Ashamed of the Gospel

This is an awesome book well written and filled with quotes from Charles Haddon Spurgeon, truly one of the most amazing books I have ever read.

One of the great things I see in our culture today is the people of God being ashamed of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Oh, they will regularly profess Him when inside the walls of church, but hesitate to say anything at all publicly.

Please take the time to look up the following verses, Romans 1:16. This is the verse Tammy and I use in our ministry. We actually have the T-shirts from Voice of the Martyrs that has this verse on them. 2Timothy 1:8 & 12, Mark 8:38. I could have typed them all in the text but rather you, the listener, look them up and study them as you read them.

We fear today because just what this world has going on in it. We fear persecution if we speak of Christ openly. Let me ask this, Do you want revival? See my friends it is the church, God's called out, that needs revived. We are the ones needing the spiritual awakening before we can carry on the revival for lost souls.

The Apostle Paul said,"For me to live is Christ, to die is gain." In our death we gain victory over the grave, over death and Hell. We are victors in Christ Jesus that overwhelms this world. I certainly am not advocating going out and dying for the cause of Christ here, give me liberty to explain. We have thousands being martyred every day around the world in this day we live in. All for the cause of Christ! It is of my humble opinion, this is the root cause for our being ashamed of the Gospel. We hear the atrocities against mankind in the Christian communities around the globe and we know that is heading deeply into America today. But my friends, put on the whole armor of God, leave it in His hands to protect you and give you the diligence to serve the Master.

I have read so many books on the Prince of preachers as some say, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. I pray God will give me even an ounce of the boldness he fought with. He fought to keep doctrine pure, not church dogma, but, true Biblical doctrines.

Spurgeon said, "We are to adjust the age to the Bible not the Bible to the age. He said it is not our object to please men to rather it is far nobler. It is to please God." If we strive you and me, to please God, in prayer and daily living as the early church, then we will see revival. We will see our churches grow, our faith grow. We will see people being saved, or shall I say converted. They will be transformed or made a new creation in Christ. That is true salvation, when we become new in Jesus.

I know a man saved for 30 years. He was saved, started teaching, then preaching, then bus ministry and youth ministry. He led many to Christ, and many were teenagers and children. He boldly spake the Gospel whether in a church or in a factory, he went door to door weekly asking people to come to church. He rejoiced in having the police called on him for witnessing to people in public. For ten years he was on fire for God. Then all the world crashed on him. He left the church, the life he had known and ended up in the decay of sin's stench. For twenty years though he thought of returning, he shook his fist at God almighty. He claimed he was a man and a man can take care of himself. Then after wallowing in his sin his wife ready for divorce, ready to leave him, he was at his wits end. He told the most precious earthly gift he ever had if you need to go I don't blame you just go. But she looked at him and said,"I love you too much to leave you." Is that not how Jesus loves us? Is that not why He laid His hands and feet to be nailed on the cross? Because of true agape love! The man said he hit his knees and as Jeremiah had cried out prayed,"God I am cutoff." He prayed," I surrender all God, I give it all to you God, for only you can heal this wickedness I have, only you can cleanse this heart. Oh God, FORGIVE ME, come to me Jesus."

My friends, that was me. I am the man. The peace, the joy, the mercy overflowing is beyond my feeble comprehension. The love of my life, my wife Tammy, showed me the true love of Christ that night when she told me how much she loved me. Jesus loves me like that, loves me too much to go. When you find that kind of love you experience revival in your soul, and you are not ashamed to carry His cross!

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Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Beautiful testimony.

You and Tammy remind me of the kind of people in the church I grew up in, a "peculiar people" who really felt the power of God and showed it transparently! We're all supposed to be that peculiar; may we all have that fire of emotion and also that humility that brings true revival to our hearts and into our churches!


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vector7 5 years ago

I couldn't express in words how beautiful this article is to me. You've blessed me today, and every day hereafter.

Thank you..

~Daniel


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Michael dear brother thank you so much for this Hub as a reminder to all.

Michael, (food for thought) I think that some if not most of the shame that we as Christians feel about the Gospels, is the truth associated with our dear Lord's sufferings as he was persecuted, beaten, mocked, reviled, and crucified, all because Adam and Eve were Spiritually Naive and weak and fell prey to a very cunning predator. Their downfall into sin, is in each of us. Since that dreadful event, sin after sin, by each human has been heaped upon Our Lord Jesus, at His crucifixion, causing the Son of God to suffer on our behalf.

I fear it is a sin against God Himself if we out of fear, fail or are reluctant to loudly, openly, and with true conviction, confess our faith for all the world to hear. Being "A Christian" does not mean cowering in a corner anytime Jesus, and Christian beliefs happen into a conversation or are the main topics. Being a true Christian means being willing to stand up and shouting if need be at the top of one's voice, "I am a Christian, and this is what I believe" regardless of the consequences.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

You've said so much in so many ways. Your testimony is powerful and glorifies the One we serve. Thanks for sharing this one.


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Thank you for this glorious testimony glorifying God and uplifting the saints. God bless you!

Forever His


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Brenda,

Transparency is something I am not used to. I bottle things up all way too much. This hub is such a deep conviction and some events I have been going through. It is merely scratching the surface. Thank you so very much for the great comment.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Daniel,

I am so glad you were blessed by this hub. That is why I write hoping it will make someones day.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Dave,

Your comment says it very well, we are not to be a light hidden but are to shine for Christ.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Lifegate,

Had to share this, I spent two hours Saturday talking with my pastor and conviction to share a part of that led me to writing this hub.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Revlady,

Thanks for the wonderful comment, and I really like your signature at the bottom of your comment~~~ Forever HIS!


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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

Wow! Michael Adams I'm so glad you're now sealed by the Holy Spirit ,never more to be lost.Its such a great joy to know that you are bringing in the sheaves.God bless you and your loving wife .


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

olga,

Thank you so very much!


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AEvans 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I'm not ashamed of the gospel what a great read! Loved it.


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Dave Sibole 5 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

Great testimony to the love of Christ. Thanks for sharing, Michael.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

AEvens, Dave,

Thank you both for the comments. I too am not ashamed of the Gospel and strive to listen as God instructs.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Here in Ohio our area has been said to be a very difficult area to evangelize, therefore we have many that need to hear the true word. Churches are in such states of apostasy we need to get them in revival and get them hot for the Lord Jesus Christ again.


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Hi Michael.

Thanks for a good message that hopefully will wake a lot of motionless Christians up and also bring in new ones.

I love your testimony it is very powerful.

I am also glad that Jesus loved me to much to leave me in the darkness. God never ceases to amaze me!

God bless you!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Amen His mercy is so great and the Grace of God is so measureless and beyond our feeble minds imagination. I do pray that Christians will wake up to glorify Christ and do as we should by spreading the Word that Jesus saves.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Thanks Michael for sharing this testamony with us...very powerful...one that needs to be heard. Way too many can identify with this..me, being one.

Thanks again...


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

CM,

Thanks for the reply,the hub and the testimony all came about because of our praise and worship leader singing, "I Surrender All" it brought me back to the prayer that night, I am a new creation in Christ! Praise God!

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