John MacArthur on Evangelism

John MacArthur’s view of evangelism with regard to oversimplifying the Gospel and not addressing each person’s unique situation wisely.

It seems m many evangelicals are obsessed with finding out how little of God’s truth a person can believe and still get to heaven. Many of the modern popular approaches to evangelism have been shaped accordingly. They want a capsulized plan of salvation where the message is distilled in four or five basic points, or fewer if possible. Modern evangelicalism is frankly too prone to this kind of gospel reductionism. The lineup in one church’s tract rack included all these titles: Six Steps to Peace with God; Five Things God Wants You to Know; Four Spiritual Laws; Three Truths You Can’t Live Without; Two Issues You Must Settle; and One Way to Heaven.

No single formula can possibly meet tithe needs of every unregenerate person anyway. Those who are ignorant need to be told who Christ is and why He offers the only hope of salvation (Romans 10:3). Those who are careless need to be confronted d with the reality of impending judgment (John 16:11).  Those who sat fearful need to hear that God is merciful, delighting not in the death of the wicked but pleading with sinners to come to Him for mercy (Ezekiel 33:11).  Those who are hostile need to be shown the futility of opposing the will of God (Psalm 2:1-4).  Those who are self-righteous need to have their sin exposed by the demands of God’s law (Romans 3:20). Those who are proud need to hear that God hates pride (1 Peter 5:5). All sinners must understand that God is holy and that Christ has met the demands of God’s perfect righteousness on behalf of sinners (1 Corinthians 1:30). Every gospel presentation should include an explanation of Christ’s sacrificial death for sin (15:3). And the message is not the gospel if it does not also recount His burial and the triumph of His resurrection (vv. 4, 17).

Source: What the Bible Says about Parenting

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