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Evangelism Part 1: Obedience

Evangelism Part 1- Obedience

Jesus told his apostles when the gospel is not accepted to just walk away and go somewhere else. Jesus said that if the harvest is plentiful but the laborer is few, we cannot force people to accept the gospel especially when their mind is set to something else. More people need to hear the gospel and the time is as precious as the pearl and there are those people who are longing to hear and ready to accept the good news.

God will not send us to minister in a place where there is danger. Many missionaries lost and still losing their lives because of misconceptions of feeling blessed and to be blessed. When a Pastor is charismatic and very entertaining in the way he preaches,  you jump, clap, dance, and make loud noises.   However, is that a blessing or just a feeling of being blessed? Is it praising God or praising the Pastor? When one disagrees with the outcome of the service the spirit is not in one accord. It’s just a feeling but when the heart speaks in unity then it’s a blessing. Everyone should please each other so blessings will flow and not compromise.

Many anointed preachers are already back in their spiritual home and probably have already received their citizenship in heaven. During their prime in preachings, they are more focused on what they believe. They supported some of the works of the olden days and the opinions of the reformed ministers, combining them to form a solid biblical narrative and calling them their own. These preachers sometimes encourage many followers and collect compensation more than they need. Many of them become millionaires unlike the Lord Jesus, a savior sent by the Savior who didn’t make himself rich to deliver the message of the Father.

As advance, as we are now in technology, these ministers try to correct some of their teachings through the modern media. However,  some of the believers that I have a chance to talk about this matter have already a mindset that the ministers will not be able to change. They do sometimes blame the media and therefore we find that either audio or video is not real.

A handful of ministers already said before they passed away that Jesus is not the only way to salvation. There is this one minister  that when asked by a TV anchor “if Jesus is the only one that can save mankind”, responded, “he is not in a position to answer that.” This minister compromises the scripture that he preaches every week on television. What was written no one can change.  Nevertheless, new revelations coming from the written word itself that were hidden before are now being revealed should and can be preached. As we say, the Bible is progressive and cannot be outdated to fit the coming generation. 

What we have preached for many years and later on in our lives we tried to recount it, it might be too late and may no longer be subject to acceptance by the hearers. Many may claim it is not real, and some may even point fingers that it may be photoshop and for the audio, it may have been dubbed. The teachings of yesteryears say that women cannot be Pastor, but now there are women pastors and even women bishops. If what was written in the Bible is no longer being followed, what will come next to happen in our belief system. Is this a perversion of the truth to please the demanding groups?  Is the Bible not meant for the present time?

The truth can never be replaced by any new concept. We can have a new vision but if it is not from God, it will only come back void. There will be no hindrances when direct revelation comes from above transmitted to our senses including our brain by the Holy Spirit but it does not mean that you can change what was written. God still reveals and conceals things according to His pleasure and nothing humans can do about it. We have to be mindful that God is still in control and is involved in human activities through His Spirit within us.

God never takes His involvement out in human activities; from Adam to Moses in the Old Testament, to Jesus and the Apostles to Paul in the New Testament, and through John in Revelation to us. God is in control, all are God’s mandated dispensation of time. The people that He called, chose and elected to administer His purpose and will for His children not be broken. What was forbidden before still in place today?

In the Old Testament times, blood sacrifices were required for the remission of sin and animals had to be sacrificed. In the New Testament Times, John, the Baptist introduced baptism, and water is required (Lev. 17:11; Mk. 1:4; Acts 2:38), After the Apostles, the teachings of Paul about the doctrine of the cross surfaces that the world was redeemed through the blood of Jesus. While the blood of redemption flows the water of salvation flows as well—Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:24.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

2Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[a] a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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