Baptism Video of My Friend -True and False Conversion

I have just had an amazing video sent to me. It is a video of the baptism of a friend and dear brother in Christ, Warren. The Lord granted me the privilege of meeting this brother when we arrived in California. He is a member of a church we have been attending. His testimony is amazing! He has been a professing Christian and has gone to church all his life. He would attend the “fellowship groups” (where they would get together, pray over their food, eat, and then talk about the world, the world, the world) and hang out with other “Christian” friends. He thought he was saved, but rarely read the Bible, prayed, or shared the message of Christ with unbelievers. He would pursue money and the things of this world. BUT, when another brother gave him a copy of the CD’s, “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “True and False Conversion”, he heard the Law convince him of his own utter sinfulness before God and his need for a Savior, and came to the shocking realization that he was a false convert all along that was never saved. He soon repented from his sins for the first time and put his wholehearted faith in Christ alone to save him. He testifies that when he did this, he was born again and radically changed. Immediately he had a love for God’s word, for fellowship with other believers, and desired to seek and save the lost and tell others about God’s gift of salvation. He now regularly goes out on the streets and preaches to the lost and testifies of God’s saving power to redeem fallen man from sin and bondage and make them new creatures in Christ, forgiven, transformed, given new life. It has been a great blessing to me to know him and to fellowship with him and to hear of all the wonderful things God is doing in his life. Here is a message from brother Warren:

 

“Praise God for all the great things that HE has done. All honor and glory and praise belong to HIM. I just wanted to encourage others with the sending of this video. My prayer is that as you watch this video you would be encouraged to go into all of the world and seek and save the lost (Mark 16-15) not to see a result but know that results are happening by your obedience. We are here not for what we can get out of life but to glorify God and to tell others about there great need to escape the righteous judgment of a Holy and good God. That is why He sent His son to save us from His wrath. He loved us enough that He wanted to save us from His justice but many people think that God love will be enough when they die and face Him on judgment day.They have heard John 3:16 and thank that God loves them and so they keep on living in sin and they really have not understood the whole verse. ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, (stop) that is where most people stop listening and think only that God loves them. But listen to the rest of the verse says [that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. That last part tells us that there will be those that will PERISH i.e. get sent to HELL because of there not having put there faith in Christ work on the cross and repenting (turning from sin).Not accepting Christ for a better life so He can heel there drug problem, marriage problem, work/money problems give them a better life. Simply we broke God’s law and He paid our fine for those who would BELIEVE (faith). Preach the true Gospel.” [end quote]

 

Here is the video:

 

Maybe you are like that. You have been going to church for a long time. You call yourself a Christian. You even meet together with other professing believers. You give money to good causes. You live a decent and moral life. But you’ve never understood deep within your heart that you have sinned against God, violated His holy Law, and provoked His justice to slay you and send you to Hell. You’ve confessed that you’re a sinner, but never deeply felt the pain and grief of your sin against God and understood that you’re lost without the righteousness of Christ. You’ve never truly REPENTED and your heart is still in love with the things of this world. Your still holding on to some sin in your life and you haven’t given it up, you haven’t forsaken all the affections of this world to place all your affections solely on Him first and foremost. You haven’t been born again, radically converted, made into a totally new creature in Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. You really don’t have a love for the Word of God and you rarely really study it. You don’t pray much, maybe just at night before you go to bed and before meals, but you never seek God’s face and His will for everything you do in life.

 

Dear soul, if I am describing you then know that it’s time. Lay it all down on the altar. Confess your secret sins before God and beg His forgiveness. Repent, deeply renounce your sin, and put your trust in Christ alone to save you, forsaking all to follow Him no matter what He requires of you. Surrender to His Lordship and submit your life to obey Him. He promises to save to the uttermost all that come to God through Him. When He died on the Cross, He bore the punishment for all our sin and died as a substitute in our place. He fulfilled the righteous requirements of God’s justice by taking the wrath of the Almighty that we deserve upon Himself. Now, He freely offers us His righteousness, so that we can be placed back into a right-standing and fellowship with God. If you need to be reconciled to the Creator that your sin has caused you to be at enmity with, then do it now: repent and believe the Gospel, and follow Him! Here are the messages that the Holy Spirit used to cause brother Warren to realize that he was lost, and to repent and believe and be born again. If you’ve never listened to them, I would highly recommend you do, and make sure you are in the faith. You can download them here for free:

 

Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray Comfort

 

True and False Conversion by Ray Comfort

 

 

We have the FULL AMOUNT needed for Bibles!

