World Must Be Evangelized
JESUS COMMANDS THE CHURCH TO SEE THAT IT IS DONE
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:14)."
Let us quote another Scripture in Matthew which are the words of our Lord, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19)." These are powerful words which charge those who have been given the responsibility to see that not only the gospel, but all things pertaining to the gospel be preached throughout all nations. This complete gospel has not been charged to the Kingdom of God only that they are to go forth and preach the Kingdom of God for the plan of salvation, healings, and miracles, although this is a glorious message. Notice what Paul tied with the unsearchable rights that he has charged the Church to do in conjunction with it is Ephesians 3:9-10, "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all tings by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God."
Now this Scripture clearly bears out that the World Evangelistic program of the Church is somewhat greater than that which is being preached by the Kingdom. A very few of the Kingdom ministers are interested and give very little attention to the deeper things of God. The basis of their preaching is salvation and healing to the body which is a marvelous thing, but the Church is commissioned in conjunction with that to make all men see the relationship of all things pertaining to Christ in conjunction with the things created in the world, in order to reach the inhabitants of the world making all men see. Let me use another statement clarifying this that is recorded by the great and wise master builder, the Apostle Paul, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:18-20)."
Wars and rumors of wars, they do not disturb me other than the fact that I hate to see them or hear of them, for they are necessary. If it were not for the commotion of the world, the world would not be stirred to advance the great machinery of inventions to be used by the Church to make men see.
The Church World Evangelism is so much different from that of the Kingdom evangelism that men, though they be spiritual, are still unable to grasp the intention of the church program of evangelism. Let us analyze this last Scripture. The number one thought is that all that God is revealing to men today in the world, their creations and inventions, is the wrath of God, yet it is known to them and only a few Kingdom ministers can dimly see this, for if they could see clearly they would not be standing in the pulpit condemning the world. For these things that are being revealed are to be used by the Church in bringing them to the place of being without an excuse, in order that they might see the Godhead and His eternal power by using the things that are invented. All that is being invented in the world is machinery for The Church of God World Evangelism to make men see Christ in the fellowship of the mystery by bringing the world to record by the things that are made, through His eternal power and Godhead, the entire world will be without excuse.
Since 1939, I have promoted a direct message to this end. Some people did not understand my message of Fields of the Wood which transfer the Bible into a visible being. Some people did not understand me making flying markers out of airplanes. Neither do they understand me promoting motorcycles as Joel's Iron Horses, Automobiles as Nahum's chariots and many other things of which my article could not contain the many things that I am using in World Evangelism to reach man with the gospel of salvation and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery.
The wisdom (or the know how or the purpose of things) are only revealed by the Church. In front of the Tabernacle of Witness, I have set-up a marker of a camel and needle's eye, the old rugged cross, the plow stock, Jacob's well, and we are erecting a beautiful dove to preach out the spirit, and many more markers. But these that I refer to are to preach out the plan of salvation to the travelers to help them clearly understand it by using these things that are made.
When I was with the Church of God of Prophecy, I persuaded the organization to let me launch a program of world evangelism and they did so for a while. They were called Biblical Wonder Campaigns -- Rendezvous with Prophecy Campaigns, but such a few could even understand the two-fold evangelistic program, that at my resignation they abolished the whole thing and turned to the Kingdom method again. I have nothing to say against the Kingdom ministry, but the responsibility that has been placed upon me and the Church is a greater message. Our gospel goes beyond salvation and healing and if we do not promote it, then we will be like all others as I stated in the last Vision Speaks and our Harvest will come to an end.
The General Overseer once upon a time referred to me and called me, John, and believed it so strong that he insisted that I take his secretary to Fields of The Wood and write the story in the spirit of John. When his secretary and I left the office he titled me as "John". Around five o'clock that afternoon, he welcomed me and his secretary back calling me, "John the Beloved". This same act has been voluntarily used by hundreds of Church of God of Prophecy people. Messages and interpretations given by the hundreds but what I am wondering is where have they gone? What so suddenly changed their minds? I am afraid I know that answer too. My purpose in telling this truth is because many facts have been conveniently left off by those who have turned their backs to the truth. All will meet in the Judgment and the truth will be made known and all will be rewarded for their deeds.
In concluding this subject let me say to those who have joined the mighty force of the greatest World Evangelism -- Be patient! Don't let small crowds, skeptics, and contradictions of men phase us in what we are doing for in due time we shall reap. For truly I believe we have the great threshing machine of our day with all its teeth and gears that are necessary to make this piece of machinery operate perfectly with every part in its place. Satan sometimes tempts men when they see Kingdom ministers become millionaires in just a few short years. There are tens of thousands in their congregations because they have only bread and no meat. Paul records in Romans in encouraging of the Saints that the suffering of the present time was not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. Let me encourage you in our suffering hours, in our sacrifices of being destitute, sometimes hungry and sometimes cold, be not weary. To think of the glory that shall be revealed in all this present day suffering, will make the suffering to fade away, in the day when Christ shall be revealed again in the Church.
* Article Written By: The Late Grady R. Kent, St. John II, Chief Bishop of The Church of God, 1957-1964. This sermon was taken from The Vision Speaks, Volume 3 : Number 11 : April 1961.
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