The Greatness of the Great Commission:

The Christian Enterprise in a Fallen World

by Kenneth Gentry

"Save Souls, Not Cultures? This has been the motto of twentieth-century evangelism. Having encountered heavy resistance to the prophets' message of comprehensive revival and restoration in history, modern evangelical Christianity has abandoned the prophets. Unlike Jonah, who grew weary of life in the belly of a whale, modern evangelicalism has not only grown accustomed to the Church's cultural irrelevance today, it has actually proclaimed this pathetic condition as God's plan for the "Church Age." But is it? Not according to Jesus' instructions to His Church: the discipling (putting under God's discipline) of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20).

Paul makes it clear that the progressive expansion of Jesus' kingdom in history will continue until all things are under His dominion, on earth, before He returns physically to judge the world (I Corinthians 15:25-26). This was David's message, too (Psalm 110:1-2).

This book presents a biblical case for God's salvation and restoration in history. Sin is comprehensive; God's healing grace is no less comprehensive. Wherever sin reigns today, there God speaks to sinful man and offers a way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13). To argue that the Great Commission does not include every aspect of today's cultures — all of Satan's kingdom — is to argue that there is no way of escape in many areas of life.

The war between God's kingdom (civilization) on earth and Satan's kingdom (civilization) on earth is total, encompassing every aspect of life. The Great Commission calls the Church (in this "Church Age") to make a full-scale attack on modern humanist civilization, but always in terms of a positive message and practical program: a better way of life in every area of life. This is the greatness of the Great Commission. It must not be narrowed to exclude culture from God's special grace.

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