“He that believeth not shall be damned,” says your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You believe this. Pray tell me how can you let your relative, friend, neighbor, or enemy, ignorantly live in his sins and be damned?
“If he wanted the truth, he could find it in God’s Word and many good books taken from that Word; but he does not go to the house of God and does not read God’s Word and does not care about the future. Shall you let him perish? Not so long as there is life and hope.
“We must not get angry at the dead because they do not move, nor must we let those who are ignorant of God’s Word perish in their sins. To aid you in helping your pastor to gather in souls from a perishing world to take instructions in the saving doctrines of God’s Word, this little message has made its appearance.
“It was said of Baxter that he could set the world on fire while Orton was lighting a match. If Dr. Luther were living today, he would set the world on fire more than many of his followers. It would pain him to know how few souls some long-established Lutheran congregations had won for Christ from the highways and hedges.
“I love My church, my dear old church and God loves her; and, with her truth, she can win more souls than any other; but she cannot do it by expecting the spiritually dead to run after her; by having ministers who will please the devil by not entering, or not leaving their study; by baptizing and confirming only her own children; by thinking that the whole mission problem would be solved, if only we had more money; by having few family altars; by having congregations which expect their pastors to do all the work in God’s vineyard!
“The Lutheran Church, with her pure doctrine, could set the world on fire if every Lutheran would obey Christ’s command: Go – Work – Today – In My Vineyard! – S. P. Long
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