Our Primary Obligation

It is essential that the leaders of the Church in the home lands as well as on the mission field regard the evangelization of the world as a primary obligation and devote themselves to its accomplishment. The present attitude of the Church and the plans of her leaders are certainly not consistent with a deep conviction that in our day all men should be given an opportunity to know Jesus Christ.

The great duty of the Church to disciple all nations should be recognized as the supreme question of the time. For over a century there has been pioneer work.

The letter sent out to pastors in 1897 by the representatives of the mission boards of the United States and Canada rightly insists that “now the time has come for the Church of God to arise and gird itself for the conquest of the nations for Christ. Let us count this Divinely-given task as no longer a side issue, but as the chief object for which the Church exists.”

Who can doubt for a moment that if the leaders of the Church at home really desired to have the world evangelized in this generation and set themselves to bring the hosts of God up to the task, it would be accomplished?

 John R Mott, The Evangelization of the Word in This Generation

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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