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Refusing to Accept the Myths

Many myths surround evangelism. Each of us will either; buy into them, ignore them, or attempt to correct them. The way most of your people within your church respond to these myths will most likely mirror your response. Of course, the following myths are not meant to be exhaustive but are intended to provide you with a start in handling them.

Myth #1: I’m an Introvert

Umm, please share with me, in Scripture, where Jesus or anyone else said that you should share the gospel except if you are an introvert. If you are an introvert, you just skip over this command and go on to something more convenient for you. No, no, no! All believers possess the responsibility of sharing the gospel with others.

My wife loves to work out. She has been getting up at 5:00am each morning to do her Insanity workouts. Craziness, I tell you! On the other hand, I can’t stand to work out. I’m more of a let’s eat ice cream and drink Dr. Pepper kind of guy. Does that mean I get a free pass on working out? Does that mean since God did not gear me to be more of a workout fanatic that I don’t need to? Does that mean I can eat whatever I want and become completely unhealthy? Absolutely, not! Honestly, after working out for some time and looking into the mirror, flexing, and seeing my massive, bulging biceps and triceps, I’m kind of glad I work out. Okay, they are not that massive but at least it’s a small knot on my arm.

Fact: When one says they are an introvert as an excuse not to share the gospel, they are really saying that it’s all about him/her. Their competency and skills matter more than anything else. It’s not about our skill or personality type, it’s about God and what He desires to do through our personality that He gave us in the first place.

Myth #2: My Spiritual Gift Survey Scored Me Low On Evangelism

GET RID OF THE SPIRITUAL GIFT SURVEYS! Okay, not really but at least tweak them. Every survey that I have seen asks questions like this, “Do you get up every single morning anticipating the opportunity to go up to a group of strangers in a park and begin telling them they are sinners, going to hell, and need Jesus?”

Well, I did exaggerate a little bit. But, you get my drift right? The majority of people will answer with a very emphatic “NO!” on those types of questions. Then, at the end of the survey, once they have added up all of their scores, they have a 0 or 1 for their giftedness in evangelism. What’s the logical conclusion? They are not gifted in evangelism, so that is for someone else.

Fact: Evangelism is not a gift. Evangelism is a command. The gift of the evangelist in Eph. 4:11 is the gift but not evangelism itself. Explain and teach this to your people. Just because some score high while others score low on those assessments doesn’t indicate whether a person should share with others, Scripture does that for us.

Myth #3: People are Hostile to the Gospel

Some people are fearful of the type of response they will receive when sharing the gospel. The old thought of someone slamming a door in your face scares some people to death. Again, one must look into the purpose of this type of myth. It centers on us rather than God. It isn’t about us. It isn’t about what people will say or how they will respond to us. It’s all about God and obedience!

Fact: Most people are very open to the gospel today. With a world in shambles, people are looking for hope and help. The church has the answer. It’s the gospel. I have shared with countless people and knocked on numerous doors in the states and around the world. I have witnessed to those who go to church, Mormons, JWs, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, Witchdoctors, Atheists, Agnostics, and many more. I could count on two hands the number of times people were hostile towards the message. It just isn’t true. Encourage your people to share their faith and in the rare occasion someone acts hostile to them, just keep sharing the gospel. Most people though are very open!

Myth #4: I Don’t Know What to Say

Why not? Personally, I have never understood this myth. Think about it…you use to not know how to talk, brush your teeth, or tie your shoe. I use to not know how to read, write, or use the potty. (Katie and I have young children, thus for the last statement.) I use to not know how a Smores Ice Cream tasted from Marble Slab either. I use to not know a lot! You just read that last sentence twice didn’t you? It kind of sounds cool when you read it fast. Anyways, getting back on track, there is a lot that we didn’t know but learned.

If someone in your church doesn’t know what to say, they can learn. They can study, read Scripture, reflect upon their personal salvation experience, and attend evangelism training at your church. In addition, they can purchase evangelism aids from bookstores, associations, and conventions. They can talk to you the pastor, evangelists, or others who love sharing the gospel. They can learn and you, as the pastor, should encourage them to learn.

On the other hand, believers should know how to share the gospel. They should know how to tell someone else how to get to heaven. If they know Jesus themselves, how did that happen? How did God save, forgive, and redeem them? Tell the story.

I hope this helps you in teaching/training your people about sharing the gospel. These myths/excuses need exposure. They need to be dealt with, in order to remove as many barriers between believers and sharing their faith as possible. Be encouraging and remember…share the gospel yourself and don’t use any of these myths!

2 Responses

  1. Jon Moody says:

    Eric,

    This was spot on and a great challenge for the Christian. Every excuse we often use is rooted in fear, I believe that is why the scriptures constantly speaks of God with us as the reason not to fear. If Jesus showed up at our door to take us out evangelizing, we would be quite ready. However, Jesus isn’t going to knock on our door so we must believe what he said about being with us…it’s simple faith. Good word, thanks.

  2. Eric Fuller says:

    Thanks, Jon. I really appreciate that. You are correct. Many times we limit or neglect to acknowledge the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives and specifically to evangelism.

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