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EVANGELICALS GUILTY OF THE SINS OF HIGH-PRESSURE SALESMANSHIP 4/00 What are my criticisms of evangelicalism? One of them is that I feel that evangelicals as a whole, in their enthusiasm to win souls, tend to be guilty of the sins of high-pressure salesmanship. What do I mean? What are the sins of high- pressure salesmanship? Let us list them: exaggerated claims deception overstatement dishonesty oversimplification lying hype misrepresentation The Christian must, above all else, be an honest man. He must be always honest and truthful in his statements and claims, never misrepresenting. When someone makes the claim that becoming a Christian is simply a matter of accepting a free gift, just a matter of agreeing to accept something, that you just accept Christ and God does the rest, he is oversimplifing and misrepresenting. The evangelical is trying to "sell" his beliefs and doctrines to others, sell "the plan of salvation" to others, and in doing so, he tends to use the same techniques and practices as the high-pressure salesman. That bothers me. And when one starts making exaggerated, overstated, deceptive claims the one that is apt to be the most deceived and "taken in" is himself.