I do street evangelism on Fridays and/or Saturday nights down in Santa Monica, CA and it is awesome and incredible to see God's grace and mercy fall on some, and His sovereign conviction of sin fall on others.
Understand that what we do is have a mic set-up for people to debate with the main minsirty leader (used to be WOTM, but Kirk and Ray left it to him; Luis). Luis will challenge people ala Acts 17 style, and Elijah/Mt. Carmel fashion. It is charged and exciting, people get angry, others will break and cry when faced with the Truth of the Gospel...it is a new night every time. Incredible! While this is all going on, myself and several others cruise through the crowd (sometimes up to 150 people at any given point) and simply strike up conversations, one-on-one, with those who are lingering and often we are spiritually led to some folks. This is where the real deep ministry happens.
Anyway, something that I have really noticed as becoming a bigger and bigger issue is when so-called "christians" come up and start arguing about what we are doing. Friday night this one gal just went into a tirade about how unloving everyone is and how we are offending people and turning them away from Christ, etc. This she was doing on the debate mic. Luis simply challenged her with a few questions and she just about lost it in tears...he asked her,
1) What is the Great Commission...to which she replied, "I don't know, why don't you tell me..."
2) What is the Gospel...to which she replied, "well...Jesus taught peace..." He asked her several times to define the Gospel and she side-stepped it every time with the same rhetoric.
to which Luis replied...
3) What would you like me to do? How would you like me to share the Gospel with the lost?
This is when she really just broke down, crying...saying he was hateful, "how dare you impose your interpretation of the Bible on people who were raised in other religions and that's all they know...how can you tell them they are going to hell, etc.
Here's the thing...she was not a false believer, I believe that she was a Christian, albeit and very misled and immature one. But it just really made me think...what is wrong with people in the CHurch today? Surely Jesus has to be coming soon or there no longer be anyone preaching the Gospel, and those of us who do will be persecuted by the "church" more than to wicked. Just wanted to get some thoughts, insights, etc., from you all who are evangelism minded.