If the Gospel is Not Being Preached,
You Don't Have a Real Ministry!
by David J. Stewart | January 2017
1st Corinthians 9:16, “For
though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
I am sick and tired of hearing about “ministries” that do everything except preach the Gospel. Check online and you will find dental ministries, medical ministries, skateboard ministries, cooking ministries and, (Oh boy!) even a horse taming ministry!!! Yet, I triple-dog dare you to show me the Gospel on even one of these websites. I could literally show you hundreds of such lame websites, to everything from gardening ministries to animal ministries! Here's a carpentry ministry!!! OK you get the point!
My friend, what good is a so-called “ministry” if the Good News (i.e., Gospel) of the Lord Jesus Christ is not being preached? No one can be saved without the Gospel. Carpentry won't save anyone! Caring for animals won't get anyone into Heaven. Repairing people's teeth won't redeem their soul. A skateboard ministry? Are you serious? Where's the Gospel? WHERE'S THE GOSPEL??? A cooking ministry? The only thing cooking, will be the unsaved souls that burn in the Lake of Fire!!! I didn't even mention ridiculous music ministries, which exist by the thousands.
It is a beautiful thing for anyone to desire and labor to help others in Jesus' name. I commend dentists and doctors who give of their time and resources freely, to help the poor. I can understand someone wanting to start a skateboard ministry to reach youth. It gets kind of weird with the horse taming thing, but OK, why not? But my friend, without the preaching of the Gospel all is in vain!!! I couldn't find the Gospel on any of the websites I shared with you, not one! Do they even try to get people saved? It doesn't appear so, otherwise they say so. What is wrong with Christians today? I'll tell you, first, many of them are not genuine born-again Christians.
I once heard the singer of the Christian singing group, the Four Galileans, say that he didn't have enough time to preach the Gospel to the audience, so he said he'd sing it to them instead. He said that on their record LP!!! WHAT A SAD TESTIMONY!!! Here's the article I wrote refuting the comment. I love the music of the Four Galileans, but I don't believe for even one second, that they didn't have 60 seconds of time to tell their fans how to get to Heaven!!! I know bull when I hear it! If you've got time enough to sing in the Lord's name, then you've got time enough to take one or two minutes to share the Good News of Calvary's cross. I preach to myself as well. We've all failed at times to share the Gospel with the lost. Can we not take a few moments to share the Gospel of the precious Savior, the One to Whom the wind and the waves obeyed His voice? Matthew 8:27, “But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” That was God my friend... almighty God in the flesh (1st Timothy 3:16 - All references ONLY to King James Bible)!!!
How long does it take to tell someone that they are a sinner according to the holy Bible (Romans 3:23)? How long does it take to tell people that there is a penalty for that sin—death (Romans 6:23) and Hell (the second death - Revelation 21:8). How long does it take to tell someone that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, whom the Father sent into the world to suffer on the cross for the world's sins? That doesn't take very long! The Gospel is the Good News that Christ DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and then He physically RESURRECTED three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Anyone who receives Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that He was buried and raised up three days later, is saved. It's that easy, free and simple to be born-again!!! The way to be saved is to BELIEVE THE GOSPEL!!! You just read the Gospel in less than a minute!!!
What Is The Gospel? (an excellent writing by Dr. Harry A. Ironside)
No ministry is legitimate that fails to preach the Gospel to others. We find solid Scriptural evidence for this truth in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” John 6:40 tells us the will of the Father, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” The will of God the Father, clearly, is to BELIEVE on the Son of God.
Notice in Matthew 7:22-23 that these religious workers did “MANY WONDERFUL WORKS.” Yet, they went to Hell. Jesus called them workers of iniquity. The good they did was iniquity! Why? Because they were trying to get to Heaven, instead of trusting to get to Heaven. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith. You can start a dozen different ministries, and help thousands of people during your life in Jesus' name, and still go straight to Hell. Or you can help thousands of people as a genuine Christian, yet not shine in Heaven, because you didn't preach the Gospel.
Daniel 12:3 says “they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” This speaks of the imputed righteousness of God, which is by faith. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Soul-winners will shine. Why? Because of all the people who will be grateful that they won them to the Lord with the Gospel. What good is a ministry of dentistry if you never lead anyone to Jesus Christ? You won't shine at all in Heaven! You'll have rewards but no converts! Oh, how the tears will flow on Judgment Day in eternity! How can we get anyone saved if we don't share the simplicity that is in Christ, which is the Gospel? END
ANOTHER GOSPEL (an excellent writing by Pastor Harry A. Ironside, 1876-1951)
Redeeming The Time
—Dr. Jack Hyles (a great quote from the classic sermon, “
Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
“The only inspired Words of God
are in the King James Bible!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (an awesome quote —Dr. Jack Hyles (THE REAL BATTLE!”)
“And brother, any time anybody ever casts any reflection upon the accuracy and the inspiration—verbal inspiration—of this Bible, I'll guarantee you he was inspired by the demons. I'll guarantee you! I don't care if he's got a 'reverend' in front of his name. I don't care if he has a clerical collar on. I don't care what school he's been to. He's of the Devil if he says that the Bible is not verbally inspired by God!” —Dr. Jack Hyles, a great quote from the awesome MP3 sermon titled, “Satan's masterpiece.”
BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3 by Dr. Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)