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Pastors From Around The World Postulate Why Only 2% Of The Church Engages In Evangelism (Part 1)

7 July 2013 One Comment

Hi,

I signed up to a web site called “Linkedin”.linkedin

Here, pastors from all over the world discuss “issues” to do with Church life.

I posted a question on this site, inviting pastors to comment/ give their opinion.

The question was this. “ONLY 2% OF THE CHURCH IN THE WEST ENGAGES IN BIBLICAL EVANGELISM. WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THIS SHAMEFUL STATISTIC?”

In the next few blogs, I am going to give you the answers they gave.

They make interesting reading!

Pastor Chris from Florida in the US wrote:pastor chris

“The lack of evangelizing on the part of churchgoers has been cited by some authorities as related to the decline in church membership among mainline religions.

Concern over this problem in 1988 prompted the United Church of Christ to adopt as a four-year priority the issue of “evangelism and membership growth.” 


The St. Petersburg Times reports that other mainline denominations in the United States, including the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church, have acted similarly.

However, a recent survey of over 200 congregations of the United Church of Christ revealed that many of its 1.6 million members manifest little interest in talking to others about their faith.

One member asked: “Why do we have to talk to others if we’re doing good?” Another said: “If you live your faith, you don’t have to talk about it.” 
Yet, in his book American Mainline Religion, coauthor Wade Clark Roof admitted that “how people talk about their religious and spiritual lives is integrally related to the survival of faith itself.” 
If “doing good” and having “faith” is enough to please God, why did the apostle Paul write: “Woe is me if I did not declare the good news”?

He explained to fellow believers in Rome: “If you publicly declare that ‘word in your own mouth,’ that Jesus is Lord, and exercise faith in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.

For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation.”—1 Corinthians 9:16; Romans 10:9, 10.”

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  • Rev John says:

    That’s great Julian, I am sending that out to both networks, the presbytery (Presbyterian) and the Pentecostal (ICC) nets.
    Keep it coming, I’d love to get as many as possible to the seminar so they know what biblical evangelism is and is not. Keep the blogs coming!

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