Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Greg Laurie: We're Just No Good at Evangelism

This is a very recent article, entitled "Calif. Evangelist: We're Just No Good at Evangelism". Hmm maybe its time to give up the ecumenical connections and Billy Graham Training Center sessions and start teaching a true gospel of repentance and trust in Jesus Christ free of the rock concerts and globalist initiatives.

I definitely agree as the article states, more Christians should be out there preaching the gospel and not be afraid to witness to friends and relatives. He is not wrong to point those things out. Have been convicted myself recently to increase my passing out of tracts and preaching of the gospel to those I come in contact with. That advice as it stands alone is good.

But what concerns me is this statement by Greg Laurie.

"Far too many Christians today are unnecessarily offensive, hopelessly lame, and generally inept at communicating," he said at the launch of his new "Crossover" sermon series at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif."

What does he mean by "unnecessarily offensive"? If anything people today are told by the apostate preacher brigade, that preaching the gospel in itself is offensive. Most have been indoctrinated to keep their mouths closed, not rock the boat, and not offend the non-believers in the room. If anything Christians have erred more on the timid side, and I point to myself there too, thinking of circumstances, where I could have spoken out more. Then there is the local Calvary Chapel pastor during my last visit there who told us from the pulpit, that direct witnessing and street preaching were "offensive" and just turned people off. I knew I was done at that point.

So telling Christians you are offensive, actually is a way to get people to back down more. They will think to themselves: "Street preaching just bugs people and turns them off", "Passing out tracts is rude, even if I leave it on the table in the library for anyone to freely pick up", "I may get in trouble and cause an argument if I tell these folks about being born again in Jesus Christ", to the point that anything outside of a close friendship, remains too "risky" for the Christian to witness to anyone. In my case I was fortunate, someone risked "offending" me in the street, and basically told me without Jesus Christ I was on the way to hell. Thank God there are Christians willing to speak out.

Of course this is talked about in the Bible too:

1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Now what is his comment about Christians being "hopelessly lame" about? Lame was a slang term that started in the 1980s, most often used by the "cool kids" against the kids who were "nerds" or didn't have the latest video games or trendier fashions. The urban dictionary [of slang] defines lame as "just plain stupid". Another phrase would be "uncool". Well the Bible tells us:

1Pe 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

I dare say Laurie's comment about "lame" [ie "uncool Christians"] is meant to defend a worldly vision of being Christian, where fitting in, and being part of the hip crowd becomes more important. This is one way young people are especially led against the true gospel, told that only those "lame" fundamentalists don't wear the latest fashions or listen to rock music. Here one can smell the small taint of the Emergent desire to be "cultural relevant and hip". I'll go with being peculiar, who cares if the world thinks someone is lame, if you are doing right in God's eyes?

Now what about "inept at commmunication"? Well not every person is gifted in speechmaking, but the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest in someone trying to preach the gospel to another person. Sadly here, if people are not discipled properly and not studying God's Word, or staying in prayer, the best words may fail them. However sometimes I think we would do far better with a few more clumsy, afraid of public speaking types, who truly love God and want to bring people to Christ then the legions of those who with fancy words, and enticing shows, can deceive so many.

Rom 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.


Akin Akinboyewa said...

Fantastically put together. I will share this article with as many as I can bless with hope that they might truly reflect on the realness that pertains to the teachings of Jesus Christ and his apostles.
Over again, Christ encouraged His disciples not to worry about what they'd say but to rely on the power of the Holy spirit.
I believe part of the main problem why this reliance on the power of the Holy spirit of God is not present in many evangelical churches (just to name the newly affected viral in churches) is due to embrace of false doctrines by both many seasoned and young pastors as well as what's been taught in many christian seminaries. We already know that many of the more traditional churches (Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal and so on...) are already plagued by this misguidance. So what seems to be the way out? Repentance and seeking God for forgiveness and the realization of Paul's messages of true repentance and reliance on Jesus Christ, and residing our faith, alone, in Him.
However, on the other hand, many evangelical pastors and missionaries are not truly believing in the transformational power that is retained in the word of God. They are practicing the very acts done by Judaic Rabbis still lost to the traditions of the Babylonian Talmud.
So how much longer will Christians remain in darkness instead be separated just as God directs?

Bible Believer said...

Thanks Akin, please share this article with who ever you would like.

You are right Jesus Christ told His disciples to not worry about what they'd say, the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. Even if someone is a very poor public speaker, or shy, or [add other infirmity here] nothing is impossible with God's help.

The false doctrine is tied to them teaching these things, following the world and even oddly as Laurie displays here, seeking "acceptance by the world" or telling others to do so. This is a misguidance in all those groups you mention.

We are to follow Jesus Christ alone and not worry what the world thinks or who is offended, or who we "turn off" by the preaching of the gospel but keeping doing our work for Him, no matter the reaction. To be honest, this should be the last thing a Christian should be worried about. You are correct they are not believing in the transformational power in the Word of God. That seperation from the world and total dependence on Jesus Christ needs to be there. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Ecumenicalism is "hopelessly lame" in the Lord Jesus Christ's view, which is the only view that matters.

From what I've heard, Laurie's "crusades" are mostly Christians coming forward to beef up the appearance that anyone is coming forward.