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As a follow-up to the article, What is Real Christian Love? Is This it?, I found an enlightening conversation between Tony Miano and Ken of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) and two other individuals. Tony Miano was recently in Portland at a conference put on by CARM and after the conference, he and Ken went street evangelizing at colleges, around town, and also at the abortion clinic in downtown Portland. In the article, I posted a 42-minutes video in which Miano interacted with a gentlemen who was not happy about his loud presence outside the clinic.
The subject is love. Is this method of evangelism showing love? Eric Fry had a recent response that I really liked:
Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some hard-core fundamentalists defend their tone and attitude as “loving” because, “It’s loving to tell someone the truth, even if it offends them or hurts their feelings. Their souls is more important than how they feel.” It’s a one-size-fits-all approach, and amounts to nothing but beating people over the head with a Bible. I guess they missed Col. 4:6, which is pretty clear that when we speak to people about God and Christ, we speak to them as individual souls, in their own circumstances, with their own emotions. When food is properly seasoned with salt, it doesn’t leave a bitter taste in the mouth, it leaves one wanting more. Of course, to know how to respond to each person with the Gospel, as a unique individual, would require that you actually care about the people for who each one of them are, and not as just a number to be added to the attendance (and financial) rolls.
People can defend this sort of “preaching the truth” all they want, but it’s really nothing more than harassment designed to bring in unquestioning zombies to their little folds.
How does Miano and others like him defend the way they “evangelize?” This can be found easily by taking a look at his tweets. Take a look: