Because I Am An Evangelist

  • Ephesians 4:11 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
  • Titus 2:11-12 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
  • Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”

Previously in the “Why I Stand” series in “Because of Grace”, we noticed that I stand against sin for truth because of grace. From Titus 2:11 (text), we learn that the Person/Spirit of Grace (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29) teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.

I am an evangelist. Evangelist means “preacher of the gospel.” The diamond of the gospel has many fascinating facets that the evangelist is responsible to preach. One of those facets of the gospel is “the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24) From Titus 2:11-12 we learn that “the gospel of the grace of God” not only brings salvation (vs. 11) but also teaches us (vs. 12) to deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts”; “live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”; and also to look “for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (vs. 13) I stand against sin for truth because I am an evangelist. It is my job. As a “preacher of the gospel” which includes “the gospel of the grace of God,” I must preach all that Grace teaches including “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.”

As the modern backslidden “church” began phasing out Christ’s gift of the evangelist (Eph. 4:11), contemporary evangelists were pressured to change their message. They’ve turned the Gospel of Grace into “lasciviousness” (Jude 4) and told “fables” that itched the ears of the (II Tim. 4:3-4) crowds, pastors, and churches. Leaders and laity as a whole have attacked evangelists who obediently follow Grace’s teaching of “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.” However, some, like this evangelist, withstand the attacks and continue calling out specific sins by name no matter what it costs us. Why? Because that is part of the gospel that Christ commanded the evangelist to preach.

Whether churches and pastors obey God and use godly evangelists or not, the evangelist is still Christ’s gift to Christ’s church to preach Christ’s gospel. You cannot replace Christ’s perfect plan of the evangelist by bringing in lay preachers and outside pastors just so you can hear “safe”, “lovey-dovey” messages that don’t truly challenge and truly revive your church. Continue to listen to and preach only the same few messages you are still willing to accept as “good” and “positive”, and Christ’s church will continue to go the hellish, destructive, filthy way of the world that it presently is. Christ “hath done all things well” (Mk. 7:37), and Christ demands His church (not ours) use His gift of the evangelist. We have had great revivals of the past when Christ’s church used Christ’s gift of the evangelist to preach strongly and specifically against “ungodliness and worldly lusts.” Why have we removed the landmarks of our Christian fathers? (Pro. 22:28; 23:10) Christ is waiting for His church to return to His perfect plan again of using grace-filled, grace-teaching evangelists before it is too late.