Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Sweet & Sour Wall of China

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! {Romans 10:13-15 KJV}

I must admit that I am rather shocked at how quickly the furor over [Rev. Franklin Graham’s remarks] about Christian evangelistic activities in China during the Olympics has died down. For it is not like The Great Commission{1} has expired, and it does form the basis for one of the fundamental tenets that [Christian Evangelicalism] is founded upon—right?

No, I am not at all suggesting that Rev. Franklin Graham is wrong about the issue. For our Heavenly Father’s is well able to accomplish all that He wants to do{2}, and His Holy Spirit (who doesn’t need any help from any of us{3}) is hard at work in China—be assured{4}.

The deal is, however, that Evangelicals generally refuse to accept Romans 10:13-15 as being rhetorical. For they have been led to believe that no one can come to Christ unless one of His followers lead them.

Therefore, does this mean that the Christian Evangelical Movement has lost most of its feverent zeal since all is so quiet on the Chinese Olympic Front? For I cannot imagine there not being howls of protests coming from pulpits far and wide over something like this in years past, or is it that I just haven’t been listening?

{1}Matthew 28:18-20; {2}Isaiah 46:8-10; {3}John 16:8-11; {4}Ezekiel 18:32.


  1. I can see both side to this Chinese Olympic question and evangelism. To be sucesful at evangelsim you have to tune in to where the people are at and this may not be the right time. I wonder how the Chinese Christians see it? In the end - and the beginning - it's a matter of hearing what God is saying in this!

  2. Yes, everything boils down unto being a matter of our Heavenly Father's will, and I was hoping to hear what others would have to say about what that is in regards unto Chinese Evangelism during the Olympics. Thanks for the comment, my dear Wayfarerjon.

    By the way, one of my doctors finally got around to officially diagnosing me with having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hopefully, it will not have suffer from it too much longer.


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