Just Preach the Gospel
Government schools are promoting humanism, sex education programmes, the interfaith movement and even occultism.
Yet the response of all too many is to “just preach the Gospel” - which seems like a convenient excuse for disobedience and inactivity.
Do we really believe that Jesus would have us stand passively by while God-hating pagans exploit women made in the image of God, degrade that which God has made to be holy, make public what God has meant to be private, make common what God has meant to be special, corrupting young minds and morals and ruining marriages?
“Just preach the Gospel” is often an excuse to justify laziness or cowardice.
Would God have us stand idly by while a murderer rips the arms and legs off a baby and crushes its head?
Which servant of God in the Bible limited himself to “just preaching the Gospel”?
Was Elijah wrong to confront and expose the pornographic, child-sacrificing prophets of Baal? (1 Kings 18)
Was John the Baptist wrong to have publicly confronted the immorality of King Herod (Matt 14:3-4)?
Could our Lord have been in error when he confronted the corruption in the temple overturning the tables and driving out the moneychangers? (Mark 11:15)
A careful reading of the Great Commission in Matt. 28:18-20 makes it clear that we are called to do far, far more than “just preach the Gospel”.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me” the Lordship of Christ in every area of life. There is no area of life that should not be in submission to Christ.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” we are not called to make converts or 'decisions'; but disciples. We are to make disciples not only of individuals but of nations -all nations.
“. . . baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...” complete submission to God.
“and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Education is an essential part of the Great Commission. And we are not just to teach a few of our favourite things. We have been ordered to teach obedience to everything the Lord has commanded us.
The Great Commission is great! It contains:
A great truth - Jesus is Lord over all areas of life.
A great commission - Disciple all nations.
A great command - Teach obedience to everything the Lord has commanded.
A great promise - The Lord Himself will be with us forever.
The parable of the Good Samaritan with its “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:26-37), the coming Day of Judgement when Jesus warns us that we will be judged on the basis of what we did to care for the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners and welcome strangers (Matt 25:31-46);
And the Biblical definition of true religion before God, “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
All these and many other passages of Scripture expose the “just preach the Gospel” philosophy as an attempt to limit the impact of the Church on earth.
We are called to be “the salt of the earth” Matt. 5:13. We have been taught to pray” Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matt. 6:9-10.