If we know anything about D. L. Moody, it’s that he was one of the greatest evangelists and preachers of the modern era. He could weave truth and love in such a powerful way that sinners were compelled to devote themselves to following Jesus forever.
His preaching could even motivate believers to obey the Great Commission.
From the vantage point of history, Moody never seemed interested in making “converts” for Christ; he was only concerned with making disciples – those that would then go and disciple others. Of course, this is much more difficult than just asking sinners to “Admit, Believe, and Confess.” So Moody used all of his preaching ability and imagination to stir within the hearts of his hearers the desire to go and rescue sinners from sin.
In one sermon, Moody claimed:
“I can imagine that when Christ said to the little band around Him, ‘Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel,’” Peter said, “‘Lord, do You really mean that we are to go back to Jerusalem and preach the Gospel to those men that murdered You?’”
“Yes,” said Christ, “go and hunt up that man that spat in My face; tell him that he may have a seat in My Kingdom yet. Yes, Peter, go find that man that made that cruel crown of thorns and placed it on My brow, and tell him I will have a crown ready for him when he comes into My Kingdom, and there will be no thorns in it. Hunt up that man that took a reed and brought it down over the cruel thorns, driving them into My brow. And tell him I will put a scepter in his hand, and he shall rule over the nations of the earth, if he will accept salvation. Search for the man that drove the spear into My side, and tell him there is a nearer way to My heart than that. Tell him I forgive him freely, and that he can be saved if he will accept salvation as a gift.”
Moody’s preaching was powerful. Maybe that’s why his results were, as well.
The Life of Dwight L. Moody by William R. Moody. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1900, Page 437-438.
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