Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of the theology of the Salvation Army, Oral Roberts University, or any of the entities or missionaries associated with them.
What if Reformed missionaries were bold enough to travel to remote inhabited islands, knowing their lives were not just possibly, but likely on the line? What if Reformed missionaries were willing to die for the message they’ve been entrusted to proclaim?
There is a growing trend among non-Reformed missionaries–a trend that seems quite noble. There are men giving their lives to proclaim their message. John Chau, the young missionary who recently died on North Sentinel Island by an indigenous tribe that inhabits the island, was driven by something to give his life. A Salvation Army missionary recently shot to death in the streets of Cleveland Ohio while preaching would often tell his friends, “I’m not afraid. I know where I’m going…to die is gain.”
While the theology of these religions are questionable at best, there is something that drives them. Many other–completely false–religions, such as Islam, also have missionaries who are willing to die for their faith, so we know that it isn’t necessarily the power of the Holy Spirit that drives men straight into a deadly situation to proclaim their faith.
This isn’t to necessarily to knock these men who died–I don’t know what they truly believed, and I can’t say one way or another for sure where they are right now. However, I can say this for sure, there are not enough Reformed missionaries going out to proclaim the unadulterated, life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ.
There was a time when the Reformed men were the heroes of the faith. They were the ones burned at the stake for unrelentingly declaring the truth. The William
Why have we Reformed believers become complacent and lazy? Why are we letting everyone else die for their faith? We are we not the ones leading the way to the mission fields? After all, we are the ones with the purest gospel.
This is our duty.
For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”Acts 13:47
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