So let me warn you now this post is a little bit of a rant. I have recently been introduced to the term, “Pre-Evangelism.” I’ll be honest, I’m a little stumped. At first glance this word may seem innocent enough but when I heard it, and more specifically how it was used, it didn’t jive with me.
I was speaking with someone on Evangelism itself and I shared now matter what it looks like, or even how often, the point is that we are all called to share our faith (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 4:1-5). My biggest issue when it comes to Evangelism isn’t that someone only does it rarely or only with their inner circle even though I believe there are more opportunities than just those instances. My biggest issue is when people try to justify that they don’t ever need to bring it up…at all…ever. It was in this context that “Pre-Evangelism” was sprung on me. The idea that some Christians aren’t called or even required to share their faith under any circumstances. Their calling is simply to pave the way without sharing the Gospel at all. The idea it was equated to was cultivating soil before someone plants the seed. My objection to that is the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23 where different types of soil are mentioned. As I read that parable (or anywhere else in Scripture) where we are asked to do anything to the soil other than plant the seed. We can’t control what the seed will do, but we are called to faithfully plant those seeds. In fact, the parable itself implies that only 1/4 of the seed planted will will grow and be fruitful. But even those 1/4 return 100, 60, or 30 times themselves (Matt 13:23).
Anyway, that’s my rant. I am totally open to other opinions and ideas on this subject as it is relatively new to me. My negative reaction simply comes from that fact that I can’t find anywhere in scripture that supports the notion of “Pre-Evangelism.” To those of you who are for this idea, I’m truly curious to know something. If you are going to be intentional about “Pre-Evangelism,” what is holding you back from simply sharing the Gospel and going “all the way” to Evangelism (Romans 1:16)?