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Does Calvinism STOP Evangelism Or Actually Do it? [1of2] (James White)

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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2008

Does Calvinism stop evangelism? Well, the way you answer that question is dependent on what you're holding to be the standard for evangelism. If evangelism is getting tazered in front of a packed house, dropping objects from helicopters, or having rock concerts on Sunday mornings so you can coerce people into raising their hand, then yes; Calvinism does stop "evangelism". If, however, you hold the Bible to be the standard for objective truth and derive definitions from it, Calvinism not only encourages evangelism, it actually does it as opposed to the cases stated above. In Romans 1, Paul said, "So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also." (Rom 1:15) The Greek word for "preach the gospel" is εὐαγγελίζω or euaggelizō and it means "to announce good news ("evangelize") especially the gospel: - declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel)" Note who Paul was sharing his desire to preach the gospel to. He was speaking of believers. It kind of puts a new (or rather old) spin on what it actually means to evangelize.

James White discussed this in a Sunday School lecture a few years ago. He gave me permission to post this here. I recommend his website: http://www.aomin.org

Here is the 12 part series that this audio came from. It's called Common Attacks Against Reformed Theology.
http://lanechaplin.blogspot.com/2008/...

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