By Paul K. Williams
It is no wonder so little personal work is being done. Just mention the subject, then stand back while the negative statements assail you from all directions. “No one will listen.” “They will think we are Jehovahs Witnesses… They will think we are Mormons.” “They are all Catholics… They are all Methodists.” “Nobody believes the Bible any more.” No doubt you have heard many others.
All our excuses are taken away when we listen to Jesus. He said, “Preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). He did not say, “Preach to them if they are not Catholics.” He did not say, “Preach if you are sure they wont think you are Jehovahs Witnesses.” He said, “Preach to every creature.”
God sent Ezekiel to Israel in captivity. God said, “I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children; and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God. As for them, whether they listen or not-for they are a rebellious house-they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 2:4-5).
We, too, must speak whether men listen or not. They must know that a prophet (true teacher of the Bible) has been among them. No excuse will do. The command is plain. We either preach to every creature or we disobey God.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XVII: 9, p. 2
January 4, 1973