C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Why Are We Waiting On Them

Today we hear a lot about asking, pleading, encouraging, and demanding the lost person to repent of their sin, lifestyles, immorality, thoughts, deeds, etc.

I am not against such, except for the demanding part, for it is not for man to demand, but of God whose commands obedience of mankind. We as Christians are to warn those that disobey the commands of God [Ezekiel 3:18-19] and persuade lost sinners to a Savior (Jesus Christ) which can cleanse them from sin and restore fellowship with God [Luke 14:23].

But our preaching of repentance is not first or only to the lost.

2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We are to repent of sin and live a Christian testimony.

We are to ask, persuade, and pray for brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of sin and live a Christian testimony.

Only then can we go to the lost world and ask them to do that which we honestly believe and do ourselves. We cannot simply use the parent clause, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Remember Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:12, Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Even Christians are still sinners, but have been regenerated and now have God working in us to do that which is right. It is not that we are better than they (the lost) are, but that we are better off because of what Christ has done for us.

Maybe if all of us Christians could get our act together the lost world would see the picture of Christ in us that Christ said should be shinning through.

Lets take a moment to examine ourselves as close as we examine the lost person and lets see what God will do through us.

2 comments:

BEAST said...

You sound as if you Christians are really dragging our arses through shit and stuff.

Let me put it to you this way, such condescending talk is quite worthless, considering the fact that you Christians can't even get your act together.

Sean said...

It should please you.

Christianity is about individual refinement. What SOS is talking about is non-interventionist soul winning. In other words, we're not going to preach to others by word or mouth, but in silence by way of our actions.

Perhaps Christianity just isn't right for you though. Can you explain how your life has improved since becoming an atheist?

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.