Are You Called to Share the Gospel?

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, replied to those who said that they were not called by God by saying, ” ‘Not called,’ did you say?  ‘Not heard the call,’ I think  you should say.”  He continued:

Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull poor sinners out of the fir of sin.  Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitying wail for help.  Go and stand by the gates of Hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house, and bid their brothers, and sisters, and servants, and masters not to come there.  And then look the Christ in the face, whose mercy you profess to have got, and whose words you have promised to obey, and tell Him whether you will join us heart and soul and body and circumstance in the march to publish his mercy to all the world.

William Booth, The General’s Letters, 1885 (London: Salvation Army, 1890), 4-5.

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