Open Air Street Preaching is it effective?
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So, I was introduced by a friend of mine that happens to be a Christian-Rabbi; to a one Mr.Jesse Morell... this man is an amazing street preacher!

http://www.openairoutreach.com/

But the topic at hand... is it effective? Is 'friendship evangelism' or 'confrontational evangelism' more effective?

According to his website, Mr.Morell has been doing this for 10 years and has so far reached 100 campuses in the US and abroad. [1]http://www.openairoutreach.com/

I personally think it is effective, and the fact that the Bible is 95% confrontational... from John the Baptist, to Jesus Christ (Yeshua), to the Apostles; to NOW!

What do you all think is effective? Making friends and giving God as a last food for thought, or giving them God right then and now!

^Also, think of this: If I poisoned myself and was about to die in 3min... you wouldn't have time to make friends with me, because I would already be dead by then! The Bible says those who you have not warned, their blood is on YOUR hands... but those you HAVE warned, but refused to REPENT; their blood is on their own hands!



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I believe that it depends on the people and the situation. I've seen many circumstances where one has failed only for later the other succeed.

If they don't know about god then confrontational evangelism has worked out well. However, if they know of god and have refused to repent friendship evangelism can achieve great lengths especially with influence through actions. I have seen many people who have been believed "nonconvertible" converted this way.

Knowing when and how to approach someone makes a great difference, which goes back to one of my favorite quotes.

"God give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
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I suppose that also works... As for 'converting' people, we're not suppose to proselytize (try to convert people by persuasion). I think a lot of people make that mistake, also for the women... we're not suppose to teach/preach/call to repentance, men.
1 Timothy 2:11-15
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11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.


1 Corinthians 14:34
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34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.


Also, God doesn't believe in Athiests....

Romans 1:20
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20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
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That is correct. I also believe some churches misinterpret the scriptures about women preachers. From my own studying I have come to the same conclusion.

Edit: Also you're right. I worded that wrongly I did not mean to convert, but influence them by doing what is right. It has brought some people to the church

Matthew 5:13-16
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13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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Amen! Thank you for the corrections and clarifications! Ya... a woman pastor is NOT Biblical at ALL... some people have used this against it: "Well, who, what, and when is it addressing? In that culture women were uneducated and often usurped authority..." Well now, looks like someone is PUTTING GOD ON TRIAL, yes? XD I find it funny because I was lied to by false converts for so long... XD
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There are many people who spread their own interpretation of the Bible. That is why I believe it is best to read the Bible itself.
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Ironically, another Christian friend of mine said the same thing last night to this Agnostic woman we met. Yes it is better to read it... with an honest heart!
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