Jeanie and I were reading Spurgeon today in his Morning and Evening devotional. The message was about the inventive means that some people took to bring a poor sick man to Jesus by breaking through the roof. Read it here and I will make some comments:
“And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.” — Mark 2:4
Faith is full of inventions. The house was full, a crowd blocked up the door, but faith found a way of getting at the Lord and placing the palsied man before him. If we cannot get sinners where Jesus is by ordinary methods we must use extraordinary ones. It seems, according to Luke 5:19, that a tiling had to be removed, which would make dust and cause a measure of danger to those below, but where the case is very urgent we must not mind running some risks and shocking some proprieties. Jesus was there to heal, and therefore fall what might, faith ventured all so that her poor paralysed charge might have his sins forgiven. O that we had more daring faith among us! Cannot we, dear reader, seek it this morning for ourselves and for our fellow-workers, and will we not try to-day to perform some gallant act for the love of souls and the glory of the Lord.
The world is constantly inventing; genius serves all the purposes of human desire: cannot faith invent too, and reach by some new means the outcasts who lie perishing around us? It was the presence of Jesus which excited victorious courage in the four bearers of the palsied man: is not the Lord among us now? Have we seen his face for ourselves this morning? Have we felt his healing power in our own souls? If so, then through door, through window, or through roof, let us, breaking through all impediments, labour to bring poor souls to Jesus. All means are good and decorous when faith and love are truly set on winning souls. If hunger for bread can break through stone walls, surely hunger for souls is not to be hindered in its efforts. O Lord, make us quick to suggest methods of reaching thy poor sin-sick ones, and bold to carry them out at all hazards.
When I read this, it reminds me of what we have done with the Automated Church Prospecting system. As he says above, FAITH IS FULL OF INVENTION. We created this because we had faith to believe that God would reach many, which we have seen in an amazing way. What does it take to get some of us to see that something new may be like these men letting down a man through the roof. What do you think the people below thought? Were they upset at the dirt, dust, and pieces of roofing tile falling on those below? Were they upset that someone was getting to the “front of the line” to see Jesus when so many were on the outside not able to get in? The story shows how that the rulers of the Jews thought Jesus was committing blasphemy when he said, “Thy sins be forgiven thee.” That was, until he healed the man in front of them all.
Do you understand that we have created this for the same reason? What is the value of a soul? Is it worth spending $200? Is it worth taking time to learn this system? Is it worth having some disgruntled person get upset that you called them with the love of God? Do people ever get upset when you knock on their door? I had a preacher in Gatlinburg say that his people were afraid that people would not like phone calls about a church. Did that stop the men lowering a sick man through the roof? Were there people that were upset that they took the roof apart? Were there some that were wondering who was going to fix it back? One man called me and said he could not wait until God through me into hell because I had a new way that he had never heard of and everyone had to do it his way. Have we gone stark raving mad? Many get our emails and just UNSUBSCRIBE as if God does not see them and it does not matter if a soul goes to hell or not. Some preachers say that they have to get the (backslidden members) church to approve the purchase because they would not spend their own money on this great system. Do we have any men of faith in this country. The Bible talks about how the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERETH VIOLENCE AND THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE. Is there not a cause? Do we really care about those around us? We have invented the following sites as an act of faith and millions of people around the world have visited these sites:
http://ifyoucouldknow.info – Video about Jesus and born again lessons
http://foundationsofmorality.com – Writings of Charles G. Finney transcribed into more modern day English.
http://davidwilliamsviolinist.info – Gospel hymns played on the violin with the words and story behind the song.
I believe that God led us to build these for a reason and we have software that shows us the amount of visitors on each. My question to you is this. Do you have the faith to use a new invention for reaching souls in your own area for Jesus? IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?
I think that of the thousands of churches to whom we have sent this information we should have several thousand reaching their area for the Lord BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, even if people in your church say, “Someone will get mad at the church if we use a ROBO CALL on them.
Let me tell you what a Robo Call is. It is a system that dials random numbers without knowing who the people are or what their address is and there are laws in place for this. Our databases are from people who have filled out a form on line and given their full information so it can’t be classified as a ROBO CALL. It is a voice broadcast to a list of people where you have their complete information. Still, my question is this, IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?
I think that the whole country could be reached if we used this system to it’s fullest capabilities. I have been praying and working for God to provide the money so we can call the whole USA ourselves. I can guarantee you that we could reach millions for the Lord if we only had a little money for the minutes to do so and I am working on that too. I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A CAUSE and if you have to walk over the back of every pew in your church to reach the guy that needs the Lord DON’T LET ANYTHING STOP YOU. If you have to call 10,000 people a week to reach one or two that would never hear the gospel with out it, why not give it a try? Is there not a cause? I think that after I send this out there should be at least 100 churches signing up. We are certainly not getting rich selling this for sure because I wanted to make the cost low enough so anyone can afford it. We even throw a database in that we pay for that would cost more than the system from some vendors. Is there not a cause? Do you know how much some of these systems cost to own your own? My first contact with a voice broadcast system was unit and a cost of $700 for the small version and $2500 for the bigger one and a church had to add phone lines to use it. The system I had before this was $500 with $29.95 per month plus the cost of leads and minutes. Since it is online and digital, you have 200 phone lines to use for calls and can upload any database into the system. We charge no monthly fee and you own it for life.
I feel like many of you are like the Jewish rulers that wanted to kill Jesus because he was so popular that they thought Rome would take their nation, so they killed Jesus and lost their nation any way. Don’t think that God is not watching you read this and don’t think that when the opportunity is presented to you that you can pass on this offer because we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and God is going to ask you why you refused to use EVERY MEANS POSSIBLE to reach people when you had the opportunity. Some of you are no better than the man who hid his talent in the earth. We are offering this system and you refuse to even consider it, not knowing that maybe it was GOD WHO GAVE ME THE IDEA TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR CHURCH. Is there not a cause? Let’s see how many of you really have the faith to contact us and order this system. Don’t worry if some dust falls from the ceiling or if the rulers get upset. TAKE A STEP OF FAITH LIKE ABRAHAM DID WHEN HE BELIEVED GOD, HAD ISAAC, AND OFFERED HIM (IN PRINCIPLE) ON THE ALTAR. God has a ram caught in the thicket for you. He has a great surprise waiting IF YOU ONLY TAKE A STEP OF FAITH. Contact me today, OK?