Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
THIS IS WHY I DO WHAT I DO. Many of you know that I do the work of an evangelist. I am actually super excited because I just received 2 boxes of 10,000 tracts that my church designed and ordered from Custom Tract Source and on the same day, we launched our new improved website, Berean Baptist Church and I got to be a part of both those things. Each of these activities is designed with one ultimate goal: to glorify God by pointing to Christ and His finished work on the cross. Our chief aim is to edify believers and herald the gospel to the lost.
Why do we do this? BECAUSE JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN WILL COME TO THE FATHER BUT BY HIM. I believe John 3:18 (along with the rest of the Bible 🙂 ), so EVERY person I see I can safely assume they are going to hell! Why? Because we are all born at enmity with God. There is no way other than Christ. So we tell people the truth. If I err and preach Christ and His Glory to a brother or sister, then they shall rejoice! So I am NEVER WRONG to preach Christ crucified. I fear that with all our boldness in our current apathetic culture that some of us today that seriously herald Christ’s Gospel would be put to shame next to Paul or Peter or Stephen. I pray for a heart like God gave those men.
Finally, on a theological note, I want to make 2 points. Point 1 is that God does not hear the prayers of the wicked. (In the sense that they do not have His ear). Proverbs 28:9 combined with John 14:6 make it pretty clear to me. Any unsaved soul can ONLY talk to God through Christ, and the first prayer honored by God of any man is the prayer of repentance and faith in Christ alone. So please, dear Christian brother or sister, don’t ask your unsaved coworker for prayer! You may thank them for well-wishes…but you do not cover their prayers, and you ought not let them believe you see any effectiveness in their prayer, as you can with your brothers, James 5:16. Secondly, I will make the claim that I believe every encounter with the living God that anyone has had since Genesis 1 was through Christ. Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is and has always been the only mediator between God and man. From creation to the crossing of the Red Sea, to the protection of Daniel’s friends in the furnace to Calvary and today. Praise Him for His character and deeds.