I’m a born-again Christian. I like to go out witnessing using Way of the Master techniques. The basis for it is how Jesus, Paul, Peter, and other men in the Bible witnessed and preached.
In Luke 18, Jesus talked to a rich young ruler. He asked the rich young ruler whether he had kept the Ten Commandments, and went through a few of them. In John 4, Jesus spoke to the woman at the well, where he only went through one of the Ten Commandments (adultery, #7).
In Romans 3:19, 20 it says, “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”
God has provided us with the law to put an end to arguments, and show us what sin is. It makes us aware of our desperate need for a savior, and it’s a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. (Galatians 3:24).
I’ve only been witnessing since May, 2006, and I have a lot to learn. But, I hope that this blog will be an encouragment to you to share your faith, too. Philemon 6 says, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” God has kept the promise he made in Philemon 6 in my life. Witnessing regularly has made the Bible more fascinating than ever; it’s made my prayer life much less selfish.
The majority of people in this world are going to spend eternity in hell. God has given me a love for them that helps me overcome my fear, and speak boldly. I’m very introverted, but I’ve been able to overcome my personality weaknesses. So, I have two questions for you.
- Are you going to be obedient to the Great Commission, or ignore it?
- Do you care about people spending eternity in hell enough to risk saying something?
On fire so that others won’t be… i love it!
Going to put you on my blogroll. It’s great to see that there are other Christians who still think that it’s more loving to tell people about Jesus than to let them go to hell uninformed!
Ditto on the blogroll! Let’s discuss this evangelism thing!
Philemon 6 is so true! God gives me something new to think about each week. It has deepened my walk with God!
There is no example in the Bible of that type of ambush evangelism. The examples you cite are nothing close to what WOTM does.
Please explain how Jesus with the woman at the well (John 4), and with the rich young ruler (Luke 18) is so different from using “law to the proud, grace to the humble.” Jesus clearly used the law both times.
So you really think that Jesus walked up to people on the street and asked the set of questions that Ray Comfort asks?
Just to make sure you understand me — I am not against the WOM method. I just don’t believe that it is THE way it was done in the Bible. There were many different methods of evangelism used in the Bible.
The WOTM isn’t a set of questions, it is “law to the proud, grace to the humble.” Comfort provides an outline for a conversation, but no one claims that it is in the Bible. You can use your own questions, or just go with the flow of the conversation, as long as you use that principle. Jesus used “law to the proud, grace to the humble.” Paul, Peter, and Stephen used it, and there are many examples given. The law isn’t always used, becuase some people are already humbled, but those instances fit into the method.
We all would love to only preach about God’s love, and Jesus sacrifice and resurrection, but we are also called to warn people. Ezekiel 33:7-9 says, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.
Hi again Bill, and thanks again for commenting on my blog. I love to meet new, likeminded folks. I just read your about page and I again agree that the evangelistic methods taught by Way of the Master are very effective and gounded in the truth of the gospel. It is so refreshing to to see believers petitioning the lost to come to trust in Christ by showing them their position before a holy and righteous God. Then, Lord willing, you can show them that there was only one who was good enough to and kept the law perfectly. It is through the God/man jesus Christ that we have our hope of redemption. Thanks for blogging. Do you mind if I add you to my blog roll?
You can add me to your blog roll if I can add you to mine.
Thanks again for visiting my blog Bill! Shame we can’t go out sharing Christ together. But on what one or two people have said, I came across some great quotes lately on using the law first. Wesley said this: Teach 90% Law 10% Grace’. Wow! Can you imagine how many an ‘Evangelical’ today would say, ‘You’re too negative man’ (whinge boo hoo)?
Blessings, Jim – keep on holding out the life which is in Christ alone bro!
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I’m going to assume you are incapable of reading and are a haughty know-it-all. If you actually took the time to read my blog, like I took the time to read yours (common courtesy) you would know what I am dealing with at the moment. Oh but no, I get an email from you assuming I have repented of my sinful ways and took your advice.
I too, much like other readers, are not going to throw my pearls to swine. You seem a lot like the pharisees in Jesus day. Which reminds me, how could Jesus even pray to himself, if he himself were God? Logic people.
