APOSTLE PAUL: I am in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.
OTHER PASTORS: Took me four minutes and I got that guy saved and solved all his problems.
Pretty tired of reading books where the author saves people in between getting off the plane and getting to baggage claim.
Can’t take it anymore.
I’m not downing their evangelistic efforts. I have much respect for people who can strike up conversations with people about anything, let alone the Gospel.
Some plant, some water. I get it. No problem.
The problem I have is assuming that once your blessed 4 minutes with that person is over, they are done now. Totally saved beyond a shadow of a doubt. Everywhere they go people are getting saved in record time.
How do they know this?
Once you get your baggage and get in the taxi, do you see this person again? How do you know they are saved, simply because they said the thing you told them to say?
The Great Commission, which is often trotted out in support of this quick and easy method of evangelism, actually sounds quite hard and drawn out. We’re to make disciples and teach them to do everything Christ commanded.