Note: This is a guest post by Dan Cartwright. He’s been a brother who has been iron sharpening iron with us on here and social media for years. His blog can be found here. He also tweets.
“Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials Say Evangelism Is Wrong”
The above statement is the title of a 5 February, 2019 article published by the Barna Group. It caught my attention immediately when I read it and just as quickly prompted the question “What does it really mean?” So I read the article. Here’s some background context from the article:
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One plants, one waters, but God gives the increase. The one who plants is not necessarily the one who waters. But, I have a problem with the word, Evangelical. Scripture states that he gave some prophets, some teachers, some preachers, some evangelicals. Not everyone is supposed to be tasked with being an evangelical. If asked, THEN we are to give an answer of OUR hope. Otherwise, we are supposed to keep our mouth shut, and quietly do our work, plus good works for to be SEEN of men. Our conduct needs to be in such a manner where God is not mocked thru our behavior. Many are turned off by Christianity, and can we blame them? Evangelicals give God a bad name a lot of the time. Romans 1 – 3 discusses the self righteous telling people not to do what they do themselves. Not only that, we are saved and forgiven for our sins, then comes the legalistic side of the house that forbids this and that and the other, such as gambling and alcohol, and they think that not believing as Ken Ham does is a sin, thereby convoluting the reason for evangelizing to begin with. Personally, I do not believe that most Christians are knowledgeable enough to teach anyone anything about God. Two hours a week on Sunday, and what does an evangelical really know? Especially the millennials. Billy Graham was an Evangelist. I’d say that Evangelists are far and few between, as they have no knowledge of WHY they believe what they claim to believe. I see people saying that they believe this and that, yet, they have no basis as to why. They just say that they believe. So how can they plant? How can they water?
Not sure what you Re getting at Ed. It sounds like you are saying that if we aren’t called to be in the ‘office’ of evangelist, we are to just shut up and be good at our jobs. If I got t right, I suggest you think again. We are ALL called to share our faith.
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Yikes for some reason it didn’t go through; going to schedule it for tomorrow morning instead