I’m strongly wondering if you can even read context? Following the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law did not bode well for God’s chosen nation.
But regardless, the bible tells us it’s okay to be angry, just not to sin. I am angry, very much so with you and YOUR unrepentant ways, so I shall take my leave.
I’m sorry if you’re going through a tough time.
Defending what you believe about the Bible is throwing pearls to the swine? I genuinely want to hear what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and how they answer my objections. I’ve tried to get several to do so, but no one has been able to. They usually get mad and say I’m not worth responding to. This leads me to believe that they don’t have an answer, or they’re in a full-blown mind control cult, or both.
Please, for your own sake, at least get John 12:40-41 (cross referenced with Isaiah 6:10, and whose glory John says Isaiah saw) and whether you’re dead in your sins or born again. I’ll be praying to the Almighty Creator Jesus Christ (John 14:14) for you.
Maybe someday a JW will be able to respond in kindness, with a reasonable answer (1 Peter 3:15).
Nice blog, keep up the good fight.
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It’s a blessing that you have a heart for the people God has made, and you don’t want them to be separated from him.
Sometimes from within our Christian bubbles we have no clue how skeptical people have become to the “sales pitches” of Christian touting eternal life and escape from fire everlasting. It just sounds like another group with propaganda and an agenda to push–just like anybody else. Acorn, PETA, Greenpeace, MADD, you name it. What does ring true to the hearts of people is just what Jesus did, he developed genuine relationships with nonbelievers where they were at the time. Like Zaccheus in the tree. (He hadn’t done any repenting, but Jesus dined with him, and it was a great honor.)
As we build relationships where God’s love is truly coming out through us, trust is built, and God’s truth and plan of grace can be made known to them. How will they know we love them, and God loves them, if we aren’t loving them, and rather we are just telling them turn or burn?
Thanks for trying to tell God’s message of peace and reconciliation. The creation alone is testament to his abounding mercy and grace. Hope you are at peace, with God and all men.
Sometimes Jesus built relationships with people, and sometimes he told them to turn or burn (Luke 13:5). The evangelism model we see in the Bible is over 80% of the time someone presenting the gospel to strangers.
Stats are funny things, Bill. I’m not familiar with that one, or what math you used for it. While I agree that many moments recorded in the NT depict evangelizing to “strangers,” since every one is our neighbor, I’m sure building relationships couldn’t hurt either, right? Don’t forget that all the epistles were written to the many churches who were establishing relationships in their communities. Those churches spun off more churches from those relationships, and so on. Untold, and innumerable non-stranger evangelism happened like it or not. Just b/c it’s not inked, at 65A.D. doesn’t mean it’s not one of the most powerful ways God reaches out to those he loves. When you are hammer, everyone starts to look like a nail.
Thanks for your comment.
That statistic comes from this book: http://shop.onemilliontracts.com/product.sc?categoryId=16&productId=105
It’s only $3.50, because it’s probably only about 50 pages long. I highly recommend it to you.
I’m very much in favor of relationship building. However, I’m not going to hide the gospel from anyone while I try to get them to like me. I have plenty of non-Christian friends, and I’ve witnessed to them, and continue to witness, because I care about them.
Also, I would assume that while the early church built many relationships, many continued to open air preach and proclaim the gospel by any means necessary.
Why do you accuse me of being a hammer? It seems like you might be jumping to conclusions. I asked you if you’ve ever given the gospel to a stranger, and never really got a straight answer. Maybe you’re a relationship evangelism hammer. Are you? Do you think that building a relationship and giving someone the gospel are mutually exclusive?
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I see you have some strong comments about my Catholic faith, care to defend them? If yes, please email me and we can go further.
I’d love to have a discussion with you. However, I’d like to do it right here on this blog.
I believe that Catholicism is false, and devout Catholics will end up in hell. The pope makes such bold claims such as Mary being assumed into heaven, praying to saints and so forth. How do you think I should test those claims? The Bereans were commended for testing the apostle Paul with the Scripture (Acts 17:11). Clearly the pope fails that test. How do you think I should investigate his claims?
