Proclamation is demonstration – and vice versa

Are you committed to the demonstration of the Gospel? Then speak the truth about sin and salvation in Jesus Christ! Proclamation *is* demonstration. It requires you to take action. Demonstrate the powerful truth of the Gospel by speaking up at every opportunity about the radical thing God has done to open for us the door to his kingdom.

Are you a proclamation person? Are you committed to “keep the main thing the main thing”? Then love your neighbor the way you love yourself. Demonstration *is* proclamation. When we walk in God’s ways, live in holiness, and do justice, we testify to the truth of the Gospel as clearly as any verbal witness. And when our public and private lives are not lived in God’s way before an unbelieving world, our actions truly speak more loudly than our words.

Don’t waste precious time and energy trying to figure out how “words” and “deeds” relate. The Gospel is one. It is not divided into proclamation and demonstration. “Proclamation” and “demonstration” never should have been separated in the first place. Each one is just part of the whole. When we get back to an integrated Gospel, we will be more authentic disciples of Jesus — and we will bear abundant fruit as Jesus produces more disciples through us.

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When plague replaces prosperity

When the Almighty withholds the rains or commands some other calamity, such as a plague, we are quick to blame the wicked darklings for bringing down the Lord’s punishment.

Yet 2 Chronicles 7:14 explains v.13 very differently: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

So many church people take the Lord’s name in vain. We throw away his gifts of time, talent, and treasure on pagan pursuits, instead of pursuing Kingdom justice and making disciples. We “enjoy” what we call “worship,” rather than fall on our faces in awe before the Majestic One. Mountains and mice tremble at his greatness, while mankind gathers once a week for a concert and stand-up routine.

Is God unjust to grow weary of such insults? Do we even recognize the wickedness of choosing our own “good” lives, instead of walking in the ways he has chosen for us? When plague comes before him and fever follows in his steps, when the vines are bare and our barns empty (Habakkuk 3), will we turn from our wickedness and give him the honor he deserves? Or will we blame confused souls who walk in darkness and look to mortal kings for deliverance?

Now is the time for confession and repentance. Today is the day of salvation. Multitudes wait in the valley of decision. What will God’s people do?

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