Manual Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel

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And the false convert does not need the fertilizer of counsel. He needs the repentant soil of a good and honest heart before God. Years ago, I was one of the pastors of a very large church and the senior pastor was really skinny. And he used to make jokes about it. He had only one stripe on his pajamas. He used to run around in the shower to get wet. He was about six feet something and about pounds—a very slight man—and I tell you that for a reason. He would take up a lamb in his arms and just so love his people. One night there was knock at the door of his home at 3 a.

One of his teenage sons got up and opened the door. Tell him to wait the living room. So the father got up, got dressed, came down the hallway, and walked into the living room. And as he stepped into the room, a inch machete blade came down upon that pastor and so sliced into him that when his two teenage sons heard him scream and rushed in, they found his blood around the walls of the living room.

They thought their father had been killed. They just about killed the guy who did it. The guy was a very angry man. That guy went to my church!

If some guy tries to cut the head off a senior pastor, you could probably come to the conclusion that he lacks somewhat in the area of love, goodness, gentleness, self-control. I looked around and saw a car coming down the middle of the road. So I jumped back off the road, and as the car screamed past me it suddenly slammed on its anchors, which is a Down-Under colloquialism meaning he stopped. I knew this guy had threatened pastors in the inner city.

I noticed he had three Jesus stickers on the front windshield of his car. As he stepped out, his shirt was unbuttoned to his navel and in the midst of his hairy chest—a bit of jealousy there…I confess that—amidst the bush there was this great big wooden cross. You see, a false convert will try to impress you with branches and leaves because he lacks fruit. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?

Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. Folks, we need to do what Scripture says: to know them by their fruits. Of your own selves. The Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith and begin listening to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils 1 Timothy You look at the backgrounds of those who are into the occult, or into heavy metal, occultic rock music, and do a little digging, and you will often find they are sad products of the modern gospel—false converts.

Again, the true convert will never even look back, according to Jesus, let alone depart from the faith. He gets on his knees before God. The genuine believer brings forth fruit with patience Luke In other words, with the genuine convert there is not spectacular, quick growth. The reason there was quick growth with that plant on bedrock was that the goodness that should have been going into the root system was being pushed into the branches and leaves. Same with the false convert.

One guy is a trophy of grace. He carries a BIG Bible. Always taking notes. Suddenly, Loud Mouth falls away, while Humble Heart remains faithful. The sunlight of tribulation and temptation causes the false convert to wither and the true convert to send his roots deep into God and His Word. In Luke , Jesus did something totally contrary to modern evangelism: He sent His lambs among wolves! That is so contrary to what we do with those who make decisions for Christ.

Let the sunlight of tribulation, temptation, and persecution come upon him. Some people think Judas was a Christian who loved the Lord and he somehow backslid. Well, was Judas genuine or false? Well, should we run around looking for Judases, and if we see them, throw them out of the church? If we see a tare, should we pull it out?


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On Judgment Day, God will sort out the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tares. Only God truly knows the genuine from the false. Judas was probably as good looking as me—he was probably good looking. The Bible tells us he was a worker of iniquity: he was the treasurer, and he was stealing money from Jesus and the disciples John —6.

They suspected themselves rather than the honest treasurer who cared for the poor. Is it me? When he went out to betray Jesus, some of them thought he had gone to give money to the poor. He hid it well…from the disciples, but not from God. And you and I may hide it, from those around us, but not from God.

Listen to Colossians —14, and notice how Paul puts a seal of approval on certain believers.

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A group of about people moved out of a church building into another building that had been a jewelry factory. Because it was a jewelry factory, there might be something precious in the dust. God often sends us to the refinery because He wants to purify us. You have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net. You laid affliction on our loins. You caused men to ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but You brought us out into a wealthy place. God takes us through fire, not to burn us but to purify us.

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He takes us through water, not to drown us but to cleanse us. It is found in what makes us whole and healthy messengers of God's truth about Jesus. Mack Stiles has lived the life of the healthy evangelist in homes and coffee shops, at universities and farms. What he has learned around the world and at home is summarized here in a few basic truths that can shape any of us into faithful people who bring good news to needy and hurting friends. The whole gospel changes much more than our relationship with God. Stiles shows how it changes all of who we are and what we do.

It means learning the whole gospel without shaping its message to meet our tastes. It means not just going through the motions of accepted behaviors. It means showing the unity of witness and justice. It means love. It means community. Join Mack Stiles in a life-giving adventure of boldly knowing, living and speaking the gospel. He is the author of and coauthor with his wife of.

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