Powerful Missionary Testimony

Dear brethren,

 

Please take the time to listen to this sermon from a brother that spent about 25 ( + or – ) years of his life laboring and planting churches in indigenous Papua New Guinea. It contains an awesome testimony of the grace of God in sweeping a people into the Kingdom of His dear Son. The first half is this brother sharing about missions from the Bible, and the need to lay down our life for Christ among the nations, and in the second half he shares some testimony from the field.

I had the privilege of spending a few days with him about 6 months ago when I met up with him Oaxaca, MX to travel to an un-reached tribe of lost souls in the mountains to take the Gospel into their territory. Though the time was short, it was a blessing to glean from his experience and I was much edified. I trust you too will be edified by this sermon. LISTEN!!!

World Missions and Testimonies from Papau New Guinea by David Sitton

He now runs a missionary training school out of southern Texas and a yearly conference promoting missions awareness. You can catch the audio from last years conference on his site. It was called “A Purpose Driven Death”, talking about how missionary martrydom and suffering is often God’s chief instrument in spreading the Gospel amongst the unreached.

Must-See VIDEO on a successful Mission Trip

This is a video of a man that went in to an unreached tribe in indigineous Papau, New Guinea to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After a couple of months of laboring day by day, preaching and preaching, laying down foundations and explaining the Holy Scriptures progressively, building more and more upon their understanding, planting and watering, finally the Lord reaped an amazing harvest.

You’ll notice he says in the video that he begins by saying he didn’t even mention Jesus for 2 months! -Now, maybe you’re like me, and you’re thinking that this must be a terrible method of evangelism to wait so long to mention the Savior. However, after watching the video and thinking about his method, and the way God gave his revelation to man in the Holy Scriptures, I am seeing it from another perspective. You see, during that time of 2 months, he was laying down foundation Scriptures and laying down solid spiritual foundations to ensure that the people got a clear understanding of the Lord and how He works. He started in the Old Testament and went through progressively, treating the subjects of sin, God’s judgment, atonement, redemption, all from Old Testament stories. By time he was through, the people understood well. And their fallow ground was all broken up. They saw themselves lost, without God, and desperately wanted to know if there was any hope to be reconciled to their Maker. Then, when the man began to tell them about Jesus, they listened. When they heard about the Savior’s blood that made the atonement, and that they could be saved if they believe in Him, immediately they rejoiced, crying “I believe! I believe!” and burst into a wonderful celebration for hours!

This missionary went in to an unreached group that had no understanding of the Scriptures and started where God started in His revelation to man. The Bible, starting with the Old Testament, clearly gives us what we call a “Progressive Revelation”, that is, the fullness of the revelation of the nature of God and of the way He works to save man was being progressively revealed more and more as the Scriptures were being written, culminating to the FULLNESS of divine truth as found in the New Testament Gospel. This missionary followed God’s pattern in starting with this group, starting with creation, and explaining of sin, righteousness, judgment, and prophetic pictures of Christ. This way, by time he reached the Gospel, the people understood it perhaps better than the majority of church-going “Christians” today who never have such foundations laid by the preaching they sit under. They were then ready to receive the Gospel.

Obviously, this missionary brother knew what he was doing. And obviously, many missionaries and evangelists today have NO IDEA what they’re doing -they think they do, but they don’t. For instance, an evangelist preaches to a group of people, and preaches a Gospel message, and then after a 40-60 minute message (or sometimes even less!) he issues an altar call for people to “accept Jesus as their personal Savior”. People respond. They recite the prayer after the evangelist. They are assured that they are saved… but there’s a big problem -they’re NOT saved!!! They will not go on to live a Godly life, they will not hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will not thirst for the milk of the word, they will not go on to spend time in secret prayer, they will not live a holy life in Christ, thus proving that their “experience” was completely spurious and uneffectual to true salvation.

Nowadays, the evangelist or missionary wants to go to a people with very little Gospel knowledge, and preach to them, and perform the tasks of planting the seed, watering the seed, having the seed grow to fruition, and reaping the harvest, ALL in a period of an hour or less! Then they want to go to the next place and boast about how many souls they’ve supposedly saved! But this Gospel business takes time, it takes prayer, it takes patience, it takes rightly dividing and rightly applying the Word of Truth, and when the seed grows, usually slowly but surely, the farmer knows not how, yet rejoices to see first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn, and then the harvest is reaped only when it comes to fruition, that is, when there are genuine evidences of true conversion (Mark 4:27-29). For the Gospel worker to reap an immature harvest will result in total loss of any possible lasting fruit!

