Why would an angel of God, after 2,000 years of evangelism, suddenly announce a method that isn’t in line with God’s revealed Word? Did God suddenly figure out a new way to reach the lost, and then send His angel to tell us? Did He change His mind about how to reach the world?
If an angel from heaven told me of a gospel (or a method of gospel promotion) that wasn’t in line with Holy Scripture, I would reject it without a second thought. Why would I do such a thing, even if it seemed to work? Simply because I fear God in light of the apostle Paul’s sober warning in Galatians 1:8: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed”.
My heart’s cry is for people to be saved from hell, and yet modern methods work against, not for that end. In Matthew 13:25 we are told, “While men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.” As Christians we must be alert to the workings of the enemy, understand about true and false conversions, and fear God enough to follow in the steps of biblical evangelism. We should heed Paul’s warning against “peddling God’s Word [short-changing and adulterating the divine message]” (2 Corinthians 2:17, Amplified).
A pastor of a large church in the America South claims that almost every person in the “Bible Belt” parrots the same phrase. As soon as they are personally challenged about their salvation they say, “I have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. I’ve dealt with that,” and yet he knows in his heart of hearts that there are no signs of regeneration. He said that it’s as though they have been inoculated against the truth.
Motive sinners should have when they come to the Saviour. Two men are seated in a plane. The first is given a parachute and told to put it on, as it would improve his flight. He’s a little sceptical at first, since he can’t see how wearing a parachute in a plane could possibly improve his flight.
After some time, he decides to experiment and see if the claims are true. As he puts it on, he notices the weight of it upon his shoulders and he finds he has difficulty in sitting upright. However, he consoles himself with the fact that he was told the parachute would improve his flight. So he decides to give it a little time.
As he waits, he notices that some of the other passengers are laughing at him because he’s wearing a parachute in a plane. He begins to feel somewhat humiliated. As they continue to laugh and point at him, he can stand it no longer. He sinks in his seat, unstraps he parachute, and throws it to the floor. Disillusionment and bitterness fill his heart, because as far as he was concerned he was told an outright lie.
The second man is given a parachute, but listen to what he is told. He’s told to put it on because at any moment he’ll be jumping 25,000 feet out of the plane. He gratefully puts the parachute on. He doesn’t notice the weight of it upon his shoulders, nor that he can’t sit upright. His mind is consumed with the thought of what would happen to him if he jumped without the parachute.