e Pg 1 R ead m Born to Reproduce A by:Dawson Trotman A few years ago, while visiting parents are poor everything that He reproduction is disease or Edinburgh, Scotland, I stood on High gave the other. It has five little fingers impairment to some part of Street just down from the castle. As I on each hand, a little mouth and two the body that is needed for reproductive stood there, I saw a father and a mother eyes. Properly cared for, those little purposes. In the spiritual realm sin is coming toward me pushing a baby hands may someday be the hands of the disease that can keep one from carriage. They looked very happy, were an artist or a musician.” winning the lost. well dressed and apparently were well- Then this other thought came to One other thing that can keep to-do. I tried to catch a glimpse of the me, “Isn’t it wonderful that God did people from having children is baby as they passed and, seeing my not select the wealthy and the educated immaturity. God in His wisdom saw to interest, they stopped to let me look at and say, ‘You can have children’, and it that little children cannot have babies. the little, pink-cheeked member of their to the poor and uneducated say, ‘You A little boy must first grow to sufficient family. cannot.’ Everyone on earth has that maturity to be able to earn a living, I watched them for a little while as privilege.” and a little girl must be old enough to they walked on and thought how The first order ever given to care for a baby. beautiful it is that God permits a man was that he “be fruitful Everyone should be born again. man to choose one woman who and multiply.” In other That is God’s desire. God never intended seems the most beautiful and words, he was to reproduce that man should merely live and die - lovely to him, and she chooses after his own kind. God did be a walking corpse to be laid in the him out of all the men whom she not tell Adam and Eve, our first ground. The vast majority of people has ever known. Then they parents, to be spiritual. They were know that there is something beyond separate themselves to one already in His image. Sin had not the grave, and so each one who is born another, and God in His plan yet come in. He just said, “Multiply. into God’s family should seek others to gives them the means of repro- I want more just like you, more be born again. duction! It is a wonderful thing in My own image.” A person is born again when he that a little child should be born Of course, the image receives Jesus Christ. “But as many as into their family, having some of the was marred. But Adam Eve had received Him, to them gave He power father’s characteristics and some of the children. They began to multiply. There to become the sons of God . . . Which mother’s, some of his looks and some came a time, however, when God had were born, not of blood, nor of the will of hers. Each sees in that baby a to destroy most of the flesh that had of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but reflection of the one whom he or she been born. He started over with eight of God” (John 1:12,13)–the new birth. loves. people. The more than two billion It is God’s plan that these new babes in Seeing that little one made me feel people who are on earth today came Christ grow. All provision is made for homesick for our own children whom from the eight who were fruitful and their growth into maturity, and then I dearly love and whose faces I had not multiplied. they are to multiply –not only the rich seen for some time. As I continued to or the educated, but all alike. Every stand there I saw another baby carriage, Hindrances person who is born into God’s family or perambulator as they call it over Only a few things will ever keep is to multiply. there, coming in my direction. It was human beings from multiplying In the physical realm when your a secondhand affair and very wobbly. themselves in the physical realm. One children have children, you become a Obviously the father and mother were is that they never marry. If they are not grandparent. Your parents are then poor. Both were dressed poorly and united, they will not reproduce. This is great-grandparents, and theirs great- plainly, but when I indicated my in- a truth which Christians need to grasp great-grandparents. And so it should terest in seeing their baby, they stopped with reference to spiritual reproduction. be in the spiritual. and with the same pride as the other When a person becomes a child of God, parents let me view their little, pink- he should realize that he is to live in Spiritual Babes cheeked, beautiful-eyed child. union with Jesus Christ if he is going Wherever you find a Christian who I thought as these went on their to win others to the Savior. is not leading men and women to way, “God gave this little baby whose Another factor that can hinder Christ, something is wrong. He may Born to Reproduce Pg 2 by:Dawson Trotman still be a babe. I do not mean that he They are