Website owner: James Miller
DOES THE EVANGELICAL MESSAGE WORK? 1/97 Does the evangelical message of "Turn to God", "Give your heart to Jesus", etc. work? Let me respond to this question in this way. In my observation of people and life over the years I can say that there are things that definitely do work, that definitely make a great difference, all the difference. Let us list some of them: Virtue, goodness, morality, patience, temperance, hard work, industry, perseverance, honesty, integrity, character, humility, kindness, self-denial, self-reliance, frugality, good sense, good personal habits. Now, after examining this list, let us ask, "Are not these very things taught to us by the Bible and Christianity?" If we follow the commandments of God and Jesus are we not on the right track? If to turn to God means to us to turn our back on wrong values, attitudes, outlooks and habits and to embrace right values, attitudes, outlooks and habits then I would say that the message of the evangelicals works. The message in this case really does transform us and turn us into new creations in God. If, however, turning to God means to us only a lot of things like belief, faith, going to church a lot, reading the Bible a lot, praying, testifying, becoming mesmerized by a lot of complicated dogma, tithing, involvement in a lot of church activities, engaging in a lot of pious talk, etc. and does not include those things in the above list then I would say the message does not work. It does not work, at least, in the sense that it creates happy, well-balanced, spiritually whole people. My philosophy: Love God and, for his sake, live upright, godly lives. Forget the pious talk. Talk simply. Talk little. Actions speak louder than words.