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The Heart of the Matter

The apostle Paul writes a second letter to a church located in Thessalonica as a forewarning to believers about a futuristic leader who will one day deceive the masses by leading them away from the truth of God’s Word. He is described as the “lawless one.”

“Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming that is the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan…” (2 Thess 2:8)

However, before his arrival the world will be characterized by a blasphemous spirit (among the people) or attitude that blatantly opposes God, His Christ, His Word, and His people. His success in the near future is attributed to the fact that

“… they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved…For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2:10-12)

Charles Spurgeon addresses man’s relationship with God’s truth (in his day) in a book titled “An All-Round Ministry: Addresses to ministers and students,”

“Beloved, I notice that God imports His messages to those who have a complete subordination to Him. I will tell you what has often crossed my mind when I have talked with certain brethren, or have read their lucubration’s; I have wondered which was the Master, and which was the servant, the man or God. I have been sorry for the errors of these brethren, but I have been far more distressed by the spirit shown in those errors. It is evident that they have renounced that holy reverence for Scripture which indicated by such an expression as this, “that trembleth at My Word.” They rather trifle than tremble. The Word is not their teacher, but they are its critics. With many, the Word of the Lord is no longer enthroned in the place of honor, but it is treated as a football, to be kicked about as they please; and the apostles, especially are treated as if Paul, and James, and John, were Tom, and Harry, with whom modern wise men are on terms of something more than equality. They pass the Books of Scripture under their rod, and judge the Spirit of God Himself. The Lord cannot work by a creature that is in revolt against Him. We must manifest the spirit of reverence, or we shall not be as little children, nor enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

My recent experience at an ecumenical or inter-faith meeting confirms that we are also living in these days. The group of people assembled during this particular evening was comprised of Hindus, Buddhist, Muslims, Universal Unitarians, United Church of Christ leaders, and Agnostics. I intentionally left out the mentioning of Christians because the views or statements made by those claiming to be followers of Christ, usually contradict the teachings of Scripture. The Bible categorically labels any person who rejects the teachings of Christ as an individual who has not nor knows God. “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teachings of Christ does not have God…”

Why do I attend?
You may be wondering why I attend? I was selected or invited (by a Muslim) to the group for the sole purpose of presenting or bringing to the table an evangelical theological perspective. This organization meets regularly in order to discuss or comment on topics (from their religious perspectives) pertaining to everyday living. The most recent gathering dealt with the theme or subject of the recent killings, plus injuring of innocent people in Boston, Massachusetts. Emphasis was not concentrated on who, what, where, and why someone would do this, but on how each of the above mentioned belief systems would respond if placed in a similar situation. In other words, what form of compassion or humanitarianism would they practice or implement in time of tragedy?

In a group where absolute truth is irrelevant, it stands to reason why the subject of Jihad is overlooked and replaced with a less weighty topic. The goal of most ecumenical groups is to unify over commonalities and avoid doctrines that divide or cause disunity. The subject of sin and the depravity of man’s heart is not only avoided but denied. (That has been my experience in each of the meetings I have attended) My purpose for attending these meetings is to discuss absolutes and not to ignore or deny facts. It is a fact that the Quran teaches death to the non-Muslim. Plus, it is also commonly known among all faiths that the Bible describes the heart of all men as being desperately wicked. According to the Bible, “there is none who does good.” (Rom 3:12) So, it stands to reason that someone would address the obvious, because man is capable of doing good deeds, because at the core of his inner being is only evil.

Walter A. Elwell writes in a book titled Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, “The Bible teaches this concept of total depravity in many places. The Lord recognized good people (Matt 22:10), yet he labeled his own disciples as evil men (7:11). The mind is affected (Rom 1:28), the conscience is unclean (Heb 9:14), the heart is deceitful (Jer 17:9), and by nature mankind is subject to wrath (Eph 2:3).” In an attempt to emphasize this point those in my small group were immediately at odds with this point. In logic, the starting point of an argument is called a proposition. When we use propositions, we are either asserting the truth of the statement or denying the truth of the statement. Those individuals involved in the bombing of blameless marathon runners and spectators displayed by their actions that God’s Word is true in regards to the condition of the human heart. (To ignore these points would be considered illogical). Note that this is a technical meaning of “deny,” not the everyday meaning. To deny in this context means to gather evidence to show that the proposition cannot be true, not just that it is wrong. Further evidence to support my propositional statement is located or revealed in the human heart. The apostle Paul writes, “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, no having the Law are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience being witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…” (Rom 2:14-15) God has placed in every human being a conscience that gives them knowledge of right and wrong. So when an individual sins (murder, lie, steal, lust, etc.) he/she does so with knowledge. (Con-with, Science-knowledge). To begin a discussion on the compassionate nature of human beings is completely irrational, because out of the human heart comes only iniquity. Jesus Christ our Lord states,