immature. There is not that they wanted someone else to does not know a lot of doctrine and is union with Christ. know. not well informed through hearing But when all things are right In every Christian good preaching. I know many people between you and the Lord, regardless audience, I am sure there are who can argue the pre-, the post- and of how much or how little you may men and women who have been the amillennial position and who know know intellectually from the standpoint Christians for five, ten and twenty years much about dispensations, but who are of the world, you can be a spiritual but who do not know of one person still immature. Paul said of some such parent. And that, incidentally, may even who is living for Jesus Christ today in Corinth, “And I, brethren, could not be when you are very young in the Lord. because of them. I am not talking now speak unto you as unto spiritual (or A young lady works at the telephone about merely working for Christ, but mature), but as unto carnal, even as desk in our office in Colorado Springs. about producing for Christ. Someone unto babes...” (1 Corinthians 3:1) A year and a half ago she was associated may say, “I gave out a hundred Because they were babes, with the young Communist league thousand tracts.” That is good, but how they were immature, in Great Britain. She heard Billy many sheep did you bring in? incapable of spiritual Graham and accepted the Lord Some time ago I talked to 29 reproduction. In other words, Jesus Christ. Soon she and a missionary candidates. They were they could not help other couple other girls in her art and graduates of universities or Bible people to be born again. Paul drama school were used of the schools or seminaries. As a member of continued, “I have fed you Lord to win some girls to Christ. the board I interviewed each one over with milk, and not with meat: We taught Pat and some of the a period of five days, giving each for hitherto ye were not able others, and they in turn taught candidate from half an hour to an hour. to bear it ... ye are yet carnal the girls whom they led to Christ. Among the questions I asked were two (or babes): for ... there is among Some of these have led still other which are very important. The first one you envying, and strife, and divisions girls to Christ, and they too are training had to do with their devotional life. . . . “(1 Corinthians 3:2,3). I know a their friends. Patricia is a great- “How is your devotional life?” I asked lot of church members, Sunday school grandmother already, though she is them. “How is the time you spend with teachers and members of the women’s only about a year and four months old the Lord? Do you feel that your missionary society who will say to each in the Lord. devotional life is what the Lord would other, “Have you heard about so and We see this all the time. I know a have it to be?” so?” and pass along some gossip. Such sailor who, when he was only four Out of this particular group of 29 have done an abominable thing in the months old in the Lord, was a only one person said, “I believe my sight of God. How horrible it is when a great–grandfather. He had led some devotional life is what it ought to be.” Christian hears something and spreads sailors to the Lord who in turn led other To the others my question then was, the story! The Book says, “These six sailors to the Lord, and these last led “Why is your devotional life not what things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven other sailors to the Lord - yet he was it should be?” are an abomination unto Him ... a only four months old. “Well, you see, I am here at this lying tongue ... “ (Proverbs 6:16,17). How was this done? God used the summer institute,” was a common Oh, the Christians I know, both men pure channel of these young Christians reply. “We have a concentrated course. and women, who let lying come in! “.. lives in their exuberance and first love We do a year’s work in only ten weeks. . he that soweth discord among for Christ, and out of their hearts the We are so busy.” brethren” (Proverbs 6:19) is another. incorruptible seed of the Word of God I said, “All right. Lets back up to This is walking as a babe, and I believe was sown in the hearts of other people. when you were in college. Did you have that it is one of the basic reasons why It took hold. Faith came by the hearing victory in your some Christians do not have people of the Word. They were born again by devotional life then?” born again into God’s family through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They “Well , not them. They are sick spiritually. There observed those Christians who led them exactly.” is something wrong. There is a spiritual to Christ and shared in the joy, the peace We traced back disease in their lives. and the thrill of it all. And in their joy, and found that never Pg 3 Born to Reproduce by:Dawson Trotman since they came to know the Savior had of fellowship which