The gospel, the message of Jesus dying on the cross for your sins, is the most important message that any of us will ever hear. There are many legitimate ways to spread this message because it is so important. Some Christians, like myself, try to spread this message on blogs on the internet. Others, with more resources, use television or radio; most Christians (hopefully) try to utilize their personal relationships with individual friends, co-workers, or family members. Some Christians use illegal means, spreading the gospel in countries where it is forbidden to talk about Jesus as being the Son of God (Muslim countries).
One way that people spread the gospel is through “door-to-door” evangelism. Simply put, these Christians show up on your doorstep, offer you a tract or a Bible, and tell you to repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. These Christians receive a lot of ridicule, and not all of it comes from nonbelievers. A lot of their own brothers and sisters in Christ mock them for trying to spread the gospel in such an old-fashioned, out-dated way.
And yet, I completely agree with what they are doing. Yes, they look silly doing it. Many of them are untrained and are not very good salespeople (even good salespeople have a hard time making door-to-door sales these days). Sometimes they are literally trembling as they stand on the doorstep, acting awkward, trying to offer you literature with quaking hands. You don’t know who they are, you have no personal relationship with them. You do not know if they are members of some cult, or genuine believers in Jesus Christ. You have no reason in the world why you should trust them any more than you should trust anyone else.
And yet I completely support what they are doing. Why? because THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL IS STRONG ENOUGH AND POWERFUL ENOUGH TO STAND ON IT’S OWN. When they put the message of the gospel in your hand they give you a chance to believe in it. Yes, the things they say to you seem silly and stupid, but are they true? The answer is, yes they are. The Spirit of God works in the message, not in the system of delivery. Thus we should not discourage anyone from giving the message in any particular way as long as the method itself does not contradict the message (i.e. giving out pamphlets alongside packets of cocaine). God has the power to save people whenever His servants faithfully speak the truth to others. If you think that you are inherently “better” at evangelizing than these diehards that go door to door, you need to examine yourself to see if perhaps your heart is full of arrogance and self-confidence. It is God, not you, that brings people to faith in Christ.
So my message is simple: if you are someone who is clearly communicating the gospel to others KEEP DOING IT. If you are not clearly communicating the gospel to others, pray to God to show you how to do so, no matter how silly that way might seem.
I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (I Corinthians 2:3-5)