Dear Family and Friends:

“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”

(1 Cor. 15:34)

“Who is this man?” (

In the context (1 Cor. 15) of defining the essential Gospel, Paul commands the Corinthians to “wake up” to their duty because some are still ignorant of God. And in closing the sentence with the “I speak this to your shame” remark, Paul is emphasizing our responsibility to the Great Commission. If this is guilt-motivation, it is Holy Spirit-inspired guilt-motivation. God is most certainly sovereign in our salvation - but that does not exempt us of the responsibility, in light of the repeated commands to “teach all nations,” “preach the Gospel to every creature,” “preach repentance and forgiveness of sins,” “be witnesses unto me...” As Christ said, “ send I you...”
Do you ever worry about what our report card would look like? How are we doing in our generation? Who in today’s world still do not have the knowledge of God? Even with sufficient knowledge of Him, many still reject Him; but how about those who only reject a caricature of Him, because that’s all they know? A poorly-understood version of the one-and-only, true and living God?
Set aside thoughts of remote tribal villages for a moment: how about many who attend religious services in our own country? A 2003 survey of those who call themselves “born-again Christians” revealed that 50% believed that a person could earn salvation by good works. If this kind of deadly ignorance of the uniqueness of salvation through Christ according to John 14:6 exists in our churches, how could the rest of the world be getting an honest representation of Him and His mission?
Mel Gibson’s upcoming film, “The Passion of the Christ,” has already received a lot of negative publicity from a politically-correct world; but from most reports, it is poised to shatter a lot of the kind of negative sentimentality that exists about His nature and His mission. The penalty suffered for our sin was so great! The act was dirty, violent, brutal and bloody. The crucifixion was not the pale, bloodless golden-haloed thing so many mediaeval icons have made of it. It was a monstrosity, the greatest ever perpetrated. I expect that such a shockingly authentic presentation will take the cross out of the realm of the theoretical, the morally-abstract and clinical, and force many to consider just why Jesus went to the great lengths He did. Hopefully, if only for a moment, to perceive that it may be necessary to re-think the gravity of sin, if God would not spare Jesus all of that suffering. And for Christians themselves to recognize a little more of the fate awaiting those we fail to reach with the knowledge of God. It also reminds us of the tremendous grace demonstrated in the love of God: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16) It’s not that we have escaped the penalty for our sin; but that the penalty has been paid in full! (See 1 John 4:10)
As Christians who are awakening to righteousness, we need to clearly perceive opportunities and callings that are laid in our path. Pursuant to this, LINC-Net, our ministry in Campus Crusade for Christ, is establishing a follow-up website with information about the film “The Passion of the Christ.” What is great is that the material is already there, in the form of an existing website, “” in 36 languages. This site is an approachable survey of prophecy, comparative religion, the essential claims of Christ, and apologetic material.
Please pray with us that God will multiply our staff’s efforts to make use of this unique opportunity; that we’ll truly reach many with the site and companion materials; and that the Lord would bless and speed our efforts to join the other staff members in Orlando who would benefit so greatly from our assistance.
Praying God will abundantly bless you for your partnership with us,


Mike and Cindy

“One day closer” (Rom. 13:11)