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June 20, 2006

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I really respect that so many of you were saved through this kind of outreach. But what I wonder, is, if someone in your life had been a christian and had gently wooed you that way, wouldn't it have made as much (or more) of an impact? In my opinion, it's more that we are not being the right kind of people to our friends as people of faith, then that we should be going door-to-door.

"But what I wonder, is, if someone in your life had been a christian and had gently wooed you that way, wouldn't it have made as much (or more) of an impact?"

That's a great question, Renee. Just because door-to-door has worked, doesn't mean it should be prefered. I'm thinking: "all things are lawful, but not all things are beneficial."

I am not a fan of this type of evangelism either because mostly I am tired (as a Christian) of being evangelized by my own. However, our God is big and He uses all the ways of man (even those I am not comfortable with) to reach His children. A good friend of mine found Jesus when a Campus Crusade staff person walked up to him in the student union and asked if he'd heard of the 4 spiritual laws and read the booklet with him. Right then and there he found eternal life and even though he obviously needed relationship and discipleship and whatnot to grow and continue in his faith, he will tell you that that's the best thing that's ever happened to him. And this guy is not a crazy gold-star-seeking type. He is the most gentle, wonderfully relational evangelism oriented person I know and has an amazing testimony of healing from his past. A girl friend of mine gives her non-Christian male friends Christian comicbooks. Cheesy? Yes. But who am I to say that God can't use a comicbook or a Christian t-shirt to begin a conversation to change someone's life? I know we've all had some bad experiences with this, but we must suspend our judgment in the same way that others must suspend their judgment of my sin and me when I have to go back to my brokenness more times than "victorious" Christians are comfortable with. I know they get impatient with me in the years-long process of my healing. But the Bible says those who have less honor (whomever that is, us or them) we should clothe with greater honor. We are to choose to lift up our brothers even when we don't agree with their method. That's what Jesus would do. He encompasses enough diversity for all the denominations, so it makes sense to me that he would be able to accept and encourage each of us and our way of contributing to the Kingdom. He would say, let's work together not tear each other apart. If you think those guys at your door are too confrontive in their approach, invite them in and have dinner and talk with them about their sin and brokenness and help them to access their own spiritual poverty. Help them build a more sensitive, relational approach. That's what love looks like and we are all responsible as Jesus' kids to try harder than the other guy to be loving and bridge the gaps between us.

He would say, let's work together not tear each other apart.

Thank you Dawn for pointing that out. In order for the Kingdom of God to be strong, yes we must all work together and build each other up. I also believe that God can use many methods in order to bring others to Christ. We all have our own testimony.

Michelle

"yes we must all work together and build each other up"

Yes, Michelle. And "building others up" sometimes means showing them a better way, and doing so in love -- which I failed to do in this instance :( Lord, have mercy.

I don't think you're suggesting this... but holding tightly to an egalitarian logic, where everybody's efforts and techniques are assumed to be "equal" is nothing less than tragic; and another expression of our addiction to individualism. Yes, God can theoretically use "any" method to bring people to himself (and history attests to this), but that shouldn't be confused with "license" for us to go and do the same.

And so, can I, or better yet, would I "partner" with believers who regularly practice door-to-door evangelism? Would I or could I support such a partnership for the sake of the kingdom? Those are important questions. And my answer would be "yes" -- unless it was for the purpose of going out and doing door-to-door evangelism.

In other words, I would not go out and do what -- which for me -- would be misguided minimally effective. But I would, however, be quick to participate/support along other lines if at all possible.

Again, I really think that Renee was dead-on regarding this and her last post warrants repeating:

"I really respect that so many of you were saved through this kind of outreach. But what I wonder, is, if someone in your life had been a christian and had gently wooed you that way, wouldn't it have made as much (or more) of an impact? In my opinion, it's more that we are not being the right kind of people to our friends as people of faith, then that we should be going door-to-door."

The apostle Paul was able to rejoice that others were preaching Christ even in ways that were "suspect" (Philippians 1:15ff) -- but that didn't mean that he adopted their methods.

May God help me to respond with the same spirit.

