We Persuade Men

Although the world discourages and even frowns on the sharing of the Christian faith, sheer humanity demands that Christians speak up, be bold, and persuade men.

“Did you say, ‘Sheer humanity’?” you might ask. “Aren’t you being a little dramatic, a little ‘over the top’? It’s really not that dire, is it?”

May I be blunt? Yes, it is that dire; and no, it’s not being over-dramatic to say that it is nothing less than an act of great compassion to speak up. The inspired word of God, the Bible, tells us quite clearly…

  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)
  • This “death” is spoken of as Hell/Gehenna (Lk. 12:5), the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14)
  • Good works cannot offset the sins that we’ve committed (Ephesians 2:8,9)
  • Other religions, other gods cannot save (Isaiah 45:20)
  • Jesus is the only way to Heaven, to the Father (John 14:6)
  • There is no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)
  • The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16)
  • No other “gospel” will do (Galatians 1:6-9)
  • Men must hear and respond to (obey) the Gospel to be saved (Romans 10:13-15)
  • Failure to obey the Gospel results in eternal destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9)

No small wonder then that Paul said, “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men…” (2 Corinthians 5:11). Yes, the story of Jesus — His identity, His purpose, His cross, His resurrection, His ascension, and the appropriate response to it all — is indispensably important. And although a lot of people think they know it, the vast majority really don’t. You do; you, as a New Testament Christian, hold in your heart and mind the golden key to the eternal salvation of men’s souls, the Gospel, that only waits to be unleashed by your courage and your tongue.

The words of an old hymn have always moved me:

When in the better land,
     And before the bar we stand,
How deeply grieved our souls will be, If any lost one there
     Should cry in deep despair,
“You never mentioned Him to me!”
     “You never mentioned Him to me! You helped me not the light to see.
You knew me day by day, And knew I was astray,
     Yet never mentioned Him to me!”

For the sake of the lost, in the name of sheer humanity, in obedience to the command of Jesus—SHARE, INVITE, LIVE IT, TEACH IT.

 

About parklinscomb

I'm a minister for the church of Christ in Manchester NH where I've worked since the 1970's. I'm a big fan of my family, archaeology, the Bible, the Lord's church, and Gander Brook Christian Camp.
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