Tuesday, July 7, 2015
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2 KJV).
Dear brother, dear sister, your #1 priority is to “preach the Word!”
Have you ever heard someone justify a local church or ministry by talking about its philanthropic endeavors? Giving to the poor, opening and maintaining homeless shelters and orphanages, sending relief to disaster-stricken areas, holding blood and food drives, and so on. They do not praise the doctrine taught there (they probably do not know it), just the duty done there (the main emphasis is religious busyness). While we have no interest whatsoever in criticizing kindness, we do intend to recall priorities God has instructed us Christians to fulfill. Our primary reason for being here on Earth is not to help the poor, operate homeless shelters, send aid to foreign countries, and collect goods for others.
When I hear about churches and ministries helping the disadvantaged, I hear about how lost people are given food, clothes, shelter, and other commodities. And you know what? Many of them—though now fed, now clothed, and now sheltered—are still lost and going to hell! That which matters most—the Gospel of the Grace of God—is ignored while we worry about giving a smile! We provide them garments of cotton and polyester but we fail to tell them how to be clothed in God’s righteousness! They benefit from our blood drives but they do not have Jesus Christ’s blood credited to their accounts! Their physical bodies get relief while their souls are sick and dying! We give them physical food to help them live another day, while they die and go to hell for lack of spiritual food!
God’s will is, “All men be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Lost people should have the Gospel of Grace preached to them (Christ’s death for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification). Saved people should have sound dispensational Bible study taught to them (Paul’s epistles apply to us, everything else in Scripture is God’s Word to Israel). These are our two priorities. Yea, the eternal Word of God in the eternal souls of men! 🙂
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