Rescue the perishing

Rescue the perishing,
  Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
  Weep o’er the erring one,
  Lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.
  Rescue the perishing,
  Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,
    Jesus will save.
Though they are slighting Him,
  Still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
  Plead with them earnestly,
  Plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.
Down in the human heart,
  Crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
  Touched by a loving heart,
  Wakened by kindness,
Chords that are broken will vibrate once more.
Rescue the perishing,
  Duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
  Back to the narrow way,
  Patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.
Ice Anyanwagu

Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

No words have rung the bells for the need of evangelism in a dying world as this "Macedonian call" by Fanny Crosby. It sounds the urgency of the coming Kingdom and the need to get all GOD's children into His fold.

I can go on listening to this song all month on. I've always listened with tears about my conviction both as a sinner and the saved cos my salvation can only be full with more than thousand beside.

Sandra King

Baytown, Texas, United States

This song blesses me from the depest of my heart. It reminds me of the Saints from my village in Antigua Westindies who born on to be with the Lord. I thank God for using them to be soul winners for Jesus. This song reminds me to go out by the grace of God and win souls for Jesus.

Princess Lady Chang

Los Angeles, California, United States

Yes. A Savior has died.

Jose Feliciano

Irving, Texas, United States

Praise the Lord!!!!

Doris Ferguson

Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

I have always considered this a gospel hymn for reaching the lost, unsaved. But I realized today that this message is equally precious to us, God's regenerated sons. How often we are "erring ones", how often we are the ones "slighting Him, Still He is waiting, Waiting the penitent child to receive". How precious that though "Feelings lie buried,,,,,grace can restore". How wonderful a Savior has died! How wonderful that we can apply that death daily. Praise our living Lord!

Dotun Jegede

Ogun State, Nigeria

I am once again propelled by the uncontrolable agony of our Lord on the cross to wake up to the greatest occupation of saved souls.

Jojo Johnny

Accra, Ghana

This song stirred me up to preach the gospel. It still does.

Anthony Gas-tay

Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

This song raises my appetite to preach the GOSPEL----Christ Crucified.


Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

This song inspires me to the utmost because it reminds me a lot about my experience in this journey of Christianity. It reminds me of an Adventist school I went and all of its programs each Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. No other entertainment such as this has ever had much positive impact and great impression on me. This song does all the play back and makes me joyful. Even with its message, it does tell me something about saving soul and evangelism which also were part of the experience. Thank you for this website may God continue to Bless you all.

Heidi Coghlan

Salisbury Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Amen again I say Amen!

May God contine to bless all the evangelists bringing good news to those who have not heard.

During those years, the fire of the gospel was indeed burning among us. However, we did not reach the stage of going out and compelling people. In Luke 14:23 the Lord Jesus told us that to go out and bring people in, we even need to go to the roads and hedges and compel people. According to the original Greek, to compel people means to force people. The Lord said, "Go out into the roads and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled." Our burden is to teach you how to compel others. The Lord Jesus spoke of our need to compel others.

In verse 23 the Lord said that we should compel people to come in. Then in verse 26 He said, "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate." These two matters spoken of in Luke 14 are quite harsh. First, we have to go out and compel people to believe in the Lord. Second, after they believe, they have to "hate." Seemingly, this is against what Christianity teaches about being kind, loving, and broad, but this is indeed the Lord's word. Not only do we have to hate our parents and our wife, we also have to hate our self. The teaching of the Lord Jesus' is quite particular. Hymns #664 in Chinese says, "Rise up quickly and preach the gospel!" But the Lord's word goes even further; He wants us to rise up quickly and compel people. The secret to preaching the gospel is to have a zealous heart, to be crazy. A person who is crazy does not care for himself. Forty years ago I was crazy whenever I preached the gospel. However, I was not crazy to the extent of compelling others. For this reason, I feel that I am still indebted to the gospel.

Our main impression concerning the Gospel of Luke is that it is a sweet gospel. It tells us that the Lord Jesus is a good shepherd who is full of compassion. In His tender love He looks for us, He embraces and bears us, and He brings us back to His flock (15:1-7). This Gospel also tells us that the Lord is a good Samaritan. We are wounded and on the verge of death, but He binds our wounds and pours oil and wine on them (10:25-35). However, we never saw the matter that the Lord Jesus wants us to go and compel others, nor did we see that the Lord wants us to hate.

In Adam we were sentenced by God to die, to perish in the lake of fire forever (Heb. 9:27; John 3:16b; Rev. 21:8). This is man's destiny. This is why we need to give up the world and spend our time to preach the gospel to rescue fallen man from the lake of fire. Fanny Crosby, a sister who lived in the last century, wrote many hymns. One of these hymns (Hymns, #921) is concerning rescuing the perishing sinners. The first stanza and chorus of this hymn say:

Rescue the perishing,

Care for the dying,

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;

Weep o'er the erring one,

Lift up the fallen,

Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.

Rescue the perishing,

Care for the dying;

Jesus is merciful,

Jesus will save.

We should be inspired by this matter. All the people on this earth are busy doing many things, but eventually they will perish. We need to have a heart to rescue the perishing, to care for the dying.

Hymns, #921 was written by Fanny Crosby, an American sister who was blind.