“For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders, etc.” (Matthew 15:19) It is amazing that humanity is capable of any good! Consider the fact that God sent His only begotten Son, the long awaited Messiah, to the nation of Israel, and their response to His innocence, sinlessness, miracles, compassion, redemption, propitiation, atonement, justification, and sacrificial death on the cross was to crucify Him. (Matthew 27:22)

Let’s examine the nature or condition of man by examining a little known fact about the most recognized saintly women on the planet, Mother Teresa and her organization Missionary of Charity. An anonymous author writes in an article titled Hitting Bedrock, “…Says Susan Shields, former Missionary of Charity: As a Missionary of Charity, I was assigned to record donations and write the thank-you letters. The money arrived at a frantic rate. The mail carrier often delivered the letters in sacks. We wrote receipts for checks of $50,000 and more on a regular basis. Sometimes a donor would call up and ask if we had received his check, expecting us to remember it readily because it was so large. How could we say that we could not recall it because we had received so many that were even larger?

Shields doesn’t suggest how much that might add up to, but Hitchens has it that there were at least $50 million in the New York bank account of the Missionaries of Charity, and figures that, this being but a part of the organization’s wealth, there must be several times more all told. So let’s place the MoC’s wealth in the 9-10 figure range. Now, it would not be correct to say that all this money belonged to Teresa. I take it that she herself owned next to nothing. I’m just saying that she controlled this money. It didn’t belong to her personally, but, if she’d really wanted, she could have used it, on behalf of her organization, to buy all sorts of medicines, pay all sorts of trained medical personnel, and maybe even keep her facilities stocked with clean new needles on a regular basis.
You may be able to guess what’s coming up next. Fact: Mother Teresa used only a tiny fraction of that money to improve the lives of the sick and the poor. Shields continues: We received touching letters from people, sometimes apparently poor themselves, who were making sacrifices to send us a little money for the starving people in Africa, the flood victims in Bangladesh, or the poor children in India. Most of the money sat in our bank accounts. The donations rolled in and were deposited in the bank, but they had no effect on our ascetic lives and very little effect on the lives of the poor we were trying to help. Well, who cares about the lives of the nuns: they got what they signed up for, right? That bit about the poor, though, that’s a little worrisome.

© 1986 Túrelio (Wikimedia-Commons) / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0

© 1986 Túrelio (Wikimedia-Commons) / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0


Here are some examples of how the MoC failed to spend its money. Shields gives one: in Haiti, “the sisters reused needles until they became blunt”. Out of the MoC’s bloated bank accounts, no money could be spared for new needles. Likewise, in an article in the British Medical Journal (a review of Hitchens’ book), Mary Loudon reports visiting the MoC’s facilities and seeing “syringes run under cold water and reused, aspirin given to those with terminal cancer, and cold baths given to everyone”. No money for oncological care beyond aspirin, no money for hot water, and, again, no money for new syringes, or even proper sterilization for old ones.

And in an article in the Lancet (9/17/94, Issue 8925), Robin Fox reports having visited the Home for the Dying in Kolkata, and describes the medical care there as “haphazard”: no trained medical personnel are present unless some happen to drop by to volunteer their time, and the sisters themselves are not given any proper training in medical care. “How about simple algorithms that might help the sisters and volunteers distinguish the curable from the incurable? Again no.” Out of the millions or billions, not enough for the salary of a single Kolkata doctor, or any other way of ensuring minimally consistent medical care.”

Therefore, when God says, “There is none who does good” He bases this scripture verse not on ones actions but His knowledge of the human heart. This article as well as the incident in Boston only stresses the importance of being born again. The Lord promised that He would place into those who believe in His Son a new heart that would give regenerated human beings the ability to demonstrate genuine compassion that will allow them to demonstrate good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For, we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8) Salvation is the catalyst to good works and evidence of being born again is that a believer serves others. His or her sanctification has been designated with kindhearted actions before time began. Therefore, the logical starting point of our conversation would not be to ignore the truth of God’s Word but to address the topic of sin and it’s resolve through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Obeying the great commission of Jesus Christ. “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone” Mark 16:15 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Friends,
I have a favor to ask:) If you are planning to attend either day of the Apologetics Evangelism conference would you please register online as soon as possible. We need this information for planning purposes. Please continue to pray for us…11 days to go.

