“I was a cashier at a grocery store and a Christian man gave me a tract and invited me to church and that’s how I got saved” “I was at a funeral and my brother was killed in a tragic car accident, as I sat down on the church pew I found a church card not from the church I was currently in but from a Pentecostal church, I was Baptist, what was this Pentecostal tract doing here? I read the tract and decided to visit the church and that’s how I came to Christ”.
I remember at 19 I was attending an Apostolic Church in the Bronx NY. This young woman told me how she received the Holy Ghost at a house party turned shoot out. Prior to that day, she knew about the Holy Ghost, knew about living for God, but decided she wanted to do her own thing. She told me that shots rang out at his house party in the Bronx NY. She was in the bedroom of the apartment hiding and crying with others. She immediately repented of her sins and decided that day she was no longer going to run from the call of Christ on her life. She told me that God filled her with the Holy Ghost right there in a dark bedroom full of people crying, she said she started to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave her utterance. God physically saved her from that tragic shoot out, and from that day she has been serving God. What a testimony. God showed up in someones darkest hour and literally filled them with the Holy Ghost. The onlookers thought she was crazy speaking in tongues, but I believe her testimony helped someone else eventually come to Christ. I’m just crazy enough to believe that. Imagine if you were the person that witnessed to her, and THIS was the outcome of a small seed deposited into a life. What a powerful and victorious testimony you’d have.
On another note, read this quote from the latest Gallup poll that CNN reported on concerning Muslims and their faith.
“Muslims are much more likely than Christians and Hindus to say that their own faith is the only true path to paradise, according to a recent global survey, and they are more inclined to say their religion is an important part of their daily lives.”
“Islam is the world’s second-largest religion – behind Christianity and ahead of Hinduism, the third largest. With some 1.5 billion followers and rising, Islam’s influence may be growing even faster than its numbers as the Arab Spring topples long-reigning secular rulers and opens the way to religiously inspired political parties.” (Richard Allen Greene of CNN http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/03/conflict-theology-and-history-make-muslims-more-religious-than-others-experts-say/?hpt=hp_c1 )
A few things stood out in the above quotes. Islam is 2nd largest religion behind Christianity. Islam has 1.5 billion followers. Muslims will clearly tell you that their religion is the ONLY path to paradise (heaven). Here are the issues I have concerning Christianity. We have given people so many options and roads to take in order to get to heaven and are fearful to tell someone that our faith is only road to heaven. We fight amongst our religious organizations and yet we now know that there are at least 1.5 billion people that are hell bound right now if Jesus was to come back right now. 1.5 billion! Lets not even start to pull the covers off the Apostolic Church who totes we have the full truth, full gospel, and teach a more excellent way to live effective Christian lives. Rightfully so, we do have truth. We do have the message. We do teach the full gospel. My point is not to bash Christianity or the Apostolic Faith. NO NEVER! My point I am making is that its our duty to help create someones testimony. Are you going to stand by the Acts 2:38 sidelines cheering and let 1.5 billion people go straight to hell, or are you going to do something about it?????
Here is what I propose according to the Word of God. Luke 14:23 gives us a direct order that’s not optional. “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” We are to compel them (yup those 1.5 billion plus folk) to come to Christ to be saved.
Matthew 10:7 “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
It is my prayer that you share in my passion for souls and get to work. Islam is not the answer! There is NO OTHER DOOR to enter the kingdom of God except through Jesus Christ who is God almighty. Let us start the week out with a determination to “help create someone’s testimony” by inviting them to church, giving home bible studies, and showing people the more excellent way, that way being the way of holiness through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Receive ye these words……..
P.S. Being the bold individual I am, I actually did go to a funeral at a Baptist church yesterday for a 25 year old who was killed in a single car accident due to speeding and alcohol. This funeral was yesterday. I just so happen to “purposely” drop some tracks in the back near a stack of bibles. Wouldnt that be just like God that the Pastor gets a hold of the tracts, teaches the church the apostles doctrine, and converts his entire church to holiness. I’m just that crazy to believe God ya hear….. Now don’t you go doing the same thing, they might throw you out the church lol lol, but my point is, be crazy enough to belive God can use YOU to help create someones testimony.