In 1996, I undertook a serious personal study of the book of Acts. When I came to Acts 5:41-42, the Holy Spirit spoke to me powerfully:
“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 5:41-42)
What struck me was the fact that the Apostles, the Church leaders, those who had walked and talked with Jesus, were prolifically active in evangelism.
After a careful study of Church history, I discovered virtually the entire Early Church had been mobilised, and they reached pretty much the known world with the gospel.
Then I discovered that today only 2% of Christians in the Western Church regularly engage in evangelism.
Truly, we are now living in the Dark Age of Evangelism and most Christians are completely oblivious to the fact.
How had we moved from everyone doing it, to only 2%? Who or what had caused this gigantic shift? How had we regressed 98% over 2000 years?
I clearly felt the Holy Spirit challenge me to find answers to these questions. For 10 years, I sought God and undertook serious study. Over this time He revealed 79 reasons why this shift had occurred.
What’s interesting is that each of these “reasons” is, in reality, a device of the enemy.
The Apostle Paul speaks about these “devices” in 2 Corinthians 2:11.
A careful study of the word ‘”device” in the lexicon reveals that “devices” aim to change people’s minds, perceptions, and thoughts about something – in this case “evangelism” and “the gospel.”
An example of a device? Perceiving of evangelism as “the winning of souls” is just one. Such thinking has made people think it is they who must win the soul. Not wanting to become bullies or second hand car salesman, the pressure becomes all too much, so they give up (or don’t start) evangelising.
So what’s the bottom line?
The reason the people in your church don’t do evangelism is that the devil has infiltrated their thoughts, perceptions and minds – without them even knowing!
If a Christian under the influence of just one device will not do evangelism, imagine how paralysed is one who is influenced by all 79?
You see, these ‘devices’ can be likened to computer viruses. Viruses get there without you knowing. Without anti-virus software installed, computers eventually crash.
It’s the same with the Church. The statistics show the Church in the West has ‘crashed’ with respect to evangelism.
And, like a computer, the only way to re-boot the hard drive and get it functioning again is to deal with the viruses – in the Church’s case, the ‘devices’.
So if you want to discover how the devil has infiltrated your mind without you knowing, and the minds of all the people in your church, and how you and they can remove the devices, please, read the book.
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