David Platt Urges Christians to Give God a “Blank Check” When It Comes to Missions

IMB president David Platt unfolds his five-point progressive strategy in a meeting with IMB trustees Nov. 6-7 in Olive Branch, Miss. IMB Photo by Paul W. Lee
IMB president David Platt unfolds his five-point progressive strategy in a meeting with IMB trustees Nov. 6-7 in Olive Branch, Miss. IMB Photo by Paul W. Lee

Alabama megachurch pastor David Platt urged Christians to give God a “blank check” when it comes to missions, allowing Him to send them anywhere in the world for the sake of the Gospel, even if that means relocating their family to Syria, Somalia or Iraq.

Platt, who is also the Southern Baptist International Mission Board president, said in his recent podcast, “Our Obligation to the Unreached,” that Christians’ salvation demands that they offer “a blank check before God with no strings from you, from me, from our churches to say we know we must work, we must strive, live, and die to get the Gospel to people who never heard it.”

By his estimation, there are 2 billion people in over 6,500 people groups who do not have access to the Gospel. Putting ourselves in their shoes, Platt described, “that would mean that we have the knowledge of God, we’ve rejected God, we stand condemned before God and if we don’t hear the good news of what God has done in Christ then we will die in that state and go to an everlasting hell without ever hearing the gospel.”

This knowledge, Platt said, should give Christians a sense of urgency to go to all the world and preach the Gospel. He encouraged Christ followers to begin by praying bold prayers expressing their willingness to let go of everything and spread the Gospel even to the most violent and deadly places in the world.

He inquired of podcast listeners, “The question I want to ask you is have you said that. Have you said to God, ‘Whatever you want me to do to get the Gospel to unreached peoples, I will do it?’ Has your family said, ‘Whatever you want us to do to get the gospel to unreached peoples, we will do it?’ In the next few minutes I want to show you in Romans why we should say that; why each of us should say to God, ‘I’ll do whatever you want me to do with no strings attached. So God I see what’s going on in Iraq and Syria and Somalia and West Africa right now and if you want me to take my wife and my kids to Iraq or Syria or Somalia or West Africa for the spread of the Gospel, then I’ll do it.’ We’re talking whatever – no strings attached blank check.”

The Alabama pastor acknowledged that praying such a prayer may seem crazy to many people. “That sounds utterly foolish to everybody in the culture around us and not only in the culture, that’s foolish to most people sitting in the seats and pews of church buildings on Sunday mornings,” he sympathized.

However radical the idea of leaving everything and relocating to places currently overrun with Islamic terrorism or a deadly disease, Platt explained this idea is actually part of our calling as Christians.

“The radical,” he explained “is just biblical.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stephanie Samuel

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