The toughest Mission Field is that Place where Lost Souls call Jesus, Lord!
For me to present the Gospel of Jesus to the Lost Soul entails hard work and correct study.
If I am unwise, illogical, unphilosophical, and out of all natural order, in presenting the Gospel, I have no warrant for expecting Divine co-operation.
In winning souls, as in everything else, God works through and in accordance with natural laws. Hence, if I would win souls, I must wisely adapt means to this end. I must present those truths and in that order adapted to the natural laws of mind, of thought and mental action. A false mental philosophy will greatly mislead me, and I shall often be found ignorantly working against the agency of the Holy Spirit.
Sinners must be convicted of their enmity, just as I had to be. They do not know God, and consequently are often ignorant of the opposition of their hearts to Him. “By the law is the knowledge of sin,” because by the law the sinner gets his first true idea of God. By the law he first learns that God is perfectly benevolent, and infinitely opposed to all selfishness. This law, then, should be arrayed in all its majesty against the selfishness and enmity of the sinner.
However, with me, I knew the Lord Jesus from the age of 4. So I had the benefit of the Holy Spirit helping me through my life leading up to the Cross. So when I was wicked or tempted by others and by the Devil to be wicked, I was spiritually helped. Thank God!
This law carries irresistible conviction of its righteousness, and no moral agent (Human Being) can doubt it. Even now I am challenged to obey the moral law. My desire to sin against God is never completely dead.
My Testimony describes:
- My time leading up the the Cross (A time of discovering my enmity towards God)
- My time at the Cross (A time of consciously fulfilling the terms of the Gospel of Jesus)
- My time since the Cross (A time of growing up as a true Disciple of my Lord Jesus).
Of course I know that by applying Moral Law to a Lost Soul’s behaviour, I may incur their anger and that has been the case. If not their anger, then they will distance themselves from me. Many Christians have done this.
Should I then not do it?
Read what the Apostle Peter said about False Teachers who when Lost Souls were near to being saved by the Lord Jesus, sought to stop them.
2 Peter 2:17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[a] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
[a] 2 Peter 2:22 Prov. 26:11
Did he hold back in his criticism?
No, and nor shall I, for today’s False Teachers need to hear the truth about their situation also, that they may be saved.
They deserve a chance to get right with God before it is too late.