Oswald J. Smith was a man who had a real heart for missions. He had tried to go to the mission field, but no Missions’ Board would accept him because of his health. God used him and his church to give millions of dollars to missions. I believe his church gave 90 percent of their income towards missions. And, of course, he was the man who inspired thousands of churches with the “Faith Promise” concept of giving to missions. In the first chapter of his book, The Challenge of Missions, Smith wrote an allegory, which he called “Satan’s Defeat.” Yesterday, we looked at part one, below, you will find part two of his convicting and challenging words:
Fifty years passed. Restlessly His Satanic Majesty paced back and forth. Dark, foreboding frowns passed over his countenance. It was quite apparent that something of an unusual nature was troubling him. “It must not be,” he muttered to himself. “And the very plan, too,” he continued in a louder tone. “Yes, the very plan. They seem to have caught a vision of it at last. ‘Evangelize,’ ‘pioneer,’ I don’t like these words. And then that written statement of theirs, ‘The objects sought by the Society include the following: To hasten the return of our Lord by following His program for this age which is to “preach the Gospel in all the world for a witness to all nations,” and, “to take out of them a people for His name,” as He said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Its aim is to engage in only such activities as contribute to world evangelism. Its missionary policy is to avoid duplicating existing Gospel agencies abroad by directing its efforts to pioneer service among peoples, tribes “‘Regions beyond,’ ‘unoccupied areas,’ ‘pioneer service among peoples, tribes and nations where Christ is not named!’ And ‘to hasten the return of our Lord by following His program for this age.’ Then that phrase of theirs, ‘Bringing back the King.’ ‘The King!’ ‘The King!’ It shall not be. I must frustrate their purposes! ‘The King!’ What will happen to me when He comes? I must call a council immediately.”
In a few minutes, they were all present. From the uttermost parts they came—mighty fallen angels, dignitaries, princes, captains, world rulers of the darkness of this age—in countless multitudes they gathered around their lord, who stood with pent-up rage in their midst. Silence, silence like the silence of death, reigned. Presently Satan spoke: “Prince of Alaska, stand thou forth!” Trembling and afraid, with a shrinking form unlike his appearance of fifty years before, he approached his dread monarch. “Prince of Alaska,” inquired Satan, “have they entered yet?” “Yes, my lord, they have,” slowly responded the Prince, with a look of fear, hardly raising his eyes. “How! What!” thundered Satan, scarcely able to control himself. “Why didst thou not better guard my empire?” “We did our best, Your Majesty, but it was all of no avail. Word somehow got back; the frozen bodies of the first two were discovered. It set the whole Church on fire. Others ventured. Several we destroyed. More grew discouraged and turned back. But finally, in spite of all we could do, they got through. Guarded and protected by legions of angels, they entered and stayed; nor could we drive them out. And today, there are hundreds of Eskimos in the kingdom of God, while thousands have heard the Tidings!” The scene that followed beggars all description. Satan fumed and fairly bellowed out his rage. The very air seemed alive with a million spirits. His leading princes cowed before him and sought to get away from his terrible eyes.
“Prince of Tibet, stand thou forth!” roared the enraged fiend, a moment later. “Thou hast a better report to give, I hope,” he continued, as that renowned leader stepped forward. “No, my lord, I have fared but little better,” answered the Prince. “What!” stormed Satan. “Have any heard the Name in thy domain, O Prince?” “No power at my disposal could prevent it,” responded the Prince quietly. “We did our best. All our forces toiled day and night to overcome them. It seems there is a movement raised up for the sole purpose of going where no one else has gone and preaching in so-called unoccupied areas of the world, whose leader, the Prince of China, with his forces, tried to destroy, but in vain. Protected by legions of angels, he lived. Dogs were turned on them. We filled the priests with deadly hatred towards them. Pitfalls were laid for them on every side. Starvation methods were adopted. Disease did its part. But it was useless. On and on they pressed, until, today, there are scores of Tibetans lost to us forever, and thousands of others have heard the News. Far and wide, witness has been borne.”
At that, Satan’s rage knew no bounds. Without a moment’s delay, he turned and gave his final command: “Prince of Afghanistan, stand thou forth!” There was a moment’s hesitation; then, with slow steps and downcast eyes, the one addressed responded, and stood trembling before his sovereign. “Prince of Afghanistan,” began Satan again, “thou hast guarded well my domains. Shouldst thou also fail me, I know not where to turn.” There was no reply. Silence held the great audience spellbound. until, today, there are scores of Tibetans lost to us forever, and thousands of others have heard the News. Far and wide, witness has been borne.” At that, Satan’s rage knew no bounds. Without a moment’s delay, he turned and gave his final command: “Prince of Afghanistan, stand thou forth!” There was a moment’s hesitation; then, with slow steps and downcast eyes, the one addressed responded, and stood trembling before his sovereign. “Prince of Afghanistan,” began Satan again, “thou hast guarded well my domains. Shouldst thou also fail me, I know not where to turn.” There was no reply. Silence held the great audience spellbound. “And now,” roared Satan, “all is lost! Thousands have been saved in India and China, but the news I have just heard is the worst of all. He may come now. At least it will not be long, for with the vision of these people, every tribe, tongue and nation will be reached. And then, woe, woe is me!”
O Lord, raise up men and women committed to the cause of reaching the Unreached and Unengaged peoples of the world!
“Today five out of six non-Christians in our world have no hope unless missionaries come to them and plant the church among them.”
“I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”