Missionary Challenge Answered
I recently issued a challenge to missionary advocates. The challenge can be seen here. What is sad, yet not unexpected, is that I received no answers on the post. None. Must be difficult to support and affirm from God’s Word. Yeah.
However, there was at least one response, and by no means insignificant, even if it came on Facebook.
The response, and following quote comes from a well known missionary. Can you spot anything erroneous with this? I’ll give you his statement now, I will, Lord willing, respond later.
“If the Bible uses the word missionary zero times, how could someone show where the Bible makes a distinction between a disciple of Jesus and a missionary? Correct me if I’m wrong, but your issue here, as you’re implying in your challenge, is that all Christians are to be missionaries? Yet, you’re failing to really understand how illogical you’re making this point. When Joel Taylor uses the word "missionary" you may be referring to a man-made concept. However, there are numerous others, myself included, who use the word in a right way to refer to a very biblical calling. Is it wrong to use this word? If you say "yes" then you would forbid anyone from using words not in the Bible to refer to biblical concepts. This would rule out the use of the word ‘Trinity’, et al. that refer to these biblical concepts. So here’s the biblical concepts that most people who are familiar with their Bible refer to when using the general word "missionary":
"11and He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ".
“Missionaries are simply men who fulfill these roles of the church, while simultaneously saying with Paul,
"20And thus I aspired to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21but as it is written, "They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard shall understand."