How to Evangelize Drivers

carIt can be annoying when people put flyers under your windshield wiper. Usually, you get into the car before you realize there’s a flyer on the windshield. Here’s a place to put a tract where the driver will definitely see it before they get in the car. It helps to have tracts that are printed on thick paper. Nevertheless, some cars are difficult to get the tract in.

There are some situations where this is the best way to get the best gospel to people, although I think it’s preferable to hand someone a tract or get a chance to talk to them. If you’ve never passed out tracts or witnessed, this may be a good way to get started.

This is my favorite tract to put in car doors.

30 thoughts on “How to Evangelize Drivers

  1. rose says:

    Thanks for this tip. I have wanted to placed tracts on cars, but have heard it is illegal in some states to place anything on the windshield. Placing it on the door is a great idea. I am trying to turn every errand trip I make into what I call a “tract drop”…see how many I can get ‘out there’ each place I go. Some tracts I just place around ..like in restrooms, on benches, on store shelves, into the top of beer boxes, into books in the book sections of stores or the library, in magazines while I am waiting line at the check out. There is a horrible Halloween display in one store…a headless guy holding his head on a platter….I put my “creepy cash” Halloween tract on the platter next to his head. This particular tract is a money tract with a picture of a green Hulk man reaching out at you….one the reserve side is a very good gospel message. I also put these into jack-o-lanterns that are on display for sale…drop one on top of the Halloween candy display. I try to hand the cashier a tract as I am leaving the store. I have just begun to hand people the “creepy cash” tract this week and everyone to whom I have handed one has said, “Oh, thank you very much.” Then I say, ” You’re welcome. Be sure to read the message on the back.”

    I am a little shy about handing them directly to people…but am getting better. I have had only one person refuse to take one.

    Besides Living Waters which has a very large selection of wonderful tracts, I have also found some great ones at http://www.customtractsource.com. I like their money tracts since the print on the back is bigger…. easy to read. “Creepy Cash’ can be found there along with the “Obama Million” which people also really like to receive. Another site I just found…a brand new one…is Transfired Ministries at transfired.org/tftracts.html. They have a football card tract which is very high quality, glossy card…men pick these up quickly….has a picture of a Christian NFL player on the front with his stats and the gospel message on the back. They also have a “Sport Trivia” tract is a good one for sport enthusiasts.

    A ‘tract ministry’ is something everyone can do…even shy people (like myself) can find creative ways to get tracts out there where people are likely to pick them up. We never want to underestimate the power a tract….

  2. rose says:

    Be encouraged, Aaron! Here is a story of a man who handed gospel tracts to 10 people a day for 40 years. Didn’t seem like much on the surface, but he had an amazing ministry which bore much fruit as you will see in this little video clip: The Man on George Street – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkjMvPhLrn8

    While there may not be any tangible statistical proof of how effective a tract ministry is, we know that the Word of God all by itself is very powerful. We just need to get it ‘out there’ and a simple gospel tract can do the job so effectively.

  3. Hi Aaron,

    The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). I don’t know what happens to a tract when it’s left behind, but I’ve seen many people sit down and read them. Even if someone reads it and rejects the gospel, God is glorified through our obedience and by His story being told.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  4. Aaron,

    I am of the belief that a Christian should be handing out tracts , either by leaving them around the place or giving them to people.

    They have been such a wonderful peice of literature the LORD has used to save countless people……myself to a certain degree.

    Get some! Be discerning though – there are many ‘gospel’ tracts that do not contain the gospel, but rather some silly notions about ‘accepting Jesus and praying a sinners prayer’.

    For sound, biblically accurate tracts;

    -One Million Tracts & Way of the Master make the best of em!-

  5. I am not arguing that they are not effective. What I am asking is “how” effective are they.

    As a side comment, I think that much that we do that we believe to be effective in the church is really based more on how we feel about it rather than how effective it really is.

    No doubt it feels good to share the Gospel message with someone, no matter the method. I just want to know that if we are investing in something like this, is it worth the investment. If all we are getting are coy smiles, are we really reaching people with the Gospel?

    Again, honest questions, not my attempt at sarcasm or ridicule.

  6. Aaron,

    It does not really matter how we feel about it does it?