Please join us for our upcoming Evangelism Conference

Please join us for our upcoming Evangelism Conference

Watch Live Interview On WLMB TV 40

On the set of Main Street WLMB TV 40

On the set of Main Street
WLMB TV 40

We were blessed to be able to have the opportunity to be interviewed by co-hosts Jamey Schmitz and Virginia Bossa on WLMB’s Weekly program, Main Street.

Steven had the chance to speak on air with his friend Jamey about Evangelize4Life’s mission to train and mobilize Christians to do evangelism. We hope you were able to watch live however, if you missed it you can stream the program at your convenience by going to the station’s website and clicking on the Main Street link. You’ll be looking for episode 35, ‘Keys to Fulfilling the Great Commission.’

Please continue to pray about how you might be able to assist the ministry. We ask that you add the ministry to your prayer list and we would like to remind you that you may support the Free Conference by making a donation in any amount online at http://www.apologeticsevangelism.eventbrite.com. This option is available to those who are attending and those who won’t be able to make the conference but would like to make a donation to the event.

Be Blessed!

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We are Working on a Building

ImageIt’s a new year and here at Evangelize4Life we have a renewed strength and an emboldened passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The year 2012 was a difficult one in the natural but spiritually we were focused and did not lose  motivation to  keep the main thing the main thing.  You see as my pastor said today in his sermon– we were created by God and for God.  We were created to give and bring Him glory.  We believe missions and evangelism  glorifies God.  Jesus said that the Father seeks worshipers.  The evangelists seeks lost souls– who may in turn hear the gospel and believe, thus becoming one with us in Christ.  As the old folks used to say , “We are working on a building.”

This building is not one built by hands nor by the ingenuity  and cleverness of any man.  The spiritual house we are laboring to construct is a spiritual one that will only succeed by the Spirit of the Lord’s will.

We are seeing souls saved.   We are sharing the gospel.  We are going to the hedges and the byways– compelling them to come in.  We are preaching from the pulpits, speaking in the classrooms, developing training resources, training through our daily radio program and preparing to begin our ministry nationwide.  Still, we need your help to get the gospel to the nations.

How Can You Help?

We need financial support for operating expenses, Bibles, tracts and even everyday necessities like printing.

Please register online for our Apologetics Evangelism Conference to be held in Feb 2013 and tell others about it.

Consider having our team come and host a training seminar or workshop at your church or gathering.

Purchase our resources which are available through Amazon.

And the number 1 thing you can do to help us as we seek to obey the Great Commission is to pray for us.  We need as many prayer partners as we can get.

Thanks to all of you for your support and prayers in 2012.  May God continue to bless and keep you!

The Evangelize4Life Staff

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Speaking of Evangelism…Motivational Quotes for the Missions-Minded

ImageMatthew 28:18-20

King James Version (KJV)

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Jesus, The Christ

“Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.” Elton Trueblood

“I care not where I go, or how I live, or what I endure so that I may save souls. When I sleep I dream of them; when I awake they are first in my thoughts…no amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound exposition of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep impassioned sympathetic love for human souls.” David Brainerd

“We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them.” Robert Moffatt

“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most…It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.” John Wesley

“Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of ­eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.” Hudson Taylor

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.”
John Wesley

“If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one GO there UNWARNED and UNPRAYED for.” Charles Spurgeon

“I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.” Keith Green

“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” C. T. Studd

“No sort of defense is needed for preaching outdoors, but it would take a very strong argument to prove that a man who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse has done his duty. A defense is required for services within buildings rather than for worship outside of them.” William Booth

“It is no marvel that the devil does not love field preaching! Neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul?” John Wesley

“Preach abroad….It is the cooping yourselves up in rooms that has dampened the work of God, which never was and never will be carried out to any purpose without going into the highways and hedges and compelling men and women to come in.” Jonathan Edwards

“I believe I never was more acceptable to my Master than when I was standing to teach those hearers in the open fields…I now preach to ten times more people than I would if I had been confined to the churches.” George Whitfield

“I am well assured that I did far more good to my Lincolnshire parishioners by preaching three days on my father’s tomb than I did by preaching three years in his pulpit.” John Wesley

“Lord, make me a crisis man. Let me not be a mile-post on a single road, but make me a fork that men must turn one way or another in facing Christ in me.” Jim Elliot

“Those were great days, and great victories were won. We always managed a riot or a revival. Sometimes a riot and no revival, but never a revival without a riot.” William Nicholson

“Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry?Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand?Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you DAMNED?” Leonard Ravenhill

“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end!” William Booth

“Make it an object of constant study, and of daily reflection and prayer, to learn how to deal with sinners so as to promote their conversion.” Charles G. Finney

