Thursday, September 10, 2015
You and I are living in an Increasingly Secularized and Irreligious World.. but Does That Change the Commands of Christ Related to The Lost? Nope.
Christ still loves and saves the Lost. And He wants to use believers in this work. Sure the number of those who don't identify with any organized religion or Christian group in the USA is growing. #Duh #NotEndOfStory
Just under 71 percent of Americans called themselves Christians, compared to 78 percent in 2007.
Twenty-three percent identified themselves as atheist, agnostic, or no particular faith last year, compared to only 16 percent in 2007.
"What we're seeing now is that the share of people who say religion is important to them is declining," says Greg Smith, the associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. He also said. "The so called religiously unaffiliated are not just growing, but as they grow, they are becoming more secular."
An analysis by Christianity Today, shows the drop in Christian Evangelicals as a percentage of the population is slight, only about 1 percent less than seven years ago. Today, Evangelicals comprise about 25.4 percent of the population, as opposed to 26.3 percent in 2007.
Good idea: Let's pray in faith and go tell people about our friendship with Jesus Christ.. and expect Him to work in their lives.
And Jesus said to them (His disciples), "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.." Mark 16:15
Go check out Mark 16:15 as well.. in context (NKJV Bible). "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'"
Remember, Jesus is talking to His disciples here.. who had not believed Mary Magdalene when she proclaimed His physical resurrection.
Christ instructs them to go forth, sharing the Word of God and as they believed.. then baptize these non-infant believers. He elaborates on the power of God by telling the disciples that believers will be able to cast out demons, speak in new tongues, be immune to poison and be used of God to heal the sick. God is the One who still does miracles and good stuff and He delights to use Christians.
Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
In Matthew 24, Jesus' disciples ask Him for the signs of the "close of the age." Matthew 24:14 is significant for the end times because it tells us that the gospel will be spread throughout the world "and then the end will come." This will be one last chance for non-believers to hear, believe and repent.
Psalms 96:3 "Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples."
Psalm 96:3 is part of a hymn lifting up the Lord and praising Him for all that he has done. Much like we are eager to tell people when we are in love, the same should be true of God. We are so filled with love for Him and the blessings of the Spirit that we cannot keep silent.
Revelation 14:6-7 "Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, 'Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.'"
You've read about that angel who will be proclaiming the Gospel right?.. just as God has instructed his believers to share with people of every nation, tribe, language... yes all people groups in this world. We still have a little time left.
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In these important last two verses of Matthew, Christ clearly instructs all His spiritually reborn disciples to carry on the earthly ministry that He began.
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