    I mean handing out tracts to people, standing on a soap box and sharing my faith can be incredibly frightening.

    But we are commanded to do so. (share the gospel)

    I am not entirely sure of the notion you are putting forth, so forgive me if I go of on some tangent.

    You ask is it worth the investment? I am sure you are not refering to “preach the gospel and if need be use words” are you?

    As for coy smiles – well you are correct, if all we are getting is ‘coy’ smiles then perhaps, the gospel had little effect (that is if it is the gospel that was proclaimed).

    When the gospel goes forth, the result will either be a clear rejection accompanied by anger & blasphemy perhaps or a brokeness that is clearly a godly sorrow.

    The gospel is what it is; its not simply and entirley ‘meeting peoples felt needs’. Its the God-man on the crossbearing sin.

  7. Hi Aaron,

    Good question. The results occur on the spiritual plane, which we have no ability to measure. Even if we were able to measure the results, we shouldn’t choose the method that gets the best results. We should do what Jesus did, and what the Bible tells us to do.

    In fact, I would say that sometimes the results of proclaiming the gospel would be very undesirable to us. It may cause us persecution or it may cause the unbeliever to grow in their hatred of God. There are many examples of that in the New Testament, but sometimes that is God’s will.

    I think the main reason we’ve been commanded to preach the gospel is so that His story is told. The second reason is for the sake of the Christian to grown in his trust of God, to see God work, to learn the Bible, and many other reasons. The last reason would be so that someone might be saved.

    So did Jesus pass out tracts? Obviously not, as the printing press wasn’t invented. But, He got the gospel out to thousands of people en masse.

    Of course, the best way for you to see what happens when passing out tracts is to go do it.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  8. rose says:

    What I like about tracts is that people who will never pick up a Bible…never darken a church door…never hear the truth that way…WILL often read a short interesting little tract ….like the million dollar bill and so many other fine tracts available through the sources I have already cited. Sure, there are some people who will just toss it aside when they see it has a “religious” message. But someone else may pick it up later and that may be the person it was truly meant to reach. Prayer is an important ingredient with a tract ministry…praying before we go out and afterwards that God’s Word will accomplish the purpose for which it was sent.

    As to the investment, it really doesn’t cost that much. Most of the tracts I order are $5 or $6 for a pack of 100 plus shipping charges. I think it is money well spent…putting the gospel into people’s hand is a wonderful thing…even if they reject it…they have had an opportunity and it does me good to share it…so it is a win-win situation! I got saved myself by reading just one line of Biblical truth….it jumped out at me from a book I was reading. Can’t even remember what the book was now…but that one truth hounded me for weeks and brought me to repent of my sins and trust the Savior. I was Catholic, never read the Bible myself and never would have. God used that one line in that book to plant a seed and change my heart. I think a tract can do the same thing for someone and it exciting to place them and hand them. It is easy, inexpensive, and something even the shyest person can do.

    Did you know that George Whitfield and missionary Hudson Taylor each got saved by reading a gospel tract?

    At this page, you can read why gospel tracts can be effective witness tools and how to use them effectively.

    http://www.customtractsource.com/Why-Tracts_ep_28.html

    (I don’t care for the toilet paper idea though!! :-( )

  9. Well, I think that we could find out how many people have come to know Jesus by this method. Could a poll not be done? Perhaps we should call up George Barna ;)

    Indeed, when I talked about “worth the investment” I was very much talking about the tracts themselves, not sharing the Gospel.

    To clarify about the “feeling”: no doubt it is an anxiety-provoking thing to share your faith. It does seem convinient that people can share their faith, feel the rejection, and still say that it was successful by stating that they were doing God’s work and it says in Scripture that you will be hated because of Me.”

    But, can our work not be more effective? Which tracts are meaningful to people? I am sure that the little $100 one left as a tip for a server is not going to make anyone feel good and will probably anger the server who expected real money.

    I just think that if we are doing this for the Lord we want to do our absolute best. If we can find out the best way to spread tracts around and which ones are most meaningful, perhaps their impact can be maximized!

