Bible believing Christians and churches, believing as they do in Christ’s Great Commission to preach the Gospel to every creature (Matthew:28:19–20), have tried many methods to reach non-Christian cultures, some of which have not been very effective. Often they have found that preaching the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Christ, apart from scriptural and historical foundations of this doctrine, has produced little fruit.
On the other hand, the best results have usually been achieved by those who realized that the scriptural way to approach such people was in terms of the foundational truth of Creation. Once the existence of the true God and His interest in humankind is established, then the missionary can go on to show that it is only the Creator of all men who can really save them from their sins. That same Creator has become man, borne God’s judgment, died for their sins, and been raised again.
That this order is the Biblical norm is evident from the fact that, in the days to come, when God sends an angel to preach the Gospel on the foreign mission field (perhaps because the believers in that day either can’t or won’t do so), this is the way the angel does it. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him: for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation:14:6,7).
--Dr. Henry Morris (October 6, 1918 – February 25, 2006, young earth creationist, Christian apologist, and engineer).