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Day Fifty Six How Do We Work for Justice and Not Undermine Evangelism? Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization opened on Saturday, October 16, 2010, and concluded on Monday, October 25. The event, convening 4,000 evangelical leaders from 200 countries, addressed issues including poverty, HIV/AIDS, consumerism, and child sex trafficking. No doubt these and many other issues crying for justice in a broken world affect evangelistic efforts. But already, some observers wonder whether the evangelical bird (to borrow John Stott’s analogy popularized through Lausanne) is tilting toward the justice wing and away from the evangelism wing. So how do Christians work for justice in the world and not undermine the centrality of evangelism? Don Carson responds.

(1) By doing evangelism. I know numerous groups that claim to be engaging in “holistic” ministry because they are helping the poor in Chicago or because they are digging wells in the Sahel, even though few if any of the workers have taken the time to explain to anyone who Jesus is and what he has done to reconcile us to God. They are not proclaiming the gospel.

Their ministry isn’t holistic; it’s halfistic, or quarteristic.

(2) By being careful not to malign believers of an earlier generation. The popular buzz is that evangelicals before this generation focused all their energies on proclamation and little or nothing on deeds of mercy. Doubtless one can find sad examples of such reductionism, but the sweeping condescension toward our evangelical forbears is neither true nor kind. To take but one example: The mission SIM has emphasized evangelism, church planting, and building indigenous churches for a century— yet without talking volubly of holistic ministry it built, and still operates, many of the best hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa.

(3) By learning, with careful study of Scripture, just what the gospel is, becoming passionately excited about this gospel, and then distinguishing between the gospel and its entailments [i.e. effects of the gospel]. Evangelism Daily Readings

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Evangelism Daily Devotionals!  

Here are 84 daily devotionals, each day focusing on the life and work of one of the great evangelists from history. If there is one thing I...

Evangelism Daily Devotionals!  

Here are 84 daily devotionals, each day focusing on the life and work of one of the great evangelists from history. If there is one thing I...