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SEND THIS CRITICAL PAYMENT FRIDAY, LEAVING ONE FINAL $22,000 PAYMENT FRIDAY
AUGUST 1ST TO HAVE OUR ACCOUNT CURRENT!!!
Please pray with me. That is $34,000 we require for the balance of our July
internet operations, and $44,000 to get our TV airtime current. I am
standing in faith that over these next 5 days, God will deliver the $78,000
we require for our critical daily ministry operations so we can head into
the month of August current! If everyone will pray and "gives according to
their ability to give," it will insure by the end of the month the $78,000
we require for our basic ministry operations are current!!!
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ANSWER: That is why the Bible is so critical. God will NEVER contradict His
Word. The Bible must always be our filter to discern if it is really God,
ourselves, or satan lying to us!
How many pastors NEVER give those they preach to an invitation to accept
Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? Today, I must address what to me is
the biggest problem in the church today, since it goes to the root of the
church's greatest responsibility and that is to bring the lost to faith in
Jesus Christ. I realize the church is to spiritually feed its members, to
equip the saints for service, to be a place where Believers can find
fellowship with other Believers, and where most followers of Christ serve
Him. However, without question the most important job of the church is to
reach out to the lost and hurting and to help lead people to the saving
knowledge of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of their sins, and God's free
gift of everlasting life through faith in His Son!
Having started my public ministry in the great city of Chicago in 1992, I
studied in great detail the life and ministry of D.L. Moody. One of my great
honors early in my ministry was to preach on several occasions to the
students at the Moody Bible Institute and preach a mid-week service at the
great Moody Memorial Church.
One of the events that greatly impacted the life and ministry of Moody was
the night of the Chicago fire. It was Sunday night, October 8, 1871, and as
Moody finished his sermon, he told the crowd who had gathered to hear him
preach to evaluate their relationship with Christ and return next week to
make their decisions for Him. That crowd never gathered since during the
night the building they were meeting in was consumed by what became known as
"the great Chicago fire" and it would be many months before they would find
a new place to hold their services.
Moody would never again make the grievous mistake of sending home those who
came to hear him preach without giving them an invitation to know Jesus as
their Lord and Savior. The Bible proclaims that TODAY is the day of
salvation. The Bible teaches that tomorrow is promised to NONE of us. Moody
was haunted by the question, how many people who would have been moved by
the Holy Sprit to walk the aisle and give their life to Christ on that
infamous October night, never did so and died in their sins, lost for all
Dwight L. Moody would not even recognize the vast majority of "pastors"
today. Men, and now women, who preach a watered down message, using secular
books for their references rather than the Bible. "Pastors" who stand in the
pulpits of America and refuse to even deal with sin since it might offend
people. The ones who make a mockery of Christ by condoning, accepting, and
even glorifying gross sins like homosexuality and the slaughter of innocent
babies. And what I am certain would break Moody's heart, "pastors" who
preach Sunday after Sunday and NEVER give an invitation for those they are
preaching to, to accept Jesus as their Savior by faith.
During the first 3 yrs of my public ministry, I preached in over 500
churches all over the nation. All types of denominations, racial and ethnic
make-ups, churches with thousands and churches with less than 20. It was
during those years I had my first insight into how many churches rarely, if
ever gave those who gathered on Sunday an opportunity to accept Jesus as
their Savior by faith. Over these past 15 years of Liveprayer, in dealing
with literally tens of thousands of people first hand, thousands upon
thousands of churches all over this country and around the world, I would
not hesitate to estimate that in well over 50% of churches, those who gather
are NEVER given the invitation to ask Jesus into their heart and life by
faith and become born again...NEVER!
This problem in the pastorate has all unfolded over the past 40 years. Most
of the mainline denominations began to require their pastors to have a
seminary education, but they did not state which seminaries. As the nation
began to rebel against all authority in the mid '60s, that included
rebelling against God and the Truth of His Word. Liberal seminaries popped
up that denied the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. Men no longer
needed to be "called" by God, but simply complete the required education. I
am convinced there is a percentage, larger than you might think, of
"pastors" in this nation who are not even saved!
