Last week I encouraged you all in your practice of personal evangelism through the words of seventeenth century pastor-theologian, Wilhelmus a’Brakel. That article can be found here.
One of the blessings of being a Gentle Reformation author is the behind-the-scenes interactions with retired pastor, Rev. Ken G. Smith, who frequently sends us feedback, encouragement, and challenges concerning our writings. If I can speak on behalf of all of the GenRef team, we do love his private interactions with the blog!
Last week, Rev. Smith sent me a personal response to a’Brakel’s encouragement towards evangelism, and with his permission, I am passing those comments on to you, the readers, for your encouragement as well. Ken G. Smith wants us to understand the “why” of why Christians do not evangelize. He writes:
I really appreciated reading your piece on evangelism and the reference to a’Brakel, who at one point in my life was very helpful. I like what he has to say about evangelizing, but have to say I’ve not found his advice effective.
There’s a reason(s) why people don’t bear witness.
Let me share a bit of a different approach.
First, if one is not a fluent “talker” about the gospel, then one needs to assess why […]