[263] Evangelism
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[263] Evangelism

Piggy-backing on my last blog, “Out Yourself,” let me share some thoughts from Ed Stetzer (https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2019/december/how-do-you-define-evangelism.html). He makes clear that evangelism involves more than a setting a Godly  example, or engaging an admirable discipleship.

It is communicating the gospel simply, clearly, and directly.

He sagely debunks the silly quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” First, it is a misquote–St. Francis never said it, secondly, it is shabby theology. “You can’t preach the gospel without words any more than you can breathe without air,” says Stetzer.

The Assisi misquote is a much-used copout—a form of cowardice.  It is a lot easier to behave properly than it is to step out and take the risk of rejection involved in telling our friends—no matter how tactfully–their eternal well-being may depend on their making some major changes in the interior of their lives.  You can tell people you are a Christian, but for many secular souls that just means you don’t vote Democrat or are pro-gun or against abortion.

We are wise to assume nothing with respect to others’ knowledge of the gospel, and begin letting them know there is some good news on which they may be missing out.


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