Saturday, December 30, 2017
Baptist Churches Scale Back Soul-winning
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4
I’m disgusted with this new trend in churches where they are scaling back soul winning to once a month! Compare that with our church’s 12 official soul-winning times per week. I’m not taking credit for all of that—there are several different people heading up our various soul-winning times, but the point is that our church does a ton of soul winning.
Lately, whether I am knocking doors in a major city or some isolated small town, I see the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons out in force. You know who I don’t see? I don’t see the lazy Baptists! I talked to an old Indian man on the Apache reservation who said the Baptists used to come years ago, but they’ve stopped coming. There is something wrong with the Baptists in this country when a church 30 miles from an Indian reservation never steps foot there. The Jehovah’s witnesses that were down there said they come twice a week!
The very same church that is failing miserably at reaching people in their area has criticized us for doing the Lord’s Supper a different way than they do. Meanwhile, they’ve done away with weekly soul winning. The world’s going to Hell, yet a lot of Baptist churches only seem to have time to hand out tracts in rich neighborhoods once a month, just so they can get their tithes!
Some churches still knock doors once or twice a week, and that's a great start. Ideally, when a church gets large enough, there should be soul-winning going on every day of the week just like in the book of Acts. When you give people a variety of times to choose from, they are much more likely to average once a week.
Any church that scales back soul winning to once a month is a joke and a social club! Instead of scaling back soul winning, they should be adding more soul-winning times to make it easier for their members to go more often. Meanwhile, our churches and others like us will have to pick up the slack and do more than ever before.
“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;” Matthew 9:37
Here is a sermon to go with this article.