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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Friday Evening, October 6, 2017

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Revelation 3:7, 8).

Christ is holy. Christ is true. Christ is the key of David. With the key of David, Christ opens or shuts the door of service and opportunity. The church at Philadelphia was surrounded by heathens and wickedness. But Christ can open and close the door of service for any church by His sovereign power.

“Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Revelation 3:8).

I must say to you tonight, that this is true of our church. By a miracle of grace, Christ has taken the key of David and opened a door for us to speak to churches throughout the world.

If your eyes are open you know that there is no website like ours – anywhere on the Internet. I remember when the idea came to me. I didn’t know anything about websites or the Internet. But I looked at it and thought, “O God, here is an open door for us to preach to the whole world.” But others had done that! So we must have a website to give help to pastors and missionaries throughout the world. That is what we do. No other website gives pastors and missionaries full word-for-word sermon manuscripts in 36 languages. No other website teaches pastors and missionaries how to prepare evangelistic sermons. No other website gives pastors and missionaries advice on how to actually take lost sinners through a real conversion experience. No other website teaches pastors and missionaries how to preach for revivals and real conversions. All the others, at best, only show them various forms of “Decisionism,” which doesn’t convert lost sinners at all – and never produces revival. Never!

With the key of David Jesus Christ opened the door for our church to bring a cornucopia of blessings to pastors and missionaries who are defeated and hopelessly confused by the heresies of Decisionism and Pentecostal errors throughout the world. From the jungles of Vietnam to the nations of Africa, from the benighted and enslaved Muslim nations of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, from the golden shores of Myanmar, China, Thailand and Mongolia, our messages and advice go out to struggling pastors and missionaries to help them find their way back to the old evangelicalism. From Indonesia to Italy, from Moscow to Madrid to London our message rolls forth from this church every day and every night. They are learning to preach the Gospel from us. They are learning to prepare for revival from us. They are learning the difference between truth and error from us. I know of no other website like Christ took the key of David and opened the door for us to be a veritable seminary to encourage defeated and confused pastors and missionaries throughout the four corners of the earth!

And now Christ has opened another door for us that I trust He will never close. Now we send Dr. Cagan himself with John Cagan and Noah Song to preach and teach in person. They have already gone to India and Indonesia and China and the Dominican Republic – and to the Fiji Islands. And in January Dr. Cagan will take John and Noah to teach and preach evangelistically in Africa, in Uganda and Kenya! Christ has opened the door. We are doing more mission work from this inner city church than any other church I know of! Praise the name and power of Jesus who opened the door to the whole world to us – and no man can shut it!

From Greenland’s icy mountains, From India’s coral strand;
   Where Afric’s sunny fountains Roll down their golden sand:
From many an ancient river, From many a palmy plain,
   They call us to deliver Their land from error’s chain.
(“From Greenland’s Icy Mountains” by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826).

Look at the way the Lord Jesus Christ opened the door to the whole world to us! First, Christ gave us the key of real evangelistic preaching. I had to fight for it! I lost everything to fight for old-school evangelistic preaching. Then Christ showed us Finney’s heresy of “Decisionism” – which has gutted and ruined churches throughout the world. He showed us how to combat it and overthrow it! While the establishment Calvinists talked about it – we are fighting it. We have two books on it for all the world to read – and they are free on our website. Then Christ showed us how to hire missionaries around the globe to translate our sermons into 36 languages. Then Christ led us to put Dr. Cagan in charge of this monumental work. No one else I know of could coordinate these languages, format them, and keep the whole process going! Then Christ opened the door for us to put the sermon videos up on our website in three of the major languages of the world – English, Spanish and Chinese. More than three quarters of the human race can watch us preach the Gospel! Praise Jesus, who opened the door! And finally Christ inspired Dr. Cagan to go as a missionary and teacher – and take John and Noah to preach the Gospel in key places that Jesus opens to us – and the videos of their preaching in those places go up on our website as well, for everyone on earth to watch and study! Before they are 25 years old John Samuel Cagan and Noah Song have become international evangelists – and Dr. Cagan is now a veteran missionary! Christ did it! Christ did it! Christ did it! And this is just the beginning!