is part of the great I started to work with him, he they had a period of victory in their plan? Or is it some sin in your life, an had found a man of like devotional lives. That was one of the unconfessed something, that has heart. This first sailor was not reasons for their sterility - lack of stopped the flow? Or is it that you are the kind of a man you had to communion with Christ. still a babe? “For when for the time ye push and give prizes to before he would The other question I asked them ought to be teachers, have need that do something. He loved the Lord and was, “You are going out to the foreign one teach ye you again...” (Hebrews was willing to pay a price to produce. field. You hope to be used by the Lord 5:12). He worked with this new babe in Christ in winning men and women to Christ. and those two fellows began to grow Is that right?” How to Produce Reproducers and spiritually reproduce. On that ship “Yes.” The reason that we are not getting 125 men found the Savior before it was “You want them to go on and live this Gospel to the ends of the earth is sunk at Pearl Harbor. Men off that first the victorious life, don’t you? You don’t not because it is not potent enough. battleship are in four continents of the want them just to make a decision and Twenty-three years ago we took a world as missionaries today. It was then go back into the world, do you?” born-again sailor and spent some time necessary to make a start, however. The “Then may I ask you something with him, showing him how to devil’s great trick is to stop anything more? How many persons do you know reproduce spiritually after his kind. It like this if he can before it gets started. by name today who were won to Christ took time, lots of time. It was not a He will stop you, too, if you let him. by you and are living for Him?” hurried, 30-minute challenge in a There are Christians whose lives The majority had to church service and a hasty good-bye run in circles who, nevertheless, have admit that they with an invitation to come back next the desire to be spiritual parents. Take were ready to cross week. We spent time together. We a typical example. You meet him in the an ocean and took care of his problems and morning as he goes to work and say to learn a foreign taught him not only to hear him, “Why are you going to work?” language, but they God’s Word and to read it, but “Well, I have to earn money.” had not won their also how to study it. We taught “What are you earning money first soul who was going on him how to fill the quiver of his heart for?” you ask. with Jesus Christ. A number with the arrows of God’s Word, so that “Well,” he replies, “I have to buy of them said that they got many people the Spirit of God could lift an arrow food.” to go to church, others said they had from his heart and place it to the bow “What do you want food for?” persuaded some to go forward when of his lips and pierce a heart for Christ. “I have to eat so as to have strength the invitation was given. He found a number of boys on his to go to work and earn some more I asked, “Are they living for Christ ship, but none of them would go all money.” now?” Their eyes dropped. I then out for the Lord. They would go to “What do you want more money continued, “How do you expect that by church, but when it came right down for?” crossing an ocean and speaking in a to doing something, they were “also “I have to buy clothes so that I can foreign language with people who are rans.” He came to me after a month of be dressed to go to work and earn some suspicious of you, whose way of life is this and said, “Dawson, I can’t get any more money.” “I have to buy a house unfamiliar, you will be able to do there of these guys on the ship to get down or pay the rent so I will have a place to what you have not yet done here? to business.” rest up, so I will be fit to work and earn These questions do not apply to I said to him, “Listen, you ask God some more money.” And so it goes. missionaries and prospective to give you one. You can’t have two There are many Christians like that missionaries only. They apply to all of until you have one. Ask God to give you who are going in big God’s people. Every one of His children a man after your own heart.” circles. But you ought to be a reproducer. He began to pray. One day he came continue your Are you producing? If not, why not? to me and said, “I think I’ve found questioning and ask, Is it because of a lack of communion him.” Later he brought the young fellow “What else do you with Christ, your Lord, that closeness over. Three months from the time that do?” Pg 4 Born to Reproduce by:Dawson Trotman “Oh, I find time to serve the Lord. later you can cut your 2,176,000,000 for Christ in a months cam- I am preaching here and there.” But down to 1,088,000,000 because the devil paign. I feel that with the work down behind all of this he has the one caused B to be sterile. you have done you could desire to be a