In my opinion there is nothing more important than evangelism and discipleship in the local church. God’s commission for men is to make disciples, and He has given the church the responsibility to equip them for that end.
Going back to thinking about the Church of the Barbed wire, a place that is defined by the walls it creates around itself, we must understand that like any church, it believes in evangelism. At this church as men exit the fenced church yard they go knowing that their call is to bring others inside.
Imagine with me walking through an open field. As we walk I begin to tell you the wonders of the ranch I live on. I tell you that it is a beautiful place, wild flowers cover the hills and a scenic lake sits at their feet. I tell you of the feast we eat around the campfire and the fellowship we have in bonding. Finishing those words we walk up to the outer fence. A sign sits on the outer fence that describes what you must be before entering the ranch itself. In despair you realize that you are disqualified from coming on the ranch. At that moment you turn back not to come in.
In the Church of the Barbed Wire its members are active in inviting and encouraging the lost to come and meet Jesus. The only problem is that before they can see the love of God at work within His body they are met with sign after sign that tells them what they must be before entrance into the church. What this church has done is added extra scriptural non written stipulations as to what’s necessary for entrance. Before you have the opportunity to see what’s happening on the inside you must fit into the culture.
As I have observed Christ in the New Testament, I have noticed that He seemed to have two voices. One voice was a voice of mercy and grace in which he spoke to the broken, sinful and rejected of the world. The other voice was one of reproof to the religious who sought to build barriers to keep sinful men from God. As we as Christians go out to share our faith to a world that needs hope, do we take them straight to our savior, or do we take them to the fence where they see what they need to become before gaining entrance to the savior?