THE PURITANS ON EVANGELISM

“Oh, if you have the hearts of Christians or of men in you, let them yearn towards your poor, ignorant, ungodly neighbors.

 

“Alas, there is but a step between them and death and hell; many hundred diseases are waiting ready to seize on them, and if they die unregenerate, they are lost forever. Have you hearts of rock, that cannot pity men in such a case as this? If you believe not the Word of God, and the danger of sinners, why are you Christians yourselves? If you do believe it, why do you not bestir yourself to the helping of others? Do you not care who is damned, so you be saved? If so, you have sufficient cause to pity yourselves, for it is a frame of spirit utterly inconsistent with grace. . . . Dost thou live close by them, or meet them in the streets, or labor with them, or travel with them, or sit and talk with them, and say nothing to them of their souls, or the life to come? If their houses were on fire, thou wouldst run and help them; and wilt thou not help them when their souls are almost at the fire of hell?”

(Richard Baxter, cited in TABLETALK, July 1998, p. 60.)

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  1. Glenn

    Two things can to mind when I read this, one fro years ago and the other more recent articles.
    I should be excited about Jesus and what He did for me on the cross. As a follower of Jesus Christ I do share with others but do I always take the opportunity God gives me to share Him with others. Do I look at this as a Full time, Part time or Relief position? The loss of a friend 4 years ago not knowing if he had a relationship with Christ was a real eye opener that I never want to experience again. Unfortunately it probably will.
    From a book I read years ago: if you had a swimming pool that was contaminated with a chemical that would cause physical death and all the neighborhood kids were on their way to swim in it, how much effort would you put into stopping them from jumping into the pool?

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