spiritual father. He is God promised Abraham “...in Isaac come in and help us.” praying that God will give him a man shall thy seed be called” (Genesis I said, “Billy, I cant follow up 6,000 to teach. It may take six months. It 21:12), so Abraham waited a long, long people. My work is always with individ- need not take that long, but maybe it time for that son. Gods promise to make uals and small groups.” takes him six months to get him started Abraham the father of many nations “Look, Daws,” he answered, taking in the Word and giving it out was all wrapped up in that one son, “everywhere I go I meet Navigators. I and getting ready to teach a man Isaac. If Hitler had been present and met them in school in Wheaton. They himself. had caused Isaac’s death when are in my school right now. (He was So this first man at the end of six Abraham had his knife poised over him president of Northwestern Schools at months has another man. Each man on Mount Moriah, Hitler could have that time.) There must be something starts teaching another in the following killed every Jew in that one stroke. to this.” six months. At the end of the year, there I believe that is why Satan puts all “I just don’t have the time,” I said. are just four of them. Perhaps each one his efforts into getting the Christian He tackled me again. The third time teaches a Bible class busy, busy, busy, but not he pled with me and said, “Daws, I am or helps in a street producing. not able to sleep nights for thinking of meeting, but at the Men, where is your what happens to the converts after a same time his main man? Women, where is crusade is over. interest is in his your woman? Where is At that time I was on my way to man and how he is your girl? Where is the one Formosa and I said, “While I am there doing. So at the end of whom you led to Christ and who is now I will pray about it, Billy.” On the sands the year the four of them get together going on with Him? of a Formosan beach I paced up and and have a prayer meeting and There is a story in 1 Kings, chapter down two or three hours a day praying, determine, “Now, lets not allow 20 about a man who gave a prisoner “Lord, how can I do this? I am not even anything to sidetrack us. Let’s give the to a servant and instructed the servant getting the work done You have given Gospel out to a lot of people, but let’s to guard the prisoner well. But as the me to do. How can I take six months check up on at least one man and see servant was busy here and there the of the year to give to Billy?” But God him through.” prisoner made his escape. laid the burden upon my heart. So the four of them in the next six The curse of today is that we are Why should Billy have asked me months each get a man. That makes too busy. I am not talking about being to do it? I had said to him that day eight at the end of a year and a half. busy earning money to buy food. I am before I left for Formosa, “Billy, you They all go out after another and at talking about being busy doing will have to get somebody else.” the end of two years there are 16 men. Christian things. We have spiritual He took me by the shoulder and At the end of three years there are 64: activity with little productivity. And said, “Who else? Who is majoring in the 16 have doubled twice. At the end productivity comes as a result of what this?” I had been majoring in it. of five years there are 1,048. At the end we call “follow–up.” What will it take to jar us out of of fifteen and a half years there are our complacency and send us home to 2,176,000,000. That is the present Majoring in Reproducing pray, “God, give me a girl or man whom population of the world of persons over Five years ago Billy Graham came I can win to Christ, or let me take one three years of age. to me and said, “Daws, we would like who is already won, an infant in Christ, But wait a minute! Suppose that you to help with our follow-up. I’ve and try to train that one after the first man, A, helps B and B is been studying the great evangelists and so that he or she will ready to get his man while A starts the great revivals and I fail to see that reproduce!” helping another, B gets sidetracked, there is much of a follow-up program. How thrilled we washes out and does not produce his We need it. We are having an average are to see the masses first man. Fifteen and one-half years of 6,000 people come forward to decide fill up the seats! But Pg 5 Born to Reproduce by:Dawson Trotman where is your man? I would rather tell you, I was sick at heart. It seemed You cannot make God the have one “Isaac” alive than a hundred that Philippians 1:6 was not working. overseer. He makes you the dead, or sterile, or immature. An Armenian boy came into my overseer. office one day and told me about all We began to work on Beginning of Follow-up the souls he had won. He said that they follow-up. This emphasis on finding One day years ago, I was driving were all Armenians and had the list to and