keith green

Embracing All's and Every's of Scripture

Loren Cunningham said something when he was in town in April that is seared in my heart: "We decided to embrace the all's and every's of Scripture even if we didn't know how God was going to do it." 

Working my way through some of his books, and last week finished Making Jesus Lord: The Dynamic Power of Laying Down Your Rights. In this book, Loren writes about his friendship with Keith Green. After Keith passed away in a tragic plane crash, YWAM did a US tour in honor of his life to encourage people in the area of missions. In a video they featured, Keith says:

"It's not God's fault that the world isn't being won. It's not His will that any should perish. There's a little command in the Bible that says, 'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. We like to think that was for the disciples, for the missionaries, for old ladies that can't find husbands that need to bury their troubles on the mission field, or for humanitarians, for real Christians that are so spiritual they can't stay in society so they go overseas ... The world isn't being won because we're not doing it. It's our fault. Nowhere on earth is the gospel as plentiful as it is here in the United States. You don't need a call - you've already had one. If you stay you better be able to say to God, "You called me to stay home." If you don't have a definite call to stay here, you are called."

Loren goes on to write: "Strong words, but are they true? There are only 250,000 Protestant and Catholic missionaries trying to reach those who have not yet heard the gospel. And yet there are 1.2 million Avon representatives worldwide and over 750,000 Amway distributors. We have visited remote villages as the very first ones to carry in the gospel, and yet we have found that Coca Cola and Singer sewing machiens were there ahead of us. Is it God's will that so many haven't heard His Word yet? Is this the way he has planned it? Did He call 94 percent of the full time ministers to reach 9 percent of the world's population (those in the English speaking world)? Or did He direct that 92 percent of all Christian finances for evangelism be spent to evangelize in the United States where only 8 percent of the world's population lives, where many have already heard the gospel many times over? Even in North America, there are great, gaping holes of spiritual darkness. Most Christian effort and finances are spent in the areas of greatest Christian population, leaving places like American inner cities with less gospel witness than many mission fields." (p. 52, 53).