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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018  |  70 comments  |  1 commentary
Study: 64 Percent of Christians Today Believe Evangelizing is Optional

A growing number of Christians don’t see sharing the good news as a personal responsibility. Just 10 percent of Christians in 1993 who had shared about their faith agreed with the statement “converting people to Christianity is the job of the local church”—as opposed to the job of an individual (i.e., themselves). Twenty-five years later, three in 10 Christians who have had a conversation about faith say evangelism is the local church’s responsibility (29%), a nearly threefold increase. This jump could be the result of many factors, including poor ecclesiology (believing “the local church” is somehow separate from the people who are a part of it) or personal and cultural barriers to sharing faith. Yet the most dramatic divergence over time is on the statement, “Every Christian has a responsibility to share their faith.” In 1993, nine out of 10 Christians who had shared their faith agreed (89%). Today, ...

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News Item5/19/18 12:26 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Clearance smearance. As long as you keep all of your classified material on a private server, it doesn't matter if you have a clearance or not.
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News Item5/19/18 12:03 PM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
And then I could say that it is a matter of civil rights to be let in the fort knox vault. I could claim that you can't discriminate on the basis of having a clearance pass or not...
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News Item5/19/18 11:55 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
If they don't, you should sue. After you hold a rally, that is, with three other like-minded people so that CNN can give a crowd estimate of 700,000.
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News Item5/19/18 11:22 AM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
Dr. Tim from Land of Cotton writes:
"Just a Guy, don't you think it would enhance your credibility as a commentator if you did like the liberals do and just made up some fake credentials? For instance, you could refer to yourself as Just a Connoisseur of Marsupials from the Golden Magnolia Empire. Whaddya think?"

Not a bad idea. The liberals say you can identify as anything. So I think I will be an Filipino descended,
Female, Irsh Prime Minister who identifies as being the owner of Fort Knox...

(I wonder if they will let me in the vault)💲💲💲

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News Item5/19/18 4:50 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
BTW, preachers whose preaching doesn't result, by the power of God, in many conversions will accuse evangelists who are privileged by the grace of God to regularly see people getting saved of all sorts of cheap tricks and low motives. While pretending to take some imaginary high road, the accusers are actually guilty of the same crime Christ's accusers were guilty of: envy. Perhaps it would be well if our learned friends would, as one late preacher expressed it, "put the cookies on the bottom shelf" where everybody can get to them, as did Jesus and the apostles, rather than making salvation incomprehensible and unattainable to poor John Ploughman.
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News Item5/19/18 12:59 AM
The real Abraham Lincoln  Find all comments by The real Abraham Lincoln
A house divided against itself, is a lot better than this.🇱🇷
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News Item5/18/18 11:26 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Just a Guy, don't you think it would enhance your credibility as a commentator if you did like the liberals do and just made up some fake credentials? For instance, you could refer to yourself as Just a Connoisseur of Marsupials from the Golden Magnolia Empire. Whaddya think?
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News Item5/18/18 11:04 PM
Just a guy  Find all comments by Just a guy
Uh....something like that...😐
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News Item5/18/18 11:03 PM
Just a guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a guy
Well put Dr Tim, well put..

As the great emperor of Rome once said....
"I have not yet begun fight, as a house divided should only fear, fear itself....

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News Item5/18/18 5:41 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
I only regret that have but one barn to lose for my country. Or for a neighboring country, as the case may be.
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News Item5/18/18 3:22 PM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
Your barn got deported & resembled in a sanctuary city, they needed free universal wood care, lol.
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News Item5/18/18 3:20 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
If the evangelist fails to make the glory of God his paramount and constant aim, he is certain to go wrong, and all his efforts will be more or less a beating of the air. When he makes an end of anything less than that, he is sure to fall into error, for he no longer gives God His proper place.

Once we fix on ends of our own, we are ready to adopt means of our own.

It was at this very point evangelism failed two or three generations ago, and from that point it has farther and farther departed. Evangelism made “the winning of souls” its goal, its summum bonum, and everything else was made to serve and pay tribute to the same. Though the glory of God was not actually denied, yet it was lost sight of, crowded out, made secondary. Further, let it be remembered that God is honored in exact proportion as the preacher cleaves to His Word, and faithfully proclaims “all His counsel,” and not merely those portions which appeal to him.

To say nothing here about those cheap-jack evangelists who aim no higher than rushing people into making a formal profession of faith in order that the membership of the churches may be swelled - https://www.the-highway.com/presentdayevangelism_Pink.html

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News Item5/18/18 3:07 PM
My Own 2 cents  Find all comments by My Own 2 cents
Dr. Tim wrote:
"Where did the barn go?"

Lol! That's funny!! 😂

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News Item5/18/18 3:00 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephesians 4
Take note, Christ gave 'some' to be evangelists, not all.

"and some evangelists; by whom are designed, not so much the writers of the Gospels, as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, some of which were also apostles; as preachers of the Gospel, and who yet were distinct from the ordinary ministers of it; they were below the apostles, and yet above pastors and teachers; they were the companions of the apostles, and assistants to them, and subserved them in their work; such were Philip, Luke, Titus, Timothy, and others; these were not fixed and stated ministers in anyone place, as the following officers be, but were sent here and there as the apostles thought fit" - John Gill

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear- 1 Peter 3:15

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News Item5/18/18 2:52 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John MacArthur wrote:
What’s the mission of the church . . . your mission as a Christian? What’s your responsibility in social justice . . . cultural morality . . . charity? John MacArthur looks at your role in society . . . if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ. . . .
--http://tinysa.com/315090 (Evangelizing Your World)
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News Item5/18/18 2:44 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Where did the barn go?
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News Item5/18/18 2:34 PM
Connor7  Find all comments by Connor7
@Penned, I meant to say, Where did the gated community go?
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News Item5/18/18 2:24 PM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
Your glasses are out back behind the Barn, I have told you that for the 10th time this week lol.
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News Item5/18/18 1:53 PM
Connor7  Find all comments by Connor7
@ Penned, where is the gated community go?
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News Item5/18/18 12:51 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
And has anyone seen my glasses?
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