Monday, July 03, 2006

How to Make an Atheist Backslide


Is this good evangelism? Will it really "make an atheist backslide?" Am I being critical of a good thing?


I love the fact that the gospel message is shared in the video. I could not figure out why parts of the presentation bothered me. I thought about it over the weekend, and here are my thoughts. It has the feel of an infomercial. It also has the potential to pump up Christians and in their new found zeal they will find every atheist they know and try to prove to them they are wrong. It's not about proving to them they are wrong. It's about sharing the gospel with them. Just armed with the limited knowledge that the video provides, many will pick fights with atheists that they are not equipped or prepared to win. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that is needed to convict of sin and allow a person to repent, not about proving that someone is wrong.


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8 Comments:

  1. Lorna said...
    Apologetics IS good - but it starts with LISTENING to the other...
    Gary said...
    What if you happen to be convinced by an atheist? Is your faith no strong enough? Were you weak? I don't know. Sometimes with so much evil in the world it really tests my strength. What do you think? I didn't know Kirk Cameron was a Christian.
    Brett said...
    Kirk Cameron is a very committed Christian, and I really respect him. I just re read my post, and that point didn't get made. And I love studying apologetics, and from my point of view the more I read and study and learn the more I realize how much I don't know. There are a lot of people out there smarter than I am, and picking fights with them is asking for trouble. You will probably never convince an atheist they are wrong simply on knowledge alone (although knowledge is good). The Holy Spirit must be involved to convict of sin and convince that there is universal absolute truth.

    I am working on a post right now on evil, so it is great that you metnioned it. I'm swamped at work, so it may take me a few days to get it written and posted. Sorry if this seems to ramble, but I'm in a hurry.
    Brett said...
    I heard an intersting quote on the radio today by the late Adrian Rogers. "There are no atheists in hell. They are all believers."
    Disciple Quilldancer said...
    You are quite correct in saying you will make little headway convincing someone God exists by turning it into an arguement. Our job is not to SAVE people -- that is Jesus' task. All we need to do is open their minds and then get out of god's way.

    I just watched the video from beginning to end. There are many good examples given showing ways to talk to a professed non-believer. There is no arguing. Cameron even states -- several times -- do not argue.

    Start by asking the non-believer questions. Invite him/her to talk about/expalain personal beliefs -- and then ask questions that make them think. That was the message of this video.
    Brett said...
    He does. Like I said earlier, something seems wrong to me, but I still don't think I've put my finger on it yet. Maybe it's the holy spirit convicting me for my lack of evangelism. :)
    John said...
    Having been an atheist for many years, I find Cameron's misrepresentations preposterous. It takes more faith to be an atheist than a Christian? Ridiculous!

    Never, ever, argue with an atheist in an effort to persuade him to be a Christian. Just be nice to him and be his friend. That's all. Let God do the rest.
    Randy from Nebraska said...
    brett i dont think you have a lack of evngelism. I read your previous posts and you want to preach the gospel. thats why i think you should become a preacher.
    john im glad you became a christian. I was saved when i was 12.

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