With technology today the gospel has reached people who otherwise were not touched by the gospel. We hear countless testimonies of lives transformed through a gospel TV, radio, or internet program.
There are vast regions of the world which nevertheless cannot be reached with the help of technology. It moreover cannot enable us to preach the gospel as Jesus commanded his disciples. How did he command them to preach the gospel?
Luke 10:9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, “the kingdom of God has come near to you.”
Unless one is trained in the use of authority to heal the sick at a distance, we cannot minister effective healing to the sick when sharing the gospel over TV, radio, or the internet. Miraculous healings are the necessary and irrefutable evidence to non-western, gospel-resistant people groups that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the only way to the One True God in heaven who created the heavens and the earth.
Nor is it possible using technology to share the gospel on a personal, face-to-face basis as the early disciples did when Jesus sent them out. And when unbelievers choose to believe on Jesus, the necessary follow-up discipleship will be very difficult if we rely on technology alone. New believers must be discipled in a house church led by a trained worker.
Therefore if during these Last Days we are fulfill Matthew 24:14 and “make disciples of all nations” as the Lord commanded in the Great Commission, we must train and send a huge army of workers—foot soldiers—into the vast, still untouched harvest fields of the world—where the gospel of life is totally unavailable and cannot be shared even with the help of technology.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
This is what The Elijah Challenge is doing today during these Last Days. We train workers how to heal the sick and cast out demons powerfully and consistently when sharing the gospel from house to house and from village to village in the vast stretches of the world where the gospel is otherwise unavailable whether by TV, radio, or the internet—all of which constitute the “air war” in the advance of the kingdom of God on earth. Our calling, by contrast, is to train and send highly-equipped ground troops to advance the gospel of the kingdom of God to fulfill the Great Commission during these Last Days.
We train workers to plant house churches wherever precious souls have put their faith in Jesus Christ after hearing the gospel and witnessing the unprecedented miraculous healings which their gods or beliefs cannot do.
The Elijah Challenge equips nameless harvest workers to reach resistant people groups effectively and fruitfully by training them to heal the sick miraculously as Jesus did (John 14:11-12)—as irrefutable evidence that Jesus is the Messiah and the only way to the One True God who created the heavens and the earth.