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EDITORIAL O N H I S H E A RT. . . IN OUR HANDS Editor Charles Keen introduces this issue’s theme, On His Heart… In Our Hands and calls fundamentalists to recognize that the nations have always been on the heart of God who chose to put them in our hands.
6 WAV E O F D E S T R U C T I O N THE MESSAGE OF THE TSUNAMI
Roy Mack discusses the message of one of the world’s worst natural disasters and how man has missed it. PAGE 6
JOHN 17 - SERMON BY DR. CHARLES KEEN Known as the high priestly prayer, John 17 is the chapter Keen uses to preach the Position, People, Purpose and Priority of one of the 12 recorded prayers of Jesus. PAGE 7
10 THINGS W O RT H KNOWING ABOUT ISLAM Missiologist Gary Corwin briefly lists ten things about Islam that are worthy of the attention of believers who want to share the Gospel with Muslims. PAGE 10
PA RT 2 , L O O K I N G AT T H E W O R L D F R O M A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE...PEOPLE GROUPS Editor Charles Keen brings the second in a series on people groups. This addresses Unreached People Groups, their definitions and how this challenges the 21st century church. PAGE 15
TOP 100 UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS A chart listing the 100 largest unreached people groups in our world today. PAGE 18 DEPARTMENTS Pastors Book Club – a book review on one of the classics in missiology and a list of the essential books for the library of a pastor or Christian leader. Sponsoring Churches – the local churches and organizations sponsoring the publishing of the journal, Unpublished WORD.
Unpublished WORD Editor – Charles Keen Circulation/Advertising – Jerry Rockwell Graphic Design – the graphic edge/ Lake Dallas, TX Production – Clark Printing/Ventura, CA
JOHN WYCLIFFE: REFORMER AND BIBLE T R A N S L AT O R Jerry Rockwell features in a two part series the life of John Wycliffe, the man God would use to birth a movement that would culminate in the translation and publishing of the King James Bible. PAGE 12
The Unpublished WORD journal is a quarterly publication of FirstBible International. All correspondence should be sent to the editorial offices at: FirstBible International, 1160 Cobblefield Drive, Mansfield, OH 44903-8257. Phone (513) 295-6847, Fax (419)474-4225, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.firstbible.net. FirstBible International is a ministry of Westside Baptist Church in Mansfield, OH, Rev. Ken Fielder, pastor.
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EDITORIAL By Charles Keen
On His Heart…In Our Hands The first issue of the Journal would encourage me to believe that more and more of our targeted audience is both coming to grips with the title of this editorial, They Are On His Heart…and In Our Hands, and we are starting to make room for the overlooked, forgotten and unreached in our ministry philosophy. In this we are becoming more like Jesus who summarized his ministry reach for us in Acts 1:8…”Jerusalem…Judea…Samaria and unto the UTTERMOST ends of the earth.” Let us not now become like the church at Jerusalem who had first hand information as to what they were to do, ”go into all the world,” and after eight years were still ministering in their own city on their continent. Why did the gospel not go intercontinental until Acts 13? It was not out of a lack of information…but probably for the same reason half the world is without it today…mutually accepted disobedience. We believe the Bible from Genesis to Revelation shouts loud and clear, ”they are on his heart”. Sinners wherever they are found are on the heart of God. It was God that came to Adam with the first message of deliverance from his sinful condition through the shed blood, as evidenced by the skins. It was God that made the announcement to Eve in the evening of the first day of the fall that there would be a Promised Seed who would restore mankind back to fellowship with Himself. It was God that devised a way for mankind to be saved from extension at the time of the flood…the ark. It was God after 2000 years of dealing with man individually brought the nation of Israel into existence thru the miracle of Isaacs’ birth to Abram and Sarah. In so doing he was not making a choice to exclude the scattered nations but designing a plan to include them… Genesis 12:3 “…in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Even after Israel was founded God still worked with the non-Jewish element in our world. We see Him sending Jonah to Nineveh, Naomi to Moab, Elijah to the widow of Zarephath, the Jewish maid to Nahaman…all Jews with a message to the heathen (unreached) that “they are on His heart.” Space will not allow me to tell of the many miracles God did to share with the unreached, non-Jewish element that He is the God of all the earth. But it was God who delivered the scattered people through the exodus in Exodus 9:1316…not only to release the people but to reveal Himself as the God of all the earth. When David fought Goliath, David said in I Samuel 17:46-49, “I am fighting Goliath that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel; In Daniel 3:28,29 when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were in the fiery furnace, Nebuchadnezzar said, “Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego shall be cut in pieces…because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort;” and when 4.
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Daniel was in the lions den in Daniel 6:25, King Darius said “For He is the living God and steadfast forever” – the unsaved world was forced to acknowledge the God of an obedient Daniel. And finally, God summarizes up the fact they are on his heart in John 3:16 with ”For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son…” No doubt they are on His heart! Not only are they on His heart there is no doubt they are in our hands. In the Old Testament, He placed the responsibility of reaching the world for Him in the hands of the nation of Israel in Genesis 12:3.”…In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed, Psalms 67, etc. In the New Testament, he placed the stewardship of the world in the hands of the church…Acts 1:8, Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, etc. We are not as yet measuring up to our ability and responsibility. One half of the world does not have a Bible, gospel or church. The good news is there is a “wind in the tops of the mulberry trees.” We not only are becoming aware of the fact they are “in his heart and on our hands,” but we see strategies and interest though ever so weak, growing in our ranks. May I encourage you to develop a prayer list for those he has on his heart and you have in your hands. One is available at www.firstbible.net. Do a personal profile of your missionary giving and the placement of your missions family. ON His heart…is it time we get the whole world IN our hands? Remember His words, “If you love me keep my commandments.” ❖
CORRECTION – THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX There is a significant grammatical error in the book Thinking Outside the Box by Dr. Charles Keen. On page 93 in the last paragraph the words read, “First is the text issue. I know of only one Bible society that uses Textus Receptus as its dominant New Testament source text. The Trinitarian Bible Societies of England and Canada and all others that I know of use Westcott and Hort or some derivative of it for their foundational material.” It should have read: “First is the text issue. I know of only one Bible society that uses Textus Receptus as it’s dominant New Testament source text. It is the Trinitarian Bible Societies of England and Canada. All others that I know of use Westcott and Hort or some derivative of it for their foundational material.” We apologize for this mistake and all future printings will be corrected.
