Minutes later I got up to preach on going to all nations with the gospel. When I finished, I walked down to the front while the pastor got up to close the service. These were his words: “Brother David, we are so excited about all that God is doing in New Orleans and in all nations, and we are excited that you are serving there.” He continued, “And, brother, we promise that we will continue to send you a check so we don’t have to go there ourselves.”
He wasn’t finished.
“I remember a time at my last congregation when a missionary from Japan came to speak,” he said. “I told that church that if they didn’t give financial support to this missionary, I was going to pray that God would send their kids to Japan to serve with that missionary.”
Did the pastor just threaten his congregation with the punishment of going to the world?
He continued, “And my church gave that man a laptop and a whole lot of money.”
Apparently the threat worked.
–Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt