For many years, some forty-six years now, we have heard the gospel preached, and watched the Church grow, but in today’s world, the Church seems to be declining according to many statistics, but is the Church really on a decline?
In the eyes of the world, the church is on a decline, but from what we know, the Church is being prepared for the work it is to be doing among those who hate the church. The Church is about to move out of its religious and stagnant state to become harvesters, seed Sowers, and a people willing to lay down their lives for the mater, Jesus Christ.
The message of God is about to reach the ends of the earth, however, not this watered-down message we have been hearing because what is to come is the judgment of God, and those who are not saved will perish in this upcoming event that will give Christians all over the earth a position of power over the nations.
We are to preach the gospel because as Christians, we know what is coming, and when we preach, we are to preach to both the unsaved, the backslider, and the religious men and women who are far from God. And when we preach the gospel, we are to preach the full message of grace, love, and judgment because the full gospel is about the coming judgment, and the willingness of God to save those willing to come under his protection.
Here is what John said to the religious in his day, Matthew 3:6-12 “When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
These men to whom John spoke were men serving on the pulpit, they were priests over the nation and people of God, but although they were serving in the seat and office of the priesthood, they were however, in danger of being condemned to death upon the coming of the Lord Jesus.
John asked, “Who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Because there is a coming judgment. John was not only presenting the love and grace of God, but he was also sending the message there was a coming judgment, and if we wish to be saved, we will repent.
John adds speaking of judgment, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: and think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Not because we say we are Christ’s, or a Jew, and descendant of Abraham, it does not mean we are under the protection of Jesus Christ.
John said, we are to bring forth fruit because if we fail to bring forth fruit, “The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: Therefore, every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.” And although he was there baptizing many unto salvation, it was the baptism of Christ, or the coming savior that was of the at most important, because water baptism was not a guarantee to salvation, instead, we need the acceptance of the coming savior Jesus Christ, we need his baptism.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Who is it that will give us the Holy Ghost, and seal us unto salvation, and his kingdom to come. It is Jesus, He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire which is the zeal of God to fulfil his call on our lives, and to preach the gospel.
We are to preach the gospel because there is a coming judgment, and many will perish upon the return of Jesus. We are to preach the gospel because we are the friend of God, and we are to preach the gospel because we are aware of the terror that will come upon those we love.
The scripture told us the entire world will mourn upon the appearance of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Therefore, we are to preach the gospel because we are not called to laziness, but are called to be saviors of many, we are called to labor in the fields of Christ, and unless we do many will perish.
So, as Christians, it is time we get busy, it is time we unite under the banner of Christ with love because to come is the judgment and we are called and are ordained by Jesus to preach the gospel to every creature on earth. Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.