The majority of mainstream Christian leaders these days are emphasizing social events in their communities instead of the clear teaching and preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Although the Bible is very clear about our responsibility to assist and aid the orphans, widows, and poor, this by no means negates our primary responsibility which is to preach the gospel!
The Bible is very clear. The gospel has power to save and change lives (Romans 1:16). We can feed hungry stomachs, educate the illiterate, house the homeless, and treat the diseased, but if we do not address the elephant in the room – their spiritual problem; we are simply ignoring the greatest need they have. How selfish and stupid it is for us to focus on the momentary suffering and ignore the eternal!
We shouldn’t apologize for clear teaching and firm preaching of the Bible. We need churches in every community, around each country that has a passion for souls and dedication to Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:17-20). This is precisely what Chile and every other country needs.
If you use these social gospel ministries to provide an opportunity to give a clear presentation of the gospel, excellent!! But, let’s not get off track from our God given purpose as Christians.
Be sure to check back in a day or two… I will continue to write about this topic. Also, leave a comment and let me know what you think.