I am praising God right now! When we initially looked into buying the Bibles we need for our journey, we were soon struck with how much it is going to cost and it was out of the picture for us at this time. But glory be to God, because of the generosity of the saints, we have now received $1055 (the full amount we needed to meet the match plus $55 over!). Lord willing, now the 1000 is going to be matched by an anonymous brother who the Lord has moved to help out. This will enable us to purchase at least 300 bibles and 5,000 gospel tracts.

(Gen 22:14) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.

We want to say how grateful we are for the generosity of everyone in supplying Bibles to those who have never owned one.

So now you can stop the donations for Bibles! It’s done! God has provided! We are still open to receiving donations and don’t yet have the full support we need for this 6 month trip, but we know the Lord will provide, just as He has already done! Special thanks to all who have sacrificially given to sow the Word of God into the lives of the people of Mexico.

MAY THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!!!

In Christ -Josef
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In Need of Bibles for Mexico

 

Dear brothers and sisters,
As you well know, we are getting ready for our 6 month missionary journey into southern Mexico. Almost everything is going as planned, and it looks like we will be able to leave in about 4 weeks, give or take. Once we’re there, we will be able to engage in full-time evangelism in these towns and villages that currently abide under the shadow of death.

I am writing this to let you all know of some of our needs during this time, namely, we need to purchase a sufficient amount of Bibles (in Spanish) for our journey, along with some quality Gospel tracts. We have found some nice soft cover Bibles for $55 per case of 20 ($2.75 each). We would like to take as many Bibles as we can on this journey with us.

These Bibles will be going into the hands of those who do not own one, and most of which have never heard the Gospel presented to them. Many of the towns where they will be distributed have never had a Christian witness in their midst. Many of these people will never own a Bible unless we give it to them. So, we do not think we are out of line to humbly ask for the help of the Body of Christ. We never go around asking for money for ourselves, and these Bibles are not for us, they are for the lost people deep in the heart of Mexico that are, even as we speak, bound by the powers of darkness, by the “another gospel” of Catholicism (Galatians 1:8-9), slaves to the devil, practicing witchcraft, full of darkness and idolatry and sin of all kinds. The number of Bibles we can give out depends on the generosity of the saints in this final hour. Truly, this is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God which Jesus promises will reap eternal rewards (Matthew 10:42, Luke 12:33).

We would also like to purchase 5,000 quality Gospel Tracts in Spanish that will cost $490 total. These are good tracts that are a 4-page fold-out brochure, glossy finish, attractive, and contain a thorough and sound Gospel message. So any surplus funds beyond the purchase of Bibles will go toward these tracts.

Since making this need known, the Lord has already graciously supplied a great deal through His people. We have been contacted by a person who has pledged to MATCH dollar for dollar toward the purchase of these Bibles, up to $1000 match. That means that whatever you donate right now will be doubled and enable us to purchase twice as much. This person is giving a deadline of a couple days to acquire what we can, and then will match whatever we have.

At this time, because of God’s gracious provision, we have already had $525 donated. That means that we can still receive $475 that will be matched dollar for dollar to double it. If you would like to put some Bibles into the hands of lost souls who need to know God, then you can donate whatever you will. Even if you just refrain from getting a Starbucks coffee or eating out one time will give you $5-20 of extra money that will be matched for Bibles and tracts for the Kingdom of God.

I want to truly express my gratitude to the people of God who are showing their love and generosity in these economically trying times. I am continually humbled by the Lord’s faithfulness to supply for His work, for the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel to the lost. I have seen the love of Christ demonstrated in so many individuals since being called by God and committing to full-time missionary work, and He ALWAYS supplies our needs! And I won’t dare say “We can’t do this work without you giving”, because the fact is, it’s the Lord’s work, and HE WILL provide whether you give or not! This is just an opportunity for you to take part in it and invest in the Kingdom.

