The Workers are… FEW!
I want to introduce this lesson by giving the reader a “wake up call” with some hard-hitting facts concerning the state of churches in the US:
- 95% all of Christians have never won someone to the Lord!
- 80% of Christians never even share their faith!
- Only 2% of all Christians are active in evangelism ministries at their church!
- 63% of the leadership, including deacons and elders, have not led one stranger to Jesus in the last two years through the method of “Go Ye” evangelism!
- 49% of the leadership ministries spend zero time in an average week ministering outside of the church!
- 89% of the leadership ministries have zero time reserved on their list of weekly priorities for going out to evangelize!
- 99% of church leadership believes that every Christian, including themselves, has been commanded to preach the gospel to a lost world (notice the hypocrisy: “they know and teach, but don’t do it or live it!”).
- 97% believe that if the leadership had a greater conviction and involvement in evangelism, that it would be an example for the church to follow.
- 96% of the leadership believe their churches would have grown faster if they would have been more involved in evangelism.*
* Stats taken from http://bible.org/illustration/evangelism-statistics
I would like to draw out from these numbers a few bottom lines as to why Christians do not evangelize:
2) Fear of man
This article will be taking that first roadblock head on: Apathy simply means you don’t care. The Kingdom of God, heaven, hell and eternity all seem to have very little relevance to your daily life. You have wept over your home team losing but haven’t wept for your lost loved ones. You have become frustrated over who didn’t come to your dinner party, but the devil’s work of destroying lives doesn’t bother you nearly as much. You lose sleep over money woes, but God’s glory and the Judgment Seat are way in the back of your mind.
Is that you I described? That’s also me at times. We all experience apathy in different seasons. The cares of this life consume us to where we lose sight of what’s really important. When that happens, however, the Spirit often convicts us, we repent, and God refreshes our hunger and restores our vision.
But for some, apathy is a way of life. There are Christians who read the Bible, attend church, and listen to Christian radio, but seem oblivious to the effects of sin and the lostness of people around them. They think that random acts of kindness and kicking God a “tip” in the offering bucket is helping the problem. Such apathy often stems from bad theology. These are the kind of teachings:
- That make the Christian into a “victim” and not a “victor”, constantly looking inward to their hurts and problems but never overcoming them.
- That stopped calling people “sinners” and now calls them “unchurched” so as to downplay their condition and make them feel better.
- That invent doctrines to support their own unbelief and discouragement, such as: denial of healing and spiritual gifts, and claims that the world and the Church will only get worse before Jesus returns.
- That treat Christianity more like Eastern religion in that it focuses on mystical experiences but are not very practical.
- That makes the pastor into the star of the show as the only who preaches, and the congregation as mere spectators.
- That have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof!
I write the following appeal in hopes that “cold-hearted Christians” will get a plain understanding of what the Bible says and what the world needs so they can be “on fire” and win a world for Jesus!
I can give you a theological summary of Jesus dying for our sins and our preaching to others about it, but I want to give you a much simpler reason why we are to evangelize: God loves people!
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