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EV Tips/Loving Lawless Lovers of the Lord

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Even though there is a wealth of evidence from Scripture, history, and the great teachers of the past (including Jesus, Paul, Peter and the gang), in regard to the efficacy of using the 10 Commandments in a Gospel presentation, you will still face the greatest opposition when sharing your faith in this way from… Christians!

Yes, Christians.

Some of the most difficult people to reason with are religious people, people of faith…
null …nay, followers of Christ.

Make sure that when you share this Biblical principle of using the Law with a believing friend that you remain reasonable. Don’t fight. Don’t argue about it. Remain calm. Take a deep breath and… give them a copy of “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” or direct them to the Living Waters website where they can hear this teaching for free. I have found that some “get it” while others don’t. That’s okay. Remember, it is Hell’s best kept secret.

If your Christian brethren insult the teaching, the teacher—or even you—understand that there are a few underlying motives for them opposing you:

1) They probably don’t share their faith on a regular basis and are feeling threatened.

2) They are afraid to share their faith and don’t want to be exposed as cowards.

3) They aren’t really Christians.

So what should you do? What is the proper response from an evangelist who is highly effective, but faces opposition from a cowardly, unbelieving, disobedient Christian who rejects all convincing arguments that using the Law is the most biblical way in reaching the lost?

Do what Jesus did.

When the rich young ruler told Jesus that he had kept all the Commandments since birth, how did He respond to the ruler’s ignorance? He didn’t go into a tizzy and screw up his witness. He refused to huff and puff and blow the man down. And He resisted calling lightning down from Heaven.

No, Jesus simply challenged the young man on what he believed, then looked at him—and loved him.
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  3. Is it the “highly effective evangelist? Or is it the Holy Spirit? Your claim of personal effectiveness and lack of charity with believers who disagree with you on a non-essential tenent (a particular style of evangelism) could suggest an almost cultic lack of actual intellection in your ministry. Particularly your lumping of all infidels into the categories of threatened unbelieving cowards expresses a defensiveness typical of those who hold to cultic beliefs that must not be challenged. Perhaps no one has disagreed lovingly with you. Still that is what you are called to.

  4. The Holy Spirit uses the “highly effective evangelist” when he uses the principles laid out in Scriptureas they are supposed to be used.

    Lack of charity? I wrote:
    “Make sure that when you share this Biblical principle of using the Law with a believing friend that you remain reasonable. Don’t fight. Don’t argue about it. Remain calm. Take a deep breath and… give them a copy of “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” or direct them to the Living Waters website where they can hear this teaching for free.”

    And that we should love them. So where’s the lack of charity?

    I didn’t describe the infidels “into the categories of threatened unbelieving cowards,” as you wrote. I was talking about Christians—in a satirical way.

    A few have disagreed lovingly with me, but they never had an effective argument to persuade me that the use of the Law is not the most effective way to evangelize!

    Thanks for your input!!!

  5. You’re welcome –
    I could have been more clear – by infidels I meant those who disagree with your particaular approach to evangelism.
    They will know we are his disciples by our love for one another. Your satirical dismissal of those “infidels” is a poor witness.
    Grace and Peace to you.

  6. I’m sure Douglas Wilson has been accused of being a poor witness a few times for his writings, too… not that I’m in his league by any means…

    Satire, as you know, is a very effective tool to get a point across. There will be those brothers on one side of the aisle cheering me on, and there will always be those other brothers saying that I have a demon.

    I’m okay with that as long as people think about how they share their faith.

    Thanks again!

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