Website owner: James Miller
HOW THE EVANGELICAL COMES ACROSS TO OTHERS 6/79 How does the evangelical come across to the non-evangelical? What kind of impression does he make? The impression is one of arrogance, presumption, and self-righteousness. One of irritating, disgusting hypocritical piousness and presumption. Why? Because the first and only thing the evangelical wants to know about you is "Are you saved?" or "Are you a Christian?" And you are at an immediate disadvantage because he is really asking if you have complied with his evangelical formula for salvation (i.e. the act of "accepting Christ as Savior") and if you have not, no matter how religious you may be, no matter how seriously you may take the things of God or how much faith you may have or how seriously you follow God's teachings and commandments you are unsaved, a non-Christian and are going to hell. You are immediately struck by the presumption and arrogance with which he uses the term "Christian" for he has usurped the word, bent it so as to make only him and his group "true Christians". In his mind only those who have complied with his formula are true Christians. To him all the world is divided into two camps --- the saved and the unsaved --- and the saved are those who have complied with his formula. It is a black and white world. All that really matters in life is whether you are "saved" --- and that means whether or not you have complied with his magical formula for salvation. And as a consequence of this belief the evangelical carries the compulsive feeling that he is supposed to be always witnessing, evangelizing and trying to "win souls".