Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Evangelism - Prologue

Over the course of the next few days, I will attempt to discuss the sensitive topic of Christian evangelism.

Most of us have experienced it – it may come in the form of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on our doors on a Saturday morning or our friends inviting (sometimes even coercing) us to attend a service at their church. Some of us partake in what evangelicals call the Great Commission; i.e. to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Whatever the case may be, we have all been affected by Christian evangelism.

Given the rise of megachurches in Singapore as well as the increasing number of converts to their cause, I cannot idly sit by and watch as hapless youths are proselytised by the most unorthodox and underhand of means. Christian evangelism is no longer what it used to be – with trends like televangelism and street evangelism, it has reached levels no other religion on Earth can dream of.


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