Without Shame

Romans 1:14-17 (16)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Dwight L. Moody the great evangelist, was never an ordained minister. He was never a pastor. He was a born again shoe salesman who got so excited about the saving grace of God that he never got over it.  He was a big, obese man with a full beard. He was an uneducated, uncouth man. He murdered the Queen’s English. His vocabulary was poor and his spelling was imaginative.    

A critic once remonstrated with him saying, \”You make too many mistakes in grammar.\” said he.   Moody responded, \”I\’m doing the best I can with what I\’ve got. Friend, you\’ve got grammar enough — what are you doing with it for the Master?

In 1870 Moody preached to a huge crowd of educated, sophisticated English people in London.  As he began to preach he said, “Don’t never think that God don’t love you, for he do!”  Later a sophisticated, dignified English woman came up to Dwight and said, “Mr. Moody, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!”   He hung his head, and responded  “Ma’am, you’re right. I am ashamed of myself, but I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Without shame this man “shook” two continents for Jesus Christ.  Half a million people came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior as a result of his ministry.

We may be ashamed of the way we act sometimes, but we must never be ashamed of the gospel. 

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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