Shall we, whose souls are lighted With wisdom from on high,
   Shall we to those benighted The lamp of life deny?
Salvation! O salvation! The joyful sound proclaim,
   Till earth’s remotest nation Has learned Messiah’s Name.

Waft, waft, ye winds, His story, And you, ye waters, roll
   Till, like a sea of glory, It spreads from pole to pole:
Till o’er our ransomed nature The Lamb for sinners slain,
   Redeemer, King, Creator, In bliss returns to reign.
(“From Greenland’s Icy Mountains” by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826).

When Reginald Heber wrote that hymn in the nineteenth century, it took months for a missionary to take the Gospel to one country. But Jesus opened the door! Last month we took our sermons and theology to 216 nations of the world. In a matter of minutes our preachers spoke to the entire human race, and our manuscripts were in the hands of literally thousands of preachers and missionaries “from Greenland’s icy mountains to India’s coral strand”! “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).

This could be just the beginning. Nicholas von Zinzendorf was just 27 years old. The average age of his people was about 25. There weren’t many there, about half of what we have here tonight. On Wednesday, August 13, 1727 the Holy Spirit fell on them. Nicholas von Zinzendorf said, “I have one passion. It is Jesus, Jesus only.” None of those who were there on August 13, 1727 could fully describe what happened. They left the church at noon “hardly knowing whether they belonged to earth or had already gone to Heaven.” Zinzendorf said, “It happened in a single moment. The nearness of Christ was sensed.” This small church in twenty years called into being more missionaries than the whole Evangelical Church had done in two hundred years. William Carey threw down a Moravian magazine and said to a group of Baptist preachers, “See what the Moravians have done! Cannot we follow their example and...preach the Gospel to the heathen?” The era of modern missions had begun 50 years earlier when the Holy Spirit fell on that small group of Moravian Christians in Saxony.

I say to you tonight, in the words of William Carey, “See what the Moravians have done. Cannot we follow their example?” Not without a deep revival! Not without deep consecration!

You are going to have to be as consecrated to saving this church as John Samuel Cagan! Turn to Romans 12:1, 2. It’s on page 1206 in the Scofield Study Bible.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

For two years John Cagan struggled against going into the ministry. He did not want to present his body as a living sacrifice to God. But now he has! Will you follow him? Come up here and tell me about it now. Our church can have a glorious future and be a blessing to the whole world. Or our church can slowly die. It depends on whether or not you will consecrate your whole life to Christ, as John Samuel Cagan did. If you will come up here and tell me about it, I will pray for you! Emi, play number 15, “I’ll Live for Him.” Stand and sing it.

My life, my love I give to Thee, Thou Lamb of God who died for me;
   O may I ever faithful be, My Saviour and my God!
I’ll live for Him who died for me, How satisfied my life shall be!
   I’ll live for Him who died for me, My Saviour and my God!

I now believe Thou dost receive, For Thou hast died that I might live;
   And now henceforth I trust in Thee, My Saviour and my God!
I’ll live for Him who died for me, How satisfied my life shall be!
   I’ll live for Him who died for me, My Saviour and my God!

O Thou who died on Calvary, To save my soul and make me free,
   I’ll consecrate my life to Thee, My Saviour and my God!
I’ll live for Him who died for me, How satisfied my life shall be!
   I’ll live for Him who died for me, My Saviour and my God!
(“I’ll Live For Him” by Ralph E. Hudson, 1843-1901; altered by the Pastor).

Now, I want you to do what the song says, “I’ll Live for Him.” Come and tell me about it, and I will pray for you.

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Solo Sung by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith Before the Sermon:
“From Greenland’s Icy Mountains” (by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826).