Quick Quote – Source – Jeff Hilles
A Biblical Christian worldview perspective – Ephesians 4:15 offers the difficult strategy of, “speaking the truth in love”. John MacArthur makes the comment that “Evangelism is most effective when the truth is proclaimed in love. This can be accomplished only by the spiritually mature believer who is thoroughly equipped in sound doctrine. Without maturity, the truth can be cold and love little more than sentimentality.”
The fact is that in today’s culture, truth and love seem to be diametrically opposed to each other, especially in the context of evangelism. In my thousands of conversations online, often with those who reject Biblical Christian theology, it is sometimes challenging to offer God’s truth in the context of love and compassion. Pastors, teachers, and Christians in general deal with this conundrum every time they are confronted by the differences between God’s unchanging commands and the everchanging society we live in.
Frankly, I don’t have an answer to this dilemma other than to offer the point that divisiveness serves no value in evangelism. Yet we, as Biblical Christians, when directly confronted, must respond respectfully with God’s truth, as we see it presented in the Bible. To ignore, twist or conform to the pressures of society only serves to undermine both our faith and God’s commands.
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