Personal Evangelism-It’s not a game, it’s a War

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In our last post we used the analogy of a football game to show how the church is similar to a football team. You have players and coaches, each have a specific assignment to fulfill. Some get in the game, some stand on the sideline and observe, encourage, train, etc.

This analogy works but it is not strong enough,  we are in a spiritual war. Barna Group just released a survey showing how “out-of-touch” many “Christians” are with Biblical truths.  One of the questions was, “Is Satan a real being or just a symbol of evil?”  Almost 60% of the people surveyed thought Satan was just a symbol of evil but probably not a real being.

Let me go on the record, “Satan is real, he is a liar, a thief, a murderer, a destroyer. He is evil in every imaginable way. His primary tool is deception and based on the above survey, he is very good at what he does.

What does this have to do with evangelism?  6 out of 10 people who profess to be Christians have an extremely weak opinion of their enemy. In war, you must know your enemy to defeat him.

God shows us Satan in the  Bible so we will know how he operates. Look at Ephesians 6:11;

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Wiles- The use of tricks to deceive someone.

We are to put on the armor of God not because Satan is all powerful but because he is extremely cunning and deceptive. He has got 60% of “believers” thinking he is not real. Why would you ever battle an imaginary being? You would not, and the church as a whole is not entered into the fight for the souls of men.

Jesus did not come to die, He came to seek and saved that which is lost. Dying was a huge part of what Jesus had to do, but He also came to give us an example of how to fight our enemy. Jesus never carried on a conversation with a demon. He would shut them up and cast them out. In the desert, Jesus did not talk with Satan, He used the word of God to counter the Devil’s attacks. (See Matthew 4:1-11)

So what does all this mean? It tells me we are in a battle and the majority  of “Christians” are not engaged. I have a picture of them walking around in a war zone with tank tops and flip-flops on wondering why God would let bad things happen in the world. In a word they are “clueless”.

Your personal evangelism has little or nothing to do with what others believe but I wanted to let you know the battle for the hearts and minds of people is raging and it looks like Satan has a stronghold in the world.

In closing, I wanted to encourage you with the word of God;

In John 16:33 Jesus says, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” and Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

We ultimately win the war but the battle is still raging, we must continue to do all we can to Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. (Proverbs 24:11)

Again we can help you with your personal evangelism. We have a logo that helps draw people into a conversation about Jesus. It is as simple as Prayer, Wear and Share.

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  • beaten sheep says:

    Evangelism is the clergyman’s job. The reason we know this is because Paul tells Timothy to do the work of an evangelist. He was to read the scriptures publicly, and discharge ALL THE DUTIES OF HIS MINISTRY. I don’t see any paid Christians doing that. Additionally, there is no “we.” There are shepherds, and there are sheep. You are trying to send the sheep to do the shepherd’s work, and that is illegal. No work can be done without pay: Deut. 25:4; Matt. 10:10; Luke 10:7; 1 Cor.9: 7, 9, 14; 1 Tim. 5:18; 2 Tim. 2:6; Prov. 14 23. All free work is illegal, so I can’t understand why you are trying to get me to do your job for you. If you need help, hire more people. If there is not enough money, take a cut in pay. Last year in this country we gave the clergy over 10 billion dollars. What have we got to show for it? NOTHING!!! I could put 6 million missionaries in the field with that money and keep them there for a year. If the world is going to hell, it is certainly the greedy, fat, lazy clergyman’s fault, not mine.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for taking the time to make a comment.

      I think Jesus commanded us all to “make disciples”. How much money someone gets has nothing to do with Jesus’ command. Do I think there is a problem…yes; we seem to be “playing church” instead of realizing we are the church. There is no such thing as money or time in Heaven so to imply that money has anything to do with spreading the gospel is not, in my opinion a good argument.

      I also disagree with the shepherd and sheep analogy, I prefer to say we are all kings or priests. A king is someone who goes out and takes dominion in a certain area; a priest is someone God uses to speak to His kings
      (This is an over simplified version but I think you can get a picture of what I’m saying). Just being a “sheep” gives you no responsibility and brings in the “sovereignty of God” (for another day) and I don’t think that is what God had in mind.

      Finally, I am not a clergy, I’m a businessman who has gotten not one penny from you or anyone else for doing what Jesus has commanded me to do. Thanks again for stopping by.

      • beaten sheep says:

        I gave you nine scriptures proving that compulsory free work is not contemplated in the Bible. You are ignoring the 74 billion dollars a year the clergy take from the calloused hands of working people. This is enough money to put a highly trained army in the field. The army does not take just anyone. You have to meet age, health, and fitness requirements; but you assume that every believer is a soldier (including 88 year old mother who doesn’t even know what day it is; everyone’s job? really?). I find no biblical basis for this. Soldier language is only used in Paul’s letters to Timothy, which are not addressed to the church.

        Over the last 30 years, we have given ONE TRILLION DOLLARS to the clergy, and have nothing to show for it. So you tell me who isn’t “doing his part.”

        I am extremely offended by your whipping the sheep language. It’s easy to beat the sheep. Anyone can beat the sheep. Try preaching the gospel to the lost. Right now there are enough resources in the offering plate to evangelize the entire nation in a matter of days. Sadly, people like you teach personal evangelism, and the job will never be done. It’s like trying to harvest a field of strawberries using volunteers. That crop will never be harvested, and the strawberries will rot.

        We don’t have time to train volunteers to preach. Jesus said the worker deserves his wages (Matt. 10:10), which is why we put money in the offering plate. The 12 Apostles and the 72 evangelists were all full time paid professional ministers of the gospel. Even the scattered were getting at least bed and board for their work, evangelizing all the way to Antioch–310 miles from Jerusalem. It would take a month to walk that far–where were they getting meals and lodging? From the calloused hands of hardworking lay people (same place the clergymen get subsistence).

        Evangelism is like a man going down for the third time far from the shore and saying that it’s the lifeguard’s job to “equip” anyone who is standing there to swim out to save him. The life guard is highly trained, physically fit (can swim 2 miles in the open sea), and paid to save drowning swimmers. The lifeguard service does not take just anyone (neither does the army). We hired the lifeguard to do a job, and he had better do it, or be fired. Soldiers and lifeguards are highly trained, physically fit, and most importantly, PAID TO DO A JOB. If they don’t do it, they must be fired, and probably should be jailed for malfeasance.

  • beaten sheep says:

    “Who serves as a soldier at his own expense?” (1 Cor. 9:7)

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