  10. Aaron,

    Why would you need a poll to tell you whether or not it’s worth obeying God? I don’t care whether you use tracts or not, that is between you and God. Ask Him what you should do, study the evangelism He did in the Bible, and then do it.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  11. rose says:

    I would never leave a million dollar tract for a server without a real tip. That would be so unChrist-like! I leave the tract on the bottom with a very good tip on top of it. If someone left just a tract and no tip, I wouldn’t blame the server at all for throwing the tract aside in disgust. We must always have consideration for the people we are trying to reach. For instance, if the checker in the store is very busy, stressed trying to keep up with a long line of customers, I will not hand her a tract at that time. I will wait and try again on a slower day. Love/consideration for the person and choosing a time when they are better able to accept and appreciate the tract…is really important. The key is to be Christ-like in our attitude…not pushy, thoughtless, and overbearing.

    It doesn’t just “feel good” to share my faith by handing out tracts. It strengthens my faith and gives me a greater burden for the lost. I believe that anything we step out in faith to do for the Lord..even something small like a tract ministry..will be blessed by God. He, after all, is the only one who can change hearts. All He told us to do was to go and tell. If we are faithful in that, He will do the rest. A tract ministry is just one way of ‘going and telling’ and it is a way that is so simple and available to every Christian.

    It is not a matter of which tracts are more meaningful to people, but which tracts contain the full gospel message of both law and grace. First, the law must be presented so people can see that they are sinners in danger of going to hell. Then, grace…what God has done for us so our sins can be forgiven… and how to be saved which must include repentance and trust in Christ alone…not in themselves. Once you have found some tracts like that, then you can pick out various styles that would appeal to various kinds of people. For instance, I have a new one which is the size of a postcard and has a picture of a box of chocolates on the front with the words, “A gift for you with love”. The gospel message is on the back. I tape a small candy bar to the front and hand these to women checkers at the store. Who would turn that down? Or, if the checker is a male, I hand him a football card tract. I always tell them there is a good message on the back of the card as I am leaving. Most people are curious enough to turn it over and check it out…one gospel message simply shared!

    I don’t believe we will ever know in this life just how effective tracts are. Yet I think we will be very surprised at the number of people who will be there in heaven because someone..or perhaps several people.. took the time to hand them a tract. The Bible says The Word does not go out and return void but accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent. Some will heed the message, some will reject it, but at least they cannot say they did not hear… and you can know you tried to warn them.

    Grab some good tracts, Aaron, and just give it a try. Leave the results with God and just see how a tract ministry will bless your life and walk with the Lord. It becomes a true source of joy that builds you up. Like I said before…a win-win situation…that is what tracts are if done in love with faith and prayer. God can use even a lowly little tract to accomplish something great…and isn’t that just like God? :-)

  12. Bill, I hope that you are not implying that I am arguing against doing the work of God. Handing out tracts is something that was the brain child of someone who, according to my research, decided it would be a great idea shortly after the invention of the printing press. But these were political tracts!

    Tracts are only one way of sharing the story of redemption with the world that is so desperate to hear it. I certainly want to do the work that God has called us to do, but it is sinful of me to want to do it in the most effective way possible?

    The main reason for commenting here is to point out that all we have is anecdotal evidence to suggest that people actually are effected by Christian tracts.

    Let’s put it in a different context. I am a counselor by trade. When I have clients come to me for help with depression, it is responsible of me to just do whatever I think may help? Would it not be better for me to listen to available research and if it was not available to do some research myself to find out the best way to help this person.

    Our faith is more important than any of that! So why the resistance to finding out how effective this is? If there are better ways of sharing the Gospel and we are neglecting those methods because we are investing so much in tracts, would it not benefit the Kingdom work more if we abandoned the less effective one for a more effective one?

  13. Hidi says:

    Okay, can I just say that I hate it when people mess with my car? I never read anything attached to my car or mailbox. I crumple them and shred them. Unless you’re the Midas guy and I’ve handed you my keys, don’t touch my car!
    Yes, we need to share the gospel, but I don’t know that God is highly glorified when we annoy people with tidbits from a book that is unfamiliar to them written on a piece of paper and shoved where they have to clean it up. How do you feel when people leave junk in your door? No matter what is being shared or how good the product, if the presentation is disrespectful and annoying, the message will largely be ignored.

  14. Aaron,

    It is evident that you’re not reading what I write, which is OK until you try to respond to it.