Please, I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to give to this. I know many are already hard-pressed to meet bills and payments and such, and many are already generous in giving both to us and to other worthy causes for the Kingdom’s sake. If you don’t feel led to give, then DON’T, and don‘t feel bad about it! Praise God, we’re not under Law, we’re under GRACE! God loves a cheerful (‘hilarious” in Greek) giver! So if you give, may it be with a “hilarious” and cheerful heart, or not at all!

My wife and I have forsaken all, and counted all these things of a nice American life as DUNG, that we may win Christ, and that lost souls may be turned from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, and receive an inheritance among those that are sanctified by faith in Jesus. We are going and putting our lives on the line to take the Gospel to these people, we are just humbly asking for bibles and tracts from those who are able and would like to give, not for us, but for these dearly precious, priceless souls.

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours“. -John 4:35-38

If you would like to donate Bibles and/or tracts for the people of Mexico, click here.

If you would like to read our last report about our 3-week trip to this part of Mexico where we will be taking these Bibles, click here.

If you would like to see a slideshow of pictures from some of the places we’ve been, click here.

IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED, IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOU’RE BORN AGAIN, IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, CLICK HERE TO READ AND HEAR A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. OH, THERE’S NOTHING SWEETER THAN KNOWING HIM!

In Christ – Josef Urban

 

 

Rescue Station at the Gates of Hell!

C.T. Studd

C.T. Studd

C.T. Studd gave up fame and fortune to follow Jesus to the unreached peoples of China and later Africa. These quotes are taken from several of his sermons:

 

“We shall go crusading for Christ. We have the men, the means, and the ways – steam and electricity and iron have leveled the lands and bridged the seas. The doors of the world have opened wide for us by our God. We pray and preach; we bow the knee; we receive; we administer the Holy Communion of the Passion of Christ; we recite the Creed triumphantly; we are optimists everyone; we shout Onward Christian soldiers, marching on to war, and then? . . . and then? . . . we whisper, I pray Thee have me excused!!! What glorious humbugs we are!”

“Follow Me, says Jesus. I will, we reply, yet somehow forget that Christ pleased not Himself, deliberately made Himself poor to save others and became the first foreign missionary. We all pray to be like Jesus, yet refuse to pay the price.”

“Five hundred million heathen have not yet been evangelized, so it is computed! Yet our great Missionary Societies have reached high water-mark, and if they have not already begun to retrench they are seriously thinking of doing so. Meanwhile, the heart of Asia, the heart of Africa, and well nigh the whole continent of South America, are untouched with the Gospel of Christ.”

“Last June at the mouth of the Congo, there awaited a thousand prospectors, traders, merchants and gold seekers, waiting to rush into these regions as soon as the government opened the door to them, for rumor declared that there is an abundance of gold. If such men hear so loudly the call of gold and obey it, can it be that the ears of Christs soldiers are deaf to the call of God, and the cries of the dying souls of men? Are gamblers for gold so many, and gamblers for God so few?”

“‘My Montenegrins, said King Nicholas, will henceforth spill their blood for their persecuted compatriots.’ When shall God be able to say to the devil, Hast thou seen My Christians of today? No longer do they seek for gold or pleasure, for honors or ease. From henceforth My Christians will spill their blood for the love and cause of My beloved Son and the salvation of the neediest of men.”

“There are more than twice as many Christian officers at home among peaceful Britains 40 million evangelized inhabitants, than the whole number of Christs forces fighting at the front among 1,200 million heathen! And yet such call themselves soldiers of Christ.”

“Yes, when? When indeed shall we see a real Church Militant here upon the earth? Christs call is to feed the hungry, not the full; to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; not to call the scoffers, but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers and artistic musical performances, but to raise living churches of souls among the destitute, to capture men from the devils clutches and snatch them from the very jaws of hell, to enlist and train them for Jesus, and make them into an Almighty Army of God. But this can only be accomplished by a red-hot, unconventional, unfettered Holy Ghost religion, where neither Church nor State, neither man nor traditions are worshipped or preached, but only Christ and Him crucified. Not to confess Christ by fancy collars, church steeples or rich embroidered altar-cloths, but by reckless sacrifice and heroism in the foremost trenches…”

“I am more than ever determined that no ring or limit shall be placed around us, other than that of our Lord Himself, To the uttermost parts, To every creature. I belong and will ever belong to The Great God party. I will have nought to do with The Little God party…”

“Nail the colors to the mast! That is the right thing to do, and, therefore, that is what we must do, and do it now. What colors? The colors of Christ, the work He has given us to do – the evangelization of all the unevangelized. Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible, by faith in the omnipotence, fidelity and wisdom of the Almighty Savior Who gave the command. Is there a wall in our path? By our God we will leap over it! Are there lions and scorpions in our way! We will trample them under our feet! Does a mountain bar our progress? Saying, Be thou removed and cast into the sea, we will march on. Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender! Nail the colors to the mast!”

