Win The Lost At Any Cost


Neal Pollard

When I was a boy, my parents had several records of acapella singing.  Hearing them played often, and always on Sunday, is a fixture of my childhood.  One of the records was of a quartet, “The Ambassadors” from Texas.  On one of their albums was a chilling, challenging song entitled, “Win The Lost At Any Cost.”  In looking for an audio on the web, (sadly) I could not find an acapella version.  Here are the lyrics from “The Ambassadors”‘ rendition:

As we look all around us, all the fields are white,
Ripened unto harvest, and so quickly comes the night.
Christians must get busy, there is work to do
Here’s an urgent task awaiting you.
Souls are crying, men are dying, won’t you lead them to the cross.
Go and find them, Please help to win them win the lost at any cost.
Go out and win, rescue from sin,
Day’s almost done, low sinks the sun.
Souls are crying, men are dying, win the lost at any cost.

In Denny Petrillo’s excellent, ongoing Wednesday night auditorium class on Hermeneutics, he mentioned that a consequence of the “New Hermeneutic” is that it is killing evangelistic zeal.  It does not know or is not willing to say who is lost.  No longer seeing the Bible as an objective standard with a pattern requiring rational thinking and reasoning to interpret, the New Hermeneutic not only languishes in self-doubt and uncertainty but also destroys the incentive to try and convert those outside of Christ.  Yet, armed with unswerving confidence in the inspiration of scripture, we see outlined there a simple set of truths that must push us to “win the lost at any cost.”  Consider.

(1) All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).
(2) Sin separates one from God (Isa. 59:1-2).
(3) The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus (Rom. 6:23).
(4) Christ died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18).
(5) He put away sin by the offering of Himself (Heb. 9:26).
(6) Justified by His blood, we shall be saved from God’s wrath through Him (Rom. 5:9).
(7) He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation (Heb. 5:9).
(8) He that believes and is baptized shall be saved (Mk. 16:16).
(9) We must repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Ac. 2:38).
(10) The one who endures to the end will be saved (Mt. 10:22).

Think souls!  Do not think that God has changed the rules.  The lost are lost.  We must win them back to Him.

About preacherpollard

preacher, Bear Valley church of Christ, Denver, Colorado
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3 Responses to Win The Lost At Any Cost

  1. Wes McAdams says:

    Excellent thoughts, brother! There is a lot of work to do and too many, even who know better, are sitting on the sidelines! Thanks!

  2. Jason says:

    Too many trust in themselves, not in Christ.

    We use passages like #1, #2, and #3 above, but the lines of sin (in the world we live in today) have been blurred or erased. Many do not see themselves as sinful, but are very much in violation of God’s law. “I’m no worse than the other guy” mentality – even in our congregations. What are we not teaching/preaching when it comes to man’s sin awareness?

    We serve a holy God and cannot stand before Him without Christ. We need to teach/preach more effectively to help people understand God’s holiness and justice, man’s sinfulness, and Christ’s redemptive work – The Gospel.

    Thanks for the post. My prayer is that more men will preach the Gospel, not just a sermon.

  3. Brian DeFord says:

    i just received a 45 rpm record of this song recorded in the 1960s by my father and others whose names I do not know….to hear it, search Youtube for the song title and the name Pete DeFord Win The Lost

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