Who Will Go?
Here is an article published by our missionary James Allen in Brazil…may the Lord touch someone’s heart and life…may someone from Victory go and help rescue souls…who will go?
Mass Across the Street
This morning, starting at 4:00 o’clock the neighborhood folk started to prepare the pavement with stained sawdust that they put on the street making a colorful pathway up to the house across the street from our house.
Then everyone gathered together there to celebrate Mass. The priest “preached” a message, then they sang some songs, and then they gave the “Eucharist” (the Roman Catholic Lord’s Supper), finishing the event with the taking up of a sacrificial offering.
Unfortunately, the priest said that “the taking of the Holy Eucharist, along with feeding the hungry, guarantees the Catholic, blessings in this life, and eternal life in heaven!”
He did not read one passage of scripture, nor did he say where he got his “theology.”
After seeing this “Mass across the street”, I did a search on the internet and read the following information on Wikipedia;
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Brazil ),
“A 2007 poll, made by Datafolha and published in newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, asked diverse questions about the beliefs of the Brazilian people. In this poll, 64% reported to be Catholics, 17% Pentecostal Protestants, 5% non-Pentecostal Protestants, 3% Kardecists or Spiritists, 3% followers of other religions, 7% non-religious or atheists. Less than 1% reported to follow Afro-Brazilian religions”
This tells me that at least 78% of the Brazilian population (about 145 million people) still does not understand that Jesus Christ the Son of God is the ONLY WAY of Salvation! (John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”)
Then, I also think that about half (if not more) of the ones that declared themselves to be either Pentecostal Protestants (17%), or non-Pentecostal Protestants (5%), may not truly be saved, due to the enormous confusion that exists in many of these churches about salvation. (For example, many of these folks believe that a person can lose salvation, and many are basing the salvation they think they have, on their religiousness or some sort of works based belief).
This brings me to the conclusion that, today, June 22, 2011, 454 years after the first “evangelical service” held in Brazil on the beach of Guanabara Bay on March 10, 1557*, at least 89% of the Brazilian population are basing the salvation of their eternal souls on something other than faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
My question is; are we doing this thing right?
What can I do to change this astounding fact?
I know we are not in the 10/40 window, but don’t take your eyes off of this unreached people!
Please, send more Bible-believing, Bible-living, Gospel-preaching missionaries to Brazil!
Pray for us, the ones that are already here, that we may be able to “pull them out of the fire”.
Jude 20-23, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” KJV
Thank God for the some 21 million Brazilians that claim to be truly saved!
But please pray for the approximately 165 million Brazilians that still do not have Christ as their only hope of salvation, that they might be saved.
Oh dear God, please help us!