“Isn’t it staggering when you think that one sermon on the day of Pentecost produced 3000 people? And we had some cities yesterday where 3000 sermons were preached and nobody was saved. And it doesn’t even faze us.” Leonard Ravenhill

“Can we go too fast in saving souls? If anyone still wants a reply, let him ask the lost souls in Hell.” William Booth

“Make it an object of constant study, and of daily reflection and prayer, to learn how to deal with sinners so as to promote their conversion.” Charles G. Finney

“If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.” Leonard Ravenhill

“Let the victors when they come, When the forts of folly fall, Find thy body near the wall.” Alfred Buxton

“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.” C. T. Studd

“The attitude of the average Christian today is relax and be raptured. But He is coming… and when God gets angry you’ve no idea what it is. Like a thousand volcanoes exploding. He has appointed a day in which He is going to judge the world and the poor blind world doesn’t know much about it and the poor blind church doesn’t think much about it now.” Leonard Ravenhill

“A preacher who preaches the truth uncompromisingly will be asked “does your preaching always have to be so pointy? Does it always have to be so sharp?” And of coarse the answer is no. He can blunt his message if he’d like and become just as dull as the average preacher.” Jesse Morrell

“It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it.” Dr. Vance Havner

“We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war.”
C. H. SPURGEON

“Ministers often preach about the Gospel instead of preaching the Gospel. They often preach about sinners instead of preaching to them.” Charles Finney

“Christian people, are you figuring round and round to get a little property, yet neglecting souls? Beware lest you ruin souls that can never live again! Do you say — I thought they knew it all? They reply to you, “I did not suppose you believed a word of it yourselves. You did not act as if you did. Are you going to heaven? Well, I am going down to hell! There is no help for me now. You will sometimes think of me then, as you shall see the smoke of my woe rising up darkly athwart the glorious heavens. After I have been there a long, long time, you will sometimes think that I, who once lived by your side, am there. O remember, you cannot pray for me then; but you will remember that once you might have warned and might have saved me.” Charles G. Finney

“Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.” John Wesley

“All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ.” Keith Green
“The man whose little sermon is “repent” sets himself against his age, and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man – “off with his head!” You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.” Joseph Parker

“How shall I feel at the judgement, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride.” Dr. W. E. Sangster

” Whenever, in any century, whether in a single heart or in a company of believers, there has been a fresh effusion of the Spirit, there has followed inevitably a fresh endeavor in the work of evangelizing the world.” A. J. Gordon

The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.” John R. Mott

“Oh, to realize that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!” Oswald J. Smith

“Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so. He does not care what we do if he can do that. We may sing songs about the sweet by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and he will never concern himself about us, if we don’t wake anybody up. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. This is our work – to wake people up.” Catherine Booth

“Brethren, do something; do something, do something! While societies and unions make constitutions, let us win souls. I pray you, be men of action all of you. Get to work and quit yourselves like men. Old Suvarov’s idea of war is mine: `Forward and strike! No theory! Attack! Form a column! Charge bayonets! Plunge into the center of the enemy! Our one aim is to win souls; and this we are not to talk about, but do in the power of God!'” Charles Spurgeon

“God save us from living in comfort while sinners are sinking into hell!” Charles Spurgeon

“Oh my friends, we are loaded with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost is almost entirely neglected.” Oswald J. Smith

“Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.” Hudson Taylor

“Oh sirs, deal with sin as sin, and speak of heaven and hell as they are, and not as if you were in jest.” John Flavel

“I would think it a greater happiness to gain one soul to Christ than mountains of silver and gold to myself.” Matthew Henry

“How can I help weeping when you will not weep for yourselves, though your immortal souls are on the verge of destruction!” George Whitfield

“Evermore the Law must prepare the way for the gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the Church with false converts… Time will make this plain.” Charles Finney

“A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, then we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them.” Richard Baxter

“Reckon then that to acquire soul-winning power, you will have to go through mental torment and soul distress. You must go into the fire if you are going to pull others out of it, and you will have to dive into the floods if you are going to draw others out of the water. You cannot work a fire escape without feeling the scorch of the conflagration, nor man a lifeboat without being covered with the waves.” Charles Spurgeon

“It is of no use for any of you to try to be soul-winners if you are not bearing fruit in your own lives. How can you serve the Lord with your lips if you do not serve Him with your lives.? How can you preach His gospel with your tongues, when with hands, feet, and heart you are preaching the devil’s gospel, and setting up an antichrist by your practical unholiness?” Charles Spurgeon

“We should never stop at having won a soul for Christ. By this, we have done only half the work. Every soul won for Christ must be made to be a soul-winner.” Richard Wurmbrand