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.