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evangelism leading up to that point actually requires the involvement and commitment of everybody in the Body of Christ, whether or not

we consider ourselves “evangelists” in a special sense.

Comment:

The heart of this lecturer is great. He wants to see people come to Christ; he acknowledges reliance on the Holy Spirit; he is conscious of the power of good works; that coming to Christ is a process. However, there are two major device sof the enemy embedded in this article: Could you pick them? It is the device that anything that draws a non-Christian to Christ is evangelism. He is saying that evangelism is a process. But we know that evangelism is an event within a process. So what’s wrong with defining evangelism as a process? If you can’t remember, watch Study 6 again on the DVD series. One of the main reasons is this - most people in the Church want to obey Jesus by engaging in evangelism. They want to say ‘We’re do’in it!’ If we define evangelism as anything which draws a non-Church person closer to God, then nearly everything we do with nonChristians is ‘evangelism.’ And when this is so, most people never get beyond good works, or being kind and nice, and here’s why. If proclaiming the gospel is just one of many options in evangelism, what would most of us choose? The ‘soft end’ of Christian interaction with non-Christians which is being kind, doing good works, saying nice things etc. These behaviours will usually attract praise, thanks, and appreciation from non-Christians, which in turn makes us feel good about ourselves. With the soft end there is no chance of rejection; there is no confrontation; no courage is required;we don’t even have to reveal we are a Christian. Proclaiming the gospel, on the other hand, can be risky and dangerous; it requires courage and going out on the edge; it requires confronting people about sin and final judgement; rejection is a possibility; we have to nail our flag to the mast. We reveal our faith in Jesus. Ouch! Another way to think about this is to think in terms of a smorgasbord of food. When we define evangelism as ‘all interaction with non-Christians’ we offer ourselves a smorgasbord of ways to evangelise. And which behaviours on the smorgasbord table are we naturally going to gravitate towards? The soft end. The jelly, the ice cream, and the strawberries - all the nice stuff. Forget the meat and vegies of proclaiming the gospel. So in this article we see a device of the enemy at work. To prove my point, in this article proclaiming the gospel isn’t even on the smorgasbord table! There is a second device embedded in this article. Could you pick it? It’s that evangelism is a team event. The truth is this - drawing a non-Christian to Christ is a process, but evangelism is an event within this process. This article is another perfect example of truth and error being mixed together so we don’t detect the errors. If you come across articles like this, can I strongly urge you to write to the person directly? If we do nothing, we simply by default allow the devices to propagate. It was Martin Luther the reformer who said: “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not professing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. To be steady on all fronts besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

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Evangelism Daily Readings

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...