In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Terry would have unlimited opportunity to become all things to all men (1 Corinthians 9:19-23), as he would be able to speak the TRUTH in love (Ephesians 4:15) to ALL Muslims who do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died on the cross to deliver them from their transgression against their Creator (Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21). Better yet, if Terry - in God’s will - is successful in leading many Muslims to Christ while he is there, perhaps these new believers in Jesus might be willing to voluntarily burn their OWN books as was the case in Acts 19, where Paul’s missionary activity - in the Holy Spirit - (John 16:8-11, 1 Thess. 1:5,8) had reached deeply into the hearts and minds of the Ephesians so that they willingly gave up their prior false spiritual ideologies and practices.
Men and women are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-28; James 3:8-9), and this means above all, that they must be treated with the utmost respect, regardless of their cultural background, which is what Almighty God’s infinite love is all about (Luke 9:52-56). God’s love seeks and desires ONLY the absolute highest and best for the object of love. That Divine highest and best (love) is none other than Almighty God’s Son, Jesus Christ and the righteousness He has provided for us (John 3:16-17, 1 John 4:9-11, 1 Cor. 1:30-31). Without Almighty God’s perfect love as God’s Word defines, missionary activity will never be successful.
The great burden of any ministry worth its salt is to be led and governed by the Holy Spirit and to be able to teach the grace of God in such a way that men and women voluntarily – of a free will - give their lives to Christ and begin to be conformed to His image and calling because they comprehend their desperate need for Almighty God’s pardon and righteous perfection found in Christ Jesus (Romans 10:2-4).
This, in fact, is exactly what a saving faith in Jesus Christ is all about as is seen in the transformation of the life of this witchdoctor from Zambia, Africa (2 Cor. 5:17-21, Eph. 2:1-10, 1 Thess. 1:5, 8). After listening to a powerful message on the Gospel of God’s saving grace, this witchdoctor personally responded to the message in faith and became a child of God (John 1:12, Romans 10:17). This witchdoctor - who was under the influence of demonic rulers in high places (Eph. 2:1-0, 6:12) - subsequently burned ALL of his pagan paraphernalia of his own will and accord. The missionary who presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him never asked him to burn his materials, nor burned his materials for him. This is the true power of the Gospel of Almighty God’s saving grace and His eternal transforming truth (1 Thess. 1:5, 8). Glory to God in the highest!
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