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utes of consciousness before he passes out. Let me hear what you would say in that two minutes.” When the moments we have to wit ness to others are so brief and fleet ing and may never be renewed, a word of testimony is perhaps all we can give. But when people open their hearts to us and really invite our help, it is important that we pierce to the very center of their need. However, this may not be easy as they may deliberately seek to con ceal it, or they may be honestly un- aware of it. It is very common in human na ture to complain about circumstances and frustration and avoid talking about personal sin. The fact is we must learn to strip away every dis guise of the real trouble. There is usually little doubt when it is found in the white light of God’s holiness, and sin becomes something of which we are conscious. It was not Jesus who talked about sin at the table of Zacchaeus, it was Zacchaeus him self—uninvited he babbled about his sin. Things hid from the world for half a lifetime poured out from his mouth. He knew that he was really wrong when he faced Christ, and men do still. Our work is almost fin ished when they have come face to face with Him. They only need our help to get their real problem ex posed. TH E KING'S BUSINESS
loves even where it cannot like. This is a gift, of course, and a gift from God. It is His indwelling Spirit given in answer to constant prayer.
1. Lire at the center yourself. Fail here, and you have nothing to give. Fail here, and if you go on talking about Jesus you will give the sweetest thing on earth and in heaven a bad name. To talk about Christ when He is plainly contra dicted by your life is a wound to His body. But live at the center, guard your periods of quiet with God and all your work is made easy; you will not constantly have to try to make contact with others, people will often make contact with you. One of the finest fruits of living near the center yourself is the uncommon discern ment you will have of other people’s need. He who tries to do people good stands knocking at the door, but he who loves finds the door open. You know yourselves how much you re sent being stalked by someone intent to do you good. Who is he anyway, you think, to imagine that he can do me any good? Perhaps I could do him some good! Ah, but you know very few people can resist genuine Chris tian love. Love people with supernat ural love, and love which does not run along lines of mere affinity, but 12 2. Don't try to do people good; love them.
3. Develop skill in making contact.
There are many ways of making contact, and doing a kindness is one of them. But as a Christian you cannot serve simply to get people to think as Christians think, and if you cannot do a kindness, you can ask one. That is how the Lord began dealing with the woman of Samaria. He did not give her a lecture on morality. He established contact by saying, “Would you mind giving me a drink?” When he met Zacchaeus He did not address him on the sin of covetousness, He invited himself to lunch. There are many ways of making contacts and skill grows with practice.
4. Discover the person's real need.
One of our senior chaplains in the last war submitted all those under his command to a number of gruel ing tests. One of them was that he would take his watch out of his pocket and say, “ Imagine you have a dying man here who has two min
she believed in the direct approach. I remembered that advice through the years both in my dealings with God and with others. When foolish hesitations and fears hampered my speaking to the Lord and to others, I’ve remembered that word, “ Ask Him.” So I would seek to ask God for men, and men for God. Times without number fearful souls have often admitted that they were just waiting to be asked. I dread to think how many people I have failed in that way. 9. Teach people how to be quiet with God. Listening to the Lord is still a mystery to many who claim to be in the Christian life. They think it is all a metaphor. But we need to learn how to get beyond knowing about God to knowing God personally. The secret of discipline of prayer and Bible study, which is so rich that after half a lifetime there is still much to know, is at the same time so simple that it has been given away in half an hour. Without this disci pline they will miss their way. No spiritual life worth mentioning can be maintained without much secret intercourse. The saints of every communion are one in this, for love and prayer are the keynote. The peo ple who are looking for some “new” secret of spiritual growth are quite foolish, for if it is a new secret, how can we explain the old saints? Love and prayer are the way. What words these are! Love: that means more will than feeling. Prayer: more adoration than ask ing. We can but whet the appetite of a new disciple to put him on the right road. If we do that we have done our work as a personal evange list. Few tasks to which a pastor gives himself are more rewarding than the hours spent in his study when he makes it a clinic for souls. How they come: the sinstained, the inferior, the proud, the resentful, the per verted, the obsessed, the prayerless, the selfish, the divorcee, the lonely, the unbelieving, the hypocrite. The Lord Jesus is the answer to them all. But this is no pastoral monopoly. God will aid and equip any man for this service even though the range of his usefulness will vary with the natural gift he possesses, and on which the Holy Spirit chooses to work. The privilege and challenge of personal evangelism are open to everybody, and the resources are the same for all. from M oody Church News 13
