People that break laws to evangelize

I have little respect for those that walk in restaurants, stores, malls, and other places and preach, pass out tracts and use methods that try and jam the gospel down peoples throats. I am a regular street preacher and evangelist, but I do my work in the appropriate zones which is on the streets, door to door, etc… Nothing wrong with doing it this way. What is wrong is those that go into malls, and restaurants and try and jam it down peoples throats.

I have tried to persuade a friend of mine about this, but he does not listen. He has people following him in his civil disobedience (even a church), while I have no one following me. But at the end of the day I am not the one with the police record. he just posted on facebook to pray that he does not get tossed from the mall like last time. And then he posted just saying that his friend got detained by the police. I wrote back and said that he was a poor testimony of the living Lord and Romans is quite clear about obeying the laws.

What do you say?

John

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BobL's picture

You are essentially correct and proper in your comments; however, there are some things needed to qualify this, I believe. If the emphasis is on "jamming" or "ramming", that would seem to dishonor the name of the Lord; or as Jacob said of his sons: "You maketh me to stink in the land". There would be nothing dishonorable or civil disobedience to leave a tract in a restaurant. The waitress could just throw it away with the napkins when she cleans the table, if she has not been "quickened" by the Spirit to want to learn about God and eternal hope, etc. I think you might agree with this.

I often offer a tract to one in various services or leave it where it would not litter. If one thankfully receives it, that may be a blessing to them; otherwise, I would smile and move on.

- BobL

rogercarlson's picture

agree

Roger Carlson, Pastor
Berean Baptist Church

jwolf6589's picture

BobL wrote:
You are essentially correct and proper in your comments; however, there are some things needed to qualify this, I believe. If the emphasis is on "jamming" or "ramming", that would seem to dishonor the name of the Lord; or as Jacob said of his sons: "You maketh me to stink in the land". There would be nothing dishonorable or civil disobedience to leave a tract in a restaurant. The waitress could just throw it away with the napkins when she cleans the table, if she has not been "quickened" by the Spirit to want to learn about God and eternal hope, etc. I think you might agree with this.

I often offer a tract to one in various services or leave it where it would not litter. If one thankfully receives it, that may be a blessing to them; otherwise, I would smile and move on.

- BobL

Thats not what I mean. I am talking about people that go into malls and throw tracts in the air at people whom are eating below. I am talking about people that stand and pass out tracts in a mall. I am not referring to handing a cashier a tract when you buy an item.

BobL's picture

I assumed that is what you meant, but wanted to qualify the statements. It is abhorrent to God, I believe, to be rude and offensive. Probably no one ever gets saved from those antics.

- BobL

jwolf6589's picture

BobL wrote:
I assumed that is what you meant, but wanted to qualify the statements. It is abhorrent to God, I believe, to be rude and offensive. Probably no one ever gets saved from those antics.

- BobL

Try and persuade them of that. They will tell you all the stories of all the people that got saved or listened to them. Regardless to each his own. I do not agree with breaking laws to evangelize. If others disagree and say that I am wrong, I am dogmatic, narrow minded, dont trust the power of God, then so be it. At the end of the day I am not the one with the criminal record.

BobL's picture

Well, all one can do is speak the mind of God and move on. Each one will answer to God for his bad manners, and dishonoring the Lord. We can share the truth of the Word with all, but we hinder the testimony with arguments. Only in the church are we responsible to purge out evil and maintain the holiness of God. The world and those professing believers who do not yield to the Word, are really outside our sphere of responsibility, don't you think?

- BobL