Had a great chat with John on the phone just now. He was very kind and warm to talk to.
We discusses the ‘Christ died for you’ thing and the ‘God loves you’ thing in some detail.
John said that a really good DVD on the gospel was David Pawson’s
True God true gospel
In discussing the love thing John said that there is no example of people saying ‘God loves you’ in the bible and that it is not biblical to do so in evangelism.
He referenced psalm 5v5 and 7v11: God has perfect love toward the righteous and perfect hate towards sinners. It is not biblical to say ‘God hates your sin, but loves the sinner’. Actions display who you are – actions are who you are – a tree produces certain fruit.
We discussed the atonement and how we can be faithful in declaring the work of Christ on the cross for sinners. John said that he would study further on the truthfulness of telling those he is witnessing to “Christ died for sinners/his sheep/his people,” instead of ‘Christ died for your sins,” or “Christ died for you on a cross 2000 years ago.”
Our conversation then turned towards the topic of open air preaching.
“When I preach I preach to the elect.”
John has been doing open air for 3 years. In October they will be releasing a DVD called “Open-air Down under.” Showing many clips of evangelists in action from around Australia.
John said that he shies away from gimmicks – third of the crowd you gain from gimmicks disappear when you start to preach.
“Look @ open air preaching as this – We are not out there to change the world – the purpose of open air preaching is to glorify God.” Even if you don’t think they are hearing, in a City people hear. In the bible early Christians preached ‘in the gate’, marketplaces and anywhere where the people were.