Wealth, pride and betting on the wrong horse

Louisville, Kentucky Derby

How do you share the Gospel with people who put their hope in status, riches and pleasure? (Matthew 19:16-26)
If you want to understand the mindset of the wealthy, you need to go where they are with what they need. What they think they need is blessings that look like success.

Today we are talking about sharing the Gospel in a place you might not realize is all that dark: The Kentucky Derby. Being in the Bible Belt, you’d think this event is pretty classy. But try bringing the light of Christ into this realm, and you quickly realize how far the world has fallen. How do we know? Because our guest today just came back from the Derby, and is here to tell us what happened on his most recent evangelistic outreach. Heath Pucell is the founder of the Burnbrothers Ministry,  an organization that trains Christians on how to overcome their fear and share their faith.

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4 Responses to Wealth, pride and betting on the wrong horse

  1. Amy Spreeman says:

    We asked this question today: The "wrath of God" is not a very seeker-friendly message, and many feel that hearing about what we are saved FROM is too condemning. What are your thoughts?


  2. Rose says:

    I haven't had a chance to listen to this episode yet, but will download it today and listen soon.

    In answer to your question though, I can't see any better way to share the gospel than just to share it just like the Apostles did back in Acts. They didn't beat around the bush at all or try to cater to people's flesh. Though they did try to relate to them where they were at (ex. Paul at Mars Hill), yet they did so without compromising the message. We have to help people see that they are not good…that they are sinners who are bound for the wrath of God if they ignore so great a salvation as the one God has provided for us in His Son. Anything short of that and the gospel just gets watered down and becomes all about cleaning up the outside with no real change on the inside. It will not be a popular message…it never can be.

    In order for a person to get truly saved, he first has to realize what a wretched sinner he is. But most people think they are good and won't like anyone telling them they are not. It is offensive. But, unless they 'get it' about how evil they are, they can never appreciate what Jesus did to save them.


    • Marie says:

      Yes Rose,

      And when a person still tells a saved believer they still sin, then watch out, because they will trample you with their "sins" listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and say "But I don't do anything wrong!" I have been abused brutally by such a church system and am being healed through our LORD Jesus Christ.

      I believe unbelievers are more open to being told they are sinners than the religious people sitting in church pews thinking "Oh how great am I sitting here compared to so and so." Jesus did confront the religious folk of His day and they plotted to kill Him…..I dare say, the religious right would do the very same today.

      May God, our Father have mercy and grace upon our sins through our LORD Jesus Christ. Yes, our sins are infinite.


      • Rose says:

        And that is why we also need to preach the gospel to ourselves every single day. We are saved, but still sinners and will be until we die.


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