Was reading two evangelism books today (got today and tomorrow off holiday pay) and both were saying that evangelism is more effective when we financially give to others, or give food and so forth as it softens hearts. I agree that if one can give one must and giving does backup the testimony, however according to Romans 12 giving is a spiritual gift, and must be done in secret according to Matthews gospel. When the beggar asked for money from Peter and John they did not have any, but gave what they did have. Paul when he preached the gospel had nothing to offer but the gospel. 1 Cor 2:2-5 (NKJV) For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. This is why we must know the scripture when reading evangelism books. For many reasons I recommend evangelism books from a Calvinist/Reformed author for they tend to be more biblically balanced and not a singe one in my library say that giving is what softens hearts and evangelism must always be done in accordance with giving. Giving is important and should be done if possible, but its an option not a requirement for evangelism.