EVANGELISM, GOD’S WAY AND NOT MY WAY
The Acharit Hayamim [End Times] has no relevance to either mankind or to believers in Yeshua/Jesus without Evangelism.
The mission of Christianity was given by its founder, Yeshua, two millennia ago to all believers in Him and has not changed in eternity. It is very clear, simple to understand and we all have heard it from the beginning until now.
YESHUA/Jesus, the Living TORAH, said:
16 So the eleven talmidim went to the hill in the Galil where Yeshua had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they prostrated themselves before him; but some hesitated. 18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”
14 Later, Yeshua appeared to the Eleven as they were eating, and he reproached them for their lack of trust and their spiritual insensitivity in not having believed those who had seen him after he had risen. 15 Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation. 16 Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in my name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues, 18 not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.” 19 So then, after he had spoken to them, the Lord Yeshua was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the message by the accompanying signs.
14 Later, Yeshua appeared to the Eleven as they were eating [Havdallah], and he reproached them for their lack of trust and their spiritual insensitivity in not having believed those who had seen him after he had risen. 15 Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation. 16 Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in my name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues, 18 not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.” 19 So then, after he had spoken to them, the Lord Yeshua was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the message by the accompanying signs.
19 In the evening that same day [Shabbat], [beginning] the first day of the week, when the talmidim were gathered together [after Havdallah] behind locked doors out of fear of the Judeans, Yeshua came, stood in the middle and said, “Shalom aleikhem!” 20 Having greeted them, he showed them his hands and his side. The talmidim were overjoyed to see the Lord. 21 “Shalom aleikhem!” Yeshua repeated. “Just as the Father sent me, I myself am also sending you.” 22 Having said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Ruach HaKodesh! 23 If you forgive someone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you hold them, they are held.”
30 In the presence of the talmidim Yeshua performed many other miracles, which have not been recorded in this book. 31 But these, which have been recorded, are here so that you may trust that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by this trust you may have life because of who he is.
25 But there are also many other things Yeshua did; and if they were all to be recorded, I don’t think the whole world could contain the books that would have to be written!
8 But you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!”
Acts 4, Kefa [Peter] said:
11 “This Yeshua is the stone rejected by you builders which has become the cornerstone. 12 There is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!”
Evangelism and Salvation in todays American Churches
During the 1700s and 1800s, especially in the context of the three GREAT AWAKENINGS AND the BRUSH ARBOR and TENT REVIVALS; myriads of people were SAVED in the Churches of the British Isles and also in America through the evangelistic efforts of anointed “hellfire and brimstone” preachers such as Asahel Nettleton, Charles Grandison Finney and many others, known and unknown.
It has been my personal experience since the 1960s that I have seen very few people “saved” in Churches, but many saved through the efforts of individual evangelists working in Para church groups such as Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowships, street preachers and evangelistic outreaches of various kinds.
Only One Way of Salvation by J.C. Ryle, partly quoted:
Truth and Love
There are few parts of the subject, which seem to me to be more important than this. The truth I have been trying to set before my readers bears so strongly on the condition of a great proportion of mankind, that I consider it would be mere affectation on my part not to say something about it. If Christ is the only way of salvation, what are we to feel about many people in the world? This is the point I am now going to take up.
Uselessness of Religion
One mighty consequence, then, which seems to be learned from the text, which forms the keynote of this paper, is the utter uselessness of any religion without Christ.
There are many to be found in Christendom at these days that have a religion of this kind. They would not like to be called Deists, but Deists they are. That there is a God, that there is what they are pleased to call Providence, that God is merciful, that there will be a state after death – this is about the sum and substance of their creed; and as to the distinguishing tenets of Christianity, they do not seem to recognize them at all. Now I denounce such a system as a baseless fabric – its seeming foundation man’s fancy – its hopes an utter delusion. The god of such people is an idol of their own invention, and not the glorious God of the Scriptures – a miserably imperfect being, even on their own showing, without holiness, without justice, without any attribute but that of vague, indiscriminate mercy. Such a religion may possibly do as a toy to live with: It is far too unreal to die with. It utterly fails to meet the wants of man’s conscience: It offers no remedy; it affords no rest for the soles of our feet; it cannot comfort, for it cannot save. Let us beware of it, if we love life. Let us beware of a religion without Christ. The greatest charity is to tell the greatest quantity of truth. It is no charity to hide the legitimate consequences of such a saying of St. Peter as we are now considering, or to shut our eyes against them. And I solemnly call on every one who really believes there is no salvation in any but Christ – and none other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved – I solemnly call on that person to give me his attention, while I set before him some of the tremendous consequences which the doctrine we are considering involves….
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As founder and first President of two chapters of Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, 7 years in Boat Evangelism ministries in the Pacific Northwest, 2 years as a Pastor of a Pilipino Church in California and many years as an itinerate evangelist, I have seen many former sinners come to trust in the Lord, but seldom in a Church meeting in response to an alter call by a Pastor. It is my understanding that the salvation process has been altered by Denominational doctrines that add to the Word of God in scripture by setting up an extra-biblical format to the standard alter call invitation given by Church leadership. The “one man show” seen in American Churches today discourages the untrained pew sitters from bringing in the unsaved in \to meetings, leaving the salvation outcall to their Pastor who is usually overwhelmed by his/her many duties such as Church administration and operation to pay much attention to evangelism. Preference in funding and support is given to missionary evangelists on the far side of the world while ignoring the lost sinners in the next block. The Brush Arbor and Tent Revivals of centuries past did not ignore this demographic and bore much fruit.
Without evangelism, the Church stagnates and dies a slow and unforeseen death.
Evangelism, ennobled and inspired by the Holy Spirit living in us, is really easy if we let it be so, and step out in faith believing as set apart emissaries of Yeshua and speaking in HIS NAME to the lost souls of this world.
Walking on the road to Emmaus,
James Talbott, Yeshua HaTikvah Yisrael Ministries