Thursday, December 20, 2007

Are You in the Comfort of the Fire Station, or Out Rescuing the Lost???

Jude 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

I am always encouraged when I read the writings of men or women of the past who used the same analogies and seemed to feel the same frustrations that we do, when it comes to reaching the lost. Thomas Watson, way back in 1660, wrote of something he called “cruel mercy.” He quoted Jude 23 above and then said, “If a man's house were on fire, and another should see it and not tell him of it, for fear of waking him--would not this be cruelty? When we see others sleeping in their sin, and the fire of God's wrath ready to burn them up--and we are silent--is not this cruelty?”

All around us we have professed firefighters who prefer to stay in the comfort of the fire station and let people burn.

So you and I have a two-fold task;

1. To awaken those within the Church to their sober responsibility to reach out to the unsaved.
2. To reach out to those who are ignorant as to their true state before God.
Perhaps the two tasks are one in the same???

From "Comfort Food" by Ray Comfort

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Blogger Sis. Julie said...

Amen!! My husband likes to use this illustration of a man's house being on fire and if we would be willing to go in and rescue him from it or warn him that it is on fire. I've always liked this illustration. It brings out a real and true point and brings a person to the attention of what they would do or are doing to warn people of their eternal destination in the Lake of Fire.

Merry Christmas!!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sis. Julie,

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

It has always bothered me about those who claim we should keep our religion to ourselves... "it is a personal thing." Yes, our relationship with God is personal, but what kind of "Christian" would fail to warn others about God's upcoming judgment against SINFUL MANKIND!!! Do we just let them them die and go to Hell - it's their own business??? No, we must show God's love and warn them.... He is not willing that any should perish!!!

11:15 AM  

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