helping some of the converts went along in my little Model T Ford and prove it. on for a couple or three years before saw a young man walking down the I said, “Well, what is this one the Navigator work started. By that time street. I stopped and picked him up. As doing?” our work included fewer converts but he got into the car, he swore and said, He said, “That one isn’t doing so more time spent with the converts. Soon “Its sure tough to get a ride.” I never good. He is backslidden.” I could say as Paul said to the hear a man take my Savior’s name in “What about this one?” We went Philippians, “I thank my God upon vain but what my heart aches. I all down the list and there was not one every remembrance of you. Always in reached into my pocket for a tract and living a victorious life. every prayer of mine for you all making said, “Lad, read this.” I said, “Give me your Bible.” request with joy, for your fellowship in He looked up at me and said, I turned to Philippians and put a the Gospel from the first day until now.” “Haven’t I seen you somewhere cardboard right under the 6th verse, (Philippians 1:3-5). He followed up his before?” took a razor blade out of my pocket and converts with daily prayer and I looked at him closely. He looked started to come down on the page. He fellowship. Then he could say, “Being like someone I should know. We figured grabbed my hand and asked, “What confident of this very thing, that He out that we had met the year before on are you going to do?” which hath begun a good work in you the same road. He was on his way to a “I’m going to cut this verse out,” will perform it until the day of Jesus golf course to caddy when I picked him I said. “It isn’t working.” Christ” (Philippians 1:6). In keeping up. He had gotten into my car and had Do you know what was wrong? I with this the 7th verse reads: started out the same way with the same had been taking the 6th verse away “Even as it is meet (or proper) for me “Jesus Christ.” I had taken exception from its context, verses 3 through 7. to think this of you all, because I have to his use of that name and had opened Paul was not just saying, “All right, the you in my heart...” up the New Testament and shown him Lord has started something, He will Before I had forgotten to follow-up the way of salvation. He had accepted finish it.” But you know, that is what the people God had reached through Jesus Christ as his Savior. In parting I some people tell me when they win a me. But from then on I began to spend had given him Philippians 1:6, “Being soul. They say, “Well, I just committed time helping them. That is why confident of this very him to God.” sometime later when that first sailor thing, that He which Suppose I meet came to me, I saw the value of spending hath begun a good someone who has a large three months with him. I saw an Isaac work in you will family and say to him, in him. Isaac had Jacob, and Jacob had perform it until the day “Who is taking care of your the twelve, and all the rest of the nations of Jesus Christ.” “God children?” came through them. bless you, son. Read this,” I said, and “My family? Oh, I left them with sped on my merry way. the Lord.” It Takes Time To Do God’s Work A year later, there was no more Right away I would say to that one, You can lead a soul to Christ in evidence of the new birth and the new “I have a verse for you, But if any from 20 minutes to a couple of hours. creature in this boy than if he had provide not for his own, and specially But it takes from 20 weeks to a couple never heard of Jesus Christ. for those of his own house, he ... is of years to get him on I had a great passion to win souls worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5:8).” road to maturity, and that was my great passion. But, Paul said to the elders of the church victorious over the after I met this boy the second time on at Ephesus, “Take heed ... to all the sins and the recurring the way to the golf course, I began to flock, over the which the Holy Ghost problems that come find some of my “converts.” I want to hath made you overseers.“ (Acts 20:28). along. He must learn Pg 6 Born to Reproduce by:Dawson Trotman how to make right decisions. He must “I am a human being,” then she quoted of babes and sucklings hast be warned of the various “isms” that John 3:16 in her own way. “For God so Thou ordained strength...” are likely to reach out with their loved the world, that He gave His only (Psalm 8:2). octopus arms and pull him in and forgotten Son, that whosoever believeth Soulwinners are not sidetrack him. in Him should not perish, but have soulwinners because of what they know, But when you get yourself a man, everlasting life.” She put the emphasis but because of the Person they know, you have doubled your ministry - in on the “whosoever” because when she how well they know Him and how fact, you have more than doubled your was first taught the verse she could not much they long for others