A recent posting from fellow evangelist Tony Miano on the Quiet Warriors reminded me of an article I wrote a couple of years ago on the same subject. This goes to show that there is a place for everyone on the street…
When it comes to proclaiming the truth that all have sinned by breaking God’s moral law by lying, stealing, misusing His name, looking with lust (which Jesus calls adultery), or hating (which the bible calls murder), and that the penalty is Hell, expect the firefight to begin. To mention that God is a God of wrath, a God of justice—instead of a God of love only—really brings out the inner-terrorist in people.
But “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4)
That’s why we use militaristic terms in classifying the four levels of our evangelism teams:
Prayer Warriors: They speak to the commanding officer behind the lines.
Foot Soldiers: They do the hand-to-hand combat by distributing lots of tracts on the front lines.
Snipers: These are experts in one-to-one conversations. They target the sinner and nail him in the heart with the 10 Commandments, then finish him off with the Gospel.
Airmen: They carpet bomb by dropping their Gospel message wherever people are gathered.
And we really don’t mind if you go AWOL,
because that means it’s:A Way Of Life!