This sums up our evangelism:
“Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully; with his mouth each speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he plans an ambush for him.” Jeremiah 9:8
Come now, you know exactly why you’re doing what you are with those people on the street, in the mall, in the squares, in the countryside.. you lie in wait. You look for the cues. You descend with a swoop. You act cool. Show them your tattoos or how culturally relevant you are. In your heart you have a devised plan that you hide from them. You don’t reveal your true agenda and motives. You’re a deceiver!
This is not saving them from anything, nor teaching them anything, nor discipling them in anything. Repentance is proclaimed among those who have the knowledge already. Jesus stands at the door of the Church and knocks. He tells them to repent, or they will perish (Rev. 3:19-20).
When the Church creeps up on her neighbors and then without warning hail-mary’s them with the Anglo-saxon-turned-catholic-turned-protestant concept of hell she is showing herself to be rejecting knowledge and in need herself of repentance.
The Laodicean Play
Curious, informed, individual: “How did hell, a 7th century Anglo-saxon word, come to define six different theological places—Gehenna, Hades, Death, Tartarus, the Abyss, and the Lake of Fire—all at once?”
Hyper-zealous uninformed evangelist:
…………………………………….doesn’t matter right now! repent! you’re going to be lost to Satan forever!!!”