Hi. I'm a keen door-to-door evangelist and I have trained many to go out here in England. Two interesting points 1) No one has ever come back and said "I wish I hadn't gone" or something like that. On the contrary most return to say that they want to go again. 2) Very few like 1 in 1,000 answers are rude or confrontational and every example of those who have been rude or confrontational have been regular church attending professing Christians. Reading the above I now know why. Do you know? Work it out for yourself.

I read some of the above answers. It saddens me to see that its not about churches failing or succeeding, but following Jesus’ commandment to go tell. Whether it's door to door or through friendship evangelism, it doesn't make any difference. What counts is to know what your answer is. If you stand before God tonight and he was to ask you, "Why should I let you into my heaven"? What would you say? If you don't have that answer, then I'm afraid you missed your purpose of why you are here on earth. It's not the method; it is the message. Your decision is eternal. If people didn't care, they wouldn't be out there.

Looks like the biggest reason not to do door-2-door is that we personally do not like people comming to our house, invading our private space. Forgetting that all the earth belongs to God and all the fullness thereof. I have found in my own experience that most of those that down play door-2-door also do not like open air preaching, street witnessing, or most other forms of verbally talking to people about God's holiness, man's sinfulness, the resulting penalty, and the only way to be made right with God.

I also have found through my on witnessing in various forms that regular church goers or usually the only ones that are rude, agitated, ugly, and upset that someone is follwing the great commission and out of love is taking a risk to tell them about the cure for thier disease.

The lost people, who know they are lost, are usually thankfull that someone cared enough to stop and talk to them.

Not saying that all those who got mad about someone loving them enough to share the gospel is unsaved, just saying they have proabably not thought about the gospel and what it means to them. Usually those that were saved like hearing the gospel over and over. It is a fragrant aroma to those being saved.

I persoanlly invite the JW's and Mormons in the house, talk to them about the scripture, let them explain there point, and ask them questions to help them see the truth. I would do that for non cults as well, let them practice on me.

I'm planning to go on a missions trip where door-to-door evangelism will be part of it. I went to an Evange-Cube class and was surprised with the opportunity to practice it, partially because I had just gotten quite impatient with some JV's at the door when I was heading out on an errand and told them 'Jesus is God' (and did I say 'so there!' or just think it?). Well, I understand how people these days see true Christianity as just another cult many times and do sympathize with how hard it is to convince people quickly otherwise.

However, it is actually impossible to convince people otherwise at all, in our own strength. It is not as though our own righteousness is going to save anybody. Even though I was impressed with some Christian friends before being saved, I ended up giving my heart to the Lord during a radio outreach. I always made a point of seeing Christians' faults to justify my rebellion before that, and I just didn't see that I was wrong. Only the Holy Spirit saves, and He can do it any way He wants.

I had a pastor once who had always preached against various kinds of evangelism - nothing but gradually planting seeds in a long-term relationship was valid to him. Yet I don't think that is truly the example of the book of Acts - people got saved en mass all the time! And door-to-door! And he didn't believe in radio evangelism either, but I am a testimony to the Holy Spirit working through that, as I'm sure many others are through many other forms. And even if the door-to-door yields a tiny percentage of conversions, the Lord leaves the 99 to go after the one, and there are people who may not be reached for a visible conversion any other way!

So, I sympathize with your feelings, but we both need to get beyond our feelings and let the Holy Spirit work as He chooses and believe the best (1 Cor 12) of those who are trying to do so. I think that's what God means by not judging others - not that we shouldn't call sin 'sin', but that we should see that where something isn't definitely sin, maybe the Lord spoke to them and they are, probably imperfectly as we all are, just trying to obey His call.

I have been knocking doors for a few years and find it to be a low percentage evangelism tool, but name me one thing that isn't "low percentage" now days in seeing people come to know Jesus as Savior? It is awesome when you land on a door and the person behind the door has been waiting for you to tell them about Jesus!

Old thread, but I know people who did door to door evangelism, and people did get saved. I agree in our culture it seems out of place, but then again in our culture Jesus seems out of place. I appreciate your willingness to entertain the idea that Jesus can still use people going door to door to share the Gospel and save some, how generous of you.

infocyde, thanks for sharing. I'm not sure that Jesus is out of place in today's culture. I've often thought Jesus is exactly what the culture is looking for -- someone they haven't always found, however, in the Church.

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