Great blog …
One thing we must all consider, is that we don’t know if we will see tomorrow. So the danger of lengthy, friendship evangelism is that you might only have this one conversation. So I would present the Gospel (law to the proud, grace to the humble) first … at least then they have had the opportunity to reject the gospel. Then you can friendship all you want, and know that they have been given the truth.
I have heard too many people say that they felt the urge to witness to someone and didn’t … only to discover they had died before they saw them again. I know one pastor that said this happened to him and the person died that night. Imagine living with that? Do cease ministering to people because their feelings might get hurt?
Friendships are good, and important. But every conversation might be your last – or theirs! So take a few moments to be obedient, then dance around them all you want.
Another point is that people danced around me for years with all the friendship, God loves you, God cares about you speeches. It wasn’t until someone hit me with the hammer of the law that I was convicted and I repented and trusted in Jesus. After all, God loving me doesn’t indicate I needed to repent or do anything differently. In fact I felt even more pride that I must be on the right track if God is loving me how I was.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am to the “hammer” I received that day. So keep it up brother. Hammer away in love, and let your walk (friendships) prove your talk (gospel), not the other way around.
If only one person repents, and is saved, it will be worth the many on the broad road who get offended.
It’s not very often when someone leaves a nice comment, and I appreciate your doing so.
Great site. Keep preaching the Gospel. I lead/teach at my church using the WOTM. I also like to mix in some Paul Washer.:) I saw that you commented to a JW about questions you have asked JW’s in the past that they could not answer. I am currently having a discussion with a JW who is a family matter via email and am curious what those questions are. Thanks and God Bless.
I’m pretty sure I was talking about being born again. They teach that only the 144,000 are born again, children of God. The Watchtower never tells them what they remain if they’re not born again. They’re children of the devil, dead in their sins, etc. I don’t think children of the devil will inherit paradise earth.
When you bring this up to them, they want to talk about who is going to heaven and who is going to paradise earth. That’s really beside the point, but Matt. 8:11 and Luke 13:28 show that the OT prophets are in heaven. They believe that all OT saints are lying in their grave waiting for paradise earth, and those verses show that to be silly.
But really, I think the best way to witness to them is the law, because they’re very self righteous.
Thanks for your comment. Let me know if I can help.
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Ok, so I know no one has answered or posted here for over a year now, so hopefully this comment is read and answered for me. I have just started looking at the WOTM technique and am impressed by it. I desperately want to talk to others about the Lord and what He has done for me and them, but like you I am very very introverted, actually being diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. I have no problem playing guitar or singing in my church, I have no problem witnessing in a group, but if it is just me by myself, I lock up. What were you able to do to get over your “introvertedness?” Other than just saying you were going to. That doesn’t seem to work with me for some reason. I leave gospel tracts everywhere I go, I post vids and messages on youtube, facebook, etc. But personal face to face evangelism is just hard for me to overcome. Any advice and definately prayers for me would be appreciated greatly
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I think the pivotal thing for me in learning how to witness was to go out with some other guys who were already experienced. I watched one guy witness 3 or 4 times, and then he stepped back and said I’d be talking to the next people. I did it, and once you’ve done it once, you can keep doing it. I continued to go with those guys, and after a while, I became comfortable doing it on my own.
I would definitely recommend finding some other people to go with. And I’m currently looking for some people to go with again regularly. It helps to be accountable to someone else, and to go out witnessing regularly. If you have a set time every week, and someone to help make sure you go, you’ll be likely to stick with it and actually do it.
I often have a problem with verbal communication–stumbling over my words and not speaking eloquently. This is a stark contrast to the guy I was going with, who was a very good communicator. I would often get discouraged when comparing myself to him, and I’d just have to remind myself that it is the message of the gospel that saves. If I was getting that message out, even if it was sloppy and ugly, it didn’t matter.
Let me know if you need help finding someone to go with. I’m a part of a WOTM message board, and I may be able to find someone in your area.
What I would like to says: “Completely psychotic! Delusional and offensive beyond comprehension. I am a devout Anglo-Catholic Bill — if that means burning for all eternity in a hell created by your loving sham of a god, I am fine with that so long as I don’t meet more people like you there. In the meantime I will pray for you and continue to call Jesus Lord. I do hope you grow up sometime.”