This is what’s going on today. The seed is planted, watered, expected to grow, and harvested in one short message (and at that, it’s usually a shallow message that conveniently leaves out the preaching of the Law and holiness and justice and wrath of God, and of clearly explaining the work and satisfaction of Christ). And the harvest that is reaped is generally a bunch of false converts that had no deep work of the Spirit in their hearts to break the stubborn will of depraved sinners and supernaturally draw them to Christ by the revelation of divine faith to their hearts. Truly, the results that modern evangelism gets is generally a harvest of tares that will ultimately be gathered in bundles and burned in the fire (Matthew 13:40). The converts from these huge campaigns show no neccesary signs of genuine conversion according to the Word of God. Therefore, most modern evangelism doesn’t impress me one bit. Rather, it grieves me tremendously. It has done great damage to the professing church and polluted the house of God with worldly hypocrites that honor God with thier mouths, but have hearts that love the things of this world and are far from Him.

Biblical evangelism involves preaching of the whole counsel of God -even those parts of that counsel that carnal men who love their sin (and that don’t want to change) like to hear. And it involves making sure the sinner realizes he’s LOST before explaining to him the way to be FOUND. It involves teaching sinners that they are alienated from the life of God and will perish in their sin, making sure they understand the disease of their sin before revealing to them the cure and remedy of the Savior. And before a soul can be truly converted and begotten from above, and come to true “repentance unto life”, he has to not only acknowledge that he’s a sinner, but he has to have a spiritual revelation by the power of the Holy Spirit causing him to FEEL his sin. Godly sorrow works true repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Without Godly sorrow over sin, there cannot be true repentance.

This is why our message should lay down foundations of spiritual truth that are divinely orchestrated to pave the way for the Gospel, the reasoning with sinners of “sin, righteousness, and temperance” (Acts 24:25), using the principles of the Law and of the nature of God in His essential and prominent attributes, giving them an understanding of who God is, and who they are in His sight. Maybe then sinners will once again start trembling in the holy fear of God under our preaching, feel that they’re actually lost, and cry out, “what shall we do to be saved”. After all, the Holy Spirit came to convict the world of “sin, righteousness, and judgment to come” in order that He may then “glorify Christ” by revealing Him in His glorious redemptive work in pardoning guilty sinners and imparting to them His pure righteousness (John 16:8, 16:14, respectively). The message that evangelists and missionaries should be proclaiming to the lost is the same message the Holy Spirit came to anoint and make effectual in the hearts of men, a message that includes these essential elements of Scriptural truth.

Of course, doing this might mean we actually have to take time to deal with sinners. It means we might have to invest ourselves into their enlightenment, and deny ourselves in order to serve them until the Holy Spirit sovereignly grants them this understanding. And, when doing so, we need to proclaim a Biblically balanced message of the whole counsel of God and not just a half-gospel of all “mercy, love, and happiness” such as is common in modern evangelism (though we must preach that too). And it may mean that we have to intercede for them, pray for them, and wait for the Holy Spirit to open their blind eyes and impart new life from above before we try to reap the harvest and add them to the membership of the church and accept them as brethren in Christ.

Now, this is not to say that the Holy Spirit can’t do a quick work in their hearts, and convince them of sin, cause them to bow the knee of their stubborn will before the Lorship of Chirst, impart to them saving faith and regenerate their hearts in what seems like an instant. I know He can do that. He’s God! “All things are possible with God”. However, this is not usually the way He operates. Usually, God is pleased in His sovereign pleasure and infinite wisdom to use intelligent Scriptural means to obtain the end. Therefore, what I’m saying is that we need to come alongside what God is doing and work with Him, joining the mind of the Spirit in evangelism, using the same means of Scriptural truth that the Spirit Himself proclaims directly to the hearts, and in our message proclaim by the preaching of the Gospel the same thing that the Holy Spirit is silently proclaiming to the hearts of the men listening. Then we will find that our message will come not in word only, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power and deep conviction (1 Thes. 1:5).

And I would also like to add: it’s not always one man’s job to do the whole labor of planting, watering, and reaping. “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6). I wholeheartedly believe in itinerant evangelistic ministry that does a lot of planting and some watering and very little reaping, where the evangelist cannot spend much personal time with sinners. Jesus Himself did it, never staying in one place long enough to establish a recognized local fellowship! However, even then, Biblical principles need to be followed, and the results cannot be forced. Unripe fruit must not be plucked immaturely. Because then it dies. And it rots. And it stinks up the professing church.

This is why I like the method of the missionary in this video. He takes his time. He makes sure they understand that they’re lost sinners and feel their sin before he reveals the redemptive work of the Savior. He made sure they were “hungering and thirsting for righteousness” before he served up the Gospel bread from Heaven and living water by which they would be filled. And then he didn’t need to lead them into a silly little prayer to “Accept Jesus” and confess Him with thier mouths. Instead, they believed and confessed and rejoiced freely by spontaneous faith, not by human manipulation!

