Today I want to address that which is both a highly neglected Christian responsibility and a highly underappreciated Christian privilege. The exhortation from Scripture goes as follows:
“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3
Continue reading 5 Ways to Pray for the Persecuted Church
Since very early on in my Christian walk I’ve been serving in various ways at various churches, studying the Bible and theology like crazy, and trying to find a seminary that fits both my budget and lifestyle. This is because I hope one day to go into a pastoral ministry role full time. Why do I want to do that? Certainly not because it’s fun or pays well. No, I want to be a pastor because I feel that God is calling me to full time ministry. Continue reading The Call to the Ministry: Some Help From Michael Bennett
I have heard it in malls, I have heard it on college campuses, I have heard it at my work, and I have heard it on the streets. Whether it be strangers, coworkers, fellow soldiers, or friends, the question that comes up over and over again in many of my evangelistic conversations is: “What happens to the good guy who lives on an unknown island who has never heard of Jesus Christ? How can it be fair to send that good man to hell, just because he has never had anyone tell him about Jesus? Can a good man on an unknown island go to heaven if he has never heard of Christ?”
Often times the question is a distraction thrown out by the questioner to avoid the implications of the gospel on his life (seeing as the questioner has heard of Christ). But at other times it is an honest question and it should be answered. Not to mention, the answer will bring the conversation back to the core truths of the gospel. The following is a brief attempt to answer the question, and to answer it using only the book of Romans (this will allow you to easily show the answer from scripture). Continue reading Does the Good Man Who Has Never Heard of Christ Go to Heaven?