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The third tempts us to minimize evangelistic preaching and ministry, personally and for those we lead. For example, the number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention (a direct correlation to evangelism for our churches) has fallen by two-thirds over the last twenty years.
The fourth tempts us to give up on our culture, focusing so fully on heaven that we withdraw from engagement with earth. R. C. Sproul was right: “I fear that all too often we blame the world for our failure to engage it when, in reality, we are more comfortable hiding from the world’s hostility. Our fallen culture will do whatever it can to hide our light under a bushel. We dare not invent our own bushels to help them in their goal.”
A WWII veteran receives his high school diploma
We’ll look at biblical responses to these four deceptions tomorrow. For today, let’s decide that knowing and serving Jesus as Lord is worth all it costs and more. Let’s resolve with Paul that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
To this end, we’ll close with an amazing story.
Jack Hetzel fought at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He had been forced to drop out of school in the third grade but got his GED in 1948. However, he never received his high school diploma.
The ninety-nine-year-old veteran is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Big Sandy, a town in East Texas, and has authored eight books. He recently joined Big Sandy High School’s graduation ceremony, where he received his diploma as a result of a resolution adopted by the Texas Senate in his honor.
The pastor told an interviewer: “I know my L