An atheist named LOGICAL asked: “I have a question for you. Why do you see evangelism as such a good thing? It seems to me that you would want people to find religion (particularly yours) on their own, so that there would be no question about their faith. Because to me, and this is only from my observation and could be interpreted as opinion, it seems like you and many other evangelical preachers are trying to scare people towards Christianity with threats of eternal damnation and torture through hell.”
My answer: I see evangelism as a good thing because God sees it as a good thing. Christians are commanded to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul writes: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Chapter 10)
So, not only is evangelism a good thing, but those who do it have beautiful feet! (And I’m telling you, I’ve got some nasty looking toes.)
It’s also a good thing to warn those who are ignorant about an afterlife because it isn’t Heaven for everyone, and it’s never just “in the ground” at death. We are heralds simply being obedient to the king’s command to tell others to repent and trust in the Savior. (Read more about being a herald here.) And we always need more workers! Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
And yes, we are definitely trying to “scare people towards Christianity with threats of eternal damnation and torture through hell.” Jesus spoke a heck of a lot about judgment, condemnation and Hell. The epistles also speak much about eternal torment. I, too, will do the same.
That’s why Jesus is so awesome. He took the wrath of God for you. He took the punishment you deserve for your sin (breaking of the Commandments) . All you have to do is repent of your sin and trust in Jesus who suffered and died on a cross, was buried for three days and rose again. Then prove your belief by living it out. Yes, God became a man for you! He died for you!
Aren’t you happy that so many people are out there telling this great news to one and all? If we don’t do it, who will? So, yes, evangelism is a very good thing.
Next week: Do I think what we do is effective?