In the 1980s, some changed the historic Baptist definition of repentance. Two of the leaders of this were Jack Hyles and Curtis Hutson. I suspect that it was to justify their idea that bigger is better. Remember, the first question you were likely to be asked at a preachers meeting was, how many did you have Sunday?
I realize that all of us like to be looked up to. I also realize that those who pastor larger churches have more respect from men than those who pastor smaller churches. It ought not be this way. If you take a good look at early Christian history, one of the things that brought about the Catholic Church was larger churches dominating smaller churches.
Many “soul-winning” churches are not growing. One pastor in Colorado said his church won 200 souls to Christ each year. This continued for about 10 years. At the beginning of the 10 years the church was running about 200 on Sunday morning. At the end of the 10 years, the church was running about 200. Don’t you think something is wrong with this picture?
Evangelism is one of the most important functions of the New Testament church. It should be done according to the examples found in the New Testament. In the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments present the wrath of God, not the love of God when calling sinners to salvation. We should do the same.
One of the most important parts of presenting the Gospel to the lost is showing them they are under the wrath of a holy God. If something is not done, they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. This is something that is missing in most Gospel presentations today, and it is the reason so many “professions” don’t seem to stick.