On pages 82-83 of the book "What did Jesus do?" Comfort lists a number of reasons the Apostle Paul was not a popular preacher. One of these reasons is found in Acts 20:23 which you may look up in your favorite translation whether that would be NIV, ESV, KJV, or whatever. I find it simply amazing how much the church ignores the book of Acts in this regard and insists that if someone is not popular than they are not "gifted or called" to evangelism. I am sure glad that Paul set a different example. You see in Acts 20:23 the text is obvious when it says that Paul will face persecution wherever he preaches the gospel. Paul did not preach a "God loves you message" he preached a message that emphasized the moral law, a message that addressed sin, and repentance and I am sure he did not preach the messages softly but under conviction. I challenge those that are called and gifted to go out to the streets and preach a hard message on repentance, sin, judgment, and holiness and see how you will be treated by the unsaved. You may get cussed out, have lysol sprayed at you, get heckled, or even challenged to a fight.