Silent Christians

Do you know Christians who are silent only when it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus? If so, have you spoken with them about the importance evangelism?

Perhaps everyone has heard, read, or quoted the Great Commission. “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

When silent evangelism is practiced, we are in direct disobedience to God and become ineffective in the Lord’s kingdom. Timid and lackadaisical Christians cannot effectively share the Gospel and bring unbelievers to the Body of Christ. Matthew 7:21–24 tells us “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy [prophesy means to teach] in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Therefore, everyone who hears these words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Why do some Christians resort to silent evangelism? What are implications of our silence? “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

“Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26)

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Not only should we verbally communicate our allegiance to God, but our behavior must match the faith we profess. Actually, silence is denying God’s existence? How? He did not give us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7). We are to be prepared to give a reason for the hope that lies within us. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:15-16) Christians should be rooted in the truth of the gospel.

Could Christians’ silence be construed as hypocrisy and greatly diminished the credibility if evangelism ever occurs?

Are they silent because they doubt the Gospel?

Why do you think some Christians are afraid to share the faith in the manner that they profess?

I like to hear your thoughts on this subject. Come on, speak up. Do not be a silent Christian.

Author:

Christian Blogger, Wife of Minister Felton D. Woods, Mother and Grandmother

26 thoughts on “Silent Christians

  1. I’m curious then to hear of your thoughts on “subtle evangelism”, which is simultaneously spoken of in a joking and serious manner. The emphasis in this new method is in the “subtle”. People don’t speak the gospel or mention Jesus directly but allude to it verbally or visually. For example, I recently saw someone post in a FB group a collection of plushies, and on the wall in the background hung the words “God is good all the time”. Would you say this example or others like it is effective to any degree? Does it promote a contemporary Christian culture that is in actuality timid?

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    1. Jesus was direct and as His followers we should be direct.

      “God is good all the time” and similar posts are general comments passed down from tradition and repeated by believers and non-believers alike. Our God is Great, Awesome and Wonderful. Matthew 28:19-20 instructed us to “Go, teach and baptize” not “POST unless specific like my blog because I am sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.” I personally know many people who make subtle comments about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit but refuse to convert to Christianity and only attend worship service on Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas. Have a great weekend.

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  2. your question is thought provoking Tangie. I think many christians hold back from fear of not wanting to be looked down upon or looked at as weird, especially in places where christianity is a minority. for example, i currently work in an office with around 80 employees and I am the only christian. can get intimidating to profess your faith because each of these folk have been told that christians will try to share their faith so be on your guard, so the first hint they get that you will be talking about Jesus they back off or back you up against a wall. but then again we are called to go through persecution which we do and continue to share the gospel as and when “possible”. yeah, it’s not the best thing to do, i know, but i’ll be trying a lot harder inspite of the odds being vehemently opposing. thanks for a great wake up call.

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    1. I understand and was a silent Christian until I truly understood converted followers of Christ cannot be silent. Also, Jesus is our advocate to the God and I definitely do not want Him silent with God when I pray. I pray to get out of my comfort zone and with encouragement from from my husband and spiritual mentors I allowed the Holy Ghost to lead me in whatever way is meant for me. Hence, I started blogging on June 29, 2019.

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  3. This is an excellent topic. I converted to Christianity from “Rebellionism” about three years ago. Since then, I have witnessed to friends and strangers alike. It is by far easier to witness to complete strangers. It should be easy to bear witness. Talking about how Jesus saved me is a topic I know alot about. I just posted my first blog a couple days ago and shared it to everyone I know on Facebook. I posted another blog today and it was a bit more personal. I just said, I really don’t want to put my dirty laundry out there, but oh well here it goes. Thank you Jesus

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience. I truly appreciate your comments and these are types of testimonies that should be shared to encourage others. Blogging helps me deal with a lot of things. Keep ✍️ and inspiring.

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  4. I believe it’s either lack of confidence, or they’re afraid of angering someone. In today’s climate, there are so many who become hostile when we talk about God or the Bible within earshot of them. Shamefully I admit that I’ve been guilty of both!

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  5. We have all fallen short of being a silent Christian for many reasons and for various reasons. We have to continue to read and study the word of God through several different means such as Bible studying both individually and general congregational studies also daily asking God to provide us with a fortitude mind to retain what we have read and studied and the faith to pass on what we have received and that it will fall on good grounds as we teach others and evangelize others.

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    1. I understand beauty in many cultures. You were very detailed on your subject matter.

      However, when it comes to spiritual matters, I follow the Doctrine of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians remain silent on this subject. I hope this helps class assignment. I appreciate you asking me to share thoughts.

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