In May 1810, Adoniram Judson wrote; “Concern for the Salvation of the Heathen.” It is worth reading and considering:
Is it possible that eighteen centuries have elapsed since the death of Christ, and yet whole nations are still involved in pagan darkness? Is it possible that, at the present moment, five hundred million men have never heard of the name of Jesus? (That number is now over 3.2 billion).
Where has fled the spirit of apostolic days? Where is that ardent love, which, in the strength of the Lord, delivered thousands from the darkness of Satan’s kingdom, prostrated before the cross the idols of the heathen world, and sounded the glorious tidings of salvation through every clime? Weep, O my soul, over the faded glory of the Christian name. Weep over the forlorn state of the poor heathen.
Christian, the inhabitants of the greater part of the world, know not a Bible, a Sabbath, or a church. Ignorant of the only way of life, and neglected by their brethren of the same blood, who only can impart the necessary knowledge, wretched, friendless, they pass their days in gross idolatry, and descend into the tomb without a ray of hope. Immortal souls launch into an eternity, of which they were not informed, and for which they were entirely unprepared. The never-dying worm gnaws the anguished spirit, and the unquenchable fire burns in their eternal home.
The Son of God died to deliver mankind from this dreadful fate, and at His ascension to heaven, left a solemn charge to all His followers to proclaim His love to the whole world. “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Blessed Savior, how much love was manifested in every part of Your divine mission. What an earnest desire in this final command, that the benefits of Your atonement might be universally enjoyed.
Let us consider our responsibility toward those who have never heard.
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