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 A Book That Impacted Paul Washer's Life

"Several years ago...An Uncle of mine, who was very sound, slipped in some good books into a suitcase one day...and I remember coming across a book by Ernie Reisinger called "Today's Evangelism" and I began to read it... I got half way through that book and this is no exaggeration... and I'm not speaking evangelistically... This is true. I fell out of that chair with such the fear of God upon my life, and I pressed my face into those old boards of that room in the city of Lima (third floor of an old building we were using for a church)... I pressed my face as far into those boards as they could get in fear as I could get... and cried out to God, "God, If you promise not to kill me for the way I've preached your gospel, I promise from here on out I'll never preach it that way again."
-Paul Washer (quoted from the sermon "I am under obligation" at

Please don't buy the book unless you intend to read it and share it with others. There's not that many copies of the book for sale at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, but I found some other online bookstores that have it. However, it could be risky if you buy it with a credit card from some underground bookstore. Amazon and Barnes are probably the safest. You can try searching for other book sellers. I haven't listed all of them.

"This is a truly excellent book. It is simply and yet powerfully written and one hopes that it will be very influential. Most of those who read this magazine (Banner of Truth) will not need persuading by Mr. Reisinger's arguments. Nevertheless, it is useful to have a book available to lend to others which sets out the biblical view of the message and method of evangelism. While the book is easy to read, one suspects that it arises out of many years of thought and deep exercise about the prevailing situation in evangelical circles regarding the subject of evangelism. The origin of the book is a firmly held belief that what passes for evangelism in much modern evangelicalism is far removed from the pattern set out in Scripture. Mr. Reisinger is careful to recognize that numbers of those who engage in modern evangelism are sincerely trying to promote the Kingdom of God. He is on the other hand equally clear that the methods used and the message preached frequently produce the most pernicious results, leading to spiritual complacency in those on the road to hell and filling churches with many who think themselves to be Christians yet have never been converted.

Modern day evangelism is man-centeredd not God-centered, and its message lacks biblical balance. 'The positive content of the message is nothing less than throwing dust in sinners' eyes. Many times the soul is put to sleep by the devil's opiate ministered in a most unsuspected form'. He has four charges against the new message. 'It fails to produce (1) deep reverence for the God of the Bible; (2) deep repentance and humility; (3) a real spirit of worship; (4) a proper love and concern for the Church.'

The book, while necessarily saying much that is negative, is also very positive in that it seeks to set out what the biblical message ought to be. There is an introduction and thirteen chapters, plus a useful appendix on the nature of saving faith. The handling of many difficult issues is most competent. There is nothing obscure here, but as the author deals with different subjects he enlightens them by his use and understanding of Scripture.

Inevitably one or two statements might find less than full agreement from some readers but really these are so few that it is not worth drawing attention to them in detail. Buy the book then. Purchase it for your church libraries, and in particular see that it gets into the hands of two sorts of people. First, those who have yet to see through the enormous but illusory claims of many engaged in modern evangelism; secondly, see that it gets to those who can see that something is wrong somewhere but as yet do not realize what it is. May this book also stimulate those who believe the truths set out effectively to preach Christ themselves to the sinners who are around them.

JOHN MARSHALL (quoted from's%20evangelism.html)

You can also freely read some of Ernest C. Reisinger writtings at this link:

God bless you! -Abraham

 2007/7/9 19:43

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 Re: A Book That Impacted Paul Washer's Life

I saw that either Amazon or Christian Book Distributors,, will have the new reprint of this book available sometime toward end of next month for only $8.99.

 2007/7/13 15:06Profile

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I have recieved this book and have begun to read it. Another book that is shorter but carries the same message is: Today's Gospel, Authentic or Synthetic by Walter Chantry.

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