A Christian Obligation


Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark xvi, 15. & Ezek. xxxiii, 1-11.

By the Master’s final words to His disciples the obligation is laid upon every Christian to be a soul-winner. “Ye shall be my witnesses,” is the risen Lord’s message to all His followers. No one is excused. “Follow me,” said Christ, “and I will make you fishers of men.” And when His face was set toward Calvary, He said to the Father, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

By the mouth of the prophet Ezekiel, God distinctly says that, if we neglect “to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” We are all sent, and if we shrink or excuse ourselves from our great mission we shall come into condemnation.

The un-saved multitudes know that every Christian should be an ambassador for Christ, and when we fail to do our duty we are condemned in their eyes as well as before God. A writer in the Epworth Era says;

A college professor who was noted among his fellow-teachers for his habit of addressing young men upon their personal relations to Christ, was asked by one of his fellow-professors, ‘Do they not resent your appeals as an impertinence?’ He replied: ‘No! Nothing is of such interest to any man as his own soul and its condition. He will never resent words of warning or comfort if they are prompted by genuine feeling.

When I was a young man, I felt as you do. My wife’s cousin, a young fellow not yet of age, lived in our house for six months. My dread of meddling was such that I never asked him to be present at family worship, or spoke to him on the subject of religion. He fell into the company of a wild set, and was rapidly going to the bad. When I reasoned with him I spoke of Christ.

Do you call yourself a Christian?–he asked, assuming an astonished look. I hope so, I replied. But you are not. If you were, He must be your Best Friend. Yet I have lived in your house for six months, and you have never once named His name to me; no, He is nothing to you!

I have never forgotten the rebuke.” —From the book titled ‘The Art Of Soul-Winning’ (Specially Adapted For Personal Workers.) By Dr. John Wilmot Mahood; 1901.


  • “There cannot be a secret Christian.”—Rev. William J. Reid. ◊ Your Religious Experience–Is It A Secret?
  • “If the Son of God pulls you out of the pit of darkness and puts a new song into your mouth, don’t you hold your peace. He said to the men; “Go home, and tell your friends what great things the Lord has done for you.”–The Beautiful Tree of Life; Edited by E. E. Comstock; 1892.
  • “Make it evident that you are a child of God, and not a mere professor of religion.”–The Religious Tract Society; 1866.
  • “Whenever I met a man who needed a friend, my business was to lead him to Jesus Christ. I think that’s the biggest job God ever gave a man to do, to stand between a God who can save, and a sinner who needs saving. I would rather have it, though, than any other job you could give me.”–Mel Trotter; 1870-1940. ¹
  • “Tell me of Jesus–is the cry of the world in sin, to the world of redemption.”–Mershon.
  • “This is no time for Christians to be passive.”—Dr. Robert Jeffress.
  • “You have been saved out of the world and then sent back into the world to witness to the world, and that’s the only business you have in the world, till you’re taken out of the world!’—Pastor Adrian Rogers 1931-2005.
  • Let everyone of us try to get one soul.”—D.L. Moody. According to these statistics there are 2.3 Billion Christians in the world—If every Christian would embrace D.L. Moody’s suggestion today—there would be much rejoicing in heaven! “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.”—Luke 15: 10
  • “If one really has received Christ he cannot keep it to himself.”—Rev. Reuben Archer Torrey; 1906.
  • “Jesus is coming soon—Look busy!”—Hal Lindsey.
  • You do not know how to persuade sinners to be reconciled to God?!! —Then you should learn.”—Rev. John Howard Hinton; MA., 1865.

How would YOU answer this question?