Paraphrased, Charles H Spurgeon said “Don’t you care that sinners are lost? If you do, you will forget your discomfort and go into the fire to save others.” I was reminded of this with the study “Christianity in U.S. faces decline ‘across the board’” by Sarah Pulliam Bailey.
The truth is that we don’t care enough. If we did, we would be calling for all the help we could get to witness to the lost and to saving America. But we don’t do that. We put clamps over the mouths of women and push them even further down deep inside the churches. Books, blogs, seminars, seminaries, and sermons constantly tell women that God did not choose them to preach to save a person from hell. Spurgeon himself more than likely thought that only men could do the job.
That has proven to be wrong. Look at the decline of Christianity led by males. According to Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults who describe themselves as Christians dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years to about 71 percent. Churches are emptying out all across America. David Olson, the Director of Church Planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church, estimates that in only 35 years, church attendance will be at 11.7%.
Our pet doctrines against women are stronger than our desire to save the lost.
Listen to what Spurgeon said:
The saving of souls, if a man has once gained love to perishing sinners, and love to his blessed Master, will be an all-absorbing passion to him. It will so carry him away, that he will almost forget himself in the saving of others. He will be like the stout, brave fireman, who careth not for the scorch or for the heat, so that he may rescue the poor creature on whom true humanity hath set his heart. He must, he will pluck such a one from the burning, at any cost and expense to himself. Oh the zeal of such a man as that Whitfield to whom I have alluded! He says in one of his sermons, “My God, I groan day-by-day over the salvation of souls. Sometimes,” he says, “I think I could stand on the top of every hackney-coach in the streets of London, to preach God’s Word. It is not enough that I can do it night and day, laboring incessantly by writing and by preaching, I would that I were multiplied a thousand-fold, that I might have a thousand tongues to preach this gospel of my blessed Redeemer.”
Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37
It is obvious that Christians had rather the lost go to hell than hear the words of salvation from a woman’s mouth. I just wonder what Jesus thinks of that.
Here we are. Send us. Not to the foreign mission fields, but to the neighborhoods that need the words of a preacher. It is time to send in the women.
Will you speak up for a lost America? Will you speak up for women workers who want to preach the word to our children and our grandchildren? You have the power, now show the will.