I first looked at that I read it two or three times and said, “What on earth is this all about? Who is it about?” Then I got it: it is all about William Benson. He placed the me morial as a device to get his own un important name noticed. Milton is merely the excuse—the stress falls on Benson. He had discovered a new way of blowing his own miserable trumpet. He was using the name of a Puritan poet to parade himself be fore the public eye. He got into Westminster Abbey, but not by his own distinction, for he had none, but by using the name of a very great man. 7. Avoid controversy. The devices men use to escape the challenge of Christ are legion, and argument is a common one. If they can get the conversation away from the sensitive area of their per sonal failings into theological issues, they are only too keen to do it. The profound doctrine of the Holy Trin ity is much more attractive to them than the Ten Commandments. The deity of our Lord is exhilarating to think about as far as they are con cerned, but you must keep away from controversy on occasions like this. A plain statement of your con victions on the disputed point is usually enough. The conversation can be brought again with gentle firm ness to the area where it is likely to be most effective. You must show people that Christ can deal with the particular problem of their own life. Theological controversy will be ster ile; an honest facing of personal need will lead to victory. 8. Bring people to a decision. Decision is not conversion. It is an act of the human will and not an act of God. It is not, however, to be de spised. It is a great thing to get peo ple to lay themselves open to Christ, to invite Him to come in, to ask His help and to dedicate all they have and are. An act of decision for Christ is not of itself an inflooding of God’s Spirit that may tarry awhile, but it is a great event, nevertheless, on one’s spiritual pilgrimage. Most Chris tians date their real growth in Christ from that hour. As a small boy, perhaps a little afraid of my own father, "I some-* times hesitated to ask him the things I dearly wished, and confided my hopes to my mother instead. Practi cally always she used to say, “ Ask him.” She knew the character of my father’s heart better than I did, and
5. Speak naturally. Too much conversation about reli gion is conducted in the language of Canaan. Theology, like other techni cal studies, has its own technical terms and they cannot always be avoided. Exactness demands them, as they are demanded on occasion in medicine or engineering. But when the personal worker is saying a good word for Christ he would do well to avoid technical terms. I remember my friend Dr. Sang- ster who lived in air raid shelters during the war telling of hearing a conversation between one of his own personal workers and a tramp blown into a shelter by the blast of an explosion. She said to him, “You know it must be ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ to all the promises of God. I suspect that you are still living under the old dis pensation. I am not sure that you even understand the difference be tween natural and effective faith. I wish you could experience the mighty outpourings of the Spirit. You do realize, don’t you, that all your righteousness is as filthy rags, etc., etc. . . .” The tramp said very little. When she was finally talked out; she left him, saying something about interceding for him at the Throne of Grace. He found him self again and just said, as he picked up his poverty-stricken be longings and walked out into the darkness of a London air raid, “ O-key-doke.” Two worlds had met for a few moments but they had never really touched each other. 6. Speak about the Lord Jesus and not about yourself. It would startle some of us if we knew how much of our testimony was about ourselves. Sometimes there is a touch of spiritual pride in it. “ I was this, I am now that;” “ I did this, I now do that.” It is done, of course, in an attempt to illustrate the difference which Christ has made, but talk of self should be the undertone and all the stress should be about the Lord. If you were to go to Westminster Abbey and see the Poets’ Corner, you would note an interesting memo rial to John Milton, the author of Paradise Lost. It runs like this: “ In the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1737, this bust of the author of Para dise Lost was placed there by Wil liam Benson, etc., one of the two authors of the imprest to His Maj esty King George II, formerly Sur veyor General of the Works to His Majesty, King George I. Rysbrack was the statuary who cut it.” When JUNE, 1965
by Dr. Vance H avner
A s recorded in the first four chapters of the Book of Acts, the early church rolled along triumphantly for a time, but it soon encountered trouble within as well as without. The fifth chapter begins significantly with the word, “ But . . .” Let those who sigh for the “ good old days” remember that even the first church was not an untroubled brotherhood. What with the murmuring of the Grecians, the break between Paul and Barnabas, Paul’s “ run-in” with 'Peter, the fuss between Euodias and Syntyche and the Corinthian schisms, to say nothing of the failings of the churches in Asia as described in Revelation, the New Testament is no rec ord of unbroken harmony. There were liars aplenty in Jerusalem but Ananias and Sapphira had this distinction that they were liars in the church. What made this sin so grievous that two lives were snuffed out as an eternal warning to all saints of all time? It did not lie in their giving part of the price or in keeping part of it: that they had a perfect right to do. It did consist in feigning that the part was the whole; it was a pretense of full surrender which in reality had not been made. If God struck dead all who so lie to the Holy Ghost today, many a sanctuary would be filled with corpses! Think of the multitudes who sing, “My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine, For Thee all the follies o f sin I resign;” who never dream of actually making such a surrender to God! Consider how we invite God to “have Thine own way,” to “hold o’er our beings absolute sway,” when there is not the faintest intention o f thus submitting to His.will. We have had courses in stewardship galore and have been told countless times that we are “ not our own” but that we are “bought with a price,” yet for all that, we withhold from God our time, talent, money and, above all, ourselves. Observe how the matter of lying to the Holy Spirit was dealt with. By the grace of God, the church rose to the situation and cleaned house, exhibiting a holy and healthy intolerance of sin. Here was such a fever of con secration that men with falsehoods on their lips could not stand it. The temperature was high enough to kill the germs! If the church of today would take such a stand against the sins within it and would thunder like Peter against lying to the Holy Ghost, the world would retreat respectfully to a safe distance, and the fear of God would fall on a generation that now laughs at holy things. But sin has been excused and pampered until liars, divorcees and hypocrites fill church offices and seem never to have heard that those who bear the ves sels of the Lord must be clean. We read that, following the death of Ananias and Sapphira, great fear came upon the church and all that heard; many signs and wonders were wrought; some dared not join the church; but the people magnified them
