TOUCHING NATIONS FOR CHRIST
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and
ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
I am amazed and perplexed by the scores of ministers, both young and old, who
run all over the world looking for strategies to produce growth in their
churches. Today, many preachers attend seminars, conventions and “think
tanks,” where young ministry professionals use charts and polls to show them
how to build larger churches. Other ministers flock to “revivals,” hoping
to learn new methods of how to have the Holy Ghost fall on their congregations.
Right now, mission societies are sending out more workers than ever before.
Their rallying cry has become, “We have to get more manpower on the mission
field! More qualified men and women are needed to win the nations to Christ.”
Too many of the missionaries being sent are coming home within a few years.
They’ve been beaten down, discouraged, flailed by demonic forces in those
foreign nations. Why? Because their lives didn’t match the gospel they
preached; they never developed a firsthand knowledge of Christ’s lordship or
of the fullness of the Holy Ghost.
Beloved, it takes more than new ideas or strategies to touch nations for
Christ. All our plans are in vain if Jesus isn’t enthroned in every area of
Never in history has there been such a wild rush of demonic spirits bursting
forth from the bowels of hell. Lawlessness is sweeping the earth, with nation
rising up against nation. And it’s all happening because Satan has unleashed
his demonic hordes in a final war against the saints!
Yet God is never caught off guard by anything that happens in our world. He
isn’t surprised by the awful drug plague or the blood-bath of abortion. So,
what is His response in this time of turmoil and depravity? What does He
propose as an antidote to the apostasy and growing demonic power? What will God
do in such a time of ruin?
His answer is the same as it has always been—to bring forth the victory of
Christ in a renewed way. God has always responded by raising up a fresh remnant
of men and women who will be a pure testimony to His saving and sanctifying
power, and the same is true today. His plan is to bring onto this scene of
antichrist activity a body of separated, Christ-filled overcomers—godly men
and women who will live in total submission to His government and lordship!