Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Keep them doggies rollin rawhide... Friday February 14th, 2003
So, how many of you remember the televison show Rawhide? Do you remember how when they had a cattle drive they had to keep the cows headed in the right direction? Well, evangelizing is much the same, you have to stay on track, you can't be diverted into conversations that lead into arguments and have nothing to do with Salvation.
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strife. For the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
What is it that Paul is telling us here? Is it not that when we evangelize, we are not to argue, not to get side tracked, but to stay focused on the plan of salvation so that, God willing, the man may be Saved? Isn't Paul saying to us, avoid foolish questions that have nothing to do with salvation, for the servant of the Lord who evangelizes, must not argue, but must instead be patient, mild tempered, knowledgeable about the Word of God, His word, and meek in showing the unbeliever the truths of salvation. Isn't that what Paul is saying?
So, when you start to evangelize, when you start to tell someone about the Lord and His plan of redemption, don't get waylaid by questions like "You don't really believe God made the world in six days do you?" or "I was baptized as a baby, so I should be ok, right?". Instead, think of the cowboys on Rawhide and how when the little doggie started to wander away, they would gently but firmly guide him back onto the right path.
As we approach what is best referred to as phase two of the war on terrorism, I pray that all those who are in contact with our men in the field, might strive purposely towards leading them to the Lord. Lead them away from eternal damnation and to eternal salvation, but do it gently, do it firmly, but gently, don't get off track, don't get waylaid, and remember, your job is to present them with Scripture, it is God's job to change their hearts. Don't get into discussions and arguments about religious doctrine or things that have nothing to do with salvation.
God can give them peace with what they are about to do, but only if they come to Him and are His. And how are they to come to Him if you who are in touch with them, don't tell them about Him?
The Lord our God, Messiah Yeshua be with you all, may He be with and guide our troops and our President, may He continue to forgive and bless the USA and may He see that what we are about to do is help finish what Saul left unfinished.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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