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October 3, 2023
To intentionally not evangelize is a sin of omission
Many today wrongfully believe evangelism is only for those who have the “gift of evangelism.” Though some are specifically gifted, or gifted more than others, we are generally all called to share the Gospel.
For example. I don’t call myself an apologist, but I often engage in apologetics. I am to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15).
Aside from the hermeneutical commands for all Christians to evangelize. Paul said in Romans 1:14, “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.”
This means Paul then, and all Christians now are also obligated to share the Gospel, or better translated, we are ‘indebted’ to someone. This ‘indebted’ (or obligated) is the Greek word opheiletēs, which can also mean to be ‘morally delinquent’ if we do not share the Gospel.
Who are the elect indebted to?
First and foremost, we are vertically and eternally indebted to the Lord who saved us (Matt. 22:34-38). Secondly, we are horizontally indebted to our neighbors (Matt. 22:39-40).
As Christians, we are not called to condemn those who are lost, but we do have a duty to warn them that they are already under condemnation (John 3:18-19). Therefore, the best way to show love to our neighbors, whether they are strangers or not, is to warn them and share the Gospel with them. Neglecting to evangelize is an unloving sin of omission.
Therefore, I am indebted to Christ and obliged to share His glorious Gospel, which is the power of God onto salvation (Rom 1:16). And some men are even called to herald in the public as seen below.
Lastly, The Triunity of the Godhead, the Gospel, and His Scriptures must be the Vanguard of our evangelism efforts. Otherwise, it is not Biblical evangelism. #Apologetics #Evangelism #Polemics