Beloved in Christ,
On this 13th anniversary thanksgiving service of TGCM, we must rejoice and glorify the Lord! However, our joy ought to be in the Lord and His truth.
The apostle John wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4). This is the ultimate goal of every Gospel ministry and minister. TGCM’s goal was never merely to change some bad habits of those who were in addiction; but to lead sinners from the falsehood and errors of sin to Christ and His truth. Again, the ultimate aim of our ministry is not just to make people hear the truth of Christ, but that those who hear it would live by it.
Hence, the greatest sadness of the church and her ministers is that those who have been with us, and heard and understood the truth of Christ, still indifferently walk away from the truth. Surely, nothing hurts us and causes our hearts to grieve more than the abandonment of truth by some. After all the love and care we have shown, when some choose to turn away from Christ and His Scriptural truths, our hearts grieve. Oh, if only they would take heed to the admonition: “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17)!
Some of those who had chosen not to walk in His truth were misled by those who persuaded them with unbiblical counsel, promises of material things, and carnal joys. In these days, many who claim to be Christians not only walk in worldliness, but also seduce other believers to leave the path of truth and righteousness. Even in a ministry like that of TGCM, much vigilance is needed to keep away those who call themselves Christians, but in reality are charlatans and seducers!
We praise God for all whom He has saved and preserved till this day to be His good and faithful witnesses! May we continue to pray that the Lord will cause such to be a reason for the joy of His people. Let it be your prayer also – “Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name” (Psalm 86:11).