A Communist Analyzes the Early Church’s Effectiveness

Wednesday is for Prayer

Evangelism: Early Church Methods

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.    –Acts 4:32-33

A friend of mine went to see a man who was the head of a local communist cell in a local communist headquarters where they send out literature. The communist said,

“Come in, Reverend, and sit down.” He went in and sat.

“Now, we’re communists,” he said, “you know that, and you’re a minister. Of course, we’re miles apart. But,” he said,

“I want to tell you something. We learned our technique from your book of Acts.” He said, “We learned how to win and conquer from your book of Acts.”

And he said, “You who believe the Bible have thrown overboard the methods of the early church and we who don’t believe it have adopted them and they’re working.”

What was the method? It’s a very simple method of the early church. It was to go witness, give everything to the Lord and give up all to God and bear your cross, take the consequences. The result was in the first hundred years of the Christian church the whole known world was evangelized.

A.W. Tozer; Success and the Christian, 10-11

Prayer:

“Lord, help Your church to recover its passion to witness, to give everything for You, and to bear whatever cross and consequence that such a witness will require in our generation. Make us fishers of men. Amen.” 


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