Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Evangelism According To Timmy Brister

Timmy Brister is again showing his ignorance. The below is from Brother Bob Ross.


Bob to Charles:

I would hope, Charles, that SBTS student Timmy Brister is not an example of the type of "evangelism" being taught at the Seminary. I noticed that Timmy is now tutoring on his blog on evangelism, and among other things he says:

"The error in so many gospel presentations or plans of salvation comes when the fail because they have the wrong starting point. We cannot begin with John 3:16 but rather must start with Genesis 1:1. We cannot jump into a discussion about theological truths without establishing a grid through which they are to rightly understand them. Therefore, the reconstruction entails not only the substance of their thinking but the structure of it as well."

Well, good luck, Timmy!

The message which converts is the Gospel, not theological views, apologetical arguments, scientific information, or some other category which otherwise may have some degree of religious significance.

It is the Gospel which has the power of the Spirit accompanying it (1 Thess. 1:5; Romans 1:16; 1 Cor. 4:15).

When Jesus dealt with Nicodemus (John 3), He went right for the jugular -- "You must be born again" -- and the only explaining He did was in teaching and illustrating how a person receives eternal life by faith in Christ and is thereby born again (John 3:14-18). Jesus did not waste time refuting some of Nicodemus' false ideas.

The power of the Holy Spirit to bring sinners to Christ rests upon the Gospel. The carnal mind is capable of repelling human logic, evidences, proofs, etc., but it cannot stand against the Gospel empowered by the Holy Spirit.

If Timmy would study the conversions in the Scriptures, he would see that converts were made by the instrumentality of the Gospel.

C. H. Spurgeon: "The Gospel is our Mons Meg, the biggest gun in the castle; but it is not out of date: it will carry a ball far enough to reach the heart of the sinner who is furtherest from God. Satan trembles when he hears the roar of the gospel gun. Let it never be silent." (From "The Gospel of the Glory of Christ." #2,077, page 179.

The entire sermon is one of 35 used in our book, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO C. H. SPURGEON.



At Thursday, October 18, 2007 9:31:00 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

What is wrong with apologetics and Biblical theology as part of the evangelistic process? The narratives of evangelization in Scripture do seem to start with an introduction that bridges from where the hearers are to the good news of salvation in Jesus. I certainly don't see the apostles simply declaring the gospel without regard to persuading the minds of the hearers as you seem to suggest.

At Tuesday, October 23, 2007 3:58:00 PM, Blogger larry said...

thanks for your articles

At Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:26:00 PM, Anonymous Bob L. Ross said...


Paul said...
What is wrong with apologetics and Biblical theology as part of the evangelistic process?

It is my understanding of Scripture that the Gospel is designed to reach even the unlearned and simple-minded, and is such that it is to be received as "little children" receive teaching. I also understand that God has promised His Spirit to be upon the Gospel as His "power" to convert (Romans 1:16-18).

Apologetics can get so bogged down in detail and theory that there is very little Gospel therein. For example, so-called "proofs" for the existence of God in evangelism are rather superfluous. The Gospel, which relates how to reconciled to God, is the great superlative.

In fact, one of the inherent attributes of the Gospel is that it humbles human wisdom and supposed intellectual attainment (1 Cor. 1:18-31).


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