Fellow preachers, evangelists, missionaries! We need to get back to doing our part faithfully, and stop trying to steal God’s part in evangelism. Our part is to faithfully present the whole counsel of God, to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God, to faithfully proclaim and represent the Gospel truthfully. Then, it’s God’s part to give the increase, to regenerate hearts, to quicken dead sinners, to impart new life and save souls. Get your hands off the Ark of God, it’s a holy thing! Your job is simply to carry the holy message with reverance and Godly fear, and it’s God’s job to back it up with power! You preach the Gospel of God, and God will ensure it produces the results that He has soveriengly ordained to come to pass.  

In Christ -Josef Urban
www.puregospeltruth.com

Is God Calling YOU???

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Check out this video. I don’t know who the people are who made it, or anything about the website, and I don’t endorse it (neither do I not endorse it), as I don’t know anything about them, but I wanted to post this video here and encourage you all to WATCH IT!!!

WORLD MISSIONS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5AWmjbo5Jk

If we truly lived as Kingdom-minded pilgrims on this earth, and worried not about our own welfare, our own comforts, our own agendas, but were utterly consumed with following HIM, and doing what He commanded, and loving our neighbors as ourselves and seeing to it that they have a chance to hear the Gospel, how different would our lives be?

Nearly a third of the world has never heard of Jesus Christ, or within the midst of their people groups, have not had a true witness of His saving power and the Church established. Think about it! While we spend nearly all our efforts reaching to already-evangelised America, a third of the world perishes for lack of knowledge! While America has heard and rejected the Gospel, these peoples have never had a chance to even hear!

All children of God are called to help fulfill the Great Commission. And to answer the question in the title of this post, YES YOU ARE CALLED BY GOD, if you are a saint. Have you ever considered packing up, forsaking all, and just GOING? Leaving it all behind… your stable, confortable life, your families, your friends, your job, your familiar surroundings, and offering your life to the service of God, and if neccesary, your blood for the Gospel’s sake? To go to the nations, where they’re ALL lost, they’re ALL dead in trespasses and sins, they’re ALL abiding under the wrath of the Almighty?

We’re wasting our time praying for revival in America, an already evangelized nation, when she has had numerous revivals, and already has a strong Christian influence and church established- Yet, many nations around the world have not only never seen revival, but they’ve never heard the name of Jesus! And if we gathered our tears and travails and prayers together and focused them all on the unreached then God would actually answer our prayers for revival!!!

You may not be called to GO personally to the mission field. Just ask God. But as Paul Washer said, you are either called to go down into the well, or you are called to hold the rope. If you can’t go yourself, what you can do is send others who are called and are willing to go.

I believe the greatest opportunity for the saints in America to reap eternal dividends right now is not to sit around and talk about the error of the modern Babylonian system all day and then pray for revival every now and then. And there are NO commands in the ENTIRE New Testament to keep praying for revival in a Gentile nation that has already heard, rejected, and apostasized from the true Gospel. But the greatest opportunity for the saints in America is by using this time of an open door to the nations, to send forth laborers to gather the harvest of the nations! America, even with the economy going downhill now, still has an open window of opportunity, and the saints are still blessed to bless others with the neccesary funds to go. And the time of this open window is short, which means it’s time NOW to thrust out and launch forth the Gospel nets and gather in the end time harvest around the world!

No other nation sends as many missionaries as America, and this is true for a number of reasons, namely because of America’s financial abundance and great resources. Yet, did you know that slightly more money is actually stolen from church treasuries (by pastors, treasurers and secretaries) than what goes to reach lost peoples who have never heard the Gospel? And while this is true, and we could point a finger at them and shame them, how many of the “revived” crowd who “have everything right” are reaching out to the world, if not personally, then by sending others with their resources? They might not steal personally from church bank accounts, yet they steal from God by living in luxury and self-indulgence while the world perishes and Gospel workers need funds!

Do you go out to eat and spend $20-30 dollars at a time with your family to eat just one meal? Yet, you could eat much more simply and give the extra money to missions and it wouldn’t hurt you, yet it would reap eternal rewards. For $30 a month you can help sponsor a full-time Gospel for Asia missionary (www.gfa.org) who is out preaching the Gospel and planting churches while we’re arguing on message boards!

There’s so much more I could say, but just wanted to encourage the true saints of God to think about your focus. Think about the heart of God for the lost. Think about the Lamb of God and the blood He shed to redeem peoples from every tribe and people and language and nation. And pray and ask Him what He would have you to do to reach out. And don’t think you need a dream or vision or special revelation to start obeying the Great Commission! Either go down into that well, or hold the rope while others do!

I believe the time is so short, namely, before terrible physical disaster strikes America and she is no longer able to supply missionaries to the world. The TIME IS NOW to start investing in the nations. If God is calling you to go, then GO! And if not, then SEND!

If you haven’t yet, watch the above video, and PRAY FOR THE LOST AROUND THE WORLD.

In Christ -Josef
www.puregospeltruth.com