The Parable of the Sower and Bad Evangelism
One of the dominant myths in evangelicalism is that the growth of Christianity hinges on its popularity.
The idea that more people will repent if only the preacher were cooler or funnier invariably causes the church to suffer through a ridiculous parade of entrepreneurial types who act as though their personal charm can draw people to Christ. But you cannot manufacture converts by changing the message or stylizing the messenger.
This error leads to the harmful notion that a pastor’s conduct and speech should be shaped by the culture in which he ministers. Many preachers have such strong cravings for cultural acceptance they are actually willing to alter God’s message of salvation in order to achieve it. Subjects like sin, guilt, and repentance are regularly jettisoned so as not to offend or alienate non-Christians.
Such compromises do nothing to increase the church’s witness within the culture. In fact, they have the opposite effect. …
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- The Gospel (2) – Idolatry, Demons & Ecumenism
- The Gospel (3) – Unequally Yoked
- The Gospel (4) – The Radical Difference between Believers and Unbelievers
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- The Gospel (8) – The Great Exchange
- The Gospel (9) – The Heart of the Gospel explained in two Minutes (by John MacArthur)
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