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Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions & Witnessing' started by mr. messy, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. mr. messy

    mr. messy New Member

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    I seldom forward e-mail messages from my inbasket. Today I did. It said in part "Jesus Test~
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    >This is an easy test, you score 100 or zero. It's your choice. If you
    >aren't
    >ashamed to do this, please follow the directions.
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    >_____
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    >Jesus said, "if you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my
    >Father."
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    >Not ashamed Pass this on . . . only if you mean it.
    >
    >Yes, I do Love God."

    This email challenged me to send it on to at least 10 persons. I did it. Was this not suitable for unbelievers? I read that there are other web-sites for evangelism e-mails messages.
    What do you think? Thanks for reading, Mr. Messy
     
  2. just-want-peace

    just-want-peace Well-Known Member

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    Did God really tell you this?

    Seriously, if this floats your boat, fine, but I never pass these "guilt trips" on.

    Well, if I really think it's good, but always deleting the last part that ASSUMES that if you don't choose to pass on you're ashamed (or worse) of Jesus!

    I figure if the message can't stand on it's own merit, it's not worth cluttering up another email account.
     
  3. menageriekeeper

    menageriekeeper Active Member

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    Personally I hate emails like this. Most of the time I don't even read them before deleting them.
     
  4. WallyGator

    WallyGator New Member

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    I have a bunch of in-laws and out-laws(BTW, living like hell) that use this method of communicating with my wife and I. Awhile back, I sent them a nice E-Mail explaining how I felt about their E-Mails. Guess what, nothing happened, didn't slow them down a bit. So now, when I find a Christian article pertaining to their situations, I forward it on to them. Well, guess what, no more E-Mail forwards from them! [​IMG]
     
  5. Shammai

    Shammai New Member

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    How about a variant? Find another message board and post it. Instead of a chain letter, make it a chain message. Many messageboards get indexed by spidering search engines like google, etc. and give more exposure than emails which might be ignored.
     
  6. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    I second that motion!
     
  8. USN2Pulpit

    USN2Pulpit New Member

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    Then, when people ask you at church, "did you get that e-mail I sent you..."
     
  9. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

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    "Yes, but I delete all fwd: fwd: fwd: emails."
     
  10. Bible Student

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    The Delete Button is the best thing to use. The main problem is I do not have enough time to read all that stuff!
     
  11. Speedpass

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    Here are my problems with such emails:

    1)I have seen them hundreds and hundreds of times before
    2) I get queasy at the part that asks you to forward the email to ___ people. To me, that is manipulating God to act at our level, instead of letting God act according to His word.
    3) I don't have the heart to ask the people who forward this stuff to me to stop doing it.
    4) Some of what I have been forwarded is not necessarily true(see snopes.com or urbanlegends.com)
    5) My pastor is very sly about doing forwards. Sometimes I get an email from her, with "no subject", or something similar, in the subject line--thinking that it is not a forward. But lo and behold, it's another dreaded forward :mad:
     
  12. Marcia

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    I email the sender and ask them to remove me from the list. I tell them I do not have time to read such emails and only want personal emails and emails that come through my website. I tell the sender that I delete such emails without reading them. I also tell the sender that by showing my email address (which is usually the way it is), others on the list will take my address and put it on their lists -- then I get even more emails like this!! I do this whether I know the sender or not.

    Then I delete the email.

    I have also received emails like this from Christians that say if we do not pass it on, we will have bad luck or something totally unbiblical like that. I also point that out, if applicable.

    I don't think Christians should be so timid about speaking up to someone who sends this junk to them. After all, the person was not very timid about sending you something you didn't ask for!
     
  13. SaggyWoman

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    Forwarding or lack of forwarding does not show my reflection of being ashamed or unashamed of Christ.
     
  14. Purple Lady

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    This is a hot point for me.
    My email address belongs to me. Unless I have given specific permission for others to pass it on, that is a violation of my privacy.

    I contact the sender and ask to be removed from their list - even if it's a friend. If it's something some one wants me to see, then I expect them to send it only to me with no other email addresses included.

    Amen, Saggy.
     
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