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You’ve Committed At Least Seven Sins…

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You’ve Committed At Least Seven Sins When You Fail To Win Souls

I inherited the library of my father Carl Ballestero and many books from my father-in-law, William R. Starr. I purchased several thousand on my own, bringing the total to well over 7,000.

Books are very special to me. I miss them now that my life is completely mobile and I have given them all away. But I still have in my memory some books that even the very titles nag at me after nearly 50 years.

I had most, if not all of John R. Rice’s books. He was an Independent Baptist that didn’t water his sermons down much. Like him or not, he had guts. As a matter of fact, some of his sermons may make a few Pentecostals uncomfortable today.

It’s hard to recall everything word for word, but he wrote one about the importance of soul winning that impacted me as a teenage preacher. Here is my condensed version from memory with apologies to the author.

Sevenfold Sin of Not Winning Souls

I. Sin of Disobedience to Christ’s Command

  • Matt. 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

2. The Sin of Lack of Love for Christ

  • John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

3. The Sin of Not Following Jesus

  • Matt. 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

4. The Sin of Not Abiding in Christ

  • John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
  • John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

5. The Sin Of Being A Slothful Servant

  • Matt. 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
  • Matt. 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
  • Matt. 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
  • Matt. 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
  • Matt. 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
  • Matt. 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
  • Matt. 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

6. The Sin of a Being A Fool

  • Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
  • Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

7. The Sin of Spiritual Manslaughter

  • Ezek. 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
  • Ezek. 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
  • Ezek. 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

(And then he closed with a statement like this…)

May God convict us of our sin in not winning the souls who are dying all around us!

**(This writer feels that we may not be able to win all those we witness to, but we sure ought to try!)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 2, 2010 at 4:36 am

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  1. Once again Elder…bullseye! Jesus was not yet 13 years old and he understood, “…I must be about my Father’s business…” It is my belief that the doctrine of soul winning is just as important as any doctrine of the bible. The new birth, tithes, submission…you name it. It is the vocation wherein we have been called. “Ye shall be witnesses unto me…” were our faithful Lord’s words. While I don’t believe its our responsibility to clean them up…it is our responsibility to cast our bread upon the water and do everything we can to get em in the boat for the Pastor and the Holy Ghost to commence in the cleaning process. Here is a quote from your father during his message Handwriting on the wall, “I don’t want the Lord to look at me in that day and say, you didn’t love souls!” God bless you Elder.

    Larry Billings

    March 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

  2. Bro.Ballestero

    Thank you for your insite on soul winning. I just bought two books on soul winning from Dr. John R.Rice.
    got them from amazon. great books. Love to learn and apply what I learn.

    Bro Rivera

    March 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  3. I think people focus on getting their own life straightened out and get comfortable and then they leave soul-winning to ministers, but that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. Our church had a prayer meeting and we prayed for the lost and that God would send workers into the field (which includes us). I’m thankful our church is really making an effort to show the importance of reaching the lost. It’s really important that churches teach people and show them how to get involved and have some sort of soul-winning event and lead people into leading others to salvation.


    March 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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