#10 For Christians, Jesus Must be Lord as Well as Savior

IN THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER, I emphasized that Christians need to be careful when they call Jesus “Lord,” but this chapter emphasizes what seems to be just the opposite: Christians must be careful to call Jesus “Lord” and to mean it. In other words, if people are to be true Christians, Jesus must be their Lord as well as their Savior.

[The entire chapter can be accessed by clicking this link.]

 

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3 thoughts on “#10 For Christians, Jesus Must be Lord as Well as Savior

  1. Truett Baker, whom I first met in the 1960s as the pastor of my home church (the First Baptist Church of Grant City, Missouri), sent the following comments by email:

    “Your mention of George Whitefield sparked some special interest of mine. Whitefield was one of my favorite BECAUSE of his interest in children. You mention him in the context of those evangelists whose narrow focus was on saving souls. His preaching was just that but it didn’t match his private life. Let me quote you a paragraph from my book, ‘Welcoming the Children,’ which is the history of Arizona Baptist Children’s Services, where I was president for fifteen years.

    “‘From 1619 to 1620, the Virginia Company of London recruited children from the almshouses and among the poor of London to increase the settlement population in the New World. A hundred children over the age of twelve were shipped the first year. Many died during the long and difficult trip. . . . The English New Light evangelist, George Whitefield, came to America on a ship carrying such children. He was burdened as he thought of what would happen to them in the New World. With the help and encouragement of Benjamin Franklin, he started the first Protestant orphanage in American in Savanah, Georgia, in 1740. He named it Bethesda, “House of Mercy.” Whitefield lit the fires of the Great Awakening in the American colonies. He also stirred the hearts of the colonists for helping needy children. After each service he would take up a freewill offering for ‘his” children at Bethesda’ (page 5).

    “He reminds me a little of my father. Dad was strictly a ‘come to Jesus’ preacher and evangelist and was very opposed to the ‘Social Gospel.’ I found it interesting that I found the book ‘The Social Gospel’ by Walter Rauschenbusch in his library after he died. Dad never preached about social action (except against alcohol). However, when he was Superintendent of City Missions in Ft. Worth, he held services in their downtown mission. I would stand outside the door and hand out tracts and invite people in. From time to time, an alcoholic or prostitute would be saved and Dad would bring that person to our home for the night. He would feed them, find clothing, and find resources for them the next day. Our guest would always take my bed and I would sleep on the couch. Mom didn’t take to Dad’s social action very well. The next day she would clean the room, air out the mattress, etc.

    “How similar the two preachers were in their preaching and social action!”

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    1. Truett, thanks so much for your comments about George Whitefield. This was a very helpful addition to what I wrote about Whitefield.

      One of the big differences between the 18th- and 19th-century revivalists such Whitefield and Finney and most 20th-century revivalists was their work for social causes (“social justice”) as well as mass evangelism. Of course, there were some, such as your father, who were engaged in both in the 20th century, and I much appreciate your sharing about his activities.

      [Others of you who read this will perhaps be interested to know that Rev. W.D. Baker, Truett’s father, was the minister who performed my parents’ wedding ceremony in 1935.]

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