“The difficulty is to believe that He can deign to use such scallywags as us, but of course He wants Faith and Fools rather than talents and culture. All God wants is a heart, any old turnip will do for a head; so long as we are empty, all is well, for then He fills with the Holy Ghost. The fiery baptism of the Holy Ghost will change soft, sleek Christians into hot, lively heroes for Christ, who will advance and fight and die, but not mark time.”

“Believing that further delay would be sinful, some of Gods insignificants and nobodies in particular, but trusting in our Omnipotent God, have decided on certain simple lines, according to the Book of God, to make a definite attempt to render the evangelization of the world an accomplished fact. For this purpose we have banded ourselves together under the name of Christs Etceteras, and invite others of Gods people to join us in this glorious enterprise. We are merely Christs nobodies, otherwise Christs Etceteras. We rejoice in and thank God for the good work being carried on in the already occupied lands by Gods Regular Forces. We seek to attack and win to Christ only those parts of the devils empire which are beyond the extremest outposts of the regular army of God . . . Our method is to search and find out what parts of the world at present remain unevangelized, and then by faith in Christ, by prayer to God, by obedience to the Holy Ghost, by courage, determination, and supreme sacrifice, to accomplish their evangelization with the utmost despatch.”

“Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time for waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In Gods Holy Name let us arise and build! The God of Heaven, He will fight for us, as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear? Before the whole world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God; we will venture our all for Him; we will live, and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God, than live trusting in man. And when we come to this position, the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.”

Don’t Waste Your Life! God and Money.

Your Life… Don’t Waste It!

Check out this sobering video with speaker John Piper, and meditate on how you are using the money God has given you. Are you using it in such a way that shows that God is your God and not money? Or does the way you use your money show that money is your god and not God?

Jesus said: If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luk 16:11) Have you been faithful with your money -becuase it could determine your eternal destiny. How you manage it could have a determining factor for you between Heaven and Hell! -It’s not that money can save you, or damn you, but how you manage it proves what’s really in your heart, and if you are living in luxury, storing up treasure on earth, selfishly indulging in this world’s goods, then there is a very good indication that your heart is not with Christ in heavenly places, but still attached to this world, thereby showing that you’ve never been supernaturally transformed by the power of God’s Holy Spirit in the new birth and received the new life from the age to come. Again, are you faithful with the unrighteous mammon, because if not, Jesus no doubt will not trust you with the true riches of the Kingdom to come.

Watch this video (less than 4 minutes long):

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Tim. 2:4)

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Mat 6:24)

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Final Apostasy, Trying Times, and a Message for the Saints

David Wilkerson, from his message, “The Great and Final Apostasy”, said:

“God hates most of all the lukewarm gospel of half-truths that is now spreading over the globe. This gospel says, “Just believe in Jesus and you’ll be saved. There’s nothing more to it.” It ignores the whole counsel of God, which speaks of repenting from former sins, of taking up your cross, of being conformed to the image of Christ by the refining work of the Holy Spirit. It is totally silent about the reality of hell and an after-death judgment.

Isaiah warns of this smooth, non-offensive gospel, which people are clamoring for today. His prophecy applies directly to the present time, because God instructed him to write it “for the time to come” [Isaiah 30.8]

“This is a rebellious people… children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us” (30:9–11).

According to Isaiah, there was no preaching of holiness or repentance. Why? The people didn’t want to be corrected or convicted. They refused to hear anything but a smooth gospel. Yet a diluted gospel is no gospel at all.

Ezekiel describes such a gospel: “They have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” (Ezekiel 22:26). He called the diluted gospel mere whitewash, or “untempered mortar” [22.28]. In other words: “You’re building walls with untempered mortar. Those walls may look prestigious and strong now, but the Lord is sending a storm, and it’s going to cause those walls to fall.” “A stormy wind shall rend it” (13:11).

