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However, where evangelicalism has woefully dropped the ball is in the practice of trying to meet felt needs and stopping there, as if to address felt needs is the same as evangelism. Dear reader: if you feed, clothe, and house people for the glory of God Matthew , but you do not share the gospel with them, all you have ultimately accomplished is making those same needy people warmed and filled on their way to Hell.

You have merely made their bodies more comfortable. You've done nothing for their souls. More to the point regarding my friend's assertion: of course the unregenerate person doesn't want their Christian friends to proclaim the gospel to them.

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They hate Jesus John They love their sin Job and they hate God Romans Cockroaches don't run to the center of the floor and square dance when you turn on the kitchen light. They flee to the dark regions underneath the cabinets and appliances. They hate the light, and so does the unregenerate sinner John Their love for the darkness of their sin is so great that any holy light brought to bear in their lives is not only uncomfortable and unpleasant, it is detestable.

Sadly, modern evangelicalism has responded to this reality by doing everything it can to engage lost sinners in their culture, and according to their felt needs, without ever bothering to flip on the light switch of the gospel. Modern evangelicalism has allowed how lost people feel about "the light" to determine whether or not it shines the light. Many Christians have become man-pleasers to the point of hiding the gospel from people Matthew In doing so, they cease to live as servants of God Galatians Frankly, it doesn't matter what lost people want.

What matters is what they need, and what they need is salvation by the grace of God alone Ephesians , through faith alone Romans , in Jesus Christ alone Acts What they need, whether they feel it or not, is to repent and believe the gospel Mark ; Luke ; Acts Francis of Assisi is far-too-often quoted as saying, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. Catholic scholars have methodically and exhaustively searched the extant writings of Assisi and cannot attribute the quote to him. These days, this is common knowledge.

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Yet Christians continue to refer to the mythical quote, and worse they errantly apply it in their lives. The quote also has a modern-day translation. It goes something like this. While it is true that our good works, when performed for the glory of God alone, can cause lost people to glorify God Matthew , it is not to say by living a Christian life in front of lost people that they are going to see Jesus in you.

The reason is simple enough. Unregenerate sinners are spiritually blind. It is also important to note what Matthew doesn't say. The verse says nothing about people coming to genuine repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only are unbelievers spiritually blind, they are also dead in their sins. Not asleep. Not sick. Not in need of a little help. They are dead.

The gospel is not communicated through interpretive dance , random acts of kindness, or mimes.

And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

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And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us? With , people dying every day, and the vast majority of them facing God's judgment Matthew , it amounts to depraved indifference to wait for the lost people around us to see something special in us and ask what's different about us.

We are commanded by God's Word to go Matthew and preach Mark the gospel to as many people as we can, whenever we can, as often as we can Acts Time is far too short to wait for what will never happen -- spiritually dead and blind people seeing Jesus in Christians, believers who are still clothed in sinful human flesh. It is also rather arrogant, self-righteous, and self-absorbed for the Christian to think he or she regularly looks like Jesus. The Christian is not. Jesus was and is without sin 2 Corinthians Jesus was and is perfect Hebrews The Christian never will be perfect this side of Heaven.

And since an unbelieving world hates Jesus, the spiritually dead and blind are going to see in you what is most appealing to them Romans ; 2 Timothy -- your sin. People are also going to look for you to sin in a failed attempt to justify their own unbelief Luke ; Luke The tragic result of "Friendship Evangelism," as Christians most often practice it, is that friendships often become more important than the souls of friends. Christians have been wrongly convinced that they must take time often lots of time to cultivate relationships with people so that, someday, they may gain the lost person's permission -- to "earn the right" -- to share the gospel with them.

So the Christian invests time, energy, and resources sincerely trying to establish loving and caring relationships with people. Is it wrong to do that? But the all-too-often tragic result of the practice is that if the Christian ever feels the desire to share the gospel with his lost friend, he won't. The Christian doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize the relationship he has worked so hard to build. So, again, the friendship becomes more important than the soul of the friend.

Upon closer inspection, this is really selfish behavior. Does the Christian believe that he is so valuable that his lost friend can't live without him? Or is it that the Christian derives so much pleasure out of the relationship, from what his lost friend does for him, that he doesn't want to ruin a "good thing"?

Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends" John If Christians truly love their lost friends they will give up everything, even their very lives and certainly their relationships, so that those same lost friends might have eternal life. Or do Christians really want their friends to be with them in this life more than they want them to be with Jesus having received eternal life?

No Christian can close a door that God wants open. No Christian can open a door that God wants shut Revelation God is sovereign Acts , and He doesn't need our help.

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God needs nothing from people Psalm The gospel alone is the power of God for salvation Romans God, by His grace, chooses to use His children to communicate the life-saving gospel to a lost and dying world. No one goes to Heaven because we've made friends with them, and no one goes to Hell because we've failed to establish relationships with them.

In closing, let me reiterate that Christians should be loving 1 Peter , merciful Zechariah , gentle Galatians , and kind Proverbs to people. We should speak the truth in love Ephesians Evangelism is not a game. It is not a sport. It is what God has commanded every follower of Christ to do.

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Evangelism is a lifestyle -- not that the way we live our life is evangelism, but rather our verbal proclamation of the gospel should permeate every aspect of our life and impact every relationship we have. My friend understands all of this. She knows what she must do. She acknowledged as much toward the end of her note.

I hope I've answered her questions, and maybe some of yours too. What Is Friendship Evangelism?

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