Friendship Evangelism

Here are some quotes from a recent newsletter article by David Brickner. Read the entire article here.

“Some people speak about “earning the right” to witness. While it seems like a humble thing to say, many people fail to see how that statement contradicts Scripture. The Bible teaches that proclaiming the gospel is an obligation to be fulfilled, not a right to be earned.”

“We hear much about relational or “friendship” evangelism, but the Bible says, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore makes himself a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4).”

“Most who never quite get around to giving a clear-cut gospel message don’t even realize they are sacrificing their gospel witness on the altar of human acceptance.”

“It is easy to allow ourselves to believe that our silence is out of respect for those who might disagree with us. It is easy to see our motivation as noble, especially when we see our ultimate intention as positioning ourselves to be a better witness. But unfortunately, too often those intentions come to nothing, and we need to face the truth that sometimes our tact and our long-term intentions are merely masks that cover our natural fear of rejection and our reluctance to position ourselves where God really wants us: in a place of vulnerability.”

-quotes by David Brickner.


4 thoughts on “Friendship Evangelism

  1. My SS teacher re-emphasized this very morning how much he prefers Life-Style Evangelism over other forms of evangelism.

    I have said it so many times in my SS class that most just roll their eyes when I speak out against this.

    Me: Long sigh……

    I think this “form” of evangelism makes people feel better about not going out and intentionally witnessing the gospel.

    IMO of course.

  2. hi wayne! They “prefer” life-style and friendship evangelism. Yes this false method of evangelism is inoculation against God’s method of using *words* in one way/ form or another.

    Also, biblical evangelism also does not work nicely with Church marketing. Inviting someone to “come to Church” may fit in with friendship evangelism. But going out and bringing the gospel (using words) to bring the good news to them, may not necessarily (and often does not) mean bringing them into someone’s Church. So this method is less supported, if not actually discouraged, by people more interested in building their institutional Church, than actually connecting people to Jesus Christ.

    imho of course. : )

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