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by Roy Mack, Pastor - Pinecrest Baptist Church, McDonough, Georgia
rom newscasts to pulpits and newspaper headlines to chats around the water cooler, the message of the tsunami has been discussed and broadcast…but did we get it? One victim who survived stated, “I am left with an immense respect for the power of nature.” Was that the message?
Most people missed it! Every deadly calamity brings sorrow and weaping. But there is a double grief when lives are lost and lessons are not learned. The point of every deadly catastrophic calamity is God speaking to man. Remember the stunning statement by Jesus in Luke 13:4,5 after the tower of Siloam had fallen? There were eighteen people crushed to death. Jesus said, “Are those eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Sounds like the message is “repent.” One writer in the New York Times wrote, “This is a moment to feel deeply bad, for the dead and for those of us who have no explanation.” Yes, let us weep for the dead and for those who weep, but let us also weep for our own rebellion against the living God. The lesson from the tsunami is: weep for yourselves. Remember the cartoons that picture a comical person carrying a sign that reads, “Repent for the end is near.” That’s the message. Repent! Because that is what will bring glory to God. One newscaster suggested that no one has the license to speak of God’s counsel concerning the tsunami. That is not right. God works in all things for His good end. Tozer put it this way, “God can waste you if it will bring Glory to His name.” Jesus said in Matthew 10 that the most minute event in nature is under the control of God. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” He said this to give hope to those who would be killed (wasted) for His name. It was Jesus who stood on the sea and stopped the waves with a single word (Mark 4:39). Even if Nature or Satan unleashed the deadly tidal wave, one word from Jesus would have stopped it. He chose to not speak it. This means there is design in this suffering. And all His designs are wise and just and good. God is not on trial here. He is not the whipping boy to be blamed for pain. Man is on trial. The issue is repentance. Let’s get the message straight. ❖
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Sermon by Dr. Charles Keen - John 17 Introduction: John 17 is the longest and last of the twelve recorded prayers of Jesus during his earthly ministry. It is often and properly called the high priestly prayers. I would like to exegete the prayer considering these four points: 1. The Position of the Prayer, (2) The People of the Prayer, (3) The Purpose of the Prayer, and (4) The Priority of the Prayer. Through this process we will hopefully discover from where this prayer was prayed, to whom, and its central burden.
The Position of the Prayer Where was this prayer prayed? I believe Jesus prayed this prayer as if He was already ascended and seated at the right hand of God. In verse 4 “…I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” indicates this position. Although His death, burial and resurrection were not “finished,” He said in verse 11, “…I am no more in the world…” Again in verse 12, He states, “While I was with them in the world…” and then again in verse 18, Jesus speaks of the future event of the giving of the Great Commission as if it was already a reality, “As thou hath sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” In fact, He had not yet given the Great Commission to the church. Chronologically, this was given later in John 20:21. The point being that much of this prayer is prayed in future tense, suggesting it is what He will be praying for us once He gets to the throne of grace with His Father. In Matthew 26 we are allowed to “listen in” on His Gethsemane prayer and now in John 17 we are permitted to listen in on His high priestly prayer that He would soon be praying for us at the right hand of God, as our High Priest, Advocate and Intercessor. What is the importance and value of realizing He prayed this prayer while seated at right hand of the Father? It gives us insight for what He is still praying today. In verse 9, “I pray for them…” and Unpublished WORD
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in verse 20, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” Both of these verses require us to see the position and value in this prayer: the prayer exists as long as time exists. I believe He is still praying this prayer of oneness for us who believe because of “their word” though we live 2000 years later. So, I believe that Jesus gives us a record of His high priestly prayer so we can know something of His present prayer life for us while seated at God’s right hand. My point is, if Jesus prayed this prayer for the first church and is still praying it for us, then it behooves us to assign great value to it and examine its content.
The People of the Prayer It is important to understand for whom He was praying. By comparing verse 9 with verse 20 we can summarize by saying He prayed for every church throughout the entire church age in verse 20, “Neither pray I for these alone…” (those present at the time He originally prayed it), “but for them also which shall believe on me through their word,” (those of us in the 21st century and all in between). So, we can know that He was praying for every believer from the apostles until today.
The Purpose of the Prayer What is the major burden and thrust of the prayer? In other words, for what was He praying? It is Oneness for the purpose of world evangelism. He was praying that we would have the necessary ingredients of oneness, so that the Spirit of God could function in our churches and in turn they would be world impacting. He mentions it five times in this prayer: verse 11, “that they may be one,” verse 21, “That they all may be one…that they also may be one,” verse 22, “…that they may be one,” verse 23, “…that they may be made perfect in one.” In verses 11 and 22 we see the pattern for oneness, “…that they may be one, as we are (one).” 8.
