|A Wake Up Call|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Friday, 15 July 2016 10:49|
My mentor once told me that the Primitive Baptists were a sleeping giant. Another brother once observed that out of all Christendom, we have the best message with the worst marketing.
I observe a few factors which contribute to this:
1. With all due and deserved respect, many PB of yesteryear became resentful at the perceived success of the Missions movement, which they rightfully opposed for scriptural reasons. So, going to an extreme of their own, they became anti-evangelism. Literally, they were fatalists, thinking no one joined their ranks unless God dragged them in by the hair of the head. God has to be in the matter, but had Paul not planted and Apollos not watered, there would be no effort for God to bless with increase (1 Corinthians 3).
2. We're too sidetracked. Politics is an enormous distraction. I honestly wonder if our patriotism has become an idol (I speak as one who is guilty). But the average member is also bogged down by the pursuit of wealth, recreation, entertainment, etc.
3. We've lost the urgency. As Amos said, woe to them that are at ease in Zion. Paul knew the message of sovereign grace, but there was still an urgency to his preaching. No, it doesn't add a soul to the elect of God, but we should feel compelled to share the message of grace with God's people. The preachers should feel burdened, of course. But the pewsitter should too. If we're not, pray for repentance.
4. When we do evangelize, we major on the minors, arguing over some obscure, and perhaps even irrelevant point. I observed this a lot in my youth, when ministers would always have some strange point to make, but the sheep got no instruction. It was always about being odd and different. Forgive me if that offends you, I beg. This true gospel we believe is different enough already. We don't need to look more unusual by intentionally being weird.
Gird thy loins up, Christian soldier; Lo, thy captain bids thee come.
While my post may seem in the negative, consider some positives for a moment. Sharing the word is exciting. Baptisms are exciting. Newcomers are exciting. Friends, with all this bad news in the world, we need something to get excited about!
Please take 10 minutes to watch this video by brother Rick, from Flint River Church in Huntsville.
|Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2016 11:14|