Introduction to “The Missing Link”

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Introduction

Chris Brown, in his newest book, The Missing Link, has once again hit the proverbial nail on its proverbial head; not once, but enough to drive it deep into the boards of complacency and doctrinal purity. It is for this that I commend him and encourage the reader to jump in the deep end with Chris, rather than lingering in the shallow waters of doctrinal perversions or dangling your feet in a muddy puddle of mere appearance of Christianity.

His concerns in this writing clearly reveal his heart as a pastor, a shepherd trying to lead a flock past the rapids and to the edge of the still waters where they can drink without harm.  Chris, as many leaders today, is concerned with the “easy believe-ism” that is being taught in many churches; a type of 1-2-3 salvation that has corrupted the value of understanding who Christ is, what He did on the cross and why He did it. For decades we have chased after numbers rather than after souls, and in our quest to be bigger and better some have even bragged that they can “win a soul in under thirty seconds”. We have raced to have the largest churches, the fastest growing churches, etc. at the expense of watering down the message that Christ gave his life for. This is not to say that we have to work for our salvation for truly, the Son of God did all the work that was required; this is rather an exposition and reminder of the Biblical doctrine that “faith without works is dead”. (James 2:20, 26)

As a missionary for nearly thirty years, ministering in hundreds of cultures in more than fifty countries, I am well aware that some have more of a biblical foundation in their culture than others do. In America we can assume the person at least knows who Jesus is while in other lands they may have never even heard His name.  Even church-going, non-Christians in the West understand the reality that in Christ, God became man; but in most of the world, such a concept has never been heard, much less spoken or comprehended. For today and even in past cultures like the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Babylonians, and even with today’s Mormon Church doctrine; man became a god. Thus to try to “win a convert” at warp speed is futile. One may convince a man to say a prayer and raise his hand while we snap a picture, after all, most religions, even animism, speak of a hell and no one wants to go there; but with such a shallow witness, how does a heathen even know to whom he is praying. They are merely adding Jesus to the pantheon of gods they already worship rather than accepting him as the only God, virgin born, sinless, God with us. That is why around the world and yes, even in America, we have churches that report thousands being saved while only dozens are baptized and fewer than that become productive church members.

Often teachers will attack this message as proof that we must earn our salvation. Chris on the other hand approaches it from its true biblical basis, that the evidence of faith is works. If works are absent, non-existent, or even tend to be the opposite of what scripture describes as the “fruit of the spirit” (Galatians 5:9, 22-23) and “work of repentance” (Acts 26:20; I Corinthians 7:10; Hebrews 6:1), then there is obviously no faith present, but merely the allusion of faith.

This book does not attack the reader but leads them gently to explore the doctrine of salvation and to ask if there is “fruit” in their life that demonstrates that the seed of the gospel has taken root and produced fruit, rather than laying for a time and being chocked by weeds, washed away or consumed by the birds. It is a needed reminder that salvation; conceived by God, completed by Christ, offered by the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift that God gives to sinful, undeserving man. It should not be played with as a toy but cherished, reverenced and handled with doctrinal soundness, as we proclaim it to the entire world.

 

Jon Nelms

Founder/President

Final Frontiers Foundation

 

 

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