Ministry Overview: Missions

Back in December, a former U.S. Navy pilot, Michael Cassidy, destroyed an altar to the occultic deity, Baphomet, that sat in the Iowa State House alongside Christmas and Hannukah displays. The damage was so extensive that Baphomet’s sponsor, the Iowa Satanic Temple, determined that it was irreparable. First Amendment and rule of law advocates would probably suggest that objections to the display are best expressed through complaints to state legislators or the governor. Nevertheless, many Christians applauded Cassidy’s decisive action.

The Iowa Satanic Temple insists that its people do not worship Satan but instead use images like the goat-deity Baphomet to mock and ridicule believers. Yet the “Sabbatic Goat” is of no consequence in the larger scheme of things. Christ followers know full well that such idols have only the power people believe them to have. In the end…All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.

Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.

Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing? People who do that will be put to shame; such craftsmen are only human beings. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and shame.
(Isaiah 44:9-11)

This takes place, not with a sledgehammer, but with the “weapons of our warfare” according to Paul:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

God imputes upon his elect the perfect righteousness of Jesus and, as we grow in wisdom and maturity, we discern truth from error, virtue from vice, the reality of the Gospel from the lies of the Enemy. Baphomet has no power here.

This is why spreading the Gospel is so necessary. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8) When the work of our Lord is preached, eyes are opened and minds are made wise to know of his salvation. Souls are made indestructible and immune from the pretensions of Baal, Baphomet or the Triple Goddess of Wicca. How many souls the world over are under the trance of these idols, not to mention money, sex and power? Yet truth transforms those God has appointed to salvation. It dethrones the idols better than Mr. Cassidy could with a thousand sledgehammers. We are the vessels of that truth.

We and those we send.

Still, like all vessels of flesh and bone, we are imperfect. We need the Holy Spirit and we need each other to lean on. Our missionary affiliates are no different. They need more than dollars. They need passionate prayer on their behalf as well as tangible acts of love and generosity. They also need to see us from time to time.

Please consider registering for and attending our 2024 Missions Conference, “An Invitation to God’s Mission.”This year, we will rub elbows with GRC affiliated missionaries with whom we are rarely able to fellowship at the Mid-Week Missionary Gatherings. We will have the opportunity to demonstrate our love and care in groups and as a church. In addition, we will hear from Dr. Timothy Tennent, an expert on missionary work against the backdrop of the world’s non-Christian religions. Our missionaries contend against lies and unbelief – manifest in false religions around the world; militant skepticism on college campuses; and overwhelming bitterness and despair where poverty grinds – on a regular basis. As a local congregation, Grace Redeemer Church has a duty to our Lord by loving our missionaries and learning from them. Register for the Missions Conference today.

John Gregory serves as a member of the Missions Team and as an Elder at GRC.