In verses 21 and 23 we see the purpose for oneness, “…that the world may believe…that the world may know.” The assignment of world evangelism is so mammoth it cannot be successfully carried out by a fractured and fragmented church. Too many churches and church leaders spend most of their time straining at a gnat, or praying down fire on those with the same message but a different method or from a different “group”… and forgetting of what spirit they are. Obviously, there are those we need to come out from among and be separate but we need to allow for soul liberty and indigenous church privilege. I am suggesting that the polarizing point in fellowship is the Word as Jesus says in verse 8, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me…” and verse 14, “I have given them thy word…” and verse 17, “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” When it comes to separation, we need to be theologians not philosophers. We need to be willing to relate without relinquishing…to be ecumenical within the parameters of fundamentalism. Now it would only be reasonable that we come to oneness of accord if it were a requirement for the first church. May I suggest this first church had great spiritual leadership yet that would not be sufficient to overlook the need for unity. We have churches today with great leaders, churches of great size, great ministries, great facilities and great budget…but in most cases without oneness of accord. This lack of the necessary ingredient has neutralized our strengths in evangelizing the world. I say that for two reasons: first, in light of our five fold commission to go into all the world it was oneness for which Jesus prayed, not great properties and programs…and second, look at our ineptness in world evangelism though possessing so much greatness in lesser areas, budgets, buildings and programs. In Luke 24:47- 49 Jesus gives them their global assignment. In verse 47, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name
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among all nations.” Then in verse 49 He tells them they are to “…tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Basically Jesus is saying, “I have a job for you but you are not ready yet. Go back to Jerusalem and get ready.” If you would read this narrative you would see in Acts 1:14 they united in one accord and in Acts 2 while in that oneness, the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and some part of seventeen nations heard the Gospel. Though there was a doctrinal aspect to Pentecost power, I believe there was also a human element and responsibility - getting in one accord. There are two things in Acts 1:14 about being in “one accord.” First, the very fact it is mentioned should tell us it was not a condition that was always in existence within this early body of believers and may well be a state most churches today do not enjoy. Second, this account in Acts should encourage us to the possibility of this state becoming a reality. Stop and think of the personality mix in this upper room. Peter, the impulsive…Thomas, the negative…and James and John with hidden agendas for greatness and prominence. Then there was Matthew, a libertine…Simon, a hyper-separatist…Andrew, who showed a burden for the Greek Gentiles while the rest were prejudiced and nationalistic Jews. Add to this the women who probably were not pleased with the reaction of the men to their original resurrection report and the half brother of Jesus who at one time in ministry said He was loony. Wow! What a psychological, social, gender and personality mix. Yet they were woven into a quilt of oneness…a functioning body so connected the Holy Spirit came on them in power and in such force that some from every nation felt the rippled effect and are still feeling it.
The Priority of the Prayer The final issue is why oneness if so important? The answer is found in verse 18, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” They, as well as us, are being sent into the world to be a continuation of what He was sent into
the world to do. This is defined in verse 1: “…that thy Son also may glorify thee” and again in verse 4, “I have glorified thee on the earth…” What does it mean to glorify the Father? The word “glory” is one of the most complex words in all of holy writ. Glory or some derivative of it is used 537 times in Scriptures. Kittles Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (not necessarily a fundamental publication), gives 23 pages in its effort to deal with the etymology and definition of this wonderful word. They summarize their effort by saying, “glory is some majestic spectacle that makes God’s reputation highly impressive and thereby demanding man’s reconcision.” Reduced to a phrase we could probably say, “glory is reputation repair.” Jesus came to repair the reputation of God that Satan slandered to our first parents in Eden and has been slandering ever since. What is idolatry but a mischaracterization of our holy God? The miracles were in some lesser way an effort in glorifying God. But the most impressive spectacle of all that would demand man’s recognition of God’s glory would be Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. The Gospel and the cross where He gave His own Son repairs the slander about Him. So, what then is the Great Commission of the church? It is to go into the entire world and tell them the story of this highly impressive spectacle, which would refute Satan’s slander and repair man’s misinformation as to the character of our loving God, resulting in men repenting and coming back to God by the way of the cross. Let me summarize. If the purpose of the church is to continue on this God-glorifying effort which Jesus began, then we must conclude the Great Commission is first for God and then for man. Yes, man will profit eternally from it, but this is a by-product. God’s glory is the base line motivation. Even a cursory reading of Paul’s missionary activity would force us to see it was not the plight of man that drove Him to “…labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in continued on page 20 Unpublished WORD
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THINGS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT ISLAM By Gary Corwin, missiologist with Arab World Ministries Reprinted by Permission
At a time when more talking heads are focused on Islam than ever before, the missions community may want to keep these basic truths clearly in mind.
1. Islam is not one. It is a varied in its forms and styles as Christianity. Whether looking at major formal divisions, the various schools of law/denominational traditions, degrees of mysticism or folk religious tendencies, a remarkable similarity exists in the degrees of diversity. It isn’t any more possible to understand Islam’s breadth by grasping the nature of Al Qaeda terror strategies than it is to comprehend the breadth of Christianity by grasping the nature of Tuesday night bingo at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church. While each provides insight into some underlying assumptions, neither is adequate as a microcosm reflecting the whole.
2. Islam is not primarily about private belief, but public observance and social structure. Generally speaking, outward conformity is a much higher value than freedom of religion or thought. The more seriously Quar’anic teaching is taken in a society, the stricter the social sanctions to encourage conformity will be.
3. Islam is a political vision as much as a religious one. Muslims believe their destiny is to rule everywhere. The world is divided into two parts, Dares Salaam and Dar el Harb, the land of peace where Islam rules, and the land of war where the infidel does. While many Muslims don’t think in the more militant ways in which these terms may be understood, most would still believe that Allah will one day bring it about.
