James R. Spencer
The Christians role is to invade the moral cesspools of the world and make a straight path for people to come to Jesus Christ. We need to knock the garbage out of the way and rebuild something fresh and wholesomea highway for our God!
How do we make this highway? We should heed the call of Isaiah: Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lords hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together... (Is. 40:1-5).
We should tell people that things which divert them from God will be gone very soon:
All flesh is grass.. ..The grass withereth, the flower fadeth because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass, but the word of our God shall stand forever. (Is. 40:6-8).
That which Jesus set in the hearts of the apostles, which overtook the world, which caused Paul to travel, which caused the Church to turn the world upside downwas the knowledge that every man would soon stand before the judgment seat of God.
People often say, "I dont have a ministry to the cults"; or "I dont have a ministry to the intellectual"; or " I dont have a ministry to the poor." But the Christian has a ministry to every man. We must show ourselves to be workers fully approved; we must always be ready to give reason for the hope that lies within usin every case, in every nation, to all flesh! Each person we meet is only a heartbeat from judgment.
But one might say, "I dont want to step on anybodys toes." I cant blame him, because Im a chicken, too! It was not my idea to confront the cults and the occult. But thats my role and calling. I want those involved in cults to know of the hope that lies within me.
My wife was a member of a cult for 30 years. Never once during that period did she hear the message of the Gospel. Nobody stopped her on the street; nobody handed her a tract; nobody challenged her faith. For 30 years! Perhaps someone was waiting for a propitious moment. But our job is to go into the highways and the byways and divert people headed for hell.
How many thousands will die today? We must proclaim an urgent message:
"You need a straight path. All flesh is grass. You are about to die. It is about over. It wont last. Your beauty, young ladies, will fade. Your strength, young men, will fade. Your intellectual prowess
will dissipate. Your health will fail. Only one thing is important: to be enveloped in and transformed by the glory of God."
I was a Mormon elder for ten years. I was as religious as you can be. I didnt smoke, chew, or go with the girls that do. I was in church every time the doors were open. I paid a full tithe; I was on a treadmill of good works.
I know firsthand that every cultist, every occultist is on a ladder trying to reach God. Their hearts are good. Mormon elders hunger and thirst to know God. Jehovahs Witnesses who knock on doors 40 hours per month are doing so in an attempt to find Him. They are not the enemy. They are the victims! They need to encounter the glory of God and be changed. And it is our job to be a road sign that will put them on the right path!
A great evangelist once said, "You will never win anybody by falling in step beside him. It only happens when you tell him, You are going the wrong way!
Dont ever think love will prevent you from getting in somebodys way with the Gospel. It is always your fear that stops you! To say that you love people too much to confront them is like saying, "My neighbors house is burning down, but I love him too much to tell him!" You are willing to tell people that which they dont want to hear only if you love them. Otherwise, you will avoid the battle!
My ministry is in the great egg-shaped state of Deseret, which includes Utah, Idaho, parts of Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. People who live in this area sometimes tell me, "I dont witness to Latter Day Saints. Im not called to reach Mormons." I respond with, "Oh, you are probably called to witness to Muslims. And if you went to Saudi Arabia your call would suddenly change to witnessing to Mormons."
Chuck Colson says, "If you aint in the battle being waged where you are, you aint in the battle, baby!" Of the two hundred million adults in the United States today, one hundred million of them are lost to the occult, the cults, and secularism; and we are not reaching them.
These people arent ignorant of the Gospel; they arent waiting for us to stop by and sing a Pentecostal tune for them. The devil has his hands over their eyes and his thumbs in their ears. But when they hear and see, they will be won!
For the most part, those saved will be the youth and those people who have been battered by disease or divorce. If an American hasnt come to Christ by the age of 18, chances are he never will. By that time he will have adopted a woridview that is post-Christian; and nobody will challenge him about it.
If we dont encounter the hard cases, they wont be encountered; and those people will go to an eternal hell. History reveals that whenever Christians have confronted those hard cases, they have always won. The Enemy folds in the face of an onslaught by the Word of God.
No Christian challenged me when I was searching for God. I had looked under every rock to find some meaning for my existence. The Mormons showed me their zeal for God. They are simply zealous people trying to find God. If believers dont preach the Gospel, the devil will preach an alternative. And today, over one hundred million Americans are caught in devilish alternatives to the Gospelalternatives which were concocted around fiery tables in hell expressly to oppose the Gospel. And if we dont confront Satan and wage doctrinal warfare, those millions cannot be saved.
When I walk the streets of Mormondom, I know what the bumper stickers dont say and what the television ads dont reveal. I know that in Mormondom, Utahwhere 70% are Latter Day Saintsthe divorce rate is higher than the national average. In Mormondom, teen suicide is 30% higher than it is throughout the nation as a whole. In Mormondom, the rate of homicide among children under the age of twelve is 500% of the national average. The social statistics of Mormondom are absolutely shocking.
I can remember crying out to God as a Mormon elder saying, "God, we have the real scripture; we have the real prophet who is in communication with us; we are the most blessed people in the world. But why arent we the most loving, kind, gracious and fulfilled people in the world?" As I became troubled by so many inconsistencies, I did what every good legalist does: I told myself I wasnt praying enough or trying hard enough.
I didnt know if the longing in my soul would ever be satisfied. Finally, I met an old friend who had gone forward in a Billy Graham meeting. He was as surprised to learn I was a Mormon as I was to discover he was a Christian; but I shared some of my heart with him. And he told me that I needed a relationship with Jesus.
One day, a short time later, I had a conversation with God on my way to work. No bells rang, but I knew I had encountered the Living God. I didnt realize I was saved until things began to look completely different; I was in a new kingdom. The Word of God came alive to me. From the book of Romans I learned I couldnt get to heaven by climbing a ladder of good works. Jesus
became real to me. God had answered that deep longing in my heart. My blind eyes were opened, my deaf ears unstopped.
Millions are searching for the truth. It is our job to share the riches of Christ with them. This is our calling. Reach out to someone today.