Celebrating Our One Year Blogging Anniversary (4th of 6). The Protestant Mission Ice Age Explained in Nine Timelines.
Dear Reader, unknown to most Christians, a catastrophic mission ice age descended on the Reformation in the early 1500s. Why did it begin? How did it end? Today we reprint nine “Mission ice age timelines” explaining the “why” and the “how.” Finally, we reprint “Some Questions Directed to the Gentlemen of the Protestant Faith,” by a Jesuit missionary, Johann Baegert. Brace yourself; “Hurricane Baegert” is about to blow the roof off.
Dear Reader, We have the Bible to teach us the way of the Lord. Paul wrote to the Romans, “As it is written, “I will praise Him among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to His name.” And again it is written, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” Again the Bible says, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles. Glorify Him, all you nations” These quotations, written in Romans 15:9-10, are from Psalm 18:49, Deuteronomy 32:43 and Psalm 117. In all three a believer is speaking the good news directly to Gentiles (or nations). Thus, it is the way of the Lord for missionaries to go to where the Gentiles live and tell them the good news of God. Unfortunately, as soon as the Reformation began, normal missionary efforts came to a stop. It would start up again when William Carey wrote his easy instruction manual on how to start mission agencies.