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4. Radical violent Islam is neither a fringe movement, nor the choice of the majority of Muslims, but it is the logical choice of those most
9. When Muslims hear talk of the Trinity, or that Jesus is the Son of God, they think blasphemy (God and Mary procreated Jesus in
devoted to core beliefs. Unlike Christianity, in which those most zealously devoted to the Master’s teaching are the most loving and least to be feared, those most zealously devoted to the Quar’an’s teachings and the Hadith are overwhelmingly the most violent and unmerciful.
the usual way). While clearly a misunderstanding of the biblical story, Muslims almost universally hold this belief. This remains a large stumbling block to a proper understanding of who Christ is.
5. Islam is a civilization at least as much as it is a religion. (roughly the several centuries prior to the Reformation), in fact, it was a world leader in areas like the development of mathematics, science and architecture. It was and still is today an allembracing philosophy and way of life, with a catalog of explicit requirements for legal, economic and governmental relationships.
6. There is no assurance of salvation apart from martyrdom as it is understood in some Muslim contexts. No matter how hard a Muslim might work to please Allah by obeying his commands, he or she never is confident of being good enough, or of being one day received into Paradise. The free forgiveness embodied in the Christian gospel of grace, therefore, is a powerful and attractive alternative.
7. Today in many parts of the Muslim world there is a deep questioning of Islam. This is evident in newspapers, TV talk shows and opposing fatwas (Islamic legal decrees) issued in regard to suicide bombings, etc. Muslims are asking themselves “Is all the violence being perpetrated in the name of Islam a true reflection of our faith?” “Can we adapt to modernity?” “Is leadership in the Muslim world working?” There is an opening in the Muslim mind to these and other subjects.
8. Islam, like Christianity, is little more than a thin veneer over animistic folk religion in many parts of the world. While scholars and teachers dwell in the realm of holy texts, countless practitioners of both Islam and Christianity are much more concerned with issues of health, prosperity and personal welfare. The promise of power to ward off evil spirits drives the daily religious life of many Muslims and Christians.
10. The latest surahs of the Quar’an trump all that precede them including earlier surahs and the Bible. Unlike biblical revelation, which is progressive and unfolding, revelation from a Quar’anic perspective is consecutive and superceding. The “law of abrogation” makes clear that what has come more recently takes precedence and is the ultimate authority, even when it directly contradicts that which has gone before (in either the Quar’an or the Bible). Hence, the conflicting messages in the Quar’an, for example, on how “people of the Book” (Christians and Jews) ought to be treated. Much more could be said, but perhaps this brief survey can serve as a reminder of both the complexity and opportunities inherent in communicating the gospel to Muslims. ❖
The largest single group providing missionaries for world evangelism is the missionary family…17% of missionary children return to the mission field as missionaries. Too Valuable To Lose by William Taylor – William Carey Library, 1997 edition. These stats reflect all evangelical bodies. Unpublished WORD
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istorians do not always record details of history-changing events. This is true with the man known as John Wycliffe (sometimes-spelled Wyclife or Wyckliffe). Little is known of his early life other than his birth being in Yorkshire, England. The year is even uncertain running from 1320 to 1330. While little knowledge abounds concerning his formative years, a great deal is known of his impact on history. He lived in a pivotal period in the history of the church and the world. The “Dark Ages” has passed and the period of the “Enlightenment” has dawned. Man was waking from his intellectual and spiritual slumber and it is evident God was active in the affairs of man. The Dark Ages had suppressed the spiritual development of the church and men. The Roman Catholic Church had emerged as the dominant element and fostered the spiritual decline in the life of people worldwide. Because of John Wycliffe’s work, he is called the “Morning Star of the Reformation.” This is because he set the stage and did the work in theology and Bible translation that would catapult the world into 12.
a great doctrinal and spiritual awakening. God used him to provide to the world the first complete Bible in English. This came in the face of a Roman Catholic Church that did not want to relinquish its control over the masses and lose its place of power. In fact, the battle would become intense and many would die at the hands of the Catholic Church because of their opposition to the doctrinal heresy. This came about by the infamous “Inquisition” where many Bible believers died because they dared to believe the Bible and reject the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. In the face of this environment rose the man who would sow the seeds of reformation that brought forth fruit by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin and others nearly 200 years later. Many criticize these two for not taking their movements further away from the Roman Catholic Church. This is not true of John Wycliffe. He became a man who knew the word of God and committed his life to teaching and preaching its truths, even if it brought upon him the wrath of the Church. He saw the need the common man had for the word of God. The abuses of the Church had kept the Bible from the uneducated and lower class of people. A champion for their cause had come forth and was about to provide for them what the Church had refused, giving them the word of God. This is the burden of this article. Tell the inside story of John Wycliffe to the point he is understood as the man he actually was. A man who broke cleanly with the Roman Catholic Church and started a movement that would culminate in the production of the King James Bible. That Bible would stand as a standard for over 270 years, and no other translation can claim that position.
