There are some things we need to change in our evangelism. I am not advocating the modern approaches being tried today. I am advocating that we return to the Scriptures for the way we deal with people.
Here are a few things we need to change:
- We need to change our approach – Evangelism is not a “one size fits all” approach. We are dealing with individuals who are different in their way of thinking and in their needs. Evangelism is not some sort of psychological manipulation designed to get someone to pray a prayer. It does not neglect conviction of sin and a repentant heart, without which no one can be saved. (Psalm 34:18) We must start using the law of God to bring about this conviction of sin and repentance in the heart of the sinner. (Galatians 3:24)
- We need to change our objective – The objective of biblical evangelism is not to get people to pray the “sinner’s prayer.” Our goal is to see people converted to Christ. This means that there is a real acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, not just a profession of faith. This will cause a change in the life of the new convert. The new convert will want to study his Bible and will want to hear the Word of God preached. He will want spiritual food so he can grow. (I Peter 2:2)
- We need to prepare for a wide variety of situations – This nation is no longer Christian in lifestyle or thought. Our world is full of skeptics, religions like Muslims, Hindus, and just about everything else you can think of that is contrary to the God of the Bible. We need to know how to use apologetics (evidence that supports Christianity) in our evangelism, especially when dealing with skeptics. We need to know how to move a Muslim from the Koran to the Bible. We need be able to work with all age groups and all strata of society.
- We don’t need to change our message – The Gospel is still the Gospel. Repentance and faith are still required for salvation. Works have nothing to do with our receiving the grace of God’s salvation, although they will follow true salvation. We don’t need to use the world’s methods to bring people to Christ. We don’t need to compromise biblical doctrine or precepts. We simply need to return to the type of evangelism we see in the Scriptures.
I am going to be writing some articles on biblical evangelism to address these and other issues that need to change in the way we try to reach people for Christ. The field we work in has changed and the way we work in it must change also.
When I was growing up in the 40’s and 50’s that average American had enough Bible knowledge to know who God is. They understood that they had broking His law. They believed that one day they would answer to God for their sin. It is true that most of them thought that they were more good than bad and would be accepted, but they did believe that they would someday stand before the judgment seat of the God of the Bible.
Things have change over the last fifty years. Today even most church goers don’t believe that the God described in the Bible is the true God. Most have invented a god of their own design. Their god is non-judgmental, he would never condemn anyone except maybe Hitler and his type.
This new god is a god of love above all things. He is not a god of holiness and righteousness. The only thing this god seems to be against is those who want to live according to the precepts of Scripture.
This new god is compatible with almost any belief. It is compatible with Islam, Hinduism, Mormonism, and any other religion except Bible believing Christianity.
This new god is more like Santa Clause than the God of the Bible, we do not serve him, he serves us. He is sought to bring health and wealth, and for little else. Just look at many of the biggest churches to see what I mean.
The articles I will be writing are based on my “Biblical Evangelism” seminar so stay tuned.
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