No Mixtapes Required: Evangelism Myths pt. 1

images“You need to have a relationship with someone before you can share the gospel with them.”

If you believe that you might as well believe in unicorns or that Catfish is documentary filmmaking. Why? Because this is a myth that the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” whispered in your ear. The true God, the Holy Trinity, has commanded us to declare the good news to strangers and friends alike.

This whole pre-evangelism friendship requirement is complete hogwash. The Bible doesn’t command us to make strangers into friends before we point out the shackle of sin and the key of the gospel. That is just a lie.

Consider that…

Jesus asked only a question or two of the rich young ruler and the Samaritan woman before striking at the heart of their sins.

Peter didn’t know everyone he preached to on Pentecost and yet he called them murderers.

Paul didn’t become best buds with all the guys on Mars Hill before pointing out the foolishness of their false gods.

There is one requirement that a person must meet before you preach the gospel to them. They must be alive. That’s it. You should preach the good news to anyone that has blood pumping through their veins.

You don’t have to take them out for drinks. Friend them on Facebook. Or share a carefully prepared mixtape.

Two quick “qualifying” points…

First, this doesn’t mean you need to be a rude or nasty. However, speaking plainly and directly is often labeled rude and nasty by our pomo culture. Don’t fret. That isn’t how God sees it.

Second, this doesn’t mean that timing is a moot point. Listening and getting to know someone isn’t a sin. It is actually a very good thing. When to bring up the gospel with someone does involve discernment. But we all usually wait too long and if you are waiting because “you gotta make deposits before you make withdraws” stop it.

You want relationships. Good. Preaching the gospel makes brothers. Just don’t get the cart in front of the horse.