The above map took me by surprise! Job ONE of the Church of Jesus Christ was to preach the Gospel, which is the Good News that Jesus died for our sins was buried and was raised in three days, so that we would have a Savior in whom we could put our faith, have our sins forgiven and be born again. This message spread like wildfire around the world and eventually came to America where it influenced the founding of our nation. Just visit the State capitals to see evidence of the Christian Faith chisled into marble and granite all across our land. Did you know the capstone of the Washington Monument says “Glory to God”?
But is the church still doing it’s job ONE? Unfortunately the answer is clearly NO! The churches in America have a gazillion programs but how many are really preaching that a person must be saved from the penalty of their sins by repenting and trusting Christ as Savior? Not many. How many are discipling new converts so that they too can carry the Gospel to the next generation? Not many.
This is why there are so many cults and false religions across our land as the above map unfortunately shows! Anytime someone comes to your door with the Bible and another book in their hand run the other direction! This is the first clue that these people are being used to corrupt the plain gospel message. They will have other books, other “prophets”, other miracles outside of the 66 Books of the Bible and additional “works” to earn salvation and a place in heaven. As Gandalf said, “Run for your lives”!
The Apostle Paul put it VERY plainly in Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created (by faith) in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Faith comes first, then comes works from a thankful heart for all that Jesus has done for you. You do NOT work for your place in heaven, that’s putting the cart before the horse.
If you know Jesus as your Savior, and know you have been saved from the penalty of your sins, will you PLEASE share that great blessing, the Gospel Story, with someone else? When the people come to your door carrying other books than the Bible, be ready to give them a word of testimony or a Gospel tract. In fact, I did that just today!
Two nice ladies were going door to door and stopped at my house. They handed me a piece of literature. I was kind to them but I said, “Sure I’ll take your literature if you take one of mine!” Then I reached into my pocket where I always have a supply of my Blog Cards which contain my blog website info and the Gospel message and a sinner’s prayer on the flip side. I politely handed one to her and she took it. I pray the Holy Spirit uses it to reach her heart.
Let’s put the GO back in the Gospel! Will you join me?
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)
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