“No messenger of a king bearing the king’s message ever waited to earn his right share the word from his king. He shared it, because that was his duty! So too, all Christians are ambassadors for Christ, and it is our joy to share the gospel with as many as we can. If Christ has given us approval to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations, we need not earn another’s approval to share the gospel, the message of our king.” (Emphasis added)
Let’s say you live in China. Your every move is monitored. Big Brother is watching and you know it. You work for the Chinese government and your job is to infiltrate chat rooms, message boards, and comment areas on the Internet in order to spread propaganda. According to the article cited below, as many as 300,000 people (known as “China’s 50 Cent Party”) are doing this every day.
Imagine, you have never heard the Gospel and then one day you access a message board to ply your nefarious trade when you read a message like this:
There is a Creator who created all there is and ever will be, who has revealed Himself in what He has created, and who has established His laws to govern this universe. One day He will judge everyone according to their deeds. What will happen when you stand before Him on that day of judgment? There is a way to find out: Have you ever said something that wasn’t true or taken something that wasn’t yours? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? If you have done these things, you have broken three of the Creator’s laws. That same Creator has declared that all liars, thieves, and adulterers will suffer eternal torment in Hell.
The Good News is that the Creator, God, doesn’t desire this for you. Instead, “God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, came to take upon Himself the wrath and judgment you deserve for breaking God’s Law and sinning against Him. The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life”. He did this when He shed His innocent blood for the remission of sins as He died on the cross. Three days later, He rose from and forever defeated death. He did this for you, He did this because of Love, He did this as a free gift. To receive this free gift, you must repent (that means to confess and forsake your sins) and put your trust in Jesus. If you do this you will not have to suffer God’s justice in Hell when you stand before Him on the day of judgment. Please carefully consider this; there is nothing more important.
Now imagine the joy in heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7).
The 50 Cent Army is likely up to no good. This seems like an excellent opportunity though to share the Law and the Gospel with a potential audience equal to the population of 47 countries. The next time you are on a message board or in a chat room think about planting this kind of seed, God will allow it to take root and grow in exactly the right way at exactly the right time. After all, sometimes what man means for evil, God intends for good (Gen 50:20).
Via The Raw Feed:
The CCP has hired thousands of freelance Internet propagandists whose job is to infiltrate chat rooms, message boards and comment areas on the Internet posing as ordinary users to voice support for the agenda and interest of the CCP. The BBC calls these freelance propagandists China’s 50 Cent Party. The Guardian newspaper calls it the 50 Cent Army. (50 Cent isn’t a rapper in this case, but a reference to the pay: 50 Chinese "cents" per post, which is equivalent to about 7 US cents). Some estimates claim that the 50 Cent Army includes a whopping 300,000 people. If that’s accurate, China’s freelance propagandists exceed in number the total populations of 47 countries.
We are supposed to proclaim the Gospel in all the world. It is not an option but a command. Sharing the faith is not just the job of ordained ministers but an obligation of every Christian. In this two part audio series Don Green explains why every Christian has the freedom and competence to share the Gospel confidently with the lost.
After a prolonged absence from blogging, I’m back. While I was away…
My first grandchild, Caleb, made his world debut on July 5 bringing with him an opportunity for me to read the Scriptures with a new set of eyes:
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.—Proverbs 17:6
…I confess that I’m struggling with the word “aged” a little bit, but that crown part is absolutely right on the mark!
A short while later my car broke down, thank God!
And then my desktop computer monitor decided to fizzle and die. Even though I have a laptop computer that I could have used, I keep it reserved for work rather than personal use– a policy that even astronauts aught to follow. I am a little bit bummed that I missed hearing about this until it was too late though.
And now you know the rest of the story…
The Ten Commandments Bookmark and Tract has the Commandments listed on one side and a Gospel presentation on the reverse. I’ve found these work best if printed on heavyweight paper with either a glossy or matte coated finish and is designed to print 4 bookmarks (front and back) on one standard 8.5 x 11 inch page. Each bookmark measures 2 x 6.5 inches.
The Ten Commandments
One day everyone will stand before God in judgment. How will you do? Here’s a quick test to find out:
Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever used God’s name as a curse word? Have you ever wanted something that did not belong to you? Have you ever allowed someone or something to be more important to you than God?
If you have done these things, you’ve broken God’s Commandments and you will stand before Him as a lying, thieving, covetous, blaspheming, idolater. The Bible says God’s wrath awaits you and on Judgment Day you will end up in hell.
But God doesn’t desire this for you: instead, “God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, came to take upon Himself the wrath and judgment you deserve for breaking God’s Law and sinning against Him. The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life”. He did this when He shed His innocent blood for the remission of sins as He died on the cross. Three days later, He rose from and forever defeated death. He did this for you, He did this because of Love, He did this as a free gift. To receive this free gift, you must repent (that means to confess and forsake your sins) and put your trust in Jesus. If you do this you will not have to suffer God’s justice in Hell when you stand before Him on judgment day.
Repent and believe in Jesus now, please don’t wait.
Fox has a game show called The Moment of Truth on which contestants answer a series of personal and embarrassing questions to receive cash. Before each show, contestants are asked more than 50 questions while the truthfulness of their answers is measured by polygraph. During the show, 21 of the same questions are asked again, if the contestant’s answers are truthful based on the results of the previously administered polygraph, they go on to the next question. If the contestant lies or refuses to answer, the game ends.
Since the show first aired on January 23, 2008 no one has answered all 21 questions truthfully.
Think about that for just a minute. The “secret” things of our lives are so shameful or hurtful or embarrassing that we cannot answer truthfully just 21 questions about our lives — not even for $500,000!
If we are this ashamed of our own actions now, just think about what it will be like on the Day of Judgment when we have to give an account for all our thoughts, all our words, and all our deeds.
This video (HT: The Lawman Chronicles) puts this is in perspective: