Now, he has invited the popular Dr. David Wheeler to Faith Baptist http://www.fbcwilmington.com/, to spin his magic for two days enthralling the unsuspecting and gullible church members with a new kind of evangelism they never heard of in liberal dumbed down Delaware, i.e., "Servant Evangelism", a form of social gospel which is supposed to spoon feed, impress and soften the hard, unregenerate towards "Christianity" of the unoffensive variety, of course. This is a kind of evangelism that eliminates or hides sin and repentance under a cool, non-judgmental, "grace-filled", "God loves you, no matter what" load of pure heresy, typical of the emergent churches where the real gospel takes a back seat to feel good entertainment at its best.
See David Cloud's explanation of the need for true biblical repentance here:
Also see John MacArthur's teaching on repentance:
"David Wheeler serves as a Professor of Evangelism for Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has served as Senior Pastor of three growing churches in Tennessee and Texas, as an Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Planting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and as a Director of Evangelism for the Ohio and Indiana Baptist Conventions. David is the co-author of several books including ‘Evangelism Is’, ‘Great Commission to Worship’ and ‘Minister to Others’. He has been married to his wife Debbi for nearly 30 years and has two girls, Dana and Kara, who are both students at Liberty University."
VIDEOS of David Wheeler in action:
Becoming a Servant:
"“Servant evangelism basically enables the congregation to engage their own community,” he says. “It puts into practice the scripture that says the kindness of God leads people to repentance (Romans 2:4). As we show kindness to people by showing God’s love in a practical way, it draws them closer to God.”"
"That servant-style evangelism (servantevangelism.com) shies away from an immediate, direct presentation of the Gospel draws some criticism. Is there a risk that someone who is touched only by a servant evangelism outreach may never again come into contact with the Gospel? How does washing windows for someone without telling him or her about Christ actually lead to salvation?"
Another website, http://www.summit.org/resources/the-christian-worldview/evangelism-20-works-without-words/, points out the connection to Luis Palau Association, which we also posted about recently at: http://ratherexposethem.blogspot.com/2013/11/ecumenical-luis-palau-sons-ministry.html
"A recent column in USA Today entitled "Evangelism 2.0" admired the "Season of Service" taking place in what is being called "Jesus' Favorite City," Portland, Oregon, where the Luis Palau Association and other churches and religious organizations are partnering together with secular groups like homosexual mayor Sam to help the city's poor and downcast.
According to the article, the homeless are being fed and clothed and given health care, schools are being repaired, and low-income students are being supported and mentored.
Kevin Palau, executive vice president of the Luis Palau Association, emphasized that this "servant evangelism" is with "no strings attached," meaning that proselytizing or communicating the gospel of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ will be left out unless asked.
Is this "works without words" a biblically correct method by which evangelism should be pursued? What's more important in evangelism: works or words or both? Can someone be saved just by seeing or receiving "good works"?"
VIDEOS OF SJOGREN:
COMPARE THE ABOVE TO THE TRIED AND TRUE TRADITIONAL GOSPEL EVANGELIZATION WHICH USES STREET WITNESSING, TRACTS, AND PERSONAL TESTIMONY, NOT LEAVING OUT THE SINFUL STATE OF MAN AND HIS NEED FOR A SAVIOR IN REPENTANCE TOWARDS GOD:
The 2013 "Open Air" Ministry Activities of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin, pastored by Ralph Ovadal:
A team at each entrance, Scripture sign held at each door.
600 From Death unto Life booklets given out.
Three Scripture signs displayed.
1,200 From Death unto Life booklets and an additional 150 other gospel tracts given out.
875 The Value of Our Souls tracts and 46 From Death unto Life booklets given out.
Two of us from PCC joined our brethren in Omaha to witness at this multi-day event June 17-21.
Total PCC tracts and booklets given out: 7,850 Heaven or Hell; 239 From Death unto Life; 1,033The Value of Our Souls; 353 The Gospel of Your Salvation (TBS tract); 26 Gospels of John.
Several Scripture signs used.
Witness also in-between baseball games at the Old Market area with a good number of tracts given out.
375 From Death unto Life booklets given out to fair-goers, and not a one was thrown on the ground.
A good number of From Death unto Life booklets along with “Dear Roman Catholic” letters given out.
Some preaching as well as interaction with priests and “pilgrims.”
Roman Catholic newspaper the Compass included two pictures of some of our signs on its Flickr photostream.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette and the Door County Advocate ran stories and included quotes from Pastor Ovadal.
15 TBS Royal Ruby edition of the King James Version given out.
Close to 400 From Death unto Life booklets given out.
Labor Day parade in Janesville600 From Death unto Life booklets given out.
2,000 The Value of Our Souls tracts given out.
Well over 1,000 Heaven or Hell tracts given out.
From Death unto Life booklets and 16 Gospels of John given out.
State wrestling championships
Creighton basketball game
State basketball championships in Lincoln
Annual meeting of Warren Buffet shareholders
Nebraska state track meet
College World Series
Pridefest event in Omaha
A rock concert
Two University of Nebraska football games
Four Omaha high schools, including one Roman Catholic Jesuit school
A sodomite rally in the Old Market area in Omaha
New Year’s Eve in the Old Market area in Omaha
Week-to-week, one-on-one gospel witness
Ongoing in Monroe
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa
Several other towns
THE DANGER OF QUICK PRAYERISM
As I said in my article, I am thankful for many things the Sword has stood for through the years. I am thankful for the helpful things that I learned from Sword publications as a young Christian in the early 1970s that helped me personally, particularly the first year I was saved. But repentance and soul winning methodology is not a minor issue that can be treated as a “non-essential.”
The Independent Baptist churches that have adopted Quick Prayerism have produced probably millions of false professions. It is not uncommon that one percent and less of their “converts” demonstrate genuine salvation. There are many churches that can show only a handful of new creatures in Christ for every hundred or even thousand converts they claim. There is something extremely wrong with that picture. It is great confusion.
For decades I have observed the sad fruit of this technique: multitudes of false professions, confusion about salvation, indifference to biblical truth, agnosticism, reprobate living, failure to practice church discipline, and blasphemy against God. In many communities a large percentage of the population has prayed a sinner’s prayer under the ministry of churches practicing Quick Prayerism. VAST NUMBERS OF THESE HAVE NEVER BEEN BORN AGAIN AND THEY ARE NOW ALMOST INOCULATED AGAINST BIBLICAL SALVATION. When challenged about their lifeless spiritual condition, they commonly reply, “I have done that,” meaning they have prayed the sinner’s prayer and even been “given assurance” of eternal life. Since they were not told that God requires that they repent of their sin and idolatry, they are comfortable and self-assured that they have a ticket to Heaven. In fact, this soul winning package sometimes even provides them with a “spiritual birth certificate.”
Those who observe these things are made to think that salvation means little or nothing in relation to one’s manner of living, but nothing could be more unscriptural.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23).
I speak from extensive personal experience, beginning as a worker in the bus ministry of Highland Park Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and as a pastor of one of the Highland Park’s chapels in the mid-1970s, and as an Independent Baptist preacher and missionary ever since.