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Broadcast on THE BAPTIST HOUR, October 20, 1992, by Dr. Frank Pollard of Jackson, Mississippi
If the Church is to Live Again
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"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the snakes, confronted Pharaoh and led God's people out of bondage and corn-
salvation ofeveryone who believes:firstft)r the Jew, and then for the Gentile. manded the Red Sea to become a freeway. Greater than Moses? We're talking
For in the gospel, a righteousnessfrom God is revealed, a righteousness that David, a great soldier, imminently successful, king, slayerofGoliath, greater than
isbyfaithfromfirsttolast, justasitis written: "Therighteouswill liefebrvfetith. " David.? Now we could keep on extending this list into the hundreds of names of
According to George Gallup, George Barnaandotherreligious researchers, people who did such signs and wonders and miraculous things. Jesus said that
the evangelical churches in Anerica are dying, while the number of niega JohntheBaptistwasgreaterthanallofthem. Why? Hedidn'tdosign orwAonders
churches, that is those with a thousand plus in attendance, are increasing ninety or miaracles, all we know that he could do was wear scratchy clothes, eat locusts
percent. Of all evangelical churches who have two hundred or less in attendance, and wildhoneyandpreach. Why washecalledgreaterthan anyone everbt)m uriuto
many haveclosedtheirdoorsoraredeclining. Alistofreconiniendedbooks for that day'? Because he pointed out Jesus more clearly than anyone before him.
church leaders, came across my desk this week. Aniongjust a very few nunibers THE LEAST SlAI.1I BECOME THE GREATEST
of books are titles likethese:The Church In Ruins. The Ageof Reason, Churches,
Dying ForChange. We are in the last stages ofthe so called 'church growth period' I n John 1 0:40-42 we read, "Then Jesus w ent back across the ...

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