Reaching people for Christ- The Way of the Master with Ray Comfort

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  1. evangelist6589

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    There are so many LOST people in our neighborhoods, and so many churches (like mine) that do not give a rat about reaching them. Speaking with a leader in my church recently he told me that he sees no "fruit" in street evangelism, and so will not endorse it in the class. This man has not read his Bible, and I am so sad so many Christians are like this. People lets make a difference and reach our own communities for the gospel.

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  2. Yeshua1

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    Think that the Lord can bless that type of outreach, but the persons in it need to know they have been called and blessed to be doing it!
     
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    Why do you attended a church whose leadership doesn't read the Bible?
     
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    Evinced by the atrocious quality of churches in my neighborhood.
     
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    maybe he meant they are not intepreting it the same way he is?
     
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    Arbo, perhaps he lives in New Jersey!
     
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    or maybe like here in metro detroit area, have many pastors who would arther follow the "black messiah" , than the real one!
     
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    ....you mean BO? :laugh:

    Ahhh, NJ stopped being Christian years ago. Time for a flood!
     
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    Ditto!

    Or, did the leadership turn down your request to purchase something from here? http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=199&lang=en

    Or, could it be that your church does not support the teachings of "The Way of the Master"?

     
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    I would like to weigh in on this matter of street evangelism. I don't know if it bears fruit or not. I don't recall anyone reporting that anyone was saved during a street evangelism. (I am assuming that street evangelism is the same as street preaching....like standing on a street corner or in a public square. If I am wrong, please correct me.) What I have seen is people ignoring the street preachers and walk past them, and I have seen some people heckle them.

    I don't condemn street evangelism. However, it doesn't set well with me when someone condemns a pastor or Christian for not using street preaching as a method of evangelism. Frankly, I never have and have no plans to do so. Yet, I evangelize. Isn't that the main thing? As Christians, we are all supposed to evangelize.

    What method of evangelism we use is irrelevant as far as I am concerned. If street preaching is your strong suit, use it, but don't condemn those who choose some other method.
     
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    Um, John, you're doing it again. It's not your place to judge whether or not your church leader has "read his Bible" simply because he disagrees with you about a certain METHOD of evangelism. Again, this comes across as a better-than-thou attitude whether you meant it that way or not. Tact is your friend, especially if you plan to use street evangelism as your way of representing Christ.

    Maybe your church leader has already tried this method and it didn't work for him. Maybe the culture in your area requires a different evangelistic approach. I appreciate your zeal for the lost; that is commendable. But as dh1948 advised, do not condemn those who use other methods. Dude, you're on the same team! YOUR way is not the ONLY way. Use whatever works! By all means, win some. . .not just by ONE means, brother.

    Now, (I say this in sisterly love here) shut yer yap and listen and learn from your leaders, and pray about how you can effectively team up with them for the cause of Christ. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Or they prefer Blackberries.:eek::laugh:
     
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    Thats exactly what they do on the Way of the Master Podcast al the time. I am following my leaders.
     
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    I'm curious. When you say that you are following your leaders, who do you mean? The leaders in your church (including the one you say doesn't read his Bible?), or the Way of the Master people?
     
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    The WOTM which is a Biblical evangelism method. They do not fixate on results, but focus on obedience. Leave the results to God.
     
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    Without giving evidence, it is wrong to accuse a church leader of not reading the Bible, because he won't support your chosen leader(s) - other men (Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, and John McArthur).

    You have yet to say why your request was turned down. Nor have you told us what request you made. Perhaps your church leaders do not agree with Lordship salvation, for example. From what I understand that's a part of WOTM's message.

    What was your request and what reason was given for it being turned down?
     
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    Do you think that it is the only Biblical way, and do you think that those who disagree are disobeying Scripture? I don't recall everyone mentioned in the N.T. as part of the early church street preaching.


    Agree. EV- If you know for a fact the leadership of the church is not reading the Bible, why do you go there? On the other hand, we all know what a knowingly-false statement is called.

    It's not wise to render judgements without knowing the facts. For all anybody knows, you wanted the church to buy a WOTM program that it cannot afford or have the church pay for a youth group trip to the amusement park in the interest of "evangelism".
     
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    I sent a mail and made a suggestion to emphasize street evangelism and such in his lessons, and I received a reply in which he told me why he does not prefer street evangelism. The reasons he listed had Pragmatism at he central.

    For one God brings the converts and not me and who am I to say what is or what is not a place He wants me to witness at? Take for example the life & example of missionary John Paton whom went to a tribal group with the gospel and was used by God to bring it there, despite all the "church leaders" and others whom did not agree. Church leaders and pastors whom think that street evangelism is not Biblical clearly have not read their Bibles, or at least do not understand Biblical evangelism for a more correct statement.
     
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    Law for the proud and grace to the humble is not a method its a principle to Biblical evangelism. Yes in some contexts we need to present this in relationships. Open air preaching was practiced by Philip and the disciples in the book of Acts. No it was not called "street preaching" but it was open air preaching.


     
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    Throwing out a 50-cent word doesn't answer the question.
    Specifically, what were his reasons?

    Is there something within the doctrine of your church to prevent you from following your calling and preaching where/when God leads you to stand on a street corner?

    It is wrong to say that others don't read their Bible, because they don't share your calling or give the degree of support of your calling that YOU think you should have. Our Lord didn't call me to be a street preacher. Because I don't stand on street corners, you are saying that I don't read my Bible nor understand "evangelism". Because our church focus is on other ways to bring the lost to Christ, you are saying my church doesn't read the Bible or understand "evangelism", either.

    BTW, how often do you follow your calling, regardless of what others may think or do?
     

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