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The Message of the Missionary

From Steven J Lawson’s book entitled Famine in the Land he gives this quote:

Noah’s message from the steps going up to the Ark was not “Something good is going to happen to you!” Amos was not confronted by the high priest of Israel for proclaiming, “Confession is possession!” Jeremiah was not put into the pit for preaching, “I’m O.K., you’re O.K.” Daniel was not put into the lion’s den for telling people, “Possibility thinking will move mountains!” John the Baptist was not forced to preach in the wilderness and eventually beheaded because he preached, “Smile, God loves you!” The two prophets of the tribulation will not be killed for preaching, “God is in his heaven and all is right with the world!”

The message of the true God-sent missionary will be like the message of Noah – “Repent from your sins, for judgment is coming!” It will be like that of Jonah – “Repent from your sins, for judgment is coming!” It will be like that of John the Baptist – “Repent from your sins, for judgment is coming!”

The message of the true God-sent missionary will resemble none of the fluff found in many of today’s pulpits, but will be hard-hitting and will point out the truth that the gospel message is trans-cultural!

The message of the true God-sent missionary will not seek to provide health, wealth or prosperity. It will not provide for the stomachs or well-being of the heathen with no concern for their eternal destiny!

About Mark Escalera

Name: Mark Escalera - (formerly The Jungle Missionary) Blog: DefendingContending.Com Ministry: I am a sinner saved by grace, and learning every day how much more I need the Lord directing my life. In a graceless world, my desire is to show to others the grace that has been extended to me. Have been married for almost 24 years and we have been blessed with five children with the oldest three serving in the US Air Force. My passion is seeking to minister the precious life-giving Word of God to those dead in trespasses and sins! Humbled that He would choose me as one of His children! Preferred translation: English Standard Version (ESV) Currently studying: Exodus; Daniel Currently reading: Works of Octavius Winslow

7 comments on “The Message of the Missionary

  1. How harsh! How the flesh hates the Truth. Think ye that Joel and Rick and the Shook brothers fill thousands of seats by proclaiming such things?

    May this biblical Truth be proclaimed and published throughout the world, for the glory of the Lord.

  2. This certainly flies in the face of the feel good message, ‘your best life now’, which is wildly popular {imagine that!}.
    This is a post that needs to be front page news; thank you DP for bringing it to our attention.

  3. Does it ever strike anyone that we here in America sell the gospel almost like used car salesmen? We try to give the ‘customers’ all the benefits without first discussing the cost. Then sticker shock comes as a rude awakening to many who have been handled a false picture of what Christianity is, when they are asked to pay a price themselves.

    What our current soft sell presentation does is make God out as a beneficent Santa Claus in the sky, rather than true Christianity meaning we have not to just accept the gift of eternal life, but fully count the unfathomable price that Christ paid on the cross to obtain that for us.

    That alone should be enough humble us all and make us want to repent of our cultural it’s all about me version of something so precious and so awesome that we will spend eternity in heaven praising God for it.

    Why not have that same attitude here on earth so we can make true converts?

  4. Excellent quote. Oh how the American church needs to wake from its slumber.

  5. This is not a popular message. However, we are not called to please the crowd; we are called to please the One who sent us. And in the end, His is the only opinion that matters…

  6. The “used car salesman” approach (to steal the idea from mbaker) was also not true of Christ and the message He brought. To hear the Osteenites and the Warrenists and the Robbellians, Jesus’ first message was “OK, everybody, let’s all have a big group hug and all try to get along, OK?”

    When in fact, the first message Christ preached was “Repent!” When He came to the temple, and saw those buying/selling, did He say, “Oooh, do you have any funny t-shirts with me being a DJ?” He tossed them out, calling them thieves. Matthew 23, He calls them “serpents, vipers, whitewashed tombs” &c.

    But I guess He did all that before He read Joel Osteen’s wildly popular book and began to live His Best Life and become the mushy-squishy Jesus that American “Christianity” has invented.

  7. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

    Thanks for sharing this DP. I’ve been listening to Lawson’s sermons that Fourpointer has been posting on here and have found them to be spot on.

    Oh, and mbaker, I never thought of it that way (American gospel similar to the car salesman) but you are absolutely correct. Very keen observation.

    “Here’s the key, take this beauty for a test drive.” = “try Jesus.”

    - The Pilgrim

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