Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
The Role of Culture in Gospel Communication
(The Gospel in Missions)
GLST 650 LUO
Vernon L. Langley
Dec. 14, 2012
The Bible says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18 KJV) Now let’s hear what Martin Luther utters concerning this verse of scripture, “Do you hear this general judgment against all men that they are under the wrath of God? What does this mean, but that they merit wrath and punishment? He assigns the reason for the wrath by saying that they do only that which merits wrath and punishment- that they are all ungodly and unrighteous, and hold down the truth in unrighteousness.” (1) This is an obvious fact; that all humanity separately from Jesus Christ is destined to face the wrath and chastisement of God. The detail in which Paul articulates gives no room for uncertainty that all humanity will face this conclusion when he or she is separated from the salvation that can only be found in Jesus Christ. The necessity to carry the Word of the gospel to the “ends of the earth” has vital significance for a people found in a condition of separation from God. Nevertheless, the inquiry is submitted, “In what way does one share the gospel message in a dissimilar culture?” “In what ways does one steer clear of the perils of syncretism when sharing with a different culture?” finally, “What does it indicate when one actually executes the Great Commission?”
The Call to “Go”
It’s extremely significant to establish a meaning for the term missionary and to ascertain if missionary is a collective call for all Christians or an explicit call to some. Olson says, “Frequently one hears it said that every Christian is a missionary; that is, that every Christian ought to be a missionary. The little chorus puts it, “Be a missionary every day!” It reverberates, but this kind of unclear thinking places a haze over the topic. Every Christian cannot be a missionary, nor should be.” (2)
Afterwards Olson states, “A missionary is specifically called of God for to a separate office.” (3) For the reason that the exact word missionary is not written in the Bible, one must examine the Latin word, mitto which indicate “I send”. Olson describe an equivalent to the Greek expression for apostle which is (apostolos) that imply “messenger or representative”(4) even though apostles as one imagines them during the time of Jesus, may not be present in this modern culture the assignment of being launched by God is at present very much alive. Kane offers a description of missionary that correctly identify the term after he says, “In the traditional sense the term missionary has been reserved for those who have been called by God to a full-time ministry of the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4), and who have crossed geographical and or cultural boundaries (Acts 22:21) to preach the gospel in those areas of the world where Jesus Christ is largely, if not entirely, unknown (Rom 15:20).”(5) At present the characterization of a missionary has been made clear, it’s vital to identify what a missionary is called to achieve.
The Great Commission
Matthew chapter 28 verses 19-20 state, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (KJV)
Despite the fact that this vocation is pertinent to every Christian; in support of the subject matter at being reviewed, this research will look at this verse of scripture rigorously through the eyes of a missionary. As previously confirmed, the missionary has responded to the command to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” but on the other hand what is by...
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