ok, while I was in college (a secular state university) there was a time when a man was standing in the center of the mall (common area) and he was yelling and screaming to everyone telling them how much of a sinner everyone was and pretty much carrying on. Now this caused more of a spectalce than a chance to witness to people. It seemed that it was an open forum to jeer and yell at him than anything. I sat nearby watching peoples reactions and felt sort of ashamed...not of my faith in Christ but in this man presenting Christianity in that tone. I felt like wlking over to him and asking him :
"Why are you REALLY doing this? Is it to make YOU feel good, or to bring attention to yourself? Are you trying to make a social martyr of yourself so you can say that you sacrifice for God and feel better about yourself? Because you are certainly not spreading GOds word, your making a mockery of it."
I didn't say that, but thats what I felt. Has anyone seen this done before? Now, mind you, I am NOT against public preaching in any way. It was just the way in which he did it. I thnk that there is a difference between spreading the word and just making a scene so that you can go back to your church on Sunday and tell about the suffering you went through "spreading GOds word".
Post by Brother Ben on Jun 6, 2005 12:45:03 GMT -5
As I heard one preacher put it, yelling at poor lost sinners for their lost acts and deeds is like yelling at the dog for digging a hole in the back yard...it's a dog, it is supposed to dig holes. In the words of the great old hymn, and this would be by my idea on public evangelism,
"Seeking the lost, yes, kindly entreating Wanderers on the mountain astray; “Come unto Me,” His message repeating, Words of the Master speaking today."
Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, "Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not." --Martin Luther
Post by benshelpmeet on Jun 7, 2005 12:56:00 GMT -5
I agree. I enjoy the way PreacherBen does it, Ben and I drive around our town until we find teens hanging out on the side of a building or in a parking lot, we get out walk over to them with many tracts in hand and strike up conversation with them, soon we find out who the bold rebel is and Ben will talk with him or her answering his or her questions while wittnessing to him or her everyone around listenes, the bold one usually softenes, or leaves, the others will stay behind. This is very effective. When we leave we are able to leave everyone with a tract, sometimes we get to lead some souls to Christ right there.
For precious souls, ~ sister Darlene ~
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
~ "The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing; but in our culture, we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture. by Doug Phillips