I want to take us back to the comments of Oswald J. Smith in his book, The Challenge of Missions, where he rightly laments missionaries who act as pastors of native churches – “a thing unknown in Scripture”. Unlike Paul, many work in a place for “twenty, twenty-five, thirty years…have to admit that the country in which they have labored for so long, and in some cases even the city in which they live and preach, is still unevangelized. What a tragedy!
What, then, should they have done? They should have followed the example of Paul. They should have kept the evangelization of the entire country constantly in mind, adopting the Scriptural methods that would have made this possible. The business…of the foreign missionary is to train native workers and put responsibility upon them.
Each church should be self-governing, and like a hive, it should repeatedly swarm. Thus new churches would be constantly springing up and in a short time the entire country would be evangelized.”
Pages 93 and 94.
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