Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Gospel in ten tweets

The Gospel for Twitter
The following is a short gospel presentation broken down into ten sections, each under 140 characters. These can be copied and pasted and shared in succession on Twitter. Source Cross Encounters.

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Are you ready for Eternity? When you die, you are going to stand before God and give an account for your life. 1 of 10

Because God is good, He is going to judge you according to the perfect, moral standard of His law. 2 of 10

If you’ve ever lied, stolen, taken His name in vain, or sinned in any other way, He will find you guilty of breaking His law. 3 of 10

Because God is good, He must punish your sin; the punishment for all sin against God is an eternity in Hell. 4 of 10

While God is righteous and just, He is also merciful, loving, and kind in that He provided one way to escape that punishment… 5 of 10

…and that was through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ: fully-God and fully-Man, without sin. 6 of 10

He died on the cross a death He did not deserve, taking upon Himself the punishment you rightly deserve, for your sins against God. 7 of 10

Three days later Jesus forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave, and He is alive today. 8 of 10

What God requires of you is that you repent (turn from your sin and turn toward God)… 9 of 10

…and by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Repent and believe the gospel, while God has given you time. 10 of 10

17 comments :

  1. If the reference to "cross encounters" is that of Mr. Tony Miano, then all of this should be rejected. Mr. Miano's "gospel" is one of hate where he constantly demeans, ridicules, insults and belittles those who are unfortunate enough to be subjected to his "preaching". His interest is solely that of elevating Tony Miano in the eyes of his followers, manufacturing persecution, and all with end result of blaspheming the worthy Name of the Lord Jesus. Miano is a charlatan and does not honor the Lord Jesus Christ.

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    1. I have heard Miano several times and I never heard anything like you are reporting. We have to be measured about flinging the name "charlatan" around, because the bible says we offer grace and double honor to our leaders. I have not seen the selfishness that you see in Mr Miano,so we differ on our opinion of him and his work. I do not see a gospel of hate from him. At all.

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    2. Darrel, when you make such powerful accusations you should be prepared and willing to support them with facts, not just opinions. Bearing false witness is still something God frowns upon. Perhaps you will be willing to give us very clear examples of what you have proclaimed as the truth. I look forward to your reply or your apology.

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    3. Please tell me Gates, which is worse, to "falsely accuse someone" or to preach a gospel that is not that of the Lord Jesus Christ and yet claim that it is? Haven't you falsely accused me without investigating the depths of the wickedness of Miano?

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    4. "If the reference to "cross encounters" is that of Mr. Tony Miano, then all of this should be rejected."

      Let's take this at face value. Darrel is saying that the Gospel should be rejected, or at best that the idea that the Gospel could be presented in tweet format should be rejected.

      He goes to this extreme length because of a deeper desire to oppose Tony. I suspect it's cause Tony has a deep voice, to be honest. Anyone who preaches in public inevitably draws those who accuse the preacher of angrily shouting at them. Being a bully, being a meanie, being a bigot, etc.

      Darrel should go out preaching himself, if indeed he is acquainted with the Gospel, and see if he does not get told that he is demeaning, insulting and belittling those poor wretched sinners who don't want to hear the truth God has commanded to be told.

      Something tells me Darrel's an internet warrior with no intention at present of stepping out in obedience, only quarreling with those who are trying to be obedient to the Great Commission.

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    5. I agree that the Gospel in 10 tweets should not be rejected simply because of an opposition to the author, since there wasn't anything doctrinally wrong in the tweets.

      As for surmising Darrel's motives, I don't know what they are. I give him extra grace there.

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  2. I'd be happy to, Gates, go to Miano's web site and pick any video you like and see if he does use the Gospel like a baseball bat to belittle, demean, insult, and provoke to severe anger those to whom he is "preaching" his version of his own gospel. If it is not obvious to you then maybe you don't want to see the truth of Miano and rather enjoy his version of the gospel (re-read Gal 1:6-9) and the way he puts the lost "in their place" instead of actually preaching the real GOSPEL.
    Perhaps you would be able to show just one such video where Miano does not "go off" on those subjected to his hatred. I'd love to see one, but as of today none exist.

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    1. Darrel, I just picked a video and did not see what you say. Miano preached Jesus, hell, sin, repentance. He preached the gospel and faith alone in Jesus to get us to heaven. That is not a different Gospel.

      I have listened to Tony Miano before as well, on the radio and in interviews when he is not preaching. He is gentle and respectful then too. As he was to the police who were arresting him and interrogated him for hours. I listened to that too. He is not haughty.

      I have a special place in my heart for missionaries, and street preachers like Miano. It is front lines, tough, hard work. Perhaps it is the volume of voice needed for street preaching that offends you. Perhaps it is the venue: the necessity of cutting to the sin and hell part right away (which is something that Jesus did ALL THE TIME and so did Paul) in contrast to our cushy 'get to know them a while first' method of preaching that offends you. But there is certainly nothing wrong with "Jesus plus nothing" Gospel. That IS the Gospel. If you are unfamiliar with it then please read 1 Cor 15:1-8.

      Have we become so out of touch with the needs of the lost and the plainness and offense of the Gospel that when we see it expressed in the hedges and highways we CHRISTIANS are offended? I think that is what may have happened to you.

      To accuse an elder who is OBVIOUSLY a brother is *your* sin, and you do need to repent and apologize.

