It was … even harder to understand how God, knowing that everyone is in need of a Savior, would not enable everyone to accept the offer of new life in Christ.
Thomas Helwys, a 17th century Baptist, declared: “The King is a mortal man, and not God” and “therefore hath no power over [the] immortal souls of his subjects.”
There is the blemish in every life, a shortcoming, a lack, a need, sin. And this is the Savior. He saves us from death, sin, the penalty and judgment of our dereliction, shortcoming, error, and mistake. Jesus saves us from our transgression and iniquity. Jesus saves us from death and He saves us to eternal life.
If a church makes it into somebody’s bogus “Fastest Growing Church” list, then the growth frenzy continues with the sheep flocking to check out what innovation has been initiated to reach the masses for Christ.
The main verb and actual command of the Great Commission is “make disciples,” but the proximity of “go,” “baptizing” and “teaching” provides them all with imperatival force.