to know Him. ministry. Do you know why? When you pronounce that word. “Oh, but I am afraid,” someone teach your man, he sees how it is done Days later that sailor came over says. Remember, “The fear of man and he imitates you. and said to me, “You know, I was going bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his If I were a minister of a church to quote that verse of Scripture. It was trust in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs and had deacons or elders to pass the the only one I knew. But I didn’t really 29:25). plate and choir members to sing, I know it, not until little Ruthie quoted Nothing under heaven except sin, would say, “Thank God for your help. it. When she said ‘whosoever’, I thought, immaturity and lack of communion We need you. Praise the Lord for these that means me. Back on the ship I will put you in a position where you extra things that you do,” but I would accepted the Lord.” Today that young cannot reproduce. Furthermore, there keep pressing home the big job - “Be man is a missionary in South America. is not anything under heaven that can fruitful and multiply.” All these other Until several years after we were keep a newly born again one from things are incidental to the supreme married, my wife’s father did not know going on with the Lord if he has a task of winning a man or woman to the Lord. Here again God used children spiritual parent to take care of him and Jesus Christ and then helping him or to reach a hungry heart. When Ruthie give him the spiritual food God has her to go on. was three and Bruce was five, they went provided for his normal growth. Where is your man? Where is your to visit Grandpa and Grandma. Effects obey their causes by woman? Do you have one? You can Grandpa tried to get them to repeat irresistible laws. When you sow the seed ask God for one. Search your nursery rhymes. He said, “Mary had of God’s Word you will get results. Not hearts. Ask the Lord, “Am I a little lamb” and “Little Boy Blue,” every heart will receive the Word but spiritually sterile? If I am, but the children just looked at him some will and the new birth will take why am I?” and asked, “Who is Little Boy Blue?” place. When a soul is born, give it the Don’t let your lack of He thought they did not know very care that Paul gave new believers. Paul knowledge stand in the way. much. believed in follow-up work. He was a It used to be the plan of The Their mother said, “They know busy evangelist, but he took time for Navigators in the early days some things. Quote Romans 3:23, follow-up. The New Testament is largely that whenever the sailors Bruce.” This Bruce did. Then he made up of the letters of Paul which were with us for supper each asked, “Shall I quote another one, were follow-up letters to the converts. fellow was asked at the end of the meal Grandpa?” James believed in it. “But be doers to quote a verse. “Sure,” said Grandpa. of the Word, and not hearers only,” he I would say it this way, “Quote a Bruce began to quote verses of said in James 1:22. Peter believed in it. verse you have learned in the last 48 Scripture, some 15 in all, and Ruth “As newborn babes, desire the sincere hours if you have one. Otherwise, just quoted some in between. This delighted milk of the Word, that ye may grow give us a verse.” One evening as we Grandpa. He took them over to the thereby” (1 Peter 2:2). John believed quoted verses around the table, my neighbors and to the aunts and uncles, in it, “I have no greater joy than to little three-year-old daughters turn showing them how well these children hear that my children came. There was a new sailor next to knew the Scriptures. In the meantime walk in truth” (3 John her who did not think about her the Word of God was doing its work. It 4). All the writings of quoting Scripture, so without giving was not long before the Holy Spirit, Peter, Paul, James and her an opportunity, he began. She through the voices of babes, planted most of John are food looked up at him as much as to say, the seed in his heart. “Out of the mouth for the new Christian. Pg 7 Born to Reproduce by:Dawson Trotman The Gospel spread to the known world during the first century without radio, television or the printing press, because these produced men who were reproducing. But today we have a lot of pew-sitters – people think that if they are faithful in church attendance, put good-sized gifts into the offering plate and get people to come, they have done their part. Where is your man? Where is your woman? Where is your boy? Where is your girl? Every one of us, no matter what age we are, should get busy memorizing Scripture. In one Sunday school class a woman 72 years of age and another who was 78 finished The Navigator Topical Memory System. They then had something to give. Load your heart with this precious Seed. You will find that God will direct you to those whom you can lead to Christ. There are many hearts ready for the Gospel now.