Adapted from the Fundamentals by the Bible Institute of Los Angeles 1917
by Evangelist L. W. Munhall, M.A., D.D.
Preaching the Gospel According to Divine Conditions and Directions
Jesus commissioned only such. One must know, experimentally the power and the joy of the Gospel before he is competent to tell it out.
The disciples were told to “Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.” Since the apostles and disciples of our Lord, who waited personally upon His wonderful ministry and witnessed His marvelous doings, were not qualified for testimony and service without power from on high, we, most surely, must have Divine help. “Without Me ye can do nothing.”
Third Faith: Since the Almighty One has said, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,: so shall My word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” the proclaimer need have no misgiving as to the result, knowing full well that “He is faithful that promised.”
First Go: “Go into all the world and tell it “to every creature.” The field is the wide world: and the good news is for every soul of man.
Second Preach: It is to be “preached.” The God-sent preacher is a kerux – a herald. He has no message of his own. It is the King’s message he is to proclaim. According to the heraldic law, if the herald substituted so much as a word of his own for the king’s he was beheaded, If this law was enforced in these days a lot of preachers would lose their heads, indeed many have lost their heads, judging by the kind of messages they are delivering,
Third, The Preacher Is To Be Brave, A Witness: The Master said, “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” And, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”
Timothy was commanded to “Do the work of an evangelist;” and, in it, to “Preach the Word with all long suffering and doctrine. Doctrinal preaching is necessary to evangelistic success, and is as follows.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Sin – It’s Universality.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12
Sin – Its Nature.
Of sin, because they believe not on me; John 16:9
Sin – Its Consequences – Judgement:
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. Revelations 20: 11-13
Sin – God’s Wrath:
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36
Sin – Eternal Torments:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2
The preacher who ignores these three awful and inexorable truths preaches an emasculated gospel, be he never so faithful in proclaiming other truth. He who preaches the love of God to the exclusion of God’s justice and wrath proclaims but idle sentiment.
Redemption through Jesus’ blood:
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. I Corinthians 15: 14-20
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3: 24-26
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1: 12-13
Not man’s methods but God’s:
The following is the method: The words of the Gospel “are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). If the sinner receives them into his heart to believe and obey the Gospel the Holy Spirit operating through them accomplishes the new birth (James 1:18), and he will be “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (IPeter 1:23). Saved, “By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3: 4-7).
Repentance means a change of mind. It does not mean “To turn from one’s sin”. This change of mind is brought about by the Holy Spirit, through the knowledge of the sinner’s condition, needs and peril, by which the sinner is convicted “of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement” (John 16:8), and is induced to yield himself wholly, immediately to God.
Conversion / Faith:
Until the sinner changes his mind with regard to his relation to God, and resolves with all his heart to do it, his faith is a vain thing, he is yet in his sins; but, when he sincerely repents and turns to God, and believes the record God has given of His Son, his faith is of the heart and unto righteousness. (Romans 10: 9-13)
Two things are required of the believer, (Not for salvation, but an answer of a good conscience) immediately upon his profession of faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord, namely, verbal confession and water baptism. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10) (IPeter 3:21). The believer is not saved because he is baptized, but is baptized because he is saved. We are saved through faith alone, but not the faith that is alone, because “Faith without works is dead, being alone.”
Water baptism is a divinely ordained ordinance whereby the believer witnesses to the world that he died with Christ, and is risen together with Him, an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Salvation from spiritual death by the new birth, and from the guilt of sin in justification, immediately follow “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” “These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God” (IJohn 5:13). “And by Him everyone that believeth is justified”. Acts 13:39
An Observation by Evangelist L. W. Munhall, M.A., D.D.
In going about among the churches as I do, I find three things increasingly true. First, Ministers and people in large numbers are awakening to the fact that the so-called “new theology” and up-to-date methods are utterly barren of spiritual results.
Second, Because of this indisputable fact, very many are turning again to the historic faith, for it is seen that they are still workable and produce results as in former times.
Third, Great numbers of ministers are seeing that their ministry is a failure unless it results in the salvation of souls. They really feel as did the late Henry Ward Beedher. While conducting an evangelistic campaign in Brooklyn Tabernacle I one day met Mr. Beedher. As he held my right hand in both of his, he said: “I hear you are having a great blessing in your meetings with Dr. Talmage. I very much wish we could have you for a campaign in Plymouth Church.” He trembled as he held my hand. He then said, “ I fear my people would not stand for it.” Then, after hesitating for a few minutes he added, “I would like to see and old-time Holy Ghost revival in Plymouth Church before I go hence.” He then broke down and cried as if his heart would break. Three weeks later, to a day, his body was laid in the grave.
Life and opportunity are ours. Men are dying, and the whole world lieth in the wicked one, lost in the ruin of sin. Redemption is an accomplished fact, and salvation is possible for all. We have been chosen to tell out the message of life and hope; and are assured of glorious success if faithful; if unfaithful we had better never been born.