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Christ came into this world to save sinners. It is our desire to help those who
have never established a personal relationship with Christ to know the
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Soul-Winning WHY IS IT SO DREADFULLY IMPORTANT? "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that
winneth souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30).
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him” (Luke 10:33).
Does the reader remember what occasioned the parable of the Good Samaritan? A disingenuous lawyer tried to trip up our Saviour (Luke 10:25). In an attempt to justify himself he said unto Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). Jesus then recounted the timeless parable of the Good Samaritan. “Samaritan?” – Why Jesus was called a Samaritan (half-breed), and in the same Pharisaical breath, they said Jesus was one that “hath a devil” (John 8:48).
One would think that in the parable the pious Levite would have been a soul-winner, or the most holy priest – but alas, they had no neighborly compassion. It was the half-breed, the one that did not place his busy schedule over the dire need of a wounded sinner. It was the social misfit that, with compassion, poured in the oil and wine on the wounded and half-dead man.
The soul-winner placed the man on his own beast and took him to an Inn (New Testament Baptist Church) and nursed the man back to health. Then, compassion moved the Samaritan to pay the bill and any future costs. Jesus concluded the parable by asking the conceited lawyer, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?” The lawyer must have choked because he simply referred to the Samaritan Soul-winner as “He that showed mercy.”
This is why some have said that soul-winning is better “caught than taught.” – because how do you teach compassion to people?!?! “When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them…” (Matthew 9:36) Maybe this is the problem: most Christians never see
the fainting multitudes! Perhaps all that some Laodiceans see is their own happiness or lack of it.
If the reader happens to be faithful in confronting the lost with their need of the Saviour, but something seems to be missing in their robotic presentation of the Gospel, maybe it is compassion?
Compassion still makes a difference (Jude 22). Compassion moves your inner most being, and then it moves your feet. Compassion convinces the faithful soul-winner that his primary purpose is not to win arguments with sinners; he desires to win souls!! “Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity” (Hebrews 5:2).