As I have read David Garrison’s book, A Wind in the House of Islam, I am fascinated by the history of this religion and the movements to Christ that sprang up in different ways in various parts of the world. The variety of methods God has used to spawn these movements is in itself remarkable.
At the same time, there are concerns that some individuals in these movements convert for the wrong reason. Could there be “ulterior motives that might have prompted these movements? What role did money have in these movements…what about financial gain (page 231)?” While oppression may have provoked such motives, there is a deeper issue that the church must examine in its desire to present the gospel to the unsaved.
When Jesus sent out the twelve to “proclaim the kingdom of God”, “He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics” (Luke 9:3). The power of the gospel was sufficient to draw persons to follow Jesus and needed no other gimmicks to allure people to become disciples.
Why do I bring up this point? In our meetings this week, one of the issues that was very important to us was the effectiveness of our ministry in certain areas of the world. We have noted that where the demand for money is the highest, the effectiveness of our work in spreading the Word of God is the lowest. We are forced to ask the same question that David Garrison asked; are there ulterior motives” that in the end prove ineffective. We cannot afford to waste our time where this is the underlying motive.
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