- What is evangelism?
- How must evangelism be undertaken?
- What must be the requirements for the bearer of the Gospel to evangelize?
- What should be the motive of and for evangelism?
In our generation and time, the issue of evangelism has been redefined by many Christians with the motive of filling and increasing their church capacity other than the motive of the scriptures regarding the subject of evangelism… It’s been redefined the other way,”unscripturally ” or better still it’s been redefined to fit the trends of society (in the Church arena)
This is what Jesus said when He sent the twelve disciples to the Gentiles,
Matthew 10:5-14 KJV
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.  Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,  Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.  And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.  And when ye come into an house, salute it.  And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Check vrs 6.. Jesus asked them to go to the LOST SHEEP of the house of Israel…That means Jesus gave them a specific audience or people to introduce truth to them…The Truth is of more benefit to the lost than the saved. Note also that, Jesus told them in the later part of the scripture above, to respect the views of them who will not hear the gospel that will be preached to them.. He’s given us a will to choose between death and life you know, His word doesn’t change! In our time, this must be same in the field of evangelism.. Speak the Gospel to them and leave the rest for the HolySpirit to do. Don’t compel them! Allow the HolySpirit touch their hearts.
However, in our generation we find Christians compelling the unsaved to accept the Gospel, leaving the HolySpirit out of the box.
I know some people reading this post will say the master asked the servant to compel people from everywhere to attend the banquet in the Parable of the Banquet in Luke 14.
Luke 14:21-23 KJV
So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his people, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.  And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.  And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Compellability must be done with the instruction of the Spirit or else it will yield no fruit.. Remember, we are coworkers with Christ.. So in the field of evangelism, Christ Jesus leads the way and you follow. You must dive in deep into your spirit to catch the signals that He points out to you such as whether to compel or not during evangelism. Even in the scripture, the Master mentioned specific people who need to be compelled. He chose, the poor, maimed, halt and blind. If I’m neither of these, why would you want to apply the principle of being compelled to join the kingdom to God to me during evangelism?
The motive of and for evangelism should be marketing Jesus and the Kingdom and not your church or Pastor. That’s totally wrong! Market Christ and then you can invite the unsaved over to your church, not compelling them to join your church without their agreement to that request. Don’t use evangelism as a camouflage to broadcast your church other than Jesus!