John Wesley had just taken up a “large sum of money” for the Indian schools in America. After collecting the offering he reflected in his journal:
“A large sum of money is now collected; but will money convert Heathens? Find preachers of David Brainerd’s spirit, and nothing can stand before them; but without this, what will gold or silver do? No more than lead or iron. They have indeed sent thousands to hell; but never yet brought a soul to heaven.”
These words still ring true today. You can have all the money in the world, but without the clear presentation of the gospel, there is no hope for eternal life-transformation. At the end of the day, there is a pressing need for men and women who will clearly present God’s plan of rescue (aka “salvation)!