The following is from Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (1990). Tragedy in the church : The missing gifts (96–97). Camp Hill, PA.: WingSpread.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ lays hold on us with all the authority of sovereign obligation. It says that the Christian Church is to go and make disciples—to go and make disciples of all nations. The moral obligation of the resurrection of Christ is the missionary obligation—the responsibility and privilege of personally carrying the message, of interceding for those who go, of being involved financially in the cause of world evangelization.

Many times I have asked myself how professing Christians can relegate the great missionary imperative of our Lord to the sidelines of their church’s activity. I cannot follow the reasoning of those who teach that the missionary commission given by Jesus Christ does not belong to the church but will be carried out during the days of “great tribulation” emphasized in Bible prophecy.

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