You Don't Have to Preach Overseas to Go to Heaven
You Don’t Have to Preach Overseas to Go to Heaven
Recently I came across this statement while doing some reading. This is fairly common “encouragement” given to those who are planning to do mission work.
This statement provokes in my mind two prevailing thoughts. First, didn’t Jesus say that we were to go into all the world? (See Mt. 28:18-20.) It is true that not everyone (nor every preacher) should preach overseas. However, Christ has commanded us to evangelize the world. Therefore we must obey Him and use the opportunities that He has afforded us. We have no reason to believe that disobedience to the primary mission of the church will be dealt with lightly. If the world is not evangelized in every generation, it seems reasonable that somebody will be held accountable.
Secondly, it may be true that a given person can exclusively preach the Gospel at home and be saved, but one thing is for sure, those who are not afforded the opportunity to hear the Gospel will still be lost (see 2 Thes. 1:8-9). If a decision is made (for whatever reason) not to go to the mission field… precious souls will be adversely effected. It is not just about our salvation. It is also about theirs.
Christianity is not just about what we have to do, but also about what we can do. We need to go the extra mile (see Mt. 5:41). God has blessed us so much. Isn’t it wise stewardship to use those blessings to further His purposes on this earth? The apostle Paul was willing to sacrifice so much to see that He fulfilled the Great Commission of Christ. May we do what we can to support and encourage the preaching of the Gospel inside and outside of the U.S.A.