…It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3
What are the lost saved from? Their sin and God’s wrath. Period.
Matthew 1:21 – thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Romans 5:9 – …we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Romans 2:5 – But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath.
How do they know they’re a sinner? By God’s law – the Ten Commandments. Period.
Ro 7:7 – … Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law.
1 John 3:4 – For sin is transgression of the law.
Romans 2:15 – Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;
See also Romans 3:19, 7:13, Gal 3:24, 1 Timothy 1:8.
How do believers witness to the lost? By preaching the gospel. Period.
Ro 10:14-15 How then shall they [the lost] call on him [pray for salvation] in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard [have not heard the words of the gospel]? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Matthew 4:1 – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 10:5-16 – These twelve Jesus sent forth… And as ye go, preach, saying…
Luke 10:1 – After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place.
Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
1 Cor 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.
Acts 20:20-21 – but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 8:4 – Therefore they [all the believers; not just the evangelists] that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
See also Acts 12:24, 13:5, 12, 38, 44, 46-49, 14:21, 25, 15:7, 16:35, 17:30-31.
Jonah 3:4 – And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. Note: Jonah preached open-air once to strangers and 100% were saved!
How are the lost saved? By the preaching of the gospel. Period.
John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life…
Eph 1:13 – In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
1 Thess 1:5 – For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God.
Note: If a believer is too fearful or not equipped to preach the gospel there’s something called gospel tracts that can be used until they do get equipped.
If one doesn’t approve of Way of the Master/Ray Comfort, open air/street preaching, witnessing to complete strangers, door-to-door then by definition they also don’t approve of the following list of open air/street preachers (looking backwards in history). It’s not Ray’s method – never was; he simply studied Scripture and preachers of the past – it’s the biblical gospel.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Dr. David Livingston
Public Crier George Fox
Street Preacher Dwight Lyman Moody
Emma Revell Moody
Street Preacher George Whitfield
Public Proclaimer William Booth
AW Tozer, saved by a street preacher
William Ashley “Billy” Sunday
Preacher John Bunyan
Scores of independent Baptists in colonial America who spread the gospel across the fruited plains (from What Hath god Wrought?)
Rueben Archer Torrey
Francis of Assisi
Miracle on George Street http://www.livingwaters.com/listenwatch/georgestreet.m3u
Hudson Taylor, the first missionary to closed China, was saved by a gospel tract.
Noah, a preacher of righteousness.
The 12 apostles.
Paul, an apostle.
The two witnesses of Revelation (Rev 11:3).
A flying angel in the midst of heaven (Rev 14:6).
…and most importantly, Jesus Christ.
The preaching of the gospel is foolishness to those that are perishing. It is also foolishness to some believers who don’t believe that the preaching of the gospel is the power of God unto salvation; hence they believe there are others ways for the lost to be saved:
1 Cor 1:18, 21 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. … it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with another:
Deut 4:4 – For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
This is why people only get saved by the gospel and no other way; otherwise man would share in God’s glory as they would’ve thought up a new way ‘to reach people’. God draws them; the Holy Spirit convicts them, and the gospel saves them. Period.
Luke 16:31 – And he said unto him, If they hear [hear words] not Moses [the Ten Commandments] and the prophets [God’s Word], neither will they be persuaded [convicted, broken and contrite heart, repentant, have belief or faith], though one rose from the dead [even if they saw a miracle].
For a complete, doctrinal study of salvation please read The Ambassador’s Handbook at: http://pilgrimpublisher.org/the-ambassadors-handbook/.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. — Romans 1:16