Friday, November 18, 2011

Why Missinaries Fail Part 8

Who did the Apostles Peter and Paul have to give account to? They both had to explain themselves to the church at Jerusalem and Paul also had to explain himself to the church at Antioch. Why? These two churches appear to have been the largest churches in the Book of Acts. The Jerusalem church was dominated by Jewish converts, while the Antioch church was dominated by Gentile converts.

They were both large, successful churches led by soul-winners, and they made the right decision about Peter and Paul.

But that isn't who modern missionaries give account to. They often have to give account to a mission board that has no Scriptural authority to exist. And there's someone else that's even worse.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Why Missionaries Fail Part 7

The Apostles Peter and Paul had a similar problem. They would win Gentiles to Christ, and then someone back home would say that they were doing the wrong thing. Eventually, the Christians had to hold a council at Jerusalem to decide the issue. But what gave the critics the authority to evaluate two men who were getting large numbers of people saved?

A major problem with missionaries today is that they have to answer to a board that has no Scriptural authority to evaluate them. Missionaries are forbidden to participate in evangelistic outreach with other groups on the field. They are also forbidden to do anything that might offend the organizations and churches that provide financial support for the board.

I'll be talking about this one for a while.