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The Major Problem With Some Evangelistic Methods

I rejoice that there are people who desire to share the gospel with the lost.  I was introduced just this evening to one method that I will not share here but will critique from afar.  Let me state up front that I have no doubt that the heart of the brother who “invented” this method has a heart for the lost.  His desire appears genuine in his appeal to disciples of Christ to obey Christ and go and preach the gospel to the lost as He commanded in Matthew 28:19.  I have no doubt that the method was invented to provide a useful way for disciples to share the gospel with sinners in a quick and easy way.

Yet with this method (and many other methods I see these days), I see a major flaw.  In this case the emphasis on your own personal story of how you came to Christ.  It is designed to help you share Jesus quickly by using your own testimony to point the sinner to the hope that is found in Christ.

But the problem is that testimonies often are very subjected.  The major flaw is the lack of biblical content.  The Bible is what we should be quoting (even quickly) to sinners.  While I rejoice that each of us who are disciples of Jesus have testimonies of His grace and His mercy, each of us are different and often we don’t quote Scripture while sharing our testimony and thus it becomes our subjective view of Christ compared to the sinners view of Christ.  The Bible is the revealed Word of God that the Holy Spirit has given to His Church to preach the gospel with (2 Timothy 3:15-17).  Notice that Paul the Apostle didn’t tell Timothy to share his testimony in 2 Timothy 4:2 but to preach the Word.  The Word of God is what brings conviction as it cuts both believers and unbelievers to the heart (Hebrews 4:12-13).

Paul further preached in Romans 10:14-17 that it is the supernatural revelation of the Word of God that produces saving faith.  Notice his words by the Spirit (NASB):

14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

It is the divine revelation of the Word of God that produces saving faith.  It is not our testimony or pointing to natural (or general) revelation that saves.  It is the power of God’s Word that points sinners to the Savior and to their salvation (Psalm 19:7).

I believe then that what is needed is more quoting from the Word of God when witnessing to the lost.  If the Word of God is effective for destroying the lies of Satan (Matthew 4:1-13), how much more is it useful for destroying the lies of the world and the flesh (Romans 3:19-20).  The Law of God (the Word of God) is our tutor (NASB) to bring us to Christ so that the Law shows us our sins and reveals to us our need for justification by faith in Christ alone (Galatians 3:24).  1 Peter 1:23 (NASB) reads:

for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

It is the preaching of the supernatural, inerrant, infallible Word of God that brings true salvation.  I pray that I would quote the Word of God more and more in my own witnessing and you would as well.  Let us preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).

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