Posted by: missionventureministries | August 8, 2019

DO YOU HAVE A BURDEN FOR THE LOST? – Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)         

Do you have a burden for the professing Christians who have never experienced the second birth? Do you have compassion for people who honor Jesus with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him?

Sadly, these false converts are tragic victims of a subtle, yet potentially fatal deception. Unless they are confronted with the truth, they may never know that they have been deceived. One day they may hear the most terrifying words anyone could ever hear when Jesus says: “I never knew you; depart from Me” (Matthew 7:23).

These precious souls have either been led astray by a compromised gospel or manipulated to make a decision with unbiblical methods of evangelism. Just as Jesus warned the “teachers” of His time: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites, you travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:15), we must warn those that are being entrapped in the false teachings of today.

Unfortunately there are many “church leaders” who have discovered that they can gain a larger following by making the Gospel more appealing and more acceptable. By broadening the narrow road, they have found they can build bigger churches by exchanging God’s Gospel for an “easy to believe” gospel. Regrettably, this watered-down version of the Gospel is gaining popularity within evangelical circles and must be exposed and confronted with the truth of God’s Word.

The devil loves to see false converts being deceived in the name of Christ. He continues to rise up false teachers to teach false gospels, about false christs, for the purpose of producing false Christians, with a false hope. The apostle Paul warned us that the same serpent that deceived Eve by his craftiness also sends his workmen to preach another Jesus and a different gospel (2 Corinthians 11:3-4). Satan hates the Gospel of grace and has been using religious men filled with pride like the Pharisees and Sadducees to pervert the message ever since it was first announced. That is why Paul informed us that the Gospel he preached was not according to man’s traditions or philosophy; he received it directly from God through a pure revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12).

The frightening reality is that instead of calling sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, “church leaders” are asking unbelievers to repeat a prayer, sign a card, raise their hands, and present themselves at the altar; and instead of trusting Jesus as their Savior, they only need to believe in Him. None of these modern traditions have any biblical foundation. Not only do they dishonor the Savior, but they often mislead souls into a false hope of salvation.

We must warn those who are misleading people that they must not go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6). It is extremely dangerous to manipulate God’s requirements to enter into His Kingdom (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Revelation 22:18). Unless we evangelize the way God instructs, we run the serious risk of deceiving people about their eternal destiny and will be strictly judged (James 3:1).

Biblical evangelism requires making disciples. It involves teaching people to observe all that Christ commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). His first command was to “repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance is a change in mind that is granted by God and leads to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25). Repentance described throughout the Bible is a summons to a personal, absolute and ultimate unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. Though it includes sorrow and regret, it is more than that. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God. This results in leaving idols in order to serve the living and true God (1 Thessalonians 1:9); leaving dead works and embracing faith (Hebrews 6:1); and going from sin to righteousness and from the traditions of men to Christ and His Word (Acts 26:20).

The importance of calling sinners to repentance is also confirmed in the last command Jesus gave: “Repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations” (Luke 24:47). Remember, Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). Those who respond to the Gospel with repentance and faith will escape from the kingdom of darkness and follow the Light of the world (John 8:12). They will turn from the broad road and enter the narrow way that leads to life everlasting (Matthew 7:13-14).

It is the duty and responsibility of every disciple of Christ to fight the good fight of faith. We must keep the imperishable seed of God’s Word from being corrupted and contaminated by foolish men who are chasing after their own agendas. We must contend for the purity and exclusivity of the Gospel for the glory of Christ and the sanctity of His Church. We much teach only from God’s Word otherwise sinners will not know the God they have offended or the God who controls their destiny.

It is vital to understand that Jesus Christ came to earth to reconcile us to the Father; He died on the cross to save us from an eternity in hell and to give us the free gift of salvation. It is critical to understand that when accepting Him as our Savior that we also need to make Him the Lord of our live.

Many say, “Jesus is my Savior, but I haven’t yet made Him the Lord of my life.” Please understand that the only people ready for His return are those who daily seek to bring every area of their life under His Lordship. Obedience, is the mark of a true Christian and if you are not sure examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5), because, those who are ready for Christ’s return seek to follow Him as Lord.

All true born again believers should be sharing the gospel, even if it’s right next door; we should be praying to the Lord of the Harvest for more laborers for there are never enough; we should never be ashamed of the gospel of Christ for we risk Jesus’ being ashamed of us on the day of His visitation. That’s why Jesus came into the world, to seek those who were lost; and that is what we should do also.

In closing, ask God to give you a burden for the lost. Pray for the lost, especially those you have frequent contact with. When God gives the opportunity, share the gospel, pray for missionaries and give so that they can take the gospel to those who have never heard about Christ; because the love of Christ and the love of God’s truth should impel us to have a burden for lost souls.

Remember that: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that sinner’s soul from death (James 5:20).

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