I was talking to a person a little while back about becoming a sales person. He was saying that I would be a good sales person because I do a lot of personal evangelism. I told him that it was easy to talk about Jesus because that is my passion. It was a lot harder to talk about a certain product. He then said that you had to be sold out to the product and live sales. I said he should have that same approach to personal evangelism. If he was as consistant in evangelism as at making sales he would be an excellent person for evangelism. In sales a sale is at risk, but in evangelism a soul is in jeopardy.
Ravenhill said that most religions will die for their god, but most Christians wont even live for theirs. It makes you think huh?
I am both a sales person and also do evangelism. The two should never be mixed or confused. I think it is a cliche that the evangelist must be outgoing, communicative, people orientated, sociable and friendly. Sales talent may actually become a hinderance to godly evangelism. I have for many years tried to "sell" the gospel as a value proposition for a better life and even "won" false converts until God opened my eyes for His truth.Yes, we persuade men, knowing the terror of God.God will use a broken heart over and above his talent.narrowpath
i was in no way refering to seeker sensitive evangelism. A person cannot be genuinely saved without repentance. My point was that if a person doin personal evangelism would show the fervency he shows to make money, then his persistance would show a passion for the lost. Paul said for us to persuade them to come. i was in no means showing to use sales tactics for evangelism.
From John MacArthur:To convince a man that God can save, I needto show him a man He saved.To convince a man that God can give hope,I need to show him a man with hope.To convince a man God can give peace, joy,and love; I need to show him a man filledwith peace, joy, and love.To convince a man God can give complete,total, and utter satisfaction; I need to showhim a satisfied man!!
_________________Martin G. Smith