An apostle is sent. He is compelled. He must proclaim the gospel, and once the gospel is preached he moves on.
He cannot do otherwise.
And I am glad I am not so compelled. The nations have the gospel. The issue is not that the nation has not a church, but that the church has rejected God.
My role is much more on of standing in the truth. And the old ways. The old gospel, that the apostles first proclaimed.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-27
17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.
19For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
24Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. 26So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.
The apostle will do whatever it takes to preach. He will remove barriers. He will be seeker friendly.
He will proclaim the truth, in a manner that works for that culture. He will shine light on the sins of that culture and time.
And the teaching he will proclaim is Christ and Christ alone.
I am not an apostle. I sit in the Pew and try to keep to their teaching. But that may indeed now be a witness, for in this fallen time anyone who stands for truth sounds strange.
So be it. We are not comp loss as Paul was. But in this time, we too must do our duty.