A Faithful Witness
Some of you may carry a feeling of guilt because you have not put more pressure on your neighbors, friends, and family to hear and believe the gospel of God’s grace, and receive Christ. I would not, for a second, excuse indifference nor justify those who are ashamed of the gospel, for the true believer has no greater joy than the joy of glorifying God and telling a sinner the good news of God’s mercy in Christ.
But, in our day, it is most difficult to FIND A SINNER! Almost everyone I know wants to discuss or argue religion, find answers to foolish questions, or tell us how good they are and how certain it is that they shall be in heaven. I refuse to carry the blame for their condemnation; it rests upon them. They have a BIBLE they refuse to read, they have a CONSCEINCE they refuse to heed, they have FAITHFUL PREACHERS they refuse to hear, and they have a GOD they refuse to worship and glorify! Their condemnation is just (Psalm 51:4).
I stand ready and eager to preach the gospel to all who will hear, to all who will listen, to share my experience with all who are interested, and to witness about Christ, the bread and water of life, to all who are hungry and thirsty. But I also stand ready to praise and glorify the righteous justice of God in the condemnation of rebels and self-righteous men.
Natural men, “will not be persuaded, though one rose from the dead;” however, they will be persuaded if God, by His Spirit and Word, RAISES THEM FROM THE DEAD! So preach the Word and leave the pressure and persuasion to Him who said, “It is not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Henry Mahan – 1988