“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” Heb. 10:25
Unless there is a healthy church where new converts go to, be accountable, learn the word of God, and grow in God’s grace, no matter how many times they accept the invitation to receive Jesus as their personal savior the chance of getting back to their old lifestyle is high.
Evangelists are not only responsible for preaching the gospel to unbelievers, they are also responsible to make sure that new converts go to a healthy church.
The problem nowadays is that people are thinking of churches as religion centers. They do not believe that God has a program to nurture, discipline, and grow disciples in the church. The abuse in many churches together with online platforms making church program accessible to people in their homes have made many people to stay away from going to church. For this reason, some people try to focus on winning the lost and they get many converts, but the converts do not become rooted in the faith because there is not much effort being done to assign the converts to a healthy church.
We need to understand that discipleship is as much important as winning souls. In fact, it is much more important than winning souls because the main reason we win souls is to make them disciples and that’s what takes much effort. It’s not right to just leave the responsibility to a baby Christian and to God and never feel responsible of taking care of them. Evangelizing to a lost person and not discipling them is like giving a homeless person money and thinking that it will solve his problems. The reason God made churches is so that people would be discipled. If someone gives birth to a baby and the next day leaves the baby to take care of Himself would we not say that person is crazy? Sadly, that’s what’s happening nowadays among Christians. If winning souls is our only goal and we make no provision to see that these souls go to a healthy church, we have not evangelized at all! What we have done is much worse. It would have been better if we had not evangelized because we are leading the new convert to a dangerous road of destruction and the person may backslide or join false church and we may never get the chance of getting that person back.
It’s a shame to see people talk so much about Christ and evangelism then when it comes to going to church they begin to find all excuse to run away from it. In America alone, Muslims are growing and buying churches that are dying and turning them to mosques. A country that calls itself a Christian nation is slowly being taken over by secularism and Islam all because Christians don’t want anything to do with churches. We need to know that if there is anyone that makes Christianity not grow it’s ourselves. Where there is no church, there is no discipleship, and where there is no discipleship we should not even think of a Christian nation. Just because few people write all over Facebook about Jesus does not make a nation a Christian nation. No one can become a disciple on Facebook. It takes accountability and real fellowship to become a true disciple! Jesus did not find his disciples on facebook. He went to where they were and looked for them and he trained them for three and half years one to one.
Evangelism and church building have never been separate in the Bible. Where there was evangelism there was always church planting because the apostles understood that no matter how many miracles the converts saw they need to be planted in a church to grow in the knowledge of Christ to become a real disciple. When people make themselves their own authority and despise the authority Christ gave to the leaders of the church then no one can grow! If we want to revival and to see people converted for real, then we need to acknowledge the importance of church membership according to the word of God. There is no true revival without church membership! All these people claiming to have a revival going from church to church looking for miracles is not a revival, but a disaster. There is no way a small baby can grow without being taken care of by an adult. Sadly, what’s happening nowadays is people are asking to give babies freedom to take care of themselves. With what we are hearing today, I don’t find it surprising if we see new converts trying to become a pastor the next day. Trying to skip church to grow spiritually is not possible. It’s called unhealthy growth and that’s a disaster.
The body of Christ is one body and evangelists, pastors, apostles, prophets, and teachers must work together to see the kingdom of God expanding. Otherwise, if we divide we will lose many souls and the end may be much worse than the beginning. Therefore, we need to evangelize and bring converts to a healthy church to meet together and worship the Lord so that there will be true spiritual growth.