After the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, he gave his band of followers and to new believers down through history the Great Commission.
Mark 16:15-16 (New King James Version) “…And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
However, today there is a “religious” man promoting his agenda claiming it is God’s agenda. This agenda crept into the church. It is contrary and minimizing our Lord’s final command prior to his Ascension to sit at the right hand of God.
This world cannot be saved through a “religious” man’s Purpose Driven P.E.A.C.E agenda. Especially when he forms alliances with persons of other faiths contrary to the standards of God’s Word. The Lord’s anger was aroused when people of Israel formed alliances with the foreign gods.(Example: Numbers 25)
In history long ago, a similar attempt was in the works. It started with fleshly mans’ PURPOSE-DRIVEN PEACE agenda to bring the Kingdom to Earth in human power.
Genesis 11:1-9 (New King James Version)
“Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”
John 18:35-37 (New King James Version)
“Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”It is for one reason an on fire spirit-led man is directed to become a servant to people, it is for another reason a flesh-led man is directed to perform and parade to the world by weak attempts to force the hand of God to respond.
“Political MANuevering and adroitness(A clever or resourcefulness in handling situations.–Merriam-Webster) may stave off world enslavement, but unless there is a Holy Ghost revival, it will only push it back for a breathing space.”– Leonard Ravenhill
A time will come when no matter what attempts(even if the attempts are noble) are made by a group of people , an evil empire will emerge in the form of the ONE WORLD ORDER and ONE WORLD RELIGION. (See book of Revelation.)
Yes, the Word of God gives protocol in tending to the basic needs of people in this fallen world.(Matthew 10:40-42, Acts 6:3) However, the primary commission is the presentation of the Gospel to the lost.(Acts 6:4) Many have watered down or eliminated the Gospel to reach people in tending to basic survival needs.
There is a goal among many Christians to “eliminate poverty”. However, Jesus says, “For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always”(John 12:8). We are to seek God first and everything else will fall into place(Matthew 6:33).
Man’s greatest need is to be SAVED from the wrath of God and the eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. All other needs are minor compared to this great need.
John 3:36 (New King James Version) He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Romans 1:17-19 (New King James Version) “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.”
To escape this wrath we must turn from our sins(Repentance) and put our faith in Jesus.
John 3:16-17 (New King James Version) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Today is the day to decide which purpose driven peace agenda you will follow. Will it be the Everlasting God’s agenda or the temporal(subject to corruption) “religious” man’s agenda? Only one offers life beyond this world.