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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

What's Wrong With Christian Missions?

Case Study One

Church Mission Society

Recently, I came across information in regards to an organization, Church Mission Society, with has the slogan, referred to as the strapline, "The call in action"

The individuals being focused on where two medical professionals, a husband and wife team, a qualified surgeon, and a qualified anaesthetist.

Link: Website Link

Call:  To serve God and the people of Eastern Rwanda using our medical skills
Role: To provide and develop a sustainable surgical and anaesthetic service at Gahini Hospital

Serving people in a hospital, in Eastern Rwanda, is an incredibly noble thing to do.  Certainly worthy of much praise.  Many people, from all walks of life, some Christian, some of another faith, some atheists, feel passionate about assisting people overseas.

So the question is, as a Christian Mission Society, where exactly is the Christian message, the Gospel, being spread?
"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." — Matt. 28:19-20
 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." — Mark 16:15
The Great Commission, the CHRISTIAN mission, is to spread the Gospel, to baptize believers, and to then edify them; teaching them in the word of God (the Bible), edifying them, the saints.

In the link provided, within the Call section, and the Role section, where is the Christian part, the Great Commission mentioned?

A Further Look in the Article

In the main paragraph of the article, the following is mentioned,

'We also recently got involved in a local church plant, with Steve leading worship and Catriona being part of the welcome team. While challenging at times, it was an amazing experience to see the church grow and develop.'

Keen to learn more, I trawled through the various updates.  The updates generally consisted of work in the hospital, patients, and cycling trips.  As much is it is a good cause to be working in a hospital, again, the key purpose of Christian missionary work is to preach the Gospel to the Lost.

The most recent article mentioned this,

'The English service

To end this letter, we wanted to share a bit more about the English service at the cathedral and ask in particular for your prayers for it. It has recently been the long school holiday and so the students have been away and thus the service has often constituted four people (with us being three of the four). This has left us feeling somewhat isolated and uncertain as to the future of the service.

The layperson that usually runs the service has to unfortunately travel a long way to get to Gahini and in the last few weeks he has struggled to make the journey. Thus the service has been cancelled and the schools have held worship in Kinyarwanda. While we are delighted that they are still able to meet and hear the gospel, we are unable to join them for this and feel that we are spiritually undernourished.

We see the English service as a great opportunity to witness to these young people and we would love to be more involved, yet we don’t know what God has in store for them or us? We would ask you to hold this service in your prayers and to pray for wisdom and clarity over its future.'
I don't wish to be unkind, and again, helping out in a hospital is a great thing, but, the purpose - and it is a Christian Missionary Organization, the primary purpose is to WITNESS to the lost.  What is taking place here, is two people, working in a hospital, who occasionally attend a church that SOMEONE ELSE runs.  The purpose of missionaries is to nourish those they are there to witness to, not to be spiritually nourished oneself, as they state in the article.

In reality, based on the evidence presented, we have two people who are working in a hospital, and happen to be Christian.  Anyone can work in a hospital, Christian, some other religion, agnostic, or even atheist.  Although a good cause, this is not what is Biblically referred to as mission work.

Here are the purposes of other 'Christian Missionaries', from the link;

Frankly, as much as these people are doing good things, anyone can do most of these things, whether they are Christian or not.  Helping people is good, but, the call to missionary work, is not to save and prolong life in the physical bodies of the lost, but primarily, to bring to the lost, eternal life, through Christ.

What it shows, is an engine, an industry indeed, of teachers, educators, rights campaigners, fund managers and so forth, a huge wheel of organization, but at no place does it seem to feed into the grass roots, the Christian, who is putting life on the line, with the main purpose, of evangelizing the sinner.

Case Two

Nazarene Mission International   Link

Nazarene Mission International

Information on the Church of the Nazarene: The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.

From the Website, Nazarene Missions International (NMI).
What is NMI?
Nazarene Missions International (NMI) is the organization for mobilizing the local church in missions in the Church of the Nazarene and the denomination’s representative for missions on the district and in the local church.

What is the purpose of NMI?
The purpose of this organization shall be to mobilize the Church of the Nazarene in missions through 1) praying, 2) giving, 3) educating, 4) engaging children and youth.
Here again, we have a Christian 'mission' organization, who's purpose is to first of all pray (one does not have to be a missionary to be a Christian who prays).  2. To give.  One does not have to be a Christian missionary, or indeed, a Christian, to give.  3. To educate.  Schools and colleges educate, one does not have to be a Christian to educate.  4. Engage Children and youth.  Again, secular organizations can do and do 'engage children and youth'.

Where in the PURPOSE of the NMI (Nazarene Missions International), does it say that their PURPOSE is to preach the Gospel to the lost, so that they too may have eternal life through Christ's sacrifice on the cross?
 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."  Mark 16:15
Again, I am not criticizing good works.  The NMI is for sure doing good works, however, what is Christian about it?  Any secular organization, secular charity, could perform the exact same 4 purposes of the 'Christian' Nazarene Missionary Organization.

There is no priority given, or even a mention, of the evangelizing of the sinner.

A look at a Missionary from the 19th Century, working in Nigeria

Mary Slessor

Mary Slessor 1848-1915

'Mary Mitchell Slessor (2 December 1848 – 13 January 1915) was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, Slessor began teaching and learned Efik, the local language. Because of her understanding of the native language and her bold personality Slessor gained the trust and acceptance of the locals and was able to spread Christianity while promoting women's rights and protecting native children. She is most famous for having stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins among the Ibibio people, an ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria.'  Wiki link.
The purpose of the Christian ladies mission, was to first and foremost, spread Christianity.  Learning the local language assisted in that.  Promoting women's rights, such as helping to stop the practice of infanticide of the mothers twins, is Christian work, and great work, as any Christian should look to do, but it was work as a Christian, with the primary purpose, as the article said, to spread Christianity, that is, to mission the Gospel to the lost in Nigeria.
'She saved hundreds of twins out of the bush, where they had been left either to starve to death or be eaten by animals. She helped heal the sick and stopped the practice of determining guilt by making the suspects drink poison. As a missionary, she went to other tribes, spreading the word of Jesus Christ.' Wiki link

Whilst working as a missionary, she saved the lives of hundreds of twins, who had been left to die.  She helped the sick.  Helped to prevent the drinking of poison.  She did this, whilst - with the primary goal, as stated, 'spreading the word of Jesus Christ'.

Christian missionaries today, are a lot different than the missionary work of the past.  Today, it appears, there is a lot less Bible, and a lot more secular.



















 

12th August 2018

 

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