Evangelism: A Call to Anguish

jesus christ woman at the wellEvangelism is the heart of God. Missions is the work of Jesus Christ. Anguish for lost souls is the language of the Holy Spirit. Are we speaking the Spirit’s language and working the fields “white with harvest” (John 4:35)? Do our hearts beat in unison with God’s? If not, then we need a heart check!

I recently shared a prayer request with a Christian writer and film producer. He uses these methods to ‘preach’ against evolution, among other things. I asked this man to pray for an atheist who believes in evolution, someone near and dear to my heart. He refused.

How many Christians are just like this man? I don’t like atheism, evolution, or secular humanism any more than the next Bible believer. But we shouldn’t reject people who believe in these things. They need Spirit-led prayer. When will we stop fighting sinners on issues and starting witnessing to and praying for them? They need Bible truth, but truth without prayer won’t save them. It won’t even make them listen. This is why I hate public debates. They miss the point.

We love to write books, sing songs, and make movies today. Is evangelism the goal? Do we want to see people saved? We can use these things as a tool – telling people about the blood of Jesus and sharing our testimonies of God’s saving grace (Revelation 12:11). Too few Christians do. They seek success instead. The last thing that this unbelieving world needs is family-friendly entertainment or Christian celebrities. People are dying and entering hell for eternity!

We should seek the glory of God through the conversion of sinners. Otherwise, we’re wasting our time. Have we stopped believing in the power of God to save sinners, or are we ourselves unconverted? The church needs to recover the heartbeat of God – evangelism.

“I look at the whole religious scene today and all I see are the inventions and ministries of man and flesh.  It’s mostly powerless.  It has no impact on the world.  And I see more of the world coming into the church and impacting the church, rather than the church impacting the world.  I see the music taking over the house of God.  I see entertainment taking over the house of God.  An obsession with entertainment in God’s house.  A hatred of correction and a hatred of reproof.  Nobody wants to hear it any more.  Whatever happened to anguish in the house of God? …

We’ve held on to our religious rhetoric and our revival talk but we’ve become so passive.  All true passion is born out of anguish.  All true passion for Christ comes out of a baptism of anguish.  You search the scripture and you’ll find that when God determined to recover a ruined situation. He would share His own anguish for what God saw happening to His church and to His people.  And He would find a praying man and take that man and literally baptize him in anguish.

You won’t labor in prayer anymore, you won’t weep before God anymore. You can sit and watch television and your family goes to hell. … All our projects, all our ministries, everything we do … where are the Sunday school teachers that weep over kids they know are not hearing and are going to hell?”

— David Wilkerson, “A Call to Anguish” (YouTube, transcript)


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