What I will actually say: “Oh dear.” We should not talk every again Bill.
Here are some interesting questions you asked from your blog.
You said, “Before I answer any questions on the interpretation of ancient texts, would you please tell me the reason for trusting the veracity of the very many texts you cut and paste from Bible websites? Why should I trust John 3:36? Why should you?”
First of all, you claim to be a Christian, and if you don’t trust the Bible, I don’t know how much information you could have about Jesus. Secondly, If you’re picking and choosing which parts to believe and which to discard, you are being arbitrary. You choose your beliefs, and you discard the verses you dislike. That is the fallacy of begging the question. You would claim the Bible matches your beliefs, because you reinterpret and mold it to fit your beliefs.
If all Christians did what you do to the Bible, there would be as many versions of Christianity as there are Christians, which would really result in there being no Christianity. If you can be arbitrary, we can all be arbitrary, and your calling me psychotic, is inconsistent. You’ve arbitrarily chosen a standard by which I’m psychotic, but I have the right to arbitrarily choose a standard by which you’re psychotic.
Your worldview being full of arbitrariness, inconsistency and logical fallacies is what I meant the other day when I said your worldview is self-refuting.
As far as why I trust the Bible overall, it is because it provides the only worldview that isn’t self-refuting.
You said, “I believe that people of good faith and a clear conscience, who have acted righteously will go to heaven regardless of their particular creed.”
So I guess you’re saying that atheists are the only people that are automatically excluded from heaven?
Furthermore, the Bible makes it clear that no one has acted in good faith or has a clear conscience apart from Christ. We’ve all sinned against a holy and righteous God. He is the only one that can forgive us. Thank God that He has made a way for us to be forgiven. But, and we must come to Him on His terms. Anything else only adds to our sins.
That is why it is plain that you are not a Christian. You aren’t a Christian simply because you claim it is so. You say Jesus is your Lord, but you don’t see that that means you do what He says or believe what He says. You have not humbly submitted yourself to Him. However, He is mighty to save. He can save your soul for eternity, and you can have the mind of Christ and He can save your thinking today.
You are a very angry and bitter, hateful and spiteful little man. I am sorry that I am the one who has to point this out to you. Yet I imagine that I have not been the first to tell you this — I don’t think that I will be the last. Life for your wife and family must be very difficult, so my thoughts are with them.
On my faith I will not deign to comment further. Save to say that I am glad — very glad — not to be your type of ‘christian.’ We won’t be talking much in future. So I shall take this opportunity to say that I forgive you for the hurt you have caused me, and I hope that you get better soon. God bless you Bill.
I’m sorry you’ve read my comments as being angry, bitter, hateful and spiteful. That is not the case. I sincerely hope that you will come to saving faith in Christ.
Thanks for the conversation.
You must have to delete a great many ‘cuss words’ Bill. Get over yourself. I am deeply happy I am a Christian, and not part of your odd little cult. Cheers and please don’t bother me ever – read: ‘EVER’ – again.
Incidentally, have you even read what people have been saying about you on homophilosophicus. I can’t understand why you would wish to be this detestable. Please don’t treat this as a question. I really don’t want to hear from you again. God bless.
I’m willing to be hated for the truth. It is more loving to tell the truth than to be liked while letting people slip off to hell. Besides that, what have I told you that is unbiblical? I’ve never known a Christian who would get so offended by the Bible.
If you don’t want to discuss this with me anymore, maybe you should stop responding. Otherwise I’ve pointed out a lot of inconsistencies in your worldview, and I’d be happy to help you get those straightened out through Chist, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).
Bill, do you have any way of connecting me with anyone in my area who uses the Way of the Master evangelism? I live near Fayetteville, NC and have been trying to find someone to go out and witness with me, any comments or help would be great. Any forums you know of where I can get connected with any fellow believers like this?
I’m afraid I don’t know. Ambassador’s Alliance, which is part of Way of the Master, has a new Facebook page. You can try joining that and see what you can find.