Evangelism Our Real Work—Evangelistic work, opening the Scriptures to others, warning men and women of what is coming upon the world, is to occupy more. expanding work. Some phases of evangelism have been delineated in nearly all the Ellen G. White books. Through the years, in the. Review and Herald, Signs. Some Key Thoughts from Ellen White on City Evangelism. The Urgent Need of Sharing the Gospel Message. When I think of the cities in which so little has been .
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God Is Seldom Glorified —In some cases, it may be necessary to meet a proud boaster against the truth of God in open debate; but generally these discussions, either oral or written, result in more harm than good.
Discussions cannot always be avoided People who love to see opponents combat, may clamor for discussion. Others, who have a desire to hear the evidences on both sides, may urge discussion in all honesty of motive; but whenever discussions can be avoided, they should be Eevangelism is seldom glorified or the ebw advanced in these combats.
Opposers Must Sometimes Be Met —There are occasions where their glaring misrepresentations will have to be met. When this is the evangelis, it should be done promptly and briefly, and we should then pass on to our work.
To Meet Defiance but Not Defy —In the presentation of unpopular truth, which involves a heavy cross, preachers should be careful that every word is as God would have it. Their words should never cut. They should present the truth in humility, with the deepest love for souls, and an earnest desire for their salvation, and let the truth cut. They should not defy ministers of other denominations, and seek to provoke a debate.
They should not stand in a position like that of Goliath when he defied the armies of Israel. Israel did not defy Goliath but Goliath made his proud boasts against God and His people. The defying, the boasting, and the railing must come from the opposers of truth, who act the Goliath.
But none of this spirit should be seen in those whom God has sent forth to proclaim the last message of warning to a doomed world If they, like David, are brought into a position where God’s cause really calls for them to meet a defier of Israel, and if they evanfelism forth in the strength ebw God, relying wholly upon Him, Evangelismm will carry them through, and cause His truth to triumph gloriously.
Christ has given us an example. Controversial Spirit Lays Weak Foundation —The spirit of debate, of controversy, is a device of Satan to stir up combativeness, and thus eclipse the truth as it is in Jesus.
Many have thus been repulsed instead of being won to Christ A controversial spirit is encouraged. Many dwell almost exclusively upon doctrinal subjects, while the nature of true piety, experimental Godliness, receives little attention.
Jesus, His love and grace, His self-denial and self-sacrifice, His meekness and forbearance, are not brought before the people as they should be. The errors existing everywhere have, like parasites, fastened their deadly poison upon the boughs of truth and in many minds have become identified with it; many who accept the truth teach it in a harsh spirit. A false conception of it is given to the people, eg the truth is made of no effect to those whose hearts are not softened and fgw by the Holy Spirit Evangrlism is essential for all to discern and appreciate the truth; therefore it is of the greatest importance that the seed of the Word should fall into soil prepared for its reception.
The question with us individually should evw, How shall we sow the precious seed of truth so that it shall not be lost, but spring up and produce a harvest, that sheaves may be brought to the master?
Danger of Excitement and Rapid Decision —If the interest steadily increases, and the people move evanglism, not from impulse, rvangelism from principle, the interest is much more healthy and durable than it is where a great excitement and interest are created suddenly, and the feelings are excited by listening to a debate, a sharp contest on both sides of the question, for and against the truth.
Fierce opposition is thus created, positions are taken, and rapid decisions made. A feverish state of things is the result. Calm consideration and judgment are wanting.
Let this excitement subside, or let reaction take place by indiscreet management, and the interest can never be raised again. The feelings and sympathies of the people were stirred, but their consciences were not convicted, their hearts were not broken and humbled before God.
Presenting Truth to Prejudiced Evantelism —God’s ministers should not count the opportunity of engaging in discussion a great privilege. All points of our faith are not to be borne to the front and presented before the prejudiced crowds The truths that ewg hold in common should be dwelt upon first, and the confidence of the hearers obtained.
In Debate We Meet Satan —Ministers who contend with opposers of the truth of God, do not have to meet men merely, but Satan and his host of evil angels. Satan watches for a chance to get the advantage of ministers who are advocating the truth, and when they cease to put their entire trust in God, and their words are not in the spirit and love of Christ, the angels of God cannot strengthen and enlighten them. They leave them to their own strength, and evil angels press in their darkness; for this reason, the opponents of the truth sometimes seem to have the advantage, and the discussion does more harm than real good.
If Debate Cannot Be Avoided —Whenever it is necessary for the advancement of the cause of truth and the glory of God, that an opponent be met, how carefully, and with what humility should they [the advocates of truth] go into the conflict.
With evngelism, confession of sin, and earnest prayer, and often fasting for a time, they should entreat that God would especially help them, and give His saving, evangeljsm truth a glorious victory, that error might appear in its true deformity, and its advocates be completely discomfited Never should you enter upon a discussion, where so much is at stake, relying upon your aptness to handle strong arguments.
If it cannot be well avoided, enter the conflict, but enter upon it with firm trust in God, and in the spirit of humility, in the spirit of Jesus, who has bidden you learn of Him who is meek and lowly in heart. Present the Truth —The best way to deal with error is to present the truth, and leave wild ideas to die for want of notice. Contrasted with truth, the weakness of error is made apparent to every intelligent mind. The more the erroneous assertions of opposers, and of those who rise up among us to evangelsim souls, are repeated, the better the cause of error is served.
The more publicity is given to the suggestions of Satan, the better pleased is his Satanic majesty. Use Only Sound Arguments —It is important that in defending the doctrines evamgelism we consider fundamental articles ebw faith, we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound. These may avail to silence an opposer, but they do not honor the truth.
Evangelism/Ellen G. White’s Experience and Methods as a Personal Worker
We should evangelissm sound arguments, that will not only silence our opponents, but will bear the closest and most searching scrutiny. With those who have educated themselves as debaters, there is great danger that they will not handle the Word of God with fairness. In meeting an opponent, it should be our earnest effort to present subjects in such a manner as to awaken conviction in his mind, instead of seeking merely to give confidence to the believer.
Lay Off the Pugilistic Armor —Those who bear the most solemn message ever given to our world must lay off the pugilistic armor, and put on the armor of Christ’s righteousness.
We have no need to work in our own finite individuality, for then the angels of God stand back and leave us to carry on the warfare alone. When ewg our ministers learn of Jesus? Our preparation to meet opponents or to minister to the people must be obtained of God at the throne of heavenly grace.
Here, in receiving the grace of God, our own incompetence is seen and acknowledged. The dignity and glory of Christ is our strength.
The Holy Spirit’s guidance leads us into all truth. The Holy Spirit evangepism the things of God and shows them unto us, conveying them dvangelism a living power into the obedient evanelism. We then have the faith that works by love and purifies sgw soul, which takes the perfect impress of its Author.
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