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March 23, 2010

A reformed friend of mine wrote this the other day. I thought it was worth reposting. Please read.

Selling Jesus?

As some of you know I spent part of the last 10 Days at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show selling kitchen cabinets. I will spare you the details on the cabinets mainly because I am sick of talking about them.

When I told a couple people what  was doing I was often met by a disturbing statement and a statement that reveals the heart of some of our issues with evangelism. The statement I was met with went something like, “Sales should be a good experience for you since you will essentially be trying to get people to buy into Jesus with your calling as a pastor.” This statement is troubling to me because I hate the thought of the Gospel needing a sales pitch. I cannot stand that some people actually think that we are the ones that bend the perverted wills of man into accepting the truth of Christ.

The Gospel does not need a sales pitch. People do not accept the truth of Christ based on how good or bad the presentation is; people accept Christ because he is calling them unto himself. “And those whom he predestined he also called…” (Romans 8:30, ESV). God does the calling. He does all the work and we just proclaim (see Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 10:14).

So what do you think? Do you see God as the sole worker in the hearts of those he is calling or do you think you have something to do with it?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan Pugner permalink
    March 23, 2010 8:10 pm

    I think the presentation matters. God draws people to Himself…the Holy Spirit does the convicting…Jesus does the saving…and you are right – we simply proclaim. But a bad presentation hurts the cause of Christ. A sincere heart does covers bad speaking but an arrogant, unprepared, irrelevant, irreverent person/presentation damages the gospel. I think we do have something to do with it – maybe not as much as we think sometimes – but we do play a role. Just as some people would not attend a communications conference that has a poor website – many will not see Christ as important if we don’t put in the effort to show that a clear, gifted, well-thought out presentation of who Jesus is. With all this said, I agree that it is not our role to hard sell Jesus…the product itself is too good to need to be forced on people.

  2. dlrayman permalink
    March 23, 2010 8:36 pm

    Bryan, I see where you are coming from and agree. I agree that the call of God is no excuse for lack of preparation (for more on this read “Preaching and Preachers” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones). I also think that the man who relies on the Spirit in hos preparation will likely see the results of the Spirit at work in the pews. Also, I believe that the only role we play is the role to proclaim…and it is an important role, one commanded by Scripture and important for the spread of the Gospel. “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 1-:14 ESV). So the role we play is effective for proclaiming the truth, but ultimately it is God who calls. We do not need to push on the hearts of men; for if the Spirit is at work both in our preaching and in the hearts of the listener, they will indeed repent and come to saving faith. Man, how privileged we are that he would use us as his messengers.

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