This will probably be the shortest post I have ever written and many of you may sigh a sigh of relief because you are not particularly fond of long and drawn-out posts.
During my habitual surfing of certain Christian blogs (some of them claim to be Christian but are not), I read of a certain pastor who wrote to another certain pastor that “soul winning” is foolishness. Yes, you heard me correctly. SOUL WINNING IS FOOLISHNESS, he said with unashamed boldness. The person who said this either hates the Gospel of God or is completely ignorant of what the Gospel (Good News) entails.
You be the judge and decide for yourself whether SOUL WINNING is foolishness after you’ve read the following passages from Scripture
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Proverbs 11:30)
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
If soul-winning is foolishness, as the foolish pastor said, then King Solomon, the wisest among men, must have been a fool when he said “he that wins souls is wise.”
God promises a wonderful crown of rejoicing to those who lead souls to Jesus. It is commonly known as the soul winner’s crown, one of five crowns promised to Christians.
People usually say foolish things like this when they place the wrong emphasis on the sovereignty of God and abhor the doctrine that man was made in the image of God, which includes the power of free-will.
When asked why they preach the Gospel Calvinists usually say they do so because God commanded them to do it, despite the fact that they do not know who the elect are. Preaching the Gospel and making disciples in biblical terms is nothing else than winning souls for God. Therefore, what they are in effect saying when they say “soul winning is foolishness” is that the preaching of the Gospel is foolishness. From a Calvinistic perspective, I would say that is true. Calvinists should stop preaching the Gospel because they are making soul winning a foolish enterprise.
I am pretty certain the pastor who said such a foolish thing knows what is written in Jude 1:23. In case he missed it, here’s what it says.
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 1:23)
May God have mercy on those pastors’ pitiful souls.