Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Baptized in Blood - The New Hebrides Missions

While discovered in 1606, the first Christian influence to reach the New Hebrides (today called Vanuatu) did not come until John Williams and James Harris of the London Missionary Society landed there in 1839. Only minutes after going ashore, these brave men were murdered and eaten by cannibals.

John G. Paton would later write,

"Thus were the New Hebrides baptized with the blood of the martyrs; and Christ thereby told the whole Christian world that he claimed these islands as His own."

John G. Paton, Missionary to the New Hebridies: An Autobiography, (Banner of Truth Trust, 1965) pg 75

Paton was an amazing man of great courage who paid many a sacrifice in order to bring the gospel to a land filled with spirit worship, cannibalism, infanticide, widow sacrifice, murder, and terrible fear. He wrote a description of the religious state of this land:

"Their worship was entirely a service of fear, its aim being to propitiate this or that evil spirit, to prevent calamity or to secure revenge. They defied their that almost every village had its own Sacred Man....They exercised extraordinary influence for evil, these village or tribal priests, and were believed to have the disposal of life or death through their sacred ceremonies....They also worshiped the spirits of their departed ancestors and heroes, through their material idols of wood and stone....They feared the spirits and sought their aid; especially seeking to propitiate those who presided over war and peace, famine and plenty, health and sickness, destruction and prosperity, life and death. Their whole worship was one of slavish fear; and so far as I could learn, they had no idea of a God of mercy and grace.

Autobiography, pg. 72 

When Paton expressed his desire to go to this dark land to spread the glory of the risen Lord, many Christians told him not to go. One case in particular reveals the heart of this great missionary. A Mr. Dickson shouted, "The cannibals! You will be eaten by cannibals!" What a response Paton gave:

"Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great day my Resurrection body will rise as fair as your in the likeness of our risen Redeemer."

Autobiography, pg. 56

Amen, brother Paton. May God give us such men  today who are willing to pay the price to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and dying of this world. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

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