In a recent twitter exchange, I posted the a link to a “Frameless Evangelism Framework,” and got the following response:
“I like this because it’s built on the premise of choice, not on the premise of consequence. The good news stands out this way.” ~ R. Korzeniowski, Jr.
Of course, it got me thinking. There’s a lot of talk regarding presenting the gospel these days, and that’s good. Although, according to these statistics, it looks like more talk than action. But, that’s a subject for another time.
If I had to give my gut reaction as to whether gospel presentations are predominantly given under the overarching theme of choice or consequences, I’d have to choose the latter. But, I’m not so sure that it’s the proper context.
In other words, when we present the gospel, do we talk more about the hearers choice or the consequences of their non-choice?
Certainly there are consequences of not choosing to believe the Good News, because Jesus himself warned us so: ”The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
On the other hand, the scriptures make it clear that none “choose” God. John 1:12,13 What about when the scripture says, “choose you this day whom you will serve?” Joshua 24:15 If you look closer at that verse, you’ll see why it should never be used to defend choice.
Regardless, I am not saying we should choose choice over consequences as an overarching theme when presenting the gospel or vice versa, but I am saying that there is a tendency in the church for one of these over the other. A few questions:
Does choice make the gospel stand out?
Must we speak of consequences when presenting the gospel?
How do we know if we are overemphasizing either in presenting the gospel?