What the Christian faith has to say is beyond all philosophy; it rests upon another presupposition, which no philosophy understands, the acknowledgment of which no man can require. This presupposition states clearly: God speaks in his Word. That the Holy Scriptures are not merely a collection of documents from the history of religions, rather that the living God speaks in them; that God in Jesus Christ speaks his word of redemption; that Jesus Christ is the Word of God become man. These are the propositions, which have no place in philosophy, propositions which are not accessible to reason and whose acknowledgement therefore cannot be demanded of anyone. (Hermann Sasse)
We have been talking about the handwringing and navel gazing that goes on in the mission field and in the study of missions that is called “missiology”. Part of the problem I believe is that sometimes we forget that the “Holy Spirit is the one that calls and gathers and enlightens and sanctifies.” We witness to Christ in words and deeds and the Holy “gifts people with the acknowledgement that Jesus is Lord.
1 Corinthians 2You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.