Making disciples in the West
I have a friend who was sent to plant a church in a hostile city, in a neighborhood dominated by sexual perversion. While making the rounds, introducing himself to pastors already serving in the city one pastor warned him that so many others had sought to minister to that demographic, but, the pastor reasoned, they just weren’t reachable. My friend, though he had served in the special forces, and could well be Chuck Norris’s younger brother, broke down in tears. He explained to the pastor, “If the gospel has no power to save them, it has no power to save me.”
— R.C. Sproul, Jr., “Do you believe there are people who are incapable of repenting?”
As the church continues our efforts to preach the gospel and make disciples in the Western world, the increasingly hostile and perverse environment may deter us. Please don’t let it.
First, we must remember all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Ro 3:23). We are not Christ’s disciples because we were more righteous than anyone else. We are justified by God’s grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Ro 3:24). If we are redeemable, anyone may be redeemable.
Second, we must remember the gospel, not politicians or culture wars, is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Ro 1:16). We must preach the gospel.
Third, Christ is with us always, to the end of the age (Mt 28:20).
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