by Moody Adams The church no longer sets the moral standards for America. Her baptisms, attendance and finances are on the decline. Her pastors have a divorce record as bad as the general public. Her youth’s conduct is little better than that of the pagans.
These problems are all the result of one failing: the church is only carrying out half the great commission. Jesus not only said to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). He also commissioned the church to “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).
We have been carrying out one half of the Great Commission, preaching the gospel, but not teaching them to obey His commands.
Some have completely ignored Christ’s commands; saying believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is all we need to save us that that is all we want.
Others scream “legalism” and “works salvation” if you mention a need for obedience.
Obedience is not a condition of salvation, but a result of salvation. Obeying my wife’s commands was not a condition of being married. I try to please her because I am married, I love her, and I delight in pleasing her.
Henry T. Blackaby, Southern Baptist’s spokesman on “Experiencing God” writes, “If Southern Baptist want to see a ‘Great Commission Resurgence,’ they need to focus on the relationship between disciples and the living Lord Jesus, not just launch a new emphasis on evangelism.
“I have felt for a long time that Southern Baptist have focused on evangelism and missed discipleship” Blackaby told the Baptist Press on May 11, 2009.
“The most important part of the Great Commission is to teach them to practice everything I have commanded you.’ That’s discipleship and that’s the heart of the Great Commission.”
Without commands and obedience we are little more than animals. “By obedience we are made a society and a republic, and distinguished from herds of beasts, and heaps of flies, who do what they list and are incapable of laws, said Jeremy Taylor.
The godly A.W. Tozer aptly said, “Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late - and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.”
The Commandments of Christ are the key to turning America back to God, transforming our families and business. Study His commands, meditate on them, teach them and above all else, obey them.