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There's a Message Worth Being Shared
Series: Throw out a Lifeboat, Somebody's Sinking
It is said that, years ago, Lord Tennyson was on vacation in the country, and he asked an old Methodist woman, "Is there any good news?" The lady replied, "Well, there is only one piece of news that I know, and that is that Christ died for my sins." Lord Tennyson responded, "Yes, and that is old news, new news, and good news!" 1
Without question, in a day when the headlines are constantly changing, and are getting worse, there is still one piece of great news, and that is that the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, still cleanses from all sin; and, thanks be to God, He still saves old sinners! However, though that is the greatest news ever known to men, it is tragic to see how few Christians ever share that message with anyone. According to recent statistics, we're told that last year:
--1 out of 3(32%) shared their belief
--1 out of 4(25%) even believe that it is their responsibility to witness to others; and,
--95% of all church members have never led anyone to Christ 2
I believe I would have to agree with Adrian Rogers, when he said, "There are two types of Christians, soul-winners and backsliders!" Someone has also well said, "As Christians, we are content to be keepers of the aquarium, rather than fishers of men!" R. A. Torrey, one of the great Bible teachers of the 20th century said, "I would like to ask what right does a man have to call himself a follower of Jesus Christ if he is not a soul-winner?" Thus, the fact of the matter is that we have dropped the ball in evangelizing the lost; and, as a result, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission. You see, it's not a failure of what we have done; but, rather, it's a failure of what we have not done. Simply put, we're not spreading the news.
I think of a time, during the reign of Oliver Cromwell, when the British government began to run low ...
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