Saturday, January 3, 2009

An Atheist Supports Spreading the Gospel

I am exceedingly heartened by the point made in an article written by Matthew Parris in the online Times of London that what he saw first-hand in Africa supports not only Christian mission, but the sharing of the Christian Gospel. Many in today's "emerging church" movement have argued that mission only is needed and that it's best to leave the sharing of the Biblical Gospel out. But Parris makes the crucial point that both are needed:

"Now a confirmed atheist, I've become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good." Matthew Parris

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15

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