TrueLove.Is is a growing ministry which is making quite an impact on the Body of Christ. The video segments are very well done, and they showcase very effectively the transformation which God has wrought in the lives of many people who were in bondage to homosexuality.
Their videos get much more traffic on Facebook, it seems, compared to YouTube, although the algorithms have probably been engineered in such a way to suppress their views.
But one video received a massive number of views compared to other videos on the TrueLove.Is channel: Chang Tou Chen's testimony.
In three months, his video has received 5,100 views. That's pretty fast, considering that two of their earlier videos from 2018 have received a similar number--but after over two years.
What is it about Tou Chen's testimony that stands out? Why has his video received more views and shares?
I submit that it has to do with what he shared in his video, clearly. But what specifically?
Here's the key point of his testimony that I want to focus on:
One day in 2014, a friend of mine said that he was going to church. And I told him that I was so dirty that I was not qualified to go to church. But this friend told me that I was wrong, that I was righteous before God. And I told him, “That’s nonsense. How could I be righteous before God? Look at all the things that I was doing.”
He said, no, his pastor told him that we are righteous before God.
I thought, “What a strange pastor, that would tell you or me that we are righteous before God!” So I followed him to church.
It's all about righteousness, the rightousness that we receive from God as a gift:
"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:17)
Righteousness, right standing before God as s gift that we receive by grace through faith, this is the Gospel!
Paul preached in Antioch:
"38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13:38-39)
Through this man Jesus we receive the forgiveness of sins, and we are justified--made righteous--from all things. It is not the law of Moses that makes us righteousness, but the grace of God which we receive by faith:
"8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
It's all about righteousess! We receive the gift of righteousness because of what Jesus accomplished at the Cross. In fact, to be fully accurate, we become righteous. Nope, that is not good enough. Consider what Paul writes to the Corinthians:
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
We are indeed righteous before God. In fact, we are the righteousness of God, the most righteous one could ever be, and we are the righteousness of God in Christ!
This righteousness causes His favor to flow in our lives, in our walk on this earth. And when we are under grace, sin shall not have any dominion over you (Romans 6:14).
In Tou Chen's testimony, the fact that he talks about righteous as something apart from works, that is amazing. That revelation is precisely what causes people to break free from sin! Yes!
No wonder this video has gotten considerable traction in such a short period of time. When people hear that God offers them the gift of righteousness apart from their works, but through faith in Christ Jesus, people want to hear more!
Consider the reception Paul received when he began preaching the Gospel of Grace:
"42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44)
Notice again in Acts 13:43 that when Paul was preaching out how we receive righteousness as a gift, that is the grace of God. And this message is so wonderful, that on the next Sabbath, almost the entire city came to hear Paul preach! Wow!
Again, because Tou Chen spoke about the righteous standing we have, that we are before God, I submit that that is why his video received so many views so quickly compared to the other testimonials.
Let's get busy telling people that in Chris Jesus, all their sins have been put away. Let's tell people that by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, they can be made the righteousness of God in Him, and in Christ, sin will not reign over them, but they will instead reign in life!