The Old Testament tells the story of the people of God dealing with the pagan Gods. The Lord of Lords, is God, and above all idols, or so called gods. Throughout the O.T. text, God jealously guards against his people following after the gods of the pagans. The New Testament tells a similar story. Rome is not god, Zeus is not god, there is one God, and his Son is Jesus Christ. You must only worship him. Once again, the method of evangelism was to declare the Lord to be Lord, in a world of completing gods. The foundation was that there is a God, just who was he.
As we move to the 21 century, what is changing is the increasing of a secular culture. The culture no longer wonders if there is a god, or a need for a god, the desire to need God is no longer prevalent. In ages past, mostly everyone desired to know God, or a god, but in today’s world, this is not the case. There is not a strong need to know of the Lord, the knowing a god is optional. Of course there is this desire to be spiritual, but this is a step away, and probably not similar to the O.T. and the N.T. cultures. I believe this desire to be spiritual is a desire to be emotional, and reach some humanistic vibe.
So as we move forward into this new landscape, how do we communicate the gospel to a America that no longer sees a need for the Lord? The gospel is spreading in African because of this culture of having gods in the landscape. It is about which one, not if there is one. In America, worshipping a god seems optional, or totally pointless. How do you reach a secular culture that has placed God to the side? This is probably the best questions moving forward.
- Defensive Evangelism
- Article on Missional Evangelism
- Evangelism That Will Not Work
- Attending Evangelism University
- Incarnational Cultural Evangelism