"The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time" -- Carl F. H. Henry, theologian
The Good News. That's what we believers often call the Gospel. Indeed, the Gospel story is extraordinarily good news. However, what Carl Henry, founding editor of Christianity Today, questioned is whether the Gospel can genuinely be called "good news" for those who pass into Eternity without hearing it proclaimed or announced or explained.
More than seven billion people live on earth today. Joshua Project researchers say that almost three billion of them have never heard anything about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, at the moment, have virtually no way of hearing the Gospel. Phil Bogosian calculated how many people in unreached people groups die each day not having heard about Jesus Christ. Then Bogosian asked: "What would we do about it if the 66,000 who die every day in unreached people groups were individuals trapped in a well?"
The answer to that question is obvious. When a child is missing or someone has fallen into a well, every resource that can be found is immediately mobilized. Time is of the essence. People stay glued to news media for updates. Isn't there some relevance in that scenario to how the Church should be mobilizing for world evangelism? Shouldn't there be the same anxiousness and urgent insistence among Christians about getting out the Good News?
Researchers say there are about 5,000 unreached people groups on earth. It has been said that the Church today possesses the resources and manpower necessary to start church planting movements within every one of those unreached people groups. Why don't we mobilize those resources and do it? Let's get the Good News to everyone on time!
-- Howard Culbertson
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