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  3. Great post. I saw the video with Tony witnessing to the catholic woman. I hope God gives me the boldness and the strength like Tony Awesome.

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    1. Knowing what he's written on the subject of the word 'awesome,' I think he'd cringe at hearing it applied to him.

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    2. I agree Hakam Adam. I have the distinctive feeling it was a sarcastic comment. But it brought this to mind: "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak," (Mt 13:36)

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  4. Darrel:

    I received your long comment in reply, which contained more assertions that I believe were not edifying to publish. I declined to publish it.

    Yes, Mr Miano believes one should belong to a home church and be accountable to that home church. This is to his credit.

    Yes Mr Miano changed churches because as he said, the elders at his former church do not agree with street preaching. Street preaching is apparently a debatable topic today and not everyone agrees with it. To his credit, Mr Miano sought and found another church to join so as to be accountable: John MacArthur's church. To that end, he surrounded himself with and has submitted to good men like MacArthur, Johnson and Steven J. Lawson. There is hardly anything to fault with that. From what I know of those men and the disctinctives of how GCC operates, they will discipline Mr Miano if he needs it. I'm comfortable with the situation.

    Yes street preaching often means people will come to blows. The Gospel is offensive, and even simply standing and preaching the name Jesus will elicit heated invective and often, blows. I have seen this in many street preachers, even the ones who speak gently and aren't preaching the 'hard' verses about sin. The Gospel offends. Paul was recipient of many blows, and riots often ensued. By your standard you would charge Paul too. Do not be offended by the unsaved's blows, it means the street preacher is on target.

    If there is something amiss in his style I will certainly be on guard to be aware of that, as you have proposed. Though so far I haven't found any level of charlatanism you assert. In Benny Hinn, yes. In Joel Osteen, yes. In Tony Miano?? No. I think you have lost perspective on what a charlatan is.

    I am offended you call him 'evil'. There is a line between haughty judgment & childish surliness, and proper discernment. You have evidenced the first two and not the last. Nor have you been amenable to several of us in the faith calling for you to re-examine, leave room for grace, or at least speak edifyingly. Therefore, you must stop commenting on this topic now.

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    1. One last comment on this, Mr Miano lives a very public life. People who live in public make public mistakes. The command to confess our sins to one another (James 5:16a) is often absent in today's fellowship. Mr Miano publicly stumbled and publicly apologized and publicly repented. As I said, he lives a public life and in his case, it is also a transparent life.

      Here is one example, I offer it and let people choose to read and decide

      http://www.crossencounters.us/2014/01/dundee-attest-reactions-my-responses.html

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  5. Hakam Adam and Elizabeth I didn't mean any disrespect towards Tony
    awe·some
    ˈôsəm/
    adjective
    extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.
    "the awesome power of the atomic bomb"
    synonyms: breathtaking, awe-inspiring, magnificent, wonderful, amazing, stunning, staggering, imposing, stirring, impressive;
    If there's a hidden meaning I didn't know. Thank you Jesus for your grace.

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  6. This post - and the subsequent comments - has had me thinking and praying for a bit now. I've only heard of Mr. Miano by name, and through second-hand accounts, many of which spoke well of him. So, I went to crossencounters to read the Dundee report you posted. From there, I read some more links from Mr. Miano's website.

    For what it's worth, after reading all the above comments here at The End Time blog, where some were criticizing Mr. Miano's method of evangelism (street preaching), what I saw on crossencounters was Mr. Miano doing the same thing regarding another method of evangelism - criticizing what he believes is incorrect.

    Specifically, Miano was taking issue with "friendship evangelism", as practiced by many American believers. In one post (Larry, An Example of Friendship Evangelism, July 2014), Mr. Miano criticized that method of evangelism.

    Yet this method, which he seems to condemn, is exactly how I got saved. I was not saved from VBS or Sunday School or attending a Christian camp. I was not saved during a sermon or from hearing a preacher on the radio. I was not saved by receiving a tract - in fact, when I was lost, I never even received a tract, not even once. I was not saved by hearing a street preacher, or by seeing any KJVO's holding their "repent" signs at local shopping centers.

    I was saved by the very "friendship evangelism" that Miano condemns, and the subsequent personal Bible study that those genuine friendships led me to do. I am thankful for ALL those Christian friends - some of whom I am still friends with today - for their concern for my soul - which started by them developing a relationship with me.

    Does one *need* to develop a relationship with someone to share the Gospel with them? No. But that method of evangelism is not wrong, nor does it deny the power of the Gospel as Mr. Miano asserts.

    So if I may say this, the Lord uses each of us in different ways. Some are called to street preaching as Mr. Miano is. Some engage in the "friendship evangelism" Miano condemns, and yet that method clearly bears fruit. In whatever way we are used, we are to be found faithful.

    Let's be charitable with one another.

    -Carolyn

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    1. Tony Miano on friendship evangelism
      http://carm.org/friendship-evangelism

      He is against the kind of evangelism where " the Christian spends far more time making themselves known to their friends than making Christ known (1 Corinthians 2:2) to their friends."

      GotQuestions on Friendship Evangelism,
      http://www.gotquestions.org/friendship-evangelism.html

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  7. Thank you all for your input! There's been a lot of discussion which is good. I'm not sure if there is anything new to say on this essay, so I'm going to close comments. Thanks again.

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