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True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer Paperback – May 2, 2002
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The previous reviewer is correct in that when this book was originally published it received many scathing reviews from Christians. Why? Because Chafer take aim at manipulative forms of evangelism in the first chapter of his book called "False Forces in Evangelism. Chafer believes that only God changes peoples hearts and that it is harmful for Christian ministers to try to manipulate people into "coverting." He defend his views from the Scripture and does so skillfully yet briefly. Chafer particularly criticizes meetings which try to manipulate people into coming forward and preaching which make it seem as if salvation is dependent upon raising your hand in a meeting or kneeling at the altar. He also criticizes the view that evangelism is only for certain people, i.e. so-called "evangelists", and that it is best done only a specific season, the "revival"
Chapter Two, "Salvation: The Objective in Evangelism," is theologically rich. Recognizing that the objective of evangelism is salvation, Chafer explores the elements of salvation. He speaks of salvation in "three tenses" on p. 29, "The believer was saved from condemnation . . . he is being saved from the habit and power of sin . . . and he will be saved from the presence of sin" and focuses mainly on the "first tense." I appreciated his seven-part summary of the changes that occur immediately a person comes to Christ, especially his reminder that one who believes is now clothed with the righteousness of God.Read more ›
The review below cites only revenue loss as evidence for this book's impotence; but when has God ever needed the bottom line as evidence of His blessing on a work?
Although there is much room for debate and conversation regarding some of Dr. Chafer's views, his book is as relevant today as it was when he first put ink to paper. It is impressive how he was able to succinctly present a biblical perspective of evangelism differing from the many other works that give step-by-step advice on how to knock on doors and solicit conversions in restaurants.
In the first chapter, Dr. Chafer walks us through many of the errors and dangers that face the potential evangelist. He breaks these forces down into three categories: Men, Methods and Messages.
This chapter resonates with wisdom concerning evangelism. The emphasis is not on an evangelist attempting to fulfill a numerical quota in order to demonstrate his or her effectiveness in ministry. Rather, the focus is on genuine conversion of the lost.
Dr. Chafer clearly outlines the dangers of a pressured, public conversion experience that is often made under duress and in ignorance. This type of "evangelism" diminishes the work of the Spirit, and the promises of God.
In chapter two, Dr. Chafer begins at the end. The goal of any evangelistic effort is to bring a lost person to a saving knowledge and relationship with Christ. Dr. Chafer explores the conversion experience, the sanctification process and the eternal glorified state of a believer.
It is refreshing to read the emphasis that the author places on God's role in the salvation of the lost.Read more ›
Lewis Sperry Chafer, Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1993, 106pp.
Chafer (1871-1952), founder of Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924, previously a traveling evangelist 14 years, wrote this classic book to and for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ as an incentive and encouragement in, what he considers the truth that all Christians have the privilege to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and become involved with personal evangelism. His emphasis is not on skillful evangelists, methodology, or eloquent messages, but stresses the working of the Holy Spirit and intercessional prayer as the major factors of soul winning. He eloquently puts in plain words the objective of evangelism and explains that every Christian is a priest who is able to offer intercessory prayer and salvation to lost souls. To avoid defilement the "priest" must not maintain sinless perfection but an "attitude of willingness to meet every demand of God for the putting away of sin (p. 90).
In his chapter on False Forces in Evangelism, one has to be amazed at the insight of one who never had the opportunity to witness a flashy evangelist on television utilizing hard-core methods, messages laced with heresy, and music that borders on frenzy to prod an audience to accept Christ as their savior, usually with the promise of great material gain. This writer concurs with the author that, "many who have resisted the personal appeal have been hardened or driven away (p. 23). Evangelism can be embraced by masses however, one heart at time, by personal choice and action of the will through the conviction of the Holy Spirit.Read more ›
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This was the book needed for the assignment. The print was very small.Published 19 hours ago by G Bev
I actually found this book on evangelism to be one of the most scriptural books I have read on the subject. Read morePublished 11 months ago by PILGRIM TRIAD
Chafer study of evangelism taps at the heart of every believer's purpose and goal...soul winning. By reading this book a clearer revelation of our divine purpose is illuminated... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lawrence McGaffie
Dr. Chafer, himself an itinerant evangelist, the founder of Dallas Theological Seminary & its first systematic theology teacher has produced one of the most thoroughly biblical &... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by J. Hunter
Get's back to the basics of what this is truely supposed to be about and away from alot of the "junk" that is flooding churches and ministries.Published on May 19, 2011 by tryingtosavemoney
this copy has many typos, the next kindle copy of this excellent book is typo free.Published on September 18, 2010 by yellowstonetodd
As best as I can determine this book was produced for me on demand. An old, perhaps out of print, edition was scanned. It was then type-set by a "robotic device. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by Cecil W. French
Another great book by Lewis Sperry Chafer. It teaches some of the "false forces" used in evangelism today and how to avoid them. Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by Right Stuff