I received an interesting email a while back from the ANZAC (Andrew Strom's) list. It compared two evangelists ministering in America--one, a well-known televangelist living today, and the other one living in the 18th century.
The current evangelist
Before he agrees to speak at a certain venue he requires,
*A limousine to pick him up at the airport
*Given $1000 in spending money
*Be guaranteed at least $10,000 in offerings
*This televangelist lives in a multi-million dollar mansion
*Wears expensive tailor-made suits
*His writings and speaking engagements have made him millions of dollars
The 18th century evangelist
*He left his home in England with almost nothing to come to a new country that had almost no roads, no decent housing, few hotels and restaurants, poor sanitation and drinking water, few doctors and almost no law enforcement. No penthouse hotel rooms and gourmet food.
* He traveled through dangerous territory where settlers were at war with the Indians nearby. No first class airplane.
*He purchased a horse on which he traveled for 40 years. No limo.
*He made $60 a year, much of which he used to help others and send to his parents back in England to help them. No million dollars a year.
*He wore hand-me-down clothes. No tailor-made suits or Gucci shoes or Roledex watches.
*He set no fee for his ministry. No books to hawk or a set fee for speaking.
*His "hotel" at times was a dirty rat-infested cabin in the woods.
*At times he ahd to travel in the rain and encountered almost impassable roads. These roads were full of dangerous thieves and dangerous animals.
*At times he was racked with pain or illness but he traveled on. He often gave his last medications to those who were in need of them.
*He owned no mansion, no land and no bank account.
*He was a Methodist circuit rider evangelist, who when he first came to America, found few Methodists. At the end of his ministry there were over 200,000 Methodists and 8,000 ministers.
Among his converts were state governors, the poor, attorneys, physicians, housewives, Indians, merchants, and so forth.
I wonder how many souls the current televangelist has saved?
Steve Went Looking for Grace
2 days ago