David Murray shares seven excuses Christians use for not evangelizing (follow this link for the full article):
1. The Calvinism Excuse: “If God’s going to convert the heathen, he doesn’t need us to do it.”
2. The Pragmatism Excuse: “It hasn’t worked in the past so why should it work this time.”
3. The Ecclesiology Excuse: “Our church is such a mess, there’s no point in asking people to come.”
4. The Revivalism Excuse: “We must wait for the Holy Spirit to bless.”
5. The Pluralism Excuse: “Surely not everyone without Christ is without hope.”
6. The Pietism Excuse: “I’ll pray. Evangelism is for the activists.”
7. The Humility Excuse: ”Who am I to tell others what they should or shouldn’t do or believe.”
What’s at the root of these excuses?:
- Fear of ridicule
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of failure
- Fear of lost friendships
- Fear of exposure
- Fear of difficult questions
What’s the remedy?
…recognize it [this fear], confess it, and seek forgiveness. That covers the past.
But what about the future? We need another emotion. LOVE.
Perfect love casts out fear (1 Jn. 4:18). Love for Jesus and love for the lost is the only excuse-killing power that can get down to the roots of our excuses and grow deep soul-winning passion.
You can read the full article here. It’s worthy of your time and attention.