Well, another radio show critiqued my 14 Reasons to Stop Evangelizing Your Friends. Ambassador’s Alliance Radio is by Tony Miano of Last Words Radio, except that this is an Internet radio show (as opposed to broadcast through the air.) Tony must really like my article, because he keeps using it.
The show is two hours long (podcast available here), with the first hour devoted to critiquing my post. Actually, they spend a lot of time getting things set up and introducing the guest who joins in the critique. They don’t get started with me until 15 minutes in.
I don’t intend to do a point-by-point rebuttal of their criticism. You can listen and come to your own conclusions. But overall, the thing that kept striking me was their focus on “what happens when you die” and the dualism that naturally results from making the gospel about life after death rather than about the kingdom of God being here, now. Also, their gospel seems extremely hell-centric. Isn’t that backwards?
They concluded that I am probably not born again.
Tony opened by reading the explanatory disclaimer I added at the beginning of my 14 Reasons after I got a lot of criticism from some listeners of Last Words Radio: “By not trying so hard, I have found the gospel flows more naturally, and have enjoyed sharing the gospel with my friends much more freely and frequently.” What is odd is that they then ignored that statement completely, concluding the worst about my statements.
My last reason (which they get to at 59:40) is the summarizing kicker of the whole fourteen: “It makes you think their lack of interest in your evangelism means they are not interested in Jesus or spiritual questions.” The guest’s immediate response: “Yeah, well they’re definitely not interested in Jesus because there’s no one that seeks after God.” Um. This really is Adventures in Missing the Point, guys. May I recommend Dan Kimball’s excellent book They Like Jesus but Not the Church?
But the highlight for me is when they begin their discussing their overall conclusions at one hour in: I am probably not born again.
To listen to the podcast of the show, click here. You can either listen to it directly on that page, or download it to iTunes. Again, the portion focusing on what I wrote starts 15 minutes in. Thanks to Ambassador’s Alliance Radio for featuring my post.