Background Historical Setting of Wycliffe As noted earlier history records little of the early years of John Wycliffe. He was born during the reign of Edward II approximately 1324 in Yorkshire in a village called Wycliffe. The Hundred Years War between England and France began in 1337. This aided in giving
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England the position as a distinct nation. The mentality among the common people was “that French was the language of England’s enemy.”1 The terrible “Black Death” began in 1348 where over one third of the British population died of the plague. During 1348 English replaced Latin in the schools except Oxford and Cambridge which retained Latin as the medium of instruction. The year 1362 brought about the adoption of English as the official language of the British Isles, ending the division between the nobility and commoners. They passed the “Statute of Pleading” which replaced French with English as the language of law and used in Parliament for the first time. The Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy exerted great influence. The Church believed that “[e]arthly power was of the devil and for it to be legitimate the Church must authorize it.”2 The fourteenth century brought the description of the Pope as “Our Lord God the Pope.”3 Mr. Fountain describes the attitude of the English toward the papacy. He says, “The removal of the Papacy from Rome to Avignon in France had a profound effect on the attitude of Britain because we were continually at war with the French. The enormous sums of money that went to the Vatican through direct taxation, and the assumed right to dispose of the offices of the Church were especially irritating, particularly when there was a suspicion that the money helped pay for the armies of our enemies.”4 This would work to the advantage of those opposed to the influence of the Church and the Papacy. It would provide an attitude of acceptance to any criticism the Church and the Papacy might receive. Innis comments on the development of this period of history and its effects on the Papacy. He says, “Besides the spirit of nationality, the rise of the cities and the Third Estate, the development of commerce, the middle class and the universities, the intellectual liberty, all were tending to weaken the grounds of the papal supremacy.”5 Many would attack the life of the Church and the abuses observed by all, but they would not address the doctrine of the Church nor its institutions. This was
not true of Wycliffe. He saw the inconsistencies and non-Biblical doctrine of the Church and confronted them, evidently without fear of the consequences.
The Emergence of Wycliffe in History The historical background in which John Wycliffe emerged was one of turmoil. The winds of change blew with great consistency. The division between the laity and clergy was dramatic and the elevation of the clergy over the laity by the Roman Catholic Church had brought about tensions that became a fertile field for Wycliffe to translate the Bible into the English language now accepted in his homeland. John Wycliffe had a family standing that allowed him to move into the academic world with ease. His father was an English Squire,6 which made it possible for him to attend college. At the age of 15, he entered Oxford.7 A study of the life of John Wycliffe dare not be overlook his character. One writer of the history of the English people has this to say about Wycliffe: The space, emaciated frame of Wycliffe, weakened by study and by asceticism, hardly promised a Reformer…but within this frail form lay a temper quick and restless, an immense energy, an immovable conviction, an unconquerable pride. The personal charm which ever accompanies real greatness only deepened the influence he derived from the spotless purity of his life.8 This may be the key to understanding the Wycliffe’s influence on those around him and those opposed to his views. There was evidently a respect given him because of his integrity and holy life. John Wycliffe’s Public Life John Wycliffe began his studies at Oxford University about 1345. Oxford had evidently surpassed Paris in its caliber of theological education.9
“There was evidently a respect given him because of his integrity and holy life.”
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“The heartbeat of Wycliffe Wycliffe was to attained his bachelor’s degree in provide for the 1356 and his Doctor uneducated and of Divinity came in working class 1372.10 Some believe the of people.” delay came because of the Black Death that occurred in 1349. The affect of this great tragedy on Wycliffe was significant. Merle d’Aubigne says, “This visitation of the Almighty sounded like the trumpet of the judgmentday in the heart of Wycliffe.”11 He was elected to be “third Master of Balliol” between 1356 and 1360.12 Men such as Roger Bacon, Duns Scotus and Ockham influenced Wycliffe at Oxford. Green mentions Ockham as having a large impact on Wycliffe’s thinking. He says, “Undismayed by the thunder and excommunications of the Church, Ockham had not shrunk in his enthusiasm for the Empire from attacking the foundations of the Papal supremacy or from asserting the rights of the civil power.”13 Wycliffe carried on the work of Ockham opposing the Catholic Church and speaking out against its papal abuses and theological heresy. Innis describes the character of the popes during the 14th Century. He says, “Some of them were Puritan in spirit, harsh in temper, narrow in sympathy, confounding their personal hatred with zeal for the Church. Others were loose, corrupt, worldly, avaricious, guilty of nepotism, simony and official blasphemy…Their manners and morals would have disgraced the nobles of that age, much more the spiritual head of Christendom.”14 Wycliffe had little use for the Friars who were the preaching Priests of the Catholic Church. They were so poor they became known as the “begging Friars.” He exposed their vices and errors. His complaint against them was, “He stuffs the people only too effectually with garbage.”15 Geoffrey Chaucer, a contemporary with Wycliffe, stated in his famous work, Canterbury Tales, mentioned their distortion of the work of repentance and taking “silver” for tears. In other words they were taking pay for the 14.
absolving of sin. As Wycliffe’s influence grew he began to send out what is called “Bible-Men” who embraced his views as itinerant preachers. These men known as “Poor Priests” were unauthorized preachers yet retained an ordination from the Church. They no longer embraced its doctrine. Fountain says, “Their influence was so great that Wycliffe reckoned that on third of the priests agreed with him on the Lord’s Supper, not believing in transubstantiation.”16 These men became known as the “Lollards”, where preaching was central to their activities, and they carried a portion of Wycliffe’s Bible.17 John Wycliffe’s relationship with the “Poor Priests” and the Lollards is indicative of his desire to see the common man have the riches of God’s grace. He set his course in a direction completely opposed to the established Roman Catholic Church and became the champion of the common man who had a great need for the Bible in his own language. The heartbeat of Wycliffe was to provide for the uneducated and working class of people. The Catholic Church kept from them a knowledge of God and His word which would bring salvation. 1 Alister McGrath, In The Beginning, Anchor Books: New York, 2001, page 29. 2 George S. Innis, Wycliffe: The Morning Star, Jenning and Graham: Cincinnati, 1907, page35. 3 David Fountain, John Wycliffe: The Dawn of the Reformation. Mayflower Christian Books: Southhampton, 1984, page 6. 4 Ibid. 5 Innis, page 42 6 Ibid, page 22 7 Ibid. 8 John Richard Green, A Short History of the English People, New York: A. L. Burt, Publisher, nd. Volume 1, page 299. 9 Ibid. 10 Fountain, page 8 11 Cited by Mrs. Margaret Shand, “John Wycliffe” Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia web site: www.epc.au/literature/bb/wycliffe.html. 12 Fountain, page 10 13 Green, page 299. 14 Innis, page 39 15 Fountain, pge 18 16 Ibid, page 53. 17 Ibid, page 54.
