughout the world to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.
Some of the tools that can be used for evangelistic outreaches to the community are hospitals, community centers, malls, educational institutes (like colleges and English reading classes), thrift stores and rescue missions, radio and television broadcasts, books, comics, tract ministries, bookstores, street-preaching, children’s clubs, door-to-door evangelism, movies, plays, theatrical auditoriums, theaters, orphanages, homes for the abused, city-wide rallies, evangelism campaigns, tent-meetings, camps (for families, teens, and children), flea markets, car shows, state fairs, hotels and motels, the internet, business men luncheons, business men outreaches like the Gideons International Bible distribution ministry, Bible studies at work and school, and much more. The United States used to have a plethora of these type of activities such as the YMCA, the YWCA, the Sunday School, the Salvation Army, and colleges like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Many of these have gone secular or wayward. Today, American Christians still have Vacation Bible School, Children’s Evangelism Fellowship, some radio ministries, and other outreaches, but many have gone astray and are no longer teaching the Truth, but seeking after money. In fact, most churches in America are now teaching morals and good works, and seeking for “market share” (aka money) instead of teaching the gospel of Christ and the need for repentance. Other congregations are just social clubs that spend all their time paying the mortgage and finding reasons to exist. If believers met in homes or in free or very inexpensive facilities such as some of their outreach buildings mentioned above (i.e. theaters, community centers, etc), instead of wasting money on massive mortgages for cathedrals, just think of how many more of the above-listed outreaches could be supported to further the Gospel.
Approximately 150,000 human beings will die today and go to their eternal home. Jesus said that few find the narrow road that leads to eternal life. Many of these people will be unprepared for eternity and will enter torturous flames forever and ever. Meanwhile, those who profess Christ in the world today find excuses to have fun, maintain their clique, continue their cliches and traditions, and justify their waste of GOD’s valuable resources of time and money in the categories of “fellowship” or an indirect “testimony to the lost”, but will never reach their entire county for Christ with the Gospel (which is easily done with the time, money, and resources available to them, especially those in America).
Twelve men turned the world upside down with no technology, scarce resources, and a handful of disciples. Why can’t an entire congregation of people at least reach their own county?
Excuses, blindness, and self-justification abound, but when viewing their lives as a body, one must question whether those who call themselves GOD’s people really care. Do they feel spiritual for having visited their cathedral three times each week and for having fulfilled their pastor’s and fellow member’s expectations or for having followed the prescriptions of their favorite ministry? Do they know what Jesus truly wanted them to do? Do they know the Word of GOD? If so, are they practicing it?
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” – Revelation 3:15-19
So what are the people who claim to be GOD’s children and heralds doing today to reach the lost? Let’s take a look. I have a few satirical photos and comments throughout this article and below. Most have been pulled directly from church websites. Many, many more could be published.
Why are the youth being taught today by their pastors that instead of teen soul-winning, they need white water rapids, lake time, rock concerts, fun, fun, fun, and more carnal fun? What does this teach them about Christianity? Are they teaching the youth that Christianity is about serving others, sharing Christ with others, and caring for brethren and the lost? Or through their activities and emphasis are they saying that Christianity is about having fun and being entertained?
Christians will one day give an account of what they have done with the time, money, and “talents” that GOD has given to them. How will these photos below look on Judgment Day? Will these activities seem so important then as people are chained and cast into flames as human firebrands?
For a more in-depth look into other non-Biblical practices today that differ from the early believers, be sure to visit the article at this link.
You will learn how the Scripture taught that we are never to invite the lost into our congregations. If we want to have “fun times”, it is essential they are created for the lost in order to share the Gospel with them in a detailed and ongoing manner in order to disciple them and love them to Christ (not to get them interested in visiting our congregational meetings where Paul stated that they should not be involved). Fun times, however, are not for “members only” and GOD’s money is not to be used for such frivolity, unless it is Mission-focused. A ten-minute devotional at a sports game for lost community members (instead of ‘members only’) is great, but it must contain the plan of salvation. Even then, many of the lost don’t even understand “five steps to heaven” and need far more extensive discipleship training. That’s why there must be more robust educational programs created to teach the lost (as the Great Commission of Christ commands us to do).
Many of the things done in the name of “ministering to the lost” is focused primarily on members and is more about fun and very little discipleship of the lost takes place. If fun times are to be had, they should be had on personal time, instead of using GOD’s valuable time and money to entertain ourselves at the exclusion of the lost and dying world. Also, entertainment and fun are not the wisest way to win the lost. The apostles didn’t share Christ by offering circuses and bread. They wanted the people who truly were interested in learning more about the Gospel.
One great way is to offer free private education at the school and college level to those without Christ where the Gospel can be taught in a more developed manner (instead of wasting the money on frivolities and mortgages). Imagine what would happen if more ministries got rid of their huge mortgages, busy church activity schedules, sports leagues, entertainment and fun events, and focused instead on winning those who are falling into the flames of hell faster than we can tell them the Gospel.
Imagine if they sold their huge cathedrals and met in houses or rented low-cost facilities with no fun times for members, but instead formed creative outlets in their city for sharing the Gospel or free private educational institutes (where they could also meet on the weekends in place of their expensive cathedrals) or pay their congregational leaders to devote themselves to going two-by-two as the apostles did to share the Gospel throughout their city (instead of paying a pastor and staff to run in circles keeping members pacified with activities). A hundred years ago, the people of GOD had very wise ideas of how to win the lost.
The Y.W.C.A and Y.M.C.A were created as community centers where Christianity could be promoted to young people. Colleges were created such as Harvard and Princeton by clergy where young people could be told of redemption. The Sunday School was created as a way to teach reading, and simultaneously the Bible, to children. The Salvation Army was created to share with the poor and win them to Christ. The entire culture of America was about winning the lost in those days. Today, most of these establishments are no longer anchored to Jesus Christ, but are drifting in a sea of relativism. A few, like the Gideons who distribute Bibles around the world, still remain. Most of the educational institutes, who still teach the Bible, teach a heretical version of it, and fail to share the Gospel with the students or basic doctrine, or do so in a very academic manner instead of inviting the youth into a relationship with Christ.
We must be wiser and more frugal in our use of what GOD has given us in time and money, because one day we must give account of our stewardship. We must begin to once again reach out to those who have never heard the Gospel around us or they will be forever lost.