Enemies of Evangelism 4
Note: Today’s blog post is by Pastor Allen Thompson of the Harvest Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. We connected after he read something I had written. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, not just for planting a church, but for doing it in America’s greatest mission field, the inner city.
Just before Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven, He left His disciples with a charge that became affectionately known as “The Great Commission.” And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. -Mark 16:15.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. –Matthew 28:19, 20.
Just as a soldier laces up his boots and marches to the battlefield, the Christian has received non-negotiable orders to make their way to the world with their feet shod with the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). Operation Evangelism!
Evangelism is the promulgation of the good news of Jesus Christ. It is actively pursuing the unsaved to share that Jesus Christ loves them so much that He died on the cross to pay their sin debt and that He freely offers His salvation to all those who will receive Him.
This salvation is powerful. It is perfect. It changes lives. It saves lives! Why isn't this knowledge shared with the world? The world has not been reached like it should be because evangelism has a foe. This enemy is fear and it has paralyzed many Christians.
What are some fears that a soul winner may face?
- Fear of talking to people
- Fear of knowing what to say
- Fear of embarrassment
- Fear that others will not believe
- Fear of a bad testimony
While the list of fears could go on, they all have a common denominator-the expectation of evil. No matter what fear we face, we face it because in that moment we expect more evil to come from the world than we do power to come from God. Remember the words of the Psalmist, My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
William Gurnall wrote, We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man’s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God.
Paul, who was berated, bound, beaten and beheaded, experienced much evil in his life. Still, he was not overtaken by fear, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7.
He knew that no matter the consequences He would not be separated from God and His goodness. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8: 38, 39.
Fears will be present, but they should not be paralyzing. God will not go for us, but He will go with us. And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
There is no reason to be overtaken by fear. There is every reason to be overtaken by faith!
And if you think that anybody is going to frighten me, you don’t know me yet. –Billy Sunday.