What’s so bad about telling the Good News?

I’ve seen the following quote on at least four different blogs. It’s been used to support the Christian authors’ claim that we shouldn’t witness to people; we should just show them love.  

It doesn’t matter whether you’re selling Jesus or Buddha or civil rights or ‘How to Make Money in Real Estate with No Money Down.’ That doesn’t make you a human being; it makes you a marketing rep. If you want to talk to somebody honestly, as a human being, ask him about his kids. Find out what his dreams are – just to find out, for no other reason. Because as soon as you lay your hands on a conversation to steer it, it’s not a conversation anymore; it’s a pitch. And you’re not a human being; you’re a marketing rep.

This was spoken in an R rated movie (The Big Kahuna) by Danny DeVito. He’s playing a salesman who was discouraging a Baptist character from witnessing.

I’m not surprised that someone in Hollywood doesn’t look highly on evangelism. The question I have is: Why would any Christian quote Danny DeVito, and use it as a justification to not witness?

Contrast that quote with this one: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14).

How can someone get saved without understanding the gospel? Who is going to explain it to them? (If your answer is not me, that’s called disobedience.)

Let’s say you go to a doctor and he finds out you have a life-threatening illness. If he chooses not to tell you, he would do no good. You would never take the next step—receiving treatment—in order to be healed.

Like a good doctor, we need to share the gospel in a kind and compassionate manner. And like a good doctor, we need to explain it to others in a clear, straight-forward manner. This isn’t always as fun as talking about someone’s family or hopes and dreams. But it’s critical—and we’re commanded to do it.

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9 Responses to What’s so bad about telling the Good News?

  1. inwardtruth says:

    Amen brother!

  2. sprocket23 says:

    Right on, brother. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I think people criticize evangelism for one of two reasons: they don’t believe the Gospel has the power to save, or they are ashamed for not evangelizing more. Keep standing up for the truth!

  3. skubalon says:

    Using scripture to get your point across. Now that is far out.

    Its refreshing.

  4. rjperalta says:

    I say Amen also !
    Thanks for the good post.
    Be encourged.

    Richard

  5. Charles Arcario says:

    Although I agree with what you are attempting to get at, I have to disagree with how you said it, just a bit.

    You see, not everyone is qualified to be a doctor simply because they believe in the medicine. Some people lack the education, others are not made to teach or lead, and some simply have gifts (other than gab) that are better suited for proving God’s point. Simply put, if you are a good patient and your health is a positive billboard of your faith in the system, you don’t need to say anything. Your actions will be a testament of your beliefs and your audience’s desire for the light you exude will take care of the rest.

    I am very happy to hear that you have realized that your strength is in evangelical speaking. It was someone just like you that helped guide me to the Lord our God and I thank you for your courage.

    I would only suggest that you refrain from comparing another Christian’s weakness to your strength. I don’t believe that disobedience is defined by lack of ability. I mean, would you punish your dog if you told him to “meow” and he insisted on barking? Or do you just accept him for being a dog because you know what his abilities are?

    You have a very interesting site. Thank you for posting.

  6. billphillips says:

    Charles,

    Maybe it’s hard to believe, but I’m naturally very introverted. I’ve never made made friends easily. I studied electrical engineering in college, and all the stereotypes about nerdy geeks are true. People who know me, are amazed when they find out that I’m witnessing. I don’t have a gift of evangelism. Almost everyone I know that goes out witnessing is better than I am at it.

    That’s what qualifies me as a witness. I can’t rely on my own natural social abilities; I have to rely on God. Everything I’ve accomplished in this is a miracle from Him.

    I think we’re all commanded to preach the gospel. Check out Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, and maybe you can explain to me which Christians don’t have to obey those commands.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  7. Charles Arcario says:

    Bill,
    In Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20, and Acts 1:8 Jesus was speaking to eleven people. Eleven people that just witnessed His return from the dead. It seems like they were a bit more prepared than most. I mean, something like that could cure a lost soul, wouldn’t you think? Not to mention that immediately afterwards he ascended into heaven.

    Notice there was one man missing. Did Jesus not love Thomas? Did Jesus not wait for him? Thomas did not have the benefits of some of the others and therefore was slower to believe. Jesus did not slap Thomas in the face with judgment and finger pointing due to his disobedience.

    John 20 shows that Thomas asked for proof and got it. Not from the eleven that were directed to go spread the word….but from Christ Himself.

    Christ showed him. He loved on him, just like he loves on us, just like I love you.

    Even though we are different.

    Charlie

  8. billphillips says:

    Charles,

    I’m pretty sure that in these passages where it talks about the eleven disciples, it would have included Thomas. Judas hung himself in Matthew 27, and he would have been the missing disciple.

    Nevertheless, Jesus commanded the eleven to make disciples, then he commanded them to teach people “to obey everything I have commanded you.” Are they supposed to teach us to be obedient to everything he commanded them to do except the making disciples part?

    In Acts 1:8 and Mark 16:15, Jesus said that they’ll go into all the world to preach the gospel. The disciples failed miserably to reach the entire world. Obviously, Jesus was commanding generations of Christians to reach the entire world.

    Furthermore, to say that you don’t care about people spending eternity in hell enough to say something to them is a little bit alarming. If you’re truly born-again, you should definitely have had your heart of stone replaced with a heart of flesh.

    So there are two good reasons why you need to be preaching the gospel. You should be concerned about people’s eternity. You should be concerned about being obedient to all of Christ’s commands.

    Charles Spurgeon said, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.”

    Paul said, “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11).

    You’ve been commanded to share your faith by Jesus Christ. You will choose to be obedient or disobedient. You will choose to fear men or God. We will all give an account for what we did with the opportunities He gave us. I’ve blown it so many times, and I encourage you to stop making excuses.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  9. Charles Arcario says:

    Bill,
    I will leave you with a few thoughts.

    1. I never said I was talking about me. I was simply speaking of your intentions vs. your impact on others. Thank you for judging me though.

    2. You going over the top to prove yourself right will only lead to someone feeling wrong. I understand your passion, but you COULD be causing harm in your wake of firefighting.

    3. You have proven my point by correcting me in the text. I guess I need to go back to medical school before I can speak to another patient.

    4. FInally, you spoke of Christians that reject your outlook and your frustration with their lack of understanding you view. I welcome you to their club.

    I will continue to pray that one day I will have an understanding of the word of God as you have. It must be so easy for you to have so much ammunition to battle the unworthy, like myself.

    Good luck on your quest.

    Charlie the “Wanna Be” Christian

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