The Key to Evangelism: Repentance

“Today we call this cooperation with God in our lives in order to transform them synergia. The same teachings, practices, and sacraments that made new people out of pagan in the second century exist in the Church today, and they can accomplish the same thing. But for us to call others to this way, we have to be living transformed lives ourselves, or today’s pagans will not give us the time of day. As the author of the Second Epistle to Clement wrote: ‘For when the heathen hear from our mouth the oracles of God they wonder at their beauty and greatness; then discovering that our deeds are not worthy of the words we utter, they turn from their wonder to blasphemy, saying that it is all a myth and delusion.’ If we are going to evangelize successfully, we must stop making excuses for our own sins.” (Micheal Keiser, Spread the Word, p 680

 

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One thought on “The Key to Evangelism: Repentance

  1. Dear Father Theodore,

    The is good basic beginning.
    If we are going to evangelize successfully, “we must stop making excuses for our own sins.”
    We make excuses for our sins, and we also do this collectively by sheltering various groups we associate with as well, “the _______ do this”, or the ________” have always done this, or the blank can not be expected”, and on and on so we minimize our success in picking ourselves up from falling down, and enlarging our own excuses, by using these collective defenses.

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