Business of Salvation
The Business of SalvationTM is the basic premise of BTPN, properly understood. We need to remember that Salvation is of the whole person: mind, soul, body and spirit. We also need to remember that the Good Book says, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”
We attend church on Sunday and listen to the Christian teaching. We go home and much of what we have heard is not reflected in our working lives throughout the rest of the week. There is a gulf between our spiritual lives and our secular lives. We need to get to grips with both, if we are to work out our Salvation. In fact we only have one life and God does not divide it up into compartments, where different rules apply in each box!
We need to see that being a Christian needs to be worked out in the workplace, in running our businesses, in the supermarket buying our food, in the garage repairing our car, in the hospital, in the hairdressers, in school, in the street, in fact everywhere we have dealings with other people. Jesus came to save all people and we, as Christians, are His chosen instruments in presenting His Gospel.
Elsewhere on this website we explain how we attempt to bridge this ‘sacred-secular divide’ by teaching Christian entrepreneurs the biblical way of business; we also attempt to teach pastors some of the misconceptions about the ‘evil’ of business life. People in the workplace, in industry and commerce, and all kinds of business and work activities, need support to be a Christian seven days a week and in all circumstances. Seventy per cent of our time is spent in the workplace, where we are witnesses of our faith. BTPN teaches that business leaders set the tone in their businesses. Are they faithful stewards? Do they pay their employees fairly and promptly? Do they deal fairly with suppliers and customers? Do they make a fair profit? A business owner’s behaviour will attract or repel those whom he employs, making them more or less inclined to hear about their beliefs and faith.
The business of life is bound up with the biblical message of righteous living, and a faithful heart. Everything must be done to the glory of God. This is not a new thought, but there is a widespread neglect of this concept in the workplace, and the church generally seems unable to help. In BTPN we recognise that business in all its forms is the mainstay of society. Even churches depend on a good economy to survive. However, we do not teach any kind of ‘Prosperity Gospel’ or get rich schemes. We teach the principles of Kingdom Business, where the main characteristic of a Kingdom Business is that it is instrumental in bringing people to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In other words, we teach “The Business of Salvation”!