    Bill, I hope that you are not implying that I am arguing against doing the work of God. Handing out tracts is something that was the brain child of someone who, according to my research, decided it would be a great idea shortly after the invention of the printing press. But these were political tracts!

    I said that I don’t care whether you decide for or against handing out tracts. What I do care about is that you seek to do the Lord’s will. If you believe He doesn’t want you to hand out tracts, then I would urge you not to do it.

    …but it is sinful of me to want to do it in the most effective way possible?

    I don’t know whether it’s a sin, but again, the most effective way is the biblical way, regardless of how well we think it works out.

    The main reason for commenting here is to point out that all we have is anecdotal evidence to suggest that people actually are effected by Christian tracts.

    And I said, “The results occur on the spiritual plane, which we have no ability to measure. Even if we were able to measure the results, we shouldn’t choose the method that gets the best results. We should do what Jesus did, and what the Bible tells us to do.”

    …it is responsible of me to just do whatever I think may help? Would it not be better for me to listen to available research and if it was not available to do some research myself to find out the best way to help this person.

    If the available research contradicted the Bible, it should be rejected out of hand.

    So why the resistance to finding out how effective this is?

    Because it’s not possible to find out this side of eternity. We do what the Bible says regardless of the consequences.

    If there are better ways of sharing the Gospel and we are neglecting those methods because we are investing so much in tracts, would it not benefit the Kingdom work more if we abandoned the less effective one for a more effective one?

    I think there are better ways, which I stated in the post. However, the best way is to blatantly copy Jesus and the apostles. Do we rely on Jesus, or do we rely on pollsters?

    Thanks,
    Bill

    Hidi,

    You should proclaim the gospel in whatever way God is leading you, as long as it involves actually spreading the true gospel–not just the gospel of Hidi’s coolness, which is so prevalent in American Christianity.

    Thanks,
    Bill

  15. Bill, I have been reading your comments, which is why I continue to respond.

    I agree that the results that we are looking for are ultimately not known “this side of eternity.” What I am suggesting is that we CAN find out if Christian tracts are meaningful to people. We can ask questions like:

    Have you ever read a Christian tract?
    Did the tract change your perspective?
    Did reading the tract prompt you to make a change in your life?
    Did you accept salvation after reading a tract?

    If a large percent of people who answer these questions positively, then awesome. We can invest confidently knowing that indeed this is an effective method of sharing the Gospel.

    But if that is not the case, I want to know that too.

    Bill, if you have a distrust of polls and surveys, well, that is another conversation. I have been encouraged by the writing of Thom Rainer, CEO of Lifeway, who has done such studies and found encouraging news: churches with the most conservative theology are those who reach non-Christians the best! This says a lot to groups who are trying to re-think and re-define Christianity and the Christian message! The other thing that Rainer found is that it is not necessarily the largest churches that are the most effective! He found that many large churches did not even get to be studied because they fail to reach non-Christians!

    I do not fear that the results of the studies would be against the Bible, simply because the Bible encourages us to share our faith, but it never mentions Christian tracts.

    Would it not be great to know that Christian tracts were that effective?

    When you suggest that we “blatantly copy Jesus and the apostles” what methods are you suggesting?

  16. Aaron,

    Let’s say, for argument sake, that 1% of Christians say their coming to faith was affected by a tract. If a pack of 100 tracts cost $6, and takes 1 hour to pass out, would you say that is a good investment or a bad investment? How do you measure the return?

    If you give someone a gospel tract, and say, “Here is a gospel tract” and they rip it up and cuss you out, was that a bad investment? Is that an undesirable outcome?

    If you went out and offered 1000 people tracts, and were rejected 100% of the time, is that an undesirable outcome?

    I just don’t think your list of questions that would be adequate in evaluating the effectiveness of tracts, and I can’t think of any questions that would be.

    I think polls are fine on a number of subjects, but this is not a valid poll subject. Furthermore, the results we would get would be dependent on whether Christians have effectively used tracts in the past decades. If a small number of Christians came to faith because of a tract is that because tracts are a bad idea, or because X% of tracts have a bad gospel message, or some other reason.

    Even if the results of the polls were fantastic, that wouldn’t mean that passing out tracts should be done.