Once you reject the authority of the Bible, it opened the door to women
"pastors," "pastors" who condone sins like homosexually and abortion,
"pastors" who quoted secular books as well as books used by the false
religions of the world more than the Bible, "pastors" who refuse to deal
with sin, and "pastors" who have never given an altar call or led a lost
soul to faith in Christ in their life!
You also have "pastors" like Joel Osteen who have never even been to Bible
college! It is no wonder he has no grasp of theology. He majored in
broadcasting in college and ran his father's television ministry until
taking over as "pastor" after his father's death. Being a pastor is not like
running the family business. You can't simply wake up one day and decide to
be a pastor, though sadly many do. Let me ask you a question. Would you want
someone operating on your heart who has never been to medical school, but
simply woke up one day and decided they wanted to be a heart surgeon? OF
COURSE NOT! Yet people put their eternal souls in the hands of "pastors"
every day who have never even taken a Bible college class!
Listen, I am not saying you have to have the alphabet following your name to
be qualified to pastor a church. However, if you have truly been called, God
will guide you to the formal theological training you need to at least
properly preach and teach His Word. There is so much more that goes into it,
but you have to have at least a basic theological education from a
legitimate Bible school that holds the Bible to be God's inspired inerrant
Word, representing Absolute Truth, and our final authority in all matters.
Anyone who answers the call of God to preach His Word has the fundamental
responsibility of preaching the Gospel and leading the lost to faith in
Jesus Christ. A pastor who ends a service without giving an invitation to
accept Christ to those he is preaching to is committing spiritual
malpractice, and as one of God's watchmen, God WILL hold them accountable
for those who die and spend eternity in hell because they refused to tell
them how to be saved!
I love you and care about you so much. I am going to make a very bold
statement right now. If you are going to a church where you rarely, or even
worse, never, hear your pastor give people the invitation to ask Christ into
their hearts and lives, you need to confront your pastor why not. There is
NO reason not to. It is his job. In fact, it is probably the most basic and
fundamental part of his job. If he did nothing else but that, he would be
fulfilling God's calling on his life. You need to hear his explanation for
why he refuses to obey God, and then you need do pray if that is really the
church God wants you and your family to be part of.
Also, the next time you are in church, look around you. Look at the people
around you and ask yourself how many of those people are NOT Believers, who
have never given their heart and life to Christ by faith. Ask yourself how
many of those people will die and spend eternity in hell for their rejection
of Christ. Pray for them to hear the Gospel clearly presented. Pray for them
to allow the Holy Sprit to open their heart to God's love for them. Pray for
them to surrender their life to Christ by faith and be saved
Lastly, if your pastor is one of these pastors who never gives an invitation
at the end of his service, forward this Devotional to him, or her, and pray
they come under conviction. I already know I am going to take TONS of heat
for this message. That is OK. I have to be obedient to God. I am almost
certain you have NEVER heard a message like this before and never will
again. People are too afraid to say what needs to be said. I can't stay
silent because the eternal souls of men are at stake.
Those God has called and given the honor to preach, can be used by Him to
bring many lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. That won't happen by
accident, it won't happen by putting on a great performance, it won't happen
by tricking them, and it won't happen because you made them feel good. The
only way a person will get saved is if you love them enough to share with
them the simplicity of the Gospel They need to admit they are a sinner and
need a Savior and that Christ's loves them unconditionally and wants to have
an eternal relationship with them.
It is the job of ALL Believers in Christ to share the Gospel with the lost.
However, there is NO EXCUSE for any pastor to hold any type of service and
not give those who attend the opportunity to ask Christ into their heart and
life by faith and be saved!
Plan of Salvation: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,