and believers were the more added to the Lord, multi tudes both of men and women. Such consequences would again follow such procedure but of course nobody wants to risk it these days. Discipline has disappeared from the church. There is a lot of sickly sentiment about the sinning individual. The other side of the truth, that the body of the church must be protected from the indi vidual when that person becomes a source of infection, is forgotten. Paul, in his drastic action- in Corinth, had in mind the welfare of the whole church. Of course, the sinner must be restored when duly repentant and all action against him must be taken in love. But a weak tolerance of sin has filled our churches with liars against the Holy Ghost. The world has lost its awe of the church; it now slaps the church on the back in rude familiarity and all too often “church” has become merely another club to join along with civic societies and fra ternal orders. The best way to deal with Ananias and Sapphira is to start with ourselves. “ Let a man examine himself.” Each one of us should ask, “ Is there any of this sin in me?” Believers may grieve the Spirit, may quench the Spirit, may lie to the Spirit. We are not our own, we are bought with a price. All things ace ours but us, and we are His. Yet how many Christians do you know who think of themselves merely as stewards of God? Some give Him a tip, and call it a tithe, as though the nine- tenths were their own. Of course Ananias and Sap phira were not obliged to give all their possessions and to place the price in the common fund, and neither are we. It was and is a voluntary matter. But to pretend to do it and not do it is the sin that God marked with sudden death. Is it not equally sinful to profess a full surrender which we have not made? I do not hear much today about this startling inci dent in the early church. I suppose the liberalists have some way of accounting for it other than by the fearful facts of the case. But I do not hear much about it from the orthodox. Of course the Book of Acts gets a lot of letting alone from the saints. Much about it is most disturbing; our pale copy today is so weak that much of the original is not discernible at all. The modernists stay in the gospels and the fundamentalists sometimes do not get started well until they reach Romans. But Acts gives us the norm. There is where the movement started and, no matter how embarrassing some of it may be when compared with our modern version, we had better face up to it. We need some preaching about Ananias and Sapphira and lying to the Holy Ghost. Any lesson that God illustrates as fearfully as He did this deserves our earnest consideration. If we had the holy intolerance of sin here manifest, we might also share in the aftermath of blessing, of multitudes added to the Lord.
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THE INDESTRUCTIBILITY OF TH E BIBLE
In Part I of this Series it was shown that the Bible is not on ly completely up-to- date, but also that it is the only book which lifts the veil of the future, revealing how this age will end government- ally, p o lit ic a lly , religiously and m ora lly. M o r e o v e r , through the ages, the Scrip tures have proven to be the only reliable source of spir- | itual light and moral strength for mankind. One of the strongest rea sons for believing the Bible to be in fact the very Word of God is its endorsement by the Lord Jesus Christ H im s e lf ■ (Luke 2U:27; John 16:12,13). A second undeniable reason is the te s t im o n y of fulfilled prophecy. Some of the three hundred prophecies of the de tails of the incarnation, death and resurrection of C h r is t were quoted, as evidence. Part II then covered the Bible prophecies with regard to “God’s time clock,” the na tion of Israel; the predictions concerning the G en tile na tions, and many other “ signs of the times” which have been fulfilled to the letter exactly as God by His Spirit pre wrote history. Other proofs that the Bible is the Word of God were add ed, such as its m a rv e lou s unity, although written over a period of 1500 years, com posed of 66 books, written by 40 different authors in at least three different languages; its matchless perfection and its scientific accuracy. In th is final section further evidence that the Scriptures are God’s own message for man will be furnished.
Another irrefutable mark of di vine inspiration is the Bible’s inde structibility. No literature, no book, has ever been attacked as the Bible has. From the beginning to its exist ence, until the dawn of the present century; yea, until this very time, this wonderful Book, the Bible, has been fought by skeptics, atheists, and agnostics of all kinds. Many of these men have had keen intellects and silver tongues. And yet—with all that — this Book has stood all the storms; and still it stands. Its pages are brighter than gold; its sway is stronger than all of Satan’s hosts. Ridicule and blasphemous unbelief; water, fire and sword—none of these things has been able to get rid of the Bible. And none ever will! Some time ago a party of tourists went to see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It stands 325 feet high. We are told that twelve people can stand inside the hand. One of the tourists went into that hand, and then into the head. As he looked at its great light, he saw about one hundred dead sparrows lying on the ledge of that light. Turning to the guide, he asked, “Have you a sparrow trap up here?” “No,” the guide answered. “ Is there any poison up here to kill these birds?” the visitor asked again. “No.” “ Then what killed the sparrows?” The guide explained that, on the preceding night, a storm had driven the birds toward the light. Their tiny wings, caught in the hurricane, flew on and on toward the only light shin ing in that dark storm. The sparrows had beaten their helpless wings against that great light until they were dead. But the light shone on! The dying wings of the Voltaires, the
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