By Paul Proctor
September 9, 2004
The Baptist Press is proud to announce that the new evangelism is really catching on here in Tennessee. In an article entitled �Evangelist uses fans' passion to share his passion for Christ,� they had this to say:
I don�t know why the Apostles didn�t think of this 2000 years ago! I guess they just weren�t as savvy as we are now, huh? Sure, they didn�t have Harleys back then but don�t you think a nice donkey or an unblemished lamb would have worked just as well? Guess we've come a long way, haven�t we? Come to think of it, there were those moneychangers Jesus chased away from the temple with a whip. But then, I�m sure He wouldn�t have done that if they had been hawking their critters in His name and shared a little of the action. (wink-wink)
How�s this for "Kingdom Building:"
In the August 22nd online edition, the L.A. Times reports that a �Church Earns Mileage With a Gas Subsidy.�
I�ll bet the tears of remorse just flowed like gasoline�
Now, for those of you with a sweet tooth, the BBC reports this, in a piece entitled, �Sweet temptation back to worship:�
Maybe the prodigal son wouldn�t have stayed away so long if his father had just sweet-talked him home with something scrumptious.
You see, the underlying message of the pragmatic proselytizer is this:
If the Word of God and the Holy Spirit don�t turn sinners to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, maybe entertainment, covetousness, materialism and carnal appetite will. Sure it doesn�t look good but times have changed; so, let�s not sweat the small stuff, OK?
I mean, after all; they ARE coming to Jesus, aren�t they?�WELL, AREN'T THEY?
�This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves�Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.� 2nd Timothy 3:1-2a & 5-7
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print. Paul may be reached at [email protected]�
If the Word of God and the Holy Spirit don�t turn sinners to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, maybe entertainment, covetousness, materialism and carnal appetite will. Sure it doesn�t look good but times have changed...