Study: 64 Percent of Christians Today Believe Evangelizing is Optional
A growing number of Christians don‚Äôt 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 ‚Äúconverting people to Christianity is the job of the local church‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒas 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‚Äôs responsibility (29%), a nearly threefold increase. This jump could be the result of many factors, including poor ecclesiology (believing ‚Äúthe local church‚ÄĚ 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, ‚ÄúEvery Christian has a responsibility to share their faith.‚ÄĚ In 1993, nine out of 10 Christians who had shared their faith agreed (89%). Today,...
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)ūüí≤ūüí≤ūüí≤
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.
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?
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 ‚Äúthe winning of souls‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúall His counsel,‚ÄĚ 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
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
John MacArthur wrote: What‚Äôs the mission of the church . . . your mission as a Christian? What‚Äôs your responsibility in social justice . . . cultural morality . . . charity? John MacArthur looks at your role in society . . . if you‚Äôre a follower of Jesus Christ. . . .