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PA R T T W O
Looking at the World from a Biblical Perspective...
By Charles Keen
People Groups This is the second in a series of articles on the subject of People Groups. The first presented the Biblical foundation of the words “people groups” and their historical connections in the both the Old and New Testaments. This article is designed to give the various definitions of “reached” and “unreached” groups and the criteria used to determine these positions.
hen the term “people groups” came on the scene in the 1970’s, the original textbook definition read, “A people group is a sociological grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have an affinity for one another because of ethnicity, language, race, occupation, geographical location or a combination of these things.” Now, today there is an abundance of terms and definitions: reached, unreached, least-reached, unengaged peoples, ethnic peoples, frontier people group, affinity blocs, people clusters, gateway people, ethno-linguistic peoples and on and on. Different lists and definitions simply indicate the different methodologies used by the researchers. Some would even say there are too many.
In some ways I agree, but on the other hand, the church in America must be able to diagnose and realize the gravity of our lost and dying world. Ministering to unreached people groups usually means going to places where the people have no opportunity to hear the gospel at all, unlike the majority of neighborhoods in the United States where near neighbor evangelism is employed. So, any and all information is helpful as we consider how to be involved in reaching them for Jesus Christ. Most recent statistics report that there are 6,500 unreached people groups in our world and there are 600 “churches” worldwide for each unreached people group. More realistic to our thinking would be fact there are two independent fundamental Baptist churches for every people group, or there are about 70 Southern Baptist Churches for each unreached group. So, there are certainly enough churches to do the task of reaching the unreached people groups. Then why are we not engaged? That’s not the purpose of this article but will certainly be addressed in this series of articles. My hope is that some of the following definitions will serve to broaden the burden for the unreached and challenge us to make Him known among the nations. For strategic purposes, a people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of underUnpublished WORD
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standing and acceptance. Some use the terms view anything has a direct bearing upon your evalpeople, people group, and ethnic people group uation and understanding. Church planting is the synonymously. While others distinguish between paradigm through which I view the Great the terms. I prefer the ethno-linguistic approach for Commission. So, the definitions used from this understanding people groups. point forward are seen from the perspective of So, I choose to define a people group as an churches being planted among the unreached. ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity One of the reasons we study people groups is that is shared by the various members. There are because the Gospel travels along natural social nettwo parts of that word: ethno and linguistic. The works and the end result is churches being planted. word ethno is obviously race and culture. As far as I am concerned, the church can evanLanguage (linguistic) is a primary and dominant gelize, translate and publish the Scriptures, conidentifying factor of a people group. But there are struct buildings and “do” missionary work…but if other factors that determine or are associated with there are not self-reproducing local churches after ethnicity. all this is done, we have not accomplished the Usually there is a common self-name and a Great Commission. sense of common identity of indiPatrick Johnstone has devel“AN UNREACHED PEOPLE viduals identified with the group. oped that Church Planting GROUP IS A PEOPLE GROUP A common history, customs, fami- IN WHICH LESS THAN 2% Indicator (CPI). He ranks people ly and clan identities, as well as OF THE POPULATION ARE groups from 0 to 5 based upon marriage rules and practices, age- EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS.” the growth of churches. grades and other obligation 0 – No known believers covenants, and inheritance patterns and rules are 1 – No churches, some believers some of the common ethnic factors defining or dis2 – One known church tinguishing a people. What they call themselves 3 – Group of churches may vary at different levels of identity, or among 4 – Reproducing church movement various sub-groups. 5 – Widespead, discipled church Some leaders prefer to over simplify people groups by defining them by language. But there Often there is no supporting data from some of are numerous examples of people who speak mul- the ratings Johnstone gives. However, the data is tiple languages but still consider themselves to be helpful when analyzing unreached peoples from one people. There are several in China, Nepal, the church planting perspective. and India like this. So, here are three definitions from the church At the same time, there may be different peo- planting position worth understanding: ple who speak the same language but distinguish Unreached people group (UPG) – an themselves because of different histories or factors. unreached people group is a people group in An example of this is in East Africa where many which less than 2% of the population are people groups speak mutually intelligible varieties Evangelical Christians. The obvious next question of the Swahili language…like Arabs and Shirazi. is what is an evangelical Christian. A working defThe Arabs have for over a century spoken Swahili inition which has become the most common among as have the Shirazi in Mombasa. However, they people group data researchers is: are two distinct people groups with little in comAn Evangelical Christian is a person who mon and a history that is no way related. believes that Jesus Christ is the sole source of salMy purpose is not to make this article academ- vation through faith in Him, has personal faith and ic but practical. The paradigm through which you conversion with regeneration by the Holy Spirit, 16.