    Romans 8:14 says, “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

    I don’t approach evangelism as a game, but out of obedience. I pray that I go where I’m led, do what I’m led to do, and God does with that as He pleases. I have been led to pass out tracts in the past, so I did it.

    The book of Acts has many examples of the apostles’ evangelism, and the Gospels tell of what Jesus did. They talked to people one on one, they went house to house, and they open air preached. The justification for tracts would be that they weren’t into relationship evangelism or lifestyle evangelism, but they trusted the gospel to do its job (Romans 1:16). Do we trust the gospel or don’t we?

    Thanks,
    Bill

  17. rose says:

    Aaron said: “So why the resistance to finding out how effective this is? If there are better ways of sharing the Gospel and we are neglecting those methods because we are investing so much in tracts, would it not benefit the Kingdom work more if we abandoned the less effective one for a more effective one?”

    Of course, tracts are just one method of sharing the gospel …one that is easy and inexpensive for most people. Just do it! Share the gospel in whatever way the Lord leads you share it. If He shows you another way that works better for you, then go for it! But…you could sit around trying to find the MOST EFFECTIVE method and never actually start doing anything at all…except researching. And who knows except God how effective any one witnessing method is…the point is to be obedient to do SOMETHING. I think God is faithful to bless any attempts we sincerely make to share the truth with the lost…(however feeble those attempts may be)..be it through tracts or some other means. As I said previously, Hudson Taylor and George Whitfield were both saved through reading a tract. Only two people…but now multiply the impact both these great saints had through their lifelong ministries. Seems those little tracts were pretty effective, wouldn’t you say?

    Hidi said: “I don’t know that God is highly glorified when we annoy people with tidbits from a book that is unfamiliar to them written on a piece of paper and shoved where they have to clean it up.”

    First of all, if a Christian just shoves a tract at a person in a “disrespectful and annoying” way…that would not be Christ like and would the defeat the purpose entirely. As I have explained in posts above, we must always to be respectful and considerate of the person.

    Tracts that are placed (rather than handed) are very small…easy to discard if a person does not want to read it. (It is not like I am throwing wads of them around for people to clean up…just a few strategically placed where people will notice them.) A very small inconvenience to pick up a tract and discard it if they chose….but could be a HUGE blessing though if they do read it and come to Christ. So… small annoyance or a possible blessing…. I chose to err on the side of possible blessing.

    Secondly, the tracts (ones I use) don’t contain a ‘tidbit’ from a book. They contain the full gospel message in a nutshell…enough to cause a person to start thinking about their eternal destination or to plant a seed that someone else may water later on by a different type of witness entirely. If I have shared a tract with someone in a respectful way and they are annoyed…that means giving out tracts is a useless witnessing effort? The gospel message WILL offend some. (That is the nature of the gospel message.) Some will see it as ‘junk’ to be gotten rid of and feel annoyed that they have to walk to the garbage can to throw it away. Others will take it, read and consider the message. Even if those who do so are few, the impact can be great. When just one person gets saved, he will then impact the lives of others. And, I would rather be guilty of annoying someone than of not warning them of the reality of hell.

    You will never come up with a way of witnessing that is squeaky clean…and won’t annoy some people. If that is your goal, you will never share the gospel effectively, IMHO.

  18. Jeff H says:

    Aaron,

    I don’t think a ‘marketing analysis’ is really what’s appropriate when it comes to sharing the Words of eternal life. That’s what the Emergents do.

    Might I suggest you take another look at the Parable of the Sower in this light:

    Normally, farmers are quite careful in sowing the seeds in their fields because seed is somewhat expensive, and they can’t afford to waste it by indiscriminately tossing it where it would fall by the wayside, or on rocks or amongst thorns.

    In the parable, though, how careful was the sower of the seeds when he sowed them? The answer is: he was not careful at all. It seems as though he flung them all over the place!

    He didn’t stop to research the efficiencies of various distribution methods or attempt to establish performance metrics.

    No rest when there are seeds to sow!

    In Christ,
    – Jeff H

  19. I will try to make this my last comment on this thread:

    Jeff, I think you are missing my point if you think that this is “marketing analysis” (… and connecting me to “emergents”, well I would happily suggest that you read my most recent post on the heresy of Rob Bell in a review of his new book “Drops Like Stars”).

