Updated: May 11, 2020
1. Missions is not yet done.
Check out this video on missions with some sermon excerpts from John Piper’s “I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves”. Listen, pray, weep, pray for the lost; pray for the nations; and pray that God would sent out more laborers into the harvest. (Matthew 9:36-38)
2. On William Carey, who went to India in 1792 and is considered “the father of Protestant modern missions”:
William Carey’s famous statement: “Expect Great Things From God; Attempt Great Things For God!”
Before he left for India, he was opposed by the Hyper-Calvinists of his day with sentiments such as the ones below:
Note: “Hyper-Calvinism” is a heresy which says that because God is Sovereign and will save who He intends to save; then we don’t have to go and share the gospel with people or struggle or learn languages, etc. until someone comes to us first and shows evidence of being one of the elect, then we can preach the gospel to them. This is wrong. We should preach to everyone and pray for opportunities to share the gospel with all that we can.
These are some of the statements that the Hyper-Cavlinists of Carey’s day said:
“Young man, sit down; if God wants to reach the heathen, He will do it without your help or ours!” (Timothy George. Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey. Christian History Institute, 1998, p. 53, see footnote for details)
“You are a miserable enthusiast for asking such a question!”
“Certainly nothing can be done before another Pentecost, when an effusion of miraculous gifts, including the gift of tongues, will give effect to the commission of Christ as at first.” (George Smith. The Life of William Carey, D. D.; Shoemaker and Missionary. London: John Murray Publishers, 1887, p. 29.)
“Old Mr. Ryland always failed to recall the story, but we have it on testimony of Carey’s personal friend, [Webster] Morris of Clipstone, who was present at the meeting of ministers held in 1786 at Northampton at which the incident occurred.”
(ibid, p. 29)
William Carey was a good balanced Biblical Calvinist, fully believing in Divine election (Ephesians 1, Romans 9); but also obedient to the Great Commission, as even the elect must hear the message (Romans 10:13-15) and repent and believe.
“Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:10 This verse demonstrates that the elect of God (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 9:6-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:13) are out there and need to hear the gospel (Romans 10:13-15); and that they have not obtained salvation yet, but when we go and preach and reach them, God will draw them (John 6:44) and open their heart to the gospel (Acts 16:14; Ezekiel 36:26-27) See also Acts 18:9-10.
God uses the means of the sending church, organization, preparation, going, learning language, relationships, living in other cultures, preaching, teaching, good works, suffering (“enduring all things”) to bring people to Himself. Conversion (repentance and faith) is God’s work in the heart (John 3:8; 6:44; Acts 5:31; 11:18; 13:48; 16:14; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Acts 26:18; 2 Timothy 2:24-26); but going and preaching and teaching is man’s responsibility. (Romans 10:13-15; Matthew 28:18-20)
This is what William Carey was arguing for in his famous little book, An Inquiry into the obligations for Christians to use means for the conversion of the heathens. (This is also included as an appendix in Timothy George’s book.)
“. . . consider the patience of the Lord to be salvation” ( 2 Peter 3:15) Salvation for who? For those that are chosen, but have yet to repent and believe – (2 Peter 3:9) God is patient toward His people, the church, to get out and evangelize and witness and share the message of life and truth with the lost and live godly and holy lives. (2 Peter 3:11-12). These are to be our main tasks as we wait for and consider the Second Coming of Christ: holy and godly living, prayer (Matthew 9:38-39); and evangelism and missions; not end-times speculations. (see also Acts 1:6-8; Matthew 24:36)