Friday, July 24

Jesus was not a very good evangelist

Alan Knox has decided Jesus was not a very good evangelist...at least by today's standards. See if you agree with him...

...I’ve decided that Jesus was not a very good evangelist.

When he called his first disciples, he didn’t tell them about his good plan for their lives; he simply said, “Follow me.”

When he talked to Nicodemus, Jesus didn’t point out his sins; he simply talked about the new life in the Spirit.

When he talked to the Samaritan woman by the well, Jesus didn’t call her to repent; he just announced himself as the Messiah.

When he talked to the “rich, young ruler,” he didn’t tell the man to simply believe or trust him or pray to him; he told him to sell all he had and give to the poor and follow him.

When he forgave the paralytic, he did so based on his friends’ faith.

When he cast demons out of people, he often told them to not tell other people about him.

When Jesus ate at Zacchaeus’ house, he seemed pleased that Zacchaeus talked about his works of giving back to the poor, but Jesus never told him to make sure he had faith.

When Pilate asked Jesus if he was the king of the Jews, Jesus did not give a very convincing apologetic argument.

When he met Paul on the road to Damascus, Jesus left out almost every point in the Roman Road, E.E., C.W.T., F.A.I.T.H., and any other evangelism method.

No, Jesus was not a very good evangelist… at least, not according to most Christian definitions and descriptions of a good evangelist.

4 comments:

Gabryel said...

In regards to whether or not Jesus was a good evangelist...I like this quote from Leonard Ravenhill: "Any method of evangelism will work, if God is in it."

Therefore, whether we look at the examples of Scripture that brother Alan shared or methods such as the Roman Road, E.E., C.W.T., F.A.I.T.H., etc. they'll all work if God is in them.

What I truely believe is there needs to be more of an emphasis on preaching, teaching, witnessing, and evagelising with the Gospel of the Kingdom, and not so much a Gospel Salvation. Salvation is a by product of the Gospel of the Kingdom, not the goal. Salvation is contained within/inside the Gospel of the Kingdom. And it has so much more of an impact, besides I think it's more biblically accurate.

It seems this was the Lord's heart and even his prayer (the Lord's Prayer).

This is a deep deep topic that deserves more attention. Because with Scriptures like these below, it should really get us thinking:

Mark 1:14-15 "...Jesus came..., preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,and saying, the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

Luke 4:43 "He said to them, "I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent."

Luke 9:2 "He sent them (his disciples) to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick."

Matthew 24:14 "And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, AND THEN THE END WILL COME."

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AGUS said...

I think Jesus was a great and humble person, and I am sure he did not mean what he did. I'll listen to Jesus personally but definitely not to other evangelists or even one of his apostles. Jesus gave me joy, evangelists (specially modern ones) gave me hatred, fear and depressions. Oh and I am not christian.

GuyMuse said...

AGUS,

Thanks for stopping by the "M Blog" and for your comments. I am sorry that fellow brothers in Christ have not reflected the love and grace of Jesus towards you. I think you are on the right track in saying I'll listen to Jesus personally... Man is not our example. Jesus is. Listen to Him through his Word, and obey what He says there. Leave those who have pained you to one side. We are called to follow Jesus, not any apostle, evangelist, pastor, leader, etc.