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Gone Fishing

Well, not really, the closest I come to fishing is ordering a tuna sandwich from the Sandbar and Grille.  Still, I am on vacation, so there will not be any fresh garbage till the beginning of April.  Sorry, should have said something earlier, but the internet connection here is pretty bad, thankfully.  The sight of the ocean from my window should give me a fresh perspective when I get back, and I will have all kinds of news when I do.  Hope you all are well, and if it’s any consolation, it’s pretty cold here (poor preachers have to vacation on the off seasons to be able to afford it, I just hope the owners of this condo don’t get back early and catch us here!).

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Thanks, Cyclical Vomit

Man, talk about getting a shot in the arm when you really need it.  Just when I thought that I was a lone voice in the wilderness for suggesting that instead of being the world’s buddy we should be apostles of Christ, proclaiming salvation to the lost, my buddy Randy at Cylical Vomit write this.  Thanks, Randy!  Heaven forbid that the cross offend someone.  Wonder what happens when we tell them about sin and hell? 

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Just added a new blog to my blogroll.  It’s called Fisher of Men by Bill Phillips and it’s all about personal evangelism.  No, I didn’t say “inviting people to church” or “techniques to pimp your bathroom”, but personal evangelism.  You know, telling people about Jesus with truth and love.  Oh, and love means you tell them about Jesus and sin and hell and forgiveness.  I’m glad that there are others out there who agree that we need to be sharing our faith, I was starting to wonder (and worry).

I love his tagline too: “On fire so that others won’t be.”  That’s good.  Here’s a good encounter for you to start off with.  Keep up the good work, Brian.

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Sobering Words

I meant to link this in my last post and forgot.  Then Bill left a comment on my “Evangelize the Hell Out of Them” post that jogged my memory.  Go watch the clip called “Sobering Words” on the Way of the Master site.  The punchline ought to really shock you.

Also, from that same site, is a great take on the Outhouse Outreach that says exactly what I’ve been saying.  You can find it on the home page of the WotM Radio site, called “The Potty Driven Church” (I like my “Outhouse Outreach” better, though).

You can read the whole article below, written by Todd Friel:

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Been thinking a lot about this, especially after being exposed to the view that if we evangelize people we are not being loving.  Why on earth would evangelism be seen as unloving?  Well, let’s start with an assumption that I shouldn’t have to make, but apparently in our “emerging” Christianity this is an assumption that is not held by everyone. 

My assumption is this: Jesus is the ONLY way to get saved.  Whether this is true or not, we’ll not know until we stand before God.  But it certainly is a claim that the bible makes.  Jesus said in John 14:6-7  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  The book of Acts says in 4:12  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  Granted, this is not a very PC thing to say and it’s a bold claim, but it IS a biblical claim.  There is no other means of salvation other than Jesus Christ.

Now, if that is what we believe as Christians, then we are faced with another reality: if people don’t receive salvation from Jesus Christ, they are going to hell because of their sins.  So, is it unloving to evangelize people?  Here’s what some folks say: Evangelism is unloving because….

  • It means telling people that they are wrong.
  • It means telling people that they are sinners.
  • It means telling people that they have to change.
  • It means telling people that they have to repent.
  • It means telling people that they have to believe the claims of the bible.
  • It might offend someone.

But, what’s the other alternative?  What are the implications of NOT evangelizing people?  IF we believe that Jesus is the only way to have our sins forgiven and that if we die in our sins we will be judged and sent to hell, then the implications of NOT evangelizing are….

  • Not warning someone of an eternity of hell.
  • Not telling people about the love, forgiveness, and grace of Jesus.
  • Not showing people the way in which their sins can be forgiven.

So, there you have your choices.  You can take the risk of offending people or you can take the risk of allowing someone to go to hell.  You decide.  Here’s some verses to help you out:  Mark 16:15-17  15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
NIV

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Do you have 11 minutes to kill?  Of course you do, or you wouldn’t be reading something called “Insipid Garbage.”  Do me a favor then, and bop over to the Way of the Master Radio media section and watch the video called “A Bullhorn Guy Response.”  It’s an awesome video and makes some of the points that I’ve been making, just in a much better way.  The video is a response to a Nooma video which was criticizing a guy who was witnessing with a bullhorn.  Admittedly, I might not be too keen on a bullhorn guy either, but somehow along the way I think that we evangelicals have believed the lie that witnessing is judgmental and unloving.  Not so.  If people are lost without Jesus and going to hell in their sins, the MOST unloving thing we could do is to not tell them about Jesus and his saving grace.  Go watch the video, you’ll be glad you did.

In case you don’t, here’s an explanation of Dr. Love, which is described in the video.  The question was, which doctor would be the best?

  • Dr. Fear who runs around screaming “You’re sick and you’re going to die!” but who never gives a cure.
  • Dr. Woo who tells you how great the hospital is and how you really ought to come visit the hospital and tries to lure you to the hospital with gimmicks, without telling you that you’re sick and need healing (and I might add: tells you how great the bathrooms are in the hospital).
  • Dr. Love who cares about you and loves you and wants to hear your problems, but is too loving to tell you that you’re sick.
  • Dr. Reason, who first tells you that you’re sick and dying, but then gives you the cure.

Well, you see where that’s going.  Dr. Fear are the hellfire and brimstone evangelists who tell you about your sin, but never tell you about grace.  Dr. Woo are those who promote how great their church is, but never tell you why you’d want to get your coffee in a church instead of a Caribou Coffee.  Dr. Love is all about caring for you, and is so loving that he won’t tell you about your sins and need for a savior.

I’m obviously trying to be Dr. Reason.  I want to tell people about hell and sin because it’s a reality, but I also want to tell people about grace and forgiveness, since they too are a reality.  I want to woo people to Jesus and then they will WANT to come to church, not because of the bathroom, but because they want to know more about their savior.  I want to love people, but I understand that the greatest love we can show people is to lead them to Jesus.  Sure, I’ll try to meet their other needs, but they have no greater need than salvation. 

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I wanted to announce a new blog by my friend Randy, Cyclical Vomit.  Much like “Inspid Garbage”, there IS an explanation.  My other friend (yes, I have at least 2) Jason, has a blog entitled Skubalon.  Look it up, it’s Greek, or you can read the explanation on his blog.  So, we now have Insipid Garbage, Cyclical Vomit, and Skubalon.  Getting messy out here!

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