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recognizes the inspired word of God as the only them. They are groups who have never heard the basis for faith and Christian living, and is commit- Gospel, or they may have been exposed to the ted to Biblical preaching and evangelism that Gospel in the past, but have been forgotten. brings others to faith in Jesus Christ. You will find various definitions for the term Keeping this definition in mind, I recommend “reached people groups.” Again, viewing it from two websites that provide information about the paradigm of church planting, the definition unreached people groups with church planting as a which best describes this position is: Reached People Group – is a group of people criteria. They are: www.peoplegroups.org and with Scriptures which have a viable, indigenous, www.joshuaproject.net. The Joshua Group provides an estimate of the self-reproducing church in their own people group progress of church planting among a people group and are actively involved in evangelizing their own by using a scale derived from a comparison and people. These three definitions; unreached people integration of the percent of evangelicals. They combine data from the Johnstone Church Planting group, unengaged people group, and reached peoindicator (CPI), the IMB-SBC World Evangelization ple group are all that will be covered in this article. A list of the top 100 unreached Status Indicator, Morelia Scale, “A REACHED PEOPLE GROUP IS people groups in the world will be and World A-B-C classifications. A GROUP WITH SCRIPTURES Within their definitions they WHICH HAVE A VIABLE, included in this issue of the use the term: Christian Adherents. INDIGENOUS, SELF-PRODUC- Unpublished Word Journal to help The definition of a Christian ING CHURCH IN THEIR OWN illustrate the information and defiAdherent is one who claims to be PEOPLE GROUP AND ARE nitions provided in this article. ❖ INVOLVED IN a follower of the Christian religion ACTIVELY EVANGELIZING THEIR OWN in any form. The definition is based on the individual’s self-con- PEOPLE.” fession, not his or her ecclesiology, theology or religious commitment and experience. This is the America is 16th per capita broadest possible classification of Christian and as a sending nation. includes the six ecclesiological types of Christians: Protestant Roman Catholic, Other Catholic, Those ahead of her are Orthodox, Foreign marginal, and indigenous marginal. So, when reviewing their statistics presented Ireland, Belgium, Spain, by The Joshua Group, we need to realize our Netherlands, Portugal, challenge is much greater than is pictured because of their broad definition of “Christian.” Italy, Canada, France, The information on www.peoplegroups.org does not use the term “adherent” and attempts to Switzerland, New Zealand, provide data based upon true conversions to Jesus Christ plus focus on churches being planted in the Norway, West Germany, unreached peoples. Australia, and Sweden. Another common definition which has surfaced is unengaged people groups which is also referred Korea is first in sending to as the least-reached people groups: Unengaged people group – are groups who “protestant” missionaries. have no coordinated missionary presence among Unpublished WORD
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Top 100 Unreached People Groups These statistics are supplied by The Joshua Group and represent the least reached people groups with larger populations.
PEOPLE NAME IN COUNTRY COUNTRY POPULATION Ansari India 9,796,100 Arab, Algerian Algeria 19,460,800 Arab, Iraqi Iraq 15,845,450 Arab, Moroccan Morocco 14,548,700 Arab, Saudi - Hijazi Saudi Arabia 9,606,400 Arab, Saudi - Najdi Saudi Arabia 8,130,680 Arab, Taâ€™izz-Adeni Yemen 9,417,700 Arab, Tunisian Tunisia 6,700,800 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk Iran 14,500,000 Azerbaijani, North Azerbaijan 6,561,000 Badhai, Hindu India 5,445,600 Bania India 22,684,800 Banjara, Hindu India 5,318,200 Bengali Bangladesh 96,675,000 Bhoi, Hindu India 5,400,000 Brahman India 57,625,300 Burmese Burma (Myanmar) 27,701,570 Dhobi, Hindu India 11,218,600 Fulani, Toroobe Nigeria 6,272,200 Gadaria, Hindu India 5,567,800 Gujar India 5,804,100 Hakka China 27,000,000 Han Chinese, Xiang China 34,000,000 Hausa, Ajawa Nigeria 24,226,400 Hui China 10,563,800 Irani Iran 23,630,000 Japanese Japan 122,064,200 Jat, Awan India 13,551,800 Jat, Sikh India 11,581,200 Jawa Banyumasan Indonesia 6,681,500 Jawa Mancanegari Indonesia 18,829,700 Jawa Pesisir Lor Indonesia 18,829,700 Kachhi, Hindu India 5,134,800 Kahar India 6,821,500 Kashmiri Muslim India 5,867,300 Kayastha India 7,152,000 Kazakh Kazakhstan 8,662,600 Khmer Cambodia 12,575,000 Koiri India 6,585,300 Koli India 11,275,600 Kumhar India 13,168,500 Kunbi India 23,898,000 Kurd, Turkish Turkey 5,677,600 Kurmanji, Northern Kurd Turkey 6,387,300 Kurmi India 15,274,800 Lingayat India 9,093,600 Lodha India 5,965,700 Lohar India 8,055,500 18.
