Gene Scarborough wrote:As a youngster in the SBC, I had the guilt trip put on me over "how many people have you won to the Lord?"
It just loads up your guilt factor and puts you on a works trajectory for Jesus putting knotches in your Gospel Gun!
I know what you mean I don't mind people asking me about sharing my faith. But I do mind when people want you to use bad evangelism techniques and poor theology to do it. The old term "soul winning" just makes me cringe. It implies that I can talk people into being Christians by some kind of sales technique and, as you've said, put another notch in my gun.
The idea doesn't fit either good Baptist or Wesleyan theology. And door to door ministry, like door to do sales, is a dead technique that (by the statistics) is only found to be unoffensive to persons who already believe. The last stats I've read showed that the less of a Christian background the person answering the door had the more likely they were to be highly offended and make it that much harder for someone else to actually share the gospel with them. IMHO, most door to door witnessing damages your opportunity to help someone find a relationship with Jesus, the whole point of the excercise.
The person in my last church who wanted me to do that kind of thing didn't care because they figured it was then ok to "sheep steal" and try to convince the already Christian to go to my church instead of theirs. Pushy and aggressive are two words I never want to hear about a methodology for sharing the gospel or promoting the church I serve.
My other bugaboo is people who insist on sharing their faith using insider Christian language that only Christians understand. "Are you saved?" "Are you born again>", "Have you been washed in the blood of the lamb?" I mean, anyone not raised in an evangelical church is just going to think "Huh, what they heck is he talking about?"
(By the way Ed, I'm pretty sure you aren't talking about any of this. Gene and I are just having a side conversastion in a troll thread. You got to do something when someone is doing a "Harold Camping" all over the forum." )