“The ‘Soul Winning’ Game”

So what do you think? “Winning Souls For Jesus” sounds like a good thing. We are supposed to care about the souls of other people aren’t we? Jesus certainly does!

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)

I must confess that when I think about “something God would like but would still be fun for us,” I am not too eager to put evangelism or “winning souls” in this category.

“Winning Souls” just as a phrase by itself sounds very uncomfortable to my ear. Perhaps as this comic strip hints, it makes a very serious thing seem like a competitive game with points and prizes.

Here is something that I read recently on WordPress by a Christian writer. “I am not sent from God for you to save or save again. So please don’t treat me that way.”

That really made me think. This was said by a believer, someone who wants to follow Christ more closely and is asking questions to think through what that means for him, but if this is how he perceives the Christian community as a “Church Insider,” what about a “Church Outsider”?

Do we treat our neighbor as if they were living in a Third World country where no one had ever heard of Jesus?

Does this mean that we have one slant to the Gospel for those in Third World countries where Jesus has never or only barely been preached and a different slant for those in what might be considered Christian countries?

That “slant thing” just doesn’t feel quite right to me because it seems to be contrary, I believe, to my strong desire to find out who Real Life Jesus is to all people everywhere and what His Gospel message is to all people everywhere.

9 thoughts on ““The ‘Soul Winning’ Game”

  1. Perhaps the question is more cultural than national or political. I’ve learned that the best evangelism tool is to become a friend and then introduce your new friend to your BEST FRIEND using your new friends cultural background. You certainly can’t use the same technique to evangelize a Jewish believer as you do a Muslim or an atheist or an agnostic. Just my thoughts.

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  2. For me, Jesus’ command to tell all the nations and make disciples is an incredibly simple one…after grasping who Jesus really is and what He did. I’ll try to make this short. Jesus is God. God chose to sacrifice himself on my behalf just to love me and reconcile himself to me. God didn’t have to do this and God doesn’t need me. Therefore, if I accept his grace willingly and quickly, how much more should I long for others to find God’s grace as well! Making disciples, or “winning souls,” no longer has any sense of obligation on my part to get someone else to do something or believe something. My job is simply to love Jesus, love other people, and deny my own life for the sake of theirs. When I do that, the Holy Spirit moves in their lives and does the “soul winning.” I’m just along for the ride.

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  3. The only kind of witnessing I do is when someone asks me a question about God or religion, or I’m in a group and the subject of God comes up. I’ve witnessed by giving books to people, mostly family but strangers too. With my family, I’m more a pain in the neck about believing in God because I love them so much and want every single one of my family members to be saved. It is getting very close to that! It’s so exciting to see.

    I count my blog and other Christian’s blogs as witnessing for God. In fact, that is the reason I write my blog. I want people to know how wonderful God is. I do some witnessing on Facebook. See what a coward I am? I’m terrified of people to have ordinary conversations with them, never mind telling them about God. But God understands that about me.

    When I look at the way Jesus talked with people and told them they needed God, he didn’t go on and on. He said, “Sin no more lest you suffer from something worse.” And, “Go, and sin no more.” “Sell what you have and give to the poor.” “Go tell your family what God has done for you.” Short and to the point, and he didn’t go running after them if they said no. He gave people time to think, and he also gave sermons where people came to him.

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    1. Thanks, Belle! I definitely agree with you that new technologies have given us even more ways of sharing our faith with others! That’s true for those who are seeking a relationship with God through Jesus and for those who just want to strengthen that relationship! Who would have imagined years ago that ordinary average people like you and me could share Jesus with the world through these technologies?!? Amazing!

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