As I go about preaching the gospel and teaching them that believe to preach it I often run into christians. I try to teach them to preach the gospel after I preach it to them but they will not do it. This is because of unbelief.
During the time of Christ it was natural for a believer to tell the good news of Christ's death, burial and resurrection because they were eye witnesses or they were told the good news (gospel) by those who were eyewitnesses. In fact, if a person did not preach the gospel they were considered not to be of God. The Apostle John wrote, "Hereby we know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not the Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world (1 Jn 4.2-3). We have the word written by the same eyewitness (Lk 1.2 & 2 Pet 1.16).
Christians make excuses for not preaching the gospel after I show them what it is (1 Cor 15.1-4) and how to preach it. They say it is not their gift, or its for pastors and missionaries, that women can't preach the gospel, etc. The only excuse they really have is that they have not been taught what the gospel is (See TIGHT-LIPPED CHRISTIANS on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). How can a person preach it if they don't know what it is? But even after I show them what the gospel according to the scriptures is they still will not confess it with their mouths to others. The only reason I can think of for this is that they simply do not believe, which places them in danger of being damned (Mk 16.16b).
It's so important to confess Christ to others that it is linked to our salvation. Christ says - "Whosoever shall deny me before men, him (or her) will I deny before my Father which is in heaven (Mt 10.33)." To the man who buried his talent He said, "Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt 25.30)." The Apostle Paul wrote, "That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved (Rom 10.9)."
The gospel according to the scriptures is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (See 1 Cor 15.1-4.)." It is easily preached to another after asking them, "Did you hear the good news (Gospel means good news.)?" thus allowing them to believe on Christ and be saved (Jn 6.47 & Acts 16.31; See SAVED For a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). Then we can teach him (or her) to preach the gospel as as well thereby mulltiplying the gospel seed. In so doing we turn the world right-side up and speed Christ's return (See TURN THE WORLD RIGHT SIDE UP on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
If we believe we will take every opportunity to tell the good news to others just as His first disciples did. But when we stand before Him and he asks what we have done with our talent it will be too late (Mt 25.14-30). "He (or she) that believes not shall be damned (Mk 16.16b)."
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