Ezekiel then outlined a list of awesome judgments, through which God would say to his people: “I’m going to expose your nakedness. Severe judgments are on the way, and when they come, your blasphemous gospel will be exposed as empty and hopeless.”

Isaiah prophesied that in that day, “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day…. The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11, 15, 17).

Right now, I believe we are facing Armageddon. All around us we see nations trembling and men’s hearts shuddering with fear. I tell you, this is no time for a diluted gospel. That gospel is absolutely treacherous, because it will crumble as soon as the winds of judgment blow. God warns he’ll judge those who preach this lifeless gospel:

“Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 13:22–23).

“I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy…Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord God” (16:38, 43, my italics).

When judgment comes, what will happen to those who put their security in a diluted gospel? They’ll look in every direction for a true word from the Lord but won’t be able to find it. Their apostate preachers will say, “Don’t get worked up. The world has seen troubles like these before. We’ve seen world wars. All things continue as they have from the beginning. This will blow over.”

No, not so! There has never been a day like this one. There are now nuclear weapons in the hands of madmen, deadly missiles that can travel thousands of miles, dirty bombs and germ warfare that threaten to wipe out huge masses of humanity.

Just as Sodom and Gomorrah willingly ignored God’s warnings and were judged, the Lord will judge this last-day generation. But many of his judgments are redemptive, and those that fell on Sodom were examples for every generation: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah…are set forth for an example” (Jude 7).”

Josef’s comments: This is a strong cry from a watchman of the Lord that we would all do well to take heed to, and to tremble in the fear of Almighty God. Disasterous times are coming upon the face of the earth, and as God is sovereignly preparing the imminent return of His Son, fallen angels, evil principalities and powers are preparing the world for the last great and final apostasy and the revelation of the anti-Christ Beast. This watered down lukewarm “gospel” of half-truths is a serious manifestation of apostasy, prophesied by the prophets, apostles, and the Lord Himself in the holy Scriptures, and is a major signs of the times, and of the final “Laodicean” church age we are living in. As soon as the era of the Laodicean church comes to an end, then begins the great judgments of the Apocolypse, ultimately culminating into the return of Christ in flaming fire.

There may indeed be a World War III just around the corner. Could a war between the US and Iran over Israel break out and trigger such a global catastrophe in the near future? And could this coming global conflict result in mass devastation among the nations, and as it tames down, result in a new treaty with Israel, allowing them to rebuild the Temple, and pave the way for the man of lawlessness? Could this coming conflict thrust the US down on the world scene from its high throne of reigning over the nations, and cause the European Union to become the next world superpower, a revived Roman Empire that tramples everything in its path and defies God in satanic rebellion? Only time will tell.  

But the fact is, times will get perilous for Americans soon enough, and it’s during those times that the saints will have to trust in God with all their hearts. These things should not cause the saints to fear, but to watch, be sober, and prepare -not physically (unless the Lord specifically directs), but I mean spiritually. This is the time to ask the Lord to search your heart and see if there is any wicked way in you. This is the time to deeply and sincerely REPENT from everything you know to be sin, everything you know to be compromise, from every unholy attachment and reliance upon this fallen world and its ungodly system, and to see to it that you’re walking in holiness and deep, deep reliance and dependancy on the grace of God. This is the time for the Bride of Christ to make herself ready, to wash her garments, to be clothed in fine linen which is the righteousness of the saints. He’s coming back for a spotless bride, and now is the time to prepare in the fear of God. As Noah was warned of things not yet come, but prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by faith, moved by the fear of God, so the end-time saints on the earth right now are being graciously warned by the Lord that perilous times are coming and now is the time to get your spiritual ark in order that you may be saved. For only those who endure to the end during these trying times ahead will be saved. Things are going to be shaken hard, and only those standing on a solid foundation of a true and deep personal, living relationship with the risen Christ will make it.

