Minister’s Corner: Confrontation to the Gospel
By: DR. BRIAN DORE’
Member of the Ville Platte Ministerial Alliance
In Acts 4:2, Luke records the Jewish leaders were “greatly disturbed” that Peter and John were preaching about the resurrection of the dead through Jesus. The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection; they didn’t believe in life after death at all. In the same way, we can expect the world to be greatly disturbed by the gospel today.
When we speak boldly about the gospel, we shouldn’t be surprised when we get this kind of reaction. This is one of the reasons we often shrink away from talking about it. In our culture, we won’t be thrown in jail, but we may be laughed at. We may be left off the invitation list. If you’re a student and you speak up about the gospel in the classroom of a secular university, you might risk receiving a lower grade. If you talk about it on your application, you might not even get into the school. These are just a few of the ways the world tries to intimidate us into keeping our faith to ourselves. But the fact of the matter is we cannot afford to confine the message. Jesus gave every believer a commission. In Matthew 28:19-20 KJV, He said, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
We must be true to the Lord and spread the gospel regardless of the personal consequences. Time is running out for many people. They need to hear there is a loving savior who died for their sins and stands ready to forgive the repentant sinner and welcome into fellowship with God.