    As with any profession, we want to know what works. Medical science does not come up with a good idea and immediately try it on humans… when they do it is called malpractice. They are certainly not into marketing, but instead they try to find what works.

    Bill, you make an excellent point: $6 and an hour for only 1 person… well, that is certainly worth it. I wonder, though, about the other 99 who may have a reaction like Hidi. How many of the 99 being turned off would still make it worthwhile?

    Again, Christian tracts may be the one singluar most effective method of evangelism! I simply do not know if it is, and would really like to know.

  20. Jeff H says:

    Aaron,

    As with any profession, we want to know what works.

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ works!

    Go and proclaim it.

    Tracts don’t save… eloquent presentations of the Gospel don’t save… you don’t save… I don’t save… Pastors don’t save…

    Jesus Christ saves!

    I wonder, though, about the other 99 who may have a reaction like Hidi. How many of the 99 being turned off would still make it worthwhile?

    The Bible says:

    “18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

    What is troubling to me is the seemingly man-centered approach to your evangelism. You can’t count ‘decisions for Christ’ as a metric.

    “5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe — as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

    “6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

    “7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

    “8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

    “9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

    Some sow… others water. The Lord brings the increase!

    In Him,
    – Jeff H

  21. Jeff H says:

    BTW, when I wrote:

    “You can’t count ‘decisions for Christ’ as a metric.”

    That was a rebuke against Charles Finney, as I am a Calvanist.

  22. rose says:

    All Jesus said was that we were to ‘GO AND TELL’. Some of us are trying to do that with tracts and are satisfied to leave the results to Him. We are in the Last Days and time is short. Sitting around trying to figure out which method is most effective is a waste of time in my opinion. The harvest is ready…the laborers are few. While you are doing your research, people are dying and entering hell. If, out of 100’s tracts, just one person comes to Christ….it is worth it!! And, that is still much more than most are doing to fulfill the Great Commission. How many are actively involved in any type of witnessing effort today? Now there is something to research! Time is running out…….

  23. rose says:

    “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

    Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”
    Ecclesiastes 11: 5 &6

    I just happened upon this verse today. What I take from it is that salvation of souls is a work of God alone…not something we can manipulate or refine into what we think is the best, most effective method. We are to simply sow the seed by getting the gospel message out there in whatever way we can and He reaps the harvest as He sees fit. The sharing is our job…the saving of souls is His.

    I have to admit that since this discussion here I have been a little lax and less enthusiastic about placing and handing tracts this week…thinking perhaps I AM wrong and all my efforts are really for nought… maybe I am just contributing to the litter problem and annoying people most of the time. Basically, I felt discouraged. But when I happened upon this verse today, I felt it was confirmation to continue my ‘tract drops’ and not worry about what succeeds and what does not. That part is God’s job not my responsbility. The gospel is foohlishness to them that are perishing so there will always be people (and maybe most) who are turned off and annoyed by what they consider some ‘religious nut’ giving them a tract. But how do we know who is who? We must sow to all even if it means annoying some so that some will get saved through the convicting work of the Word of God.

    I promise…I am done now.

  24. Hello, all…

    Just wanted to step back in and share a few things that has been helping me get some perspective and may shed some light on my dialogue re: this post.

    I am a recovering Arminian… well semi-Arminian. Espoused in the concept of “free will” I foolishly ascribe to these efforts to find the best and most effective means for evangelism. While I still maintain that some of that pursuit may be helpful in some regard (though I am rethinking those smaller pieces as well) I realize that we were speaking from rather different perspectives in our conversation here.

    My recovery has been catalyzed by a great friend, but as I have been talking to him I have come to realize that I have been a Calvinist most of my life… I have often doubted my own freewill in spiritual matters, and have doubted it in others who hear the exact same message but continue to not understand or believe.

    Let me say this: as I continue to recover I have come to understand better the resistance to doing surveys about these methods. When we evangelize, we are not seeking out people to convince, but we are instead finding those who God “foreknew” and who are part of “the elect.” If I understand it correctly, the idea is not about developing good methods or rhetoric, but it is finding those who have the ears to hear.

    Thank you all for your patience.

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