But be warned: Don’t fall into the enemy’s traps during these times to fear with an unholy fear. But fear God alone. And trust Him. In the last days, those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits! So while this lukewarm, watered down “gospel” is going forth across the globe right now in this lukewarm church age, may the saints of God arise in the power of the Holy Ghost and lift up their voices like a trumpet and proclaim the Word of the Lord: to fear God and keep His commandments, to repent, to put away all iniquity, and to trust in the Savior, the risen Christ, forsaking all to follow Him, living a crucified life clinging firmly to the cross and embracing its death, that out of that death may come true resurrection life! Saints, don’t fear these times, but rather rejoice, knowing the return of your Lord is close at hand! And stand strong by faith in the blood of the Lamb, hold fast to the word of your testimony, and love Him more than your very own life, even unto death, and by this you have the promise of victory over the evil one in these trying times ahead. Stand firm, soldiers of Christ, and hold your ground!

FAITH IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD.

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Mark this day and Marvel at the work of God – John Piper

By John Piper

I do not doubt that what happened on September 7, two hundred years ago, will be celebrated in heaven for its epochal significance in world history. The first Protestant missionary set foot on Chinese soil on September 7, 1807. His name was Robert Morrison. He was a Scottish Presbyterian, and except for one furlough, he spent the next 27 years in China.

Persevering against the hostility of official opposition and the resistance of foreign merchants, Morrison baptized the first Chinese Protestant Christian, Cai Gao, on July 16, 1814. After the baptism of Cai Gao, Morrison wrote prophetically in his journal, “May he be the first-fruits of a great harvest, one of millions who shall come and be saved on the day of wrath to come.”

Last month The National Catholic Reporter carried an article by John Allen documenting the fulfillment of Morrison’s prayer. Here is what he wrote:

At the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, there were roughly 900,000 Protestants. Today, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, which puts out the much-consulted World Christian Database, says there are 111 million Christians in China, roughly 90 percent Protestant and mostly Pentecostal. That would make China the third-largest Christian country on earth, following only the United States and Brazil.

The Center projects that by 2050, there will be 218 million Christians in China, 16 percent of the population, enough to make China the world’s second-largest Christian nation. According to the Center, there are 10,000 conversions in China every day.

Admittedly, some estimate the numbers of Christians in China are as low as 40 million. Allen observes, “Even those conservative estimates, however, would mean that Protestantism in China experienced roughly 4,300 percent growth over the last half-century, most of it since the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s and 1970s.”

Other China-observers think that even the high estimates are understatements about what is about to happen. For example in the August 7, 2007, issue of Asia Times, Oswald Spengler wrote:

I suspect that even the most enthusiastic accounts err on the downside, and that Christianity will have become a Sino-centric religion two generations from now. China may be for the 21st century what Europe was during the 8th-11th centuries, and America has been during the past 200 years: the natural ground for mass evangelization. If this occurs, the world will change beyond our capacity to recognize it. Islam might defeat the western Europeans, simply by replacing their diminishing numbers with immigrants, but it will crumble beneath the challenge from the East.

John Allen comments on the dream we have been hearing about for some time concerning the aim of the Chinese church to evangelize the Muslim lands on their backdoor step.

The most audacious even dream of carrying the gospel beyond the borders of China, along the old Silk Road into the Muslim world, in a campaign known as “Back to Jerusalem.” As David Aikman explains in Jesus in Beijing, some Chinese Evangelicals and Pentecostals believe that the basic movement of the gospel for the last 2,000 years has been westward: from Jerusalem to Antioch, from Antioch to Europe, from Europe to America, and from America to China. Now, they believe, it’s their turn to complete the loop by carrying the gospel to Muslim lands, eventually arriving in Jerusalem. Once that happens, they believe, the gospel will have been preached to the entire world.

One of the lessons to draw from this anniversary of the arrival of Protestant Christianity in China is that we cannot measure the significance of our lives in our own lifetime. Robert Morrison could not see what we see. It is astonishing. May the Lord cause his word to run in China with great power. And may he keep us all faithful in our little sphere of influence. None of us is indispensable to the great cause of Christ. But if we will stand, and not give way under the pressures and pains of ministry, more good will come from our lives than we can know.

Here is a suggestion. A four-part video series issued in 2003, called “The Cross: Jesus in China” and produced by Chinese documentarian Yuan Zhiming, interviews many of the leaders of this revival. I have watched all four of these and recommend them for your awareness and inspiration. They are now available, amazingly, for free download at ChinaSoul.

Thank you, Father, for Robert Morrison and for the immeasurable fruit of his labor.