% EVANGELICAL 0.00074 0.2 0.1 0.15 0 0 0 1.2 0 0.1 0.001142 0.000418 0.361963 0.4 0.000154 0.007915 1.5 0.012079 0.3 0 0.000339 0.4791 0.2218 0.04 0.0019 0.01 0.4 0.0383 0.006539 0.303 0.0226 0.0226 0 0.000304 1.80 0.016126 0.1333 0.5 0 0.252286 0.003297 0.077502 0 0.0008 0.001085 0.00229 0.267085 0.000643
PRIMARY % ADHERENTS RELIGION 1.1 Islam 1.2 Islam 0.7 Islam 1.2 Islam 0 Islam 0 Islam 0 Islam 3 Islam 0 Islam 0 Islam 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Islam 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 1.5 Buddhism 0 Hinduism 0 Islam 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 2.5 Non-Religious 1.1 Non-Religious 0 Islam 0 Islam 0 Islam 1.5 Buddhism 0 Hinduism 0 Other / Small 2 Islam 0 Islam 0.022581 Islam 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Islam 0 Hinduism 0 Islam 0.8 Buddhism 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Islam 0 Islam 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism 0 Hinduism
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PEOPLE NAME IN COUNTRY
Madiga Madura Mahar, Hindu Mahishya Mahratta Mahratta Kunbi Mala Malay, Coast Malay Mali Manchu Mappila Minangkabau Mongol Nai Nair Namasudra, Hindu Nau Buddh Pashtun, Southern Pasi, Hindu Pathan, Southern Pathan, Southern Pendalungan Punjabi, Southern, Saraiki Punjabi, Western Rajput Rohingya, Chittagonian Sanaani, Northern Yemeni Sayyid Serb Shaikh Sindh Sinhalese, Singhalese Somali Sonar Sunda Tai, Northern Tai, Southern Tatar Telaga Teli Thai, Central Thai, Northeastern Tujia Turk Urdu Uygur Uzbek, Northern Vakkaliga Vanniyan Viswakarma Yadava Zhuang, Northern
India 6,733,400 Indonesia 13,666,700 India 8,176,700 India 9,457,300 India 26,491,300 India 6,425,700 India 5,194,900 Indonesia 7,041,900 India 8,441,900 China 9,821,180 India 9,156,800 Indonesia 8,200,000 China 5,749,900 India 10,216,700 India 6,941,700 Bangladesh 5,335,400 India 8,410,800 Afghanistan 10,642,600 India 6,621,500 India 11,449,600 Pakistan 12,295,900 Indonesia 6,580,300 Pakistan 15,369,800 Pakistan 67,300,000 India 36,627,200 Bangladesh 14,279,400 Yemen 8,915,900 India 6,938,600 Serbia/Montenegro 6,595,600 India 71,142,900 Pakistan 18,443,800 Sri Lanka 13,203,400 Somalia 8,031,700 India 6,541,800 Indonesia 30,650,000 Thailand 6,186,510 Thailand 5,049,700 Russia 5,964,500 India 12,634,900 India 16,020,800 Thailand 18,231,700 Thailand 18,438,700 China 7,275,700 Turkey 51,700,000 Pakistan 11,988,500 China 8,946,000 Uzbekistan 20,500,000 India 6,634,000 India 10,993,800 India 7,492,900 India 52,999,200 China 13,446,400
% EVANGELICAL 0 0.0037 0 0.239952 0.000176 0 2.00 0 0.000295 0.2 0 0.0037 0.4 0 0.074657 0 0.039419 0 0 0.000362 0.023579 0.0062 0.2267 0.72 0.026675 0.02 0.0071 5.90 0.19 0.000191 0 1.3 0.0009 0 0.0656 0.23 0.19 0.04 0.004955 0.016246 0.4 0.2 0.408 0.0036 0 0.0006 0.03 0.134933 0.174349 0.130504 0.006272 0.3458
% ADHERENTS 0 0.003704 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0 0.02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.01 3.1 2.7 0 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0.2 0.6 0.5 3 0 0 0.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PRIMARY RELIGION Hinduism Islam Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism Islam Hinduism Non-Religious Islam Islam Buddhism Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism Buddhism Islam Hinduism Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Hinduism Islam Islam Islam Non-Religious Islam Islam Buddhism Islam Hinduism Islam Buddhism Buddhism Islam Hinduism Hinduism Buddhism Buddhism Ethnic Religions Islam Islam Islam Islam Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism Hinduism Ethnic Religions
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Book Review By Charles Keen
We believe that God and His glory is the basis of world evangelism. It follows that as His worth increases in our eyes we will have a greater vision for His will in global outreach. Hence, we are recommending some books from our shelf on missions with this motive - God’s glory. If you are reading this journal, you are probably mature enough to “eat the fish and leave the bones.”
The Attributes of God A.W. Tozer - Christian Publications Tozer, who has been called the 20th century prophet, takes us on a journey into the heart of God showing us who He is and how He shares the truth about Himself through manifestations of His attributes as recorded in the Scriptures. We need a return to God-exalting preaching and God-exalting reading. Our people are saying with Phillip, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” Jesus said, “If I be lifted up… I will draw all men unto me.” Tozer’s book will equip your heart so that you can share Him with others in a new and refreshing way. Drink deep at his well, yea ten wells (chapters). Don’t read this book for your sermon, but for your soul. This book is for the man who is tired of reducing his Christianity to method techniques, results and formulas and wants his Christian walk to come out of a living relationship with his Father Creator God. It might not help you to grow your church, but it will help you to grow in Christ. We believe as we grow in a knowledge of Him that we will grow in a desire to do His will, which is world evangelism.
John 17... c o n t i n u e d
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deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned,thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of water, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. 20.
I repeat, it was not the plight of man that drove Paul forward but it was his desire for the glory of God that energized him to the regions beyond, Romans 15:9. We need to be a people of unity so we can be effective in restoring to our world a correct concept of God. The result of not being effective worldview Christians is that we fail to be involved in correcting the damage done to God’s reputation by Satan’s slander and the damage that is coming to man because of the fall. ❖
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Someone once stated that you will be the same person you are today ten years from now except for the books that you read and the people that you meet. There is some truth in this statement. The Pastors Book Club is designed to do three things: Give book reviews from the staff of the Journal, recommend good books on the subject of missions, and provide a convenient way for pastors to purchase these books at reasonable prices. FirstBible International and the Unpublished WORD Journal do not necessarily endorse any author, ministry, or organization associated with books recommended for sale. The books are offered as a source of information and encouragement.
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