(“Religionists” refer to adherents of the major world religion centered in the Middle East which we will call “the Religion”)
The British are coming! The British are coming! -Paul Revere, 1775
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! -United Artists, 1966
The Religionists are coming! The Religionists are coming! -A concerned believer, 2015
In response to the Church’s fervent prayer for the harvest, the Lord has used our President to open the gates for the nations to come to America in order that they might hear the gospel from us—most for the very first time.
In the Missions Class taught in theological seminaries, we learn about the principle of homogeneity—“birds of a feather flock together.” People will normally associate with those of similar background, for example those who speak the same language or are of the same race or ethnic background. We believers will share the gospel with people with whom we are familiar and comfortable, and invite them to church. And so churches will normally grow around people of similar background. Thus we have predominantly Anglo churches, Black churches, Spanish-speaking Latino churches, Chinese churches, Vietnamese churches, etc.
But now gospel-resistant peoples very foreign to us are coming to America by the multitudes. Who is going to reach out to them? Whom shall I send? says the Lord. It is time for us to stop focusing on reaching those who are like us, and instead on the coming wave of Religionists. Of course the numerical growth of our church will slow down when we concentrate on reaching out to foreign, gospel-resistant peoples instead of those who are familiar to us. But we are in the last days and must take the Great Commission seriously—we must reach and disciple the multitudes of Religionists the Lord is bringing to us. If we do not reach out to these who have come from very distant lands to settle in our own backyards, neighborhoods and cities, we will be responsible before the Lord when we stand before His Judgment Seat. They are now within easy reach. There will be no more excuses.
We might also want to be concerned about protecting our own way of life in America. They are coming here not only to look for a better life, but as missionaries for Islam. As our dear leader would put it, “make no mistake.”
In 2003 we trained a group of servants of God in Indonesia to reach out to the world’s largest unreached people group consisting of 45 million gospel-resistant Religionists. Within ten years two of these disciples had won 2,700 of them to Jesus Christ and reached 70 of their villages. It is very possible to reach Religionists effectively, especially when they have come to our own communities and cities where we are very free to share the gospel with them—unlike the situation in some Religionist countries where sharing the gospel with Religionists is illegal and can result in punishment and persecution if not death.
In the past Missions was perhaps little more than a bothersome distraction, a thorn in the side of some churches in America. It could distract us from concentrating on harvesting the familiar “low-hanging fruit” all around us. Missions was something we did one Sunday a year in church and on annual mission trips to South America where our youth would help paint churches and orphanages.
But now we can no longer ignore the call of Missions. At this very moment it is sounding a deafening alarm right in our face.
If we don’t hear it, we are already deaf. And blind.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Revelation 3:14-17)