“Calvinism kills missions!” many say. After all, if God has already chosen some to save before the foundation of the world, while leaving others to be damned, then why should we bother preaching the gospel to the nations? The elect are going to be saved and none of the rest will be. But when we pause to take a closer look at Calvinism, we find that it does not kill missions—it is actually fuel for missions! Let us consider the well-known five points of Calvinism to see how they relate to missions.
Total Depravity—The Need for Missions
As Calvinists, we believe that “through Adam sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Rom. 5:12). So all of humanity is born as sinners; we are all born in rebellion against God. No one is righteous, no one understands, no one seeks after God (Rom. 3:10-11). We are totally depraved by nature, which does not mean that we are as thoroughly wicked as possible, but that our sinfulness affects all areas of life. No aspect of our lives is free from the corruption of sin.
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from Charisma Magazine
Persecution has kept Africa’s church strong. I have interviewed Nigerian Christians whose hands and arms were sliced off by knife-wielding Islamic terrorists. I also know African pastors who have been directly opposed by witchdoctors with occult powers. Christians in Africa today are perhaps better equipped to address the reality of Christ’s power in a world that hates the truth of the gospel. They are my heroes, and I intend to learn as much as possible from them.
“Paul said it like this: “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
Don’t most of us do the opposite? We busy ourselves with “civilian pursuits” and occasionally jump into the battle when we feel compelled. Kingdom service is something we visit on a mission trip, day of service, or prayer meeting. Being entangled in the civilian lifestyle has become the accepted norm. It is even applauded so long as we can point to some occasional Kingdom activity. But doesn’t Scripture tell us to live differently? And wouldn’t your life be more “abundant” if you could figure out a way to be on the battlefield every day?
You may be looking at your life and assuming you have no options. Isn’t a person with bills, family, and responsibilities destined to be “entangled in civilian pursuits”?
Absolutely not. You and I were made for more.”
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Special Podcast Version including a Bonus Segment!
Mike finally opens the mailbag to read and answer emails from listeners, on subjects such as John MacArthur and “Lordship Salvation”, Rob Bell and Hell, and Roman Catholicism. Plus, special guest Donna Reine talks about her missions work in Canada and India.
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This short video was taken by Dr. Dan Edney during his second trip to Haiti. It is a short film but shares some sad images of the conditions there.
“I am convinced we have not only forgotten what it is like to be lost, but we act as if lostness does not exist, there is really no hell, and many times conduct ourselves as Universalists,” he said, as he reaffirmed Christ as the only way to salvation.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, chairman of the SBC Great Commission Resurgence Task Force
Mike shares an interview he did with Roger Basick with Life 93.1 FM radio in Cork, Ireland.
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Anyone who knows me or is familiar with my work knows that I have always had a special place in my heart for Ireland. Through our entire ministry we have long been a supporter of Ireland and the Irish people. A great deal this stems from my Celtic heritage as I recall the many stories told me by my grandparents of my ancestors and their wonderful Irish love for life.
Now comes an opportunity for me to travel to the Emerald Isle for a unique and providential missions effort. Life 93.1 FM radio is the very first licensed evangelical Christian radio station in the Republic of Ireland and they have honored me by asking that I, and others, come to Ireland and help them.
Life 93.1 is based in Cork City in the southwest part of Ireland and reaching thousands of people in the region with the ministry of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Roger Basick, a missionary appointee with HCJB Global, has invited me to come to offer my skills in the areas of creative audio services to help Life FM with production work including:
· Seed/Need Him type spots (recorded with Irish voices)
· Bumper music
· Program Intros
· Program promo spots
Ireland is prospering in so many ways and today is the day for ministries such as Life FM to be an influence to the Irish people for the cause of Christ.
I sense the leading of the Lord to make the trip and I am sharing this with you in hopes that you will help me financially and prayerfully. The cost of the trip will be approximately $2000.00 and I need to raise this as quickly as possible. Would you consider giving to help me go to Ireland? Your gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated.
I anticipate leaving for Ireland during the first week of April and will be there for about 1 week. I will of course be providing email updates of my journey as well as producing episodes of The Mike Corley Program from Ireland as well.
Gifts are being accepted through my home church Westminster Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg, Mississippi as a short term missions project and your gifts will be tax deductible.
Please make your checks out to Westminster Presbyterian Church, note it for the Mike Corley Missions trip and mail it to:
Grace Media International
PO Box 1365
Athens, TX 75751
If you would like to make a gift online you may do so through PayPal by clicking on the button here.
If you have any questions or need more information, you may reach me at 1.888.253.9254
Thank you in advance for helping me to make this important trip, and please pray for me, my family and for the ministry of Life 93.1 FM Radio as it reaches the people Ireland with the Gospel.
Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory,