Evangelism Is Not Popular Today

A popular trend in the Church today is to not share your faith.

USA Today had an article about a man who described himself as a “recovering evangelist.” He said that he used to engage in what he called “bait-and-switch” methods. In other words, he would engage a person with the purpose of bringing the gospel to them, But now he has changed his approach.

Instead, he advocates “All bait, no switch, and he thinks others should, as well.” He advocates promotion by non-promotion, evangelism by attraction, goodwill mongering, or simply letting one’s life speak for itself.”

He suggests that we just “live the life,”and let the “spiritual chips fall where they will.”

The cure for cancer?

OK, let’s use an analogy to play out that scenario.

Imagine that I am a scientist (I know, not easy to do) who found out that I have cancer, so I have worked feverishly for years on a cure and have just found total success! One pill, taken one time, and the cancer is gone immediately.

So what should I do? Try to make the most money possible, and take my sweet time getting it to market? How about befriending cancer patients and never letting them know that I have been cured, only that I am a caring scientist,  never telling them about the cure, In other words, I reason that I’ll just let the “mortality chips fall where they will.”

The gospel is needed

Needless to say, that attitude would be the epitome of selfishness, even criminal. The correct answer is that you want to get this cure out to as many people as possible, as quickly as you can.

To use another example, let’s say that you were were walking down the street and you heard screams coming from someone trapped in a burning house. What would you do? Just hope someone does something, or do you take action?

The same is even more true with the gospel message. For it is a cure that is even more significant than a cure for cancer (as wonderful as that would be). That does not mean doing it rudely or harshly, or look at people as “notches on your belt.” It means lovingly yet boldly engaging them with the gospel message.

When we share the gospel with others, it’s like we are going to a person who is trapped in a burning house, with only moments to live, and pulling them to safety. Scripture describes it as “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment” (Jude 1:23 NLT).

Can you think of someone who needs to hear the gospel today?

5 thoughts on “Evangelism Is Not Popular Today”

  1. Sean says:

    Regarding the “recovering evangelist”, I heard this interview on NPR. The guy was a leader from Campus crusade for Christ. He described evangelism techniques where Christians would trick people into coming to an event by misrepresenting the intent of the event and then when they came would try to convert them. Many people felt ripped-off and lied to. The guy felt really bad about what he had done and was now repenting of it. He should feel bad for lying to people and encouraging Christians to lie to nonbelievers. It seems good to quit this type of evangelism but stopping evangelism all together is wrong as well. I don’t think Jesus ever tricked people into hearing about the Kingdom of Heaven. This is valuable information that we have and many people want it. I’m greatful that my friend had to courage to share with me in highschool. We don’t have to trick people.

  2. Karen Hoppe says:

    Greg Laurie…Could you encourage Christians thoughout the world to CHANGE OUR WORLD ONE VERSE AT A TIME ON THE INTERNET?….USING FACEBOOK AND TWITTER–sharing bible verses!

    If each and every Christian started doing this…we could CHANGE THE WORLD. THERE IS POWER IN THE WORDS OF GOD!

    Encourage your followers to do this! It’s an easy way to evangelize!.

  3. Dave Bunnell says:

    Reminds me of the line sometimes people quote saying, “Preach the gospel… and when necessary, use words.” As one person noted, that’s like saying, “Give me your phone number, and if necessary, use digits.” It is always necessary to use words to preach the gospel. Our actions are important in evangelism too, but it is “Show and Tell” not one or the other.

  4. Scott Hinkle says:

    Hi Greg,
    I’m an evangelist pioneering a work in New Jersey.I’m thrilled that you have addressed the “go silent’ issue. If I do good, look good, act good,etc. I can be mistaken for anything else than who and what i want to be known for…a follower of Jesus Christ. What makes “good works/deeds/lifestyle” a witness is the testimony of Jesus Christ expressed through the life AND the lips of a believer.

  5. Jennifer Goetz says:

    Dear Greg,
    Misha has been talking to us for the past couple of weeks about winning souls. She is reading a book by Spurgeon called ‘Soul Winners’ (I think). Anyway, I love that my 19 year old daughter is on the same page with you!

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