Fellowship Of The Unashamed

October 25, 2005 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, Christianity | 7 Comments

Fellowship of the Unashamed
(The last words of an African martyr)

“I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The descision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.

I’m finished and done with low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.

I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.

I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.”
–Extreme Devotion, Voice of the Martyrs, page 150

May I always live according to those words. Can you imagine if only half of the Christians in the world lived by that? This world would never ever be the same…

Thanks to Hannah for reminding me of this quote…

Soli Deo Gloria…



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  1. amazing!!!

    Edit: Thank you for the encouragement, however off topic links will be removed.

  2. Every so often I google the “Fellowship of the unashamed” to see how far and wide this powerful confession of faith has permeated the web. Because I am committed not only to the power of these words but also the truth of their origin, I felt compelled to write and let you know how far afield your citation is. This statement was composed at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes retreat at Black Mountain, North Carolina in 1966. (The athletic origin of the statement makes the final line make sense; “My colors will be clear.”) It is the fruit of a group collaboration event seeking to answer the question, “What does commitment mean?” I know this to be true because my father-in-law, was a part of the group that wrote the statement. I offer this correction in the spirit of grace – wanting the truth of this statement to remain connected to the truth of its origin.

    • Thanks for this information. I have been trying to verify the origin of this creed for a long time. I would like to use it in a sermon, but I don’t want to use it if it is not accurate and able to be cited. Is there any way you could help me out with verifying the source that you have posted? I would greatly appreciate any help.

      I have also heard that it was from:
      [Extreme Devotion: Voice of the Martyrs, p.150]
      [Dr. Bob Moorehead, previously of Overlake Community Church]
      [last words of an African pastor that was being martyred]

      Thanks again

      • Have you had any luck verifying it? I seem to be in the same boat you’re in. Just wondering if you found any more details. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Steve. I agree that it’s important to document where statements originate. It brings back to my mind that I believe I heard this confession at an FCA conference I attended back in 1971 or 1972.
      If there is a way to document the source and origin in more detail and disseminate it out on the web, that would be great.

  3. I beleive that the Lord is speaking to me about the Fellowhip of the Unahamed. To start up a group of worriors for God to help prepare people for his return. Please write back if he is speaking to you as well.

  4. Thanks for this post. You Rock! I’ll be back.

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