"Nothing but lost souls…"

LOVE (56-0726) 
Nothing but lost souls, is the only thing that’s got any value in it. Money passes away. Homes decay and go away. Everything in the earth moves away. The only value, lasting value, I’d rather have one soul in glory, that I won to Christ, to know and see that that Light of God circles around that soul, through all eternity, my name to be associated with that, than to have every penny of money in the whole earth, ’cause I’d have to lose–lose it all. But what you send up there, is Eternal. And that’s the reason we’re trying.”

NOTHING but lost souls.”

Not our money, not our homes, or our vehicles.

Not our prestige, not our retirement accounts, or our Social Security.

Not the size of our church, not the number of our faithful members, or the amount of money we spend on our Christmas productions & outreach programs.

Not our knowledge of our pet doctrines, not our ability to memorize Scriptures and quotes, or even our ability to prove others wrong… (all of which is fine & dandy).

But even if we are anointed with gifts of the Spirit, the ability to understand all of the mysteries, the zeal to donate our goods to feed the poor, and the passion to subject our bodies (even to be burned for the Gospel’s sake if need be); our works are nothing without a genuine burden & love for others (I Corinthians 13:1-3).

Not just love & concern for those within the small circle that we feel agree closely enough with us to retain our lofty stamp of approval, but a burden & concern for those outside our walls, and even those who seem to literally hate us, or go so far as to despitefully use us (St. Matthew 5:44).

It’s an easy thing to love those who love us, and agree with us, but Christ loved us when we were unlovable. He loved us before we could even claim to be Christians, and long before we came to the knowledge of the Truth (the Message of the hour). Isn’t He our example? Doesn’t being a Christian mean we are to be Christ-like?

Where were we when He found us? What slime-pit of moral decay did He have to stoop to in order to redeem us from the miry clay? Where do we see that type of love being manifested for others? Where do we see that kind of burden for lost, suffering, sinful humanity?

THE INSIDE MAN (53-1212)

And you give me someone that’s just so tore up about lost souls that they just cry and are–are wanting a revival so bad till they can hardly eat, just simply can’t…
If you’ll read the history of the world and the religious history, you’ll find out it always taken that kind of a spirit to bring a revival.”

WHEN LOVE IS PROJECTED (56-0218B)

Until the burden gets on the Christian Church for lost souls, we’re fighting the air. Let us stop speaking… I believe in gifts and signs and wonders, why, certainly. That goes with the body, but let’s not put that ahead of love and lost souls.”

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 1 (54-0103M)
If I’d say, this morning in this little group of people and I… God say, “Now look, William Branham, I’m going to make you answer for that group of people, what you tell them. Now, do you want them all to shout?”
“Sure, I want them to shout.”
“Do you want them all to speak with tongues?”
“I want every one of them to.”
“Do you want them all to dance in the Spirit?”
“I want every one of them to.”
“All right, well, that’s very good, but what would you rather have them to do?” Uh-huh.

I’d rather have a church that had such a burden on their heart for prayer that they just stayed at this altar and would be here day and night, and everything else; and in their house, was constantly in prayer, and humble, and trying to get people to come to God, and making calls at the hospital, and visiting the sick, and trying to get people to come to church and do right. I’d rather have that than all the other put together; although the other is right, it belongs in the church.”

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