Friendship Evangelism Is Not Always Good - Online Articles

Friendship Evangelism is believed to be another way of sharing Jesus to other people. Through it, a Christian befriends an unbeliever, win his or her trust, share interests with that person, and then attempts to share about Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation. One problem with this form of evangelism is that many times, the friend does not end up sharing the gospel with his or her friend. Sometimes there is a fear of rejection.

Online Articles

A Critical Look at “Friendship Evangelism”
“It is common practice among evangelists to use friendships as a means of evangelism. As appealing as it might sound to want to make accepting the gospel easier for people, the Christian message is, and will always be, a message of the cross… In this article, we take a look at the problems with friendship evangelism and contrast it with the approach of Jesus, Paul, and the apostles towards preaching the gospel.” (Read more about this article, click the link above.)

Friendship Evangelism is Neither Friendship Nor Evangelism
By Tony Miano
“I believe many Christians practice Friendship Evangelism with sincerity. But sadly, it is a sincerity most often born out of ignorance, an ignorance of the Word of God in general and biblical evangelism in particular. At the same time, I feel no such obligation to extend charity toward authors, pastors, teachers, speakers, and movement leaders who propagate this spiritual fraud upon followers of Christ — both true and false converts. Theirs will be a stricter judgment.” (Read more about this article, click the link above.)

Should Christians engage in friendship evangelism?
“Friendship evangelism is also known as lifestyle evangelism and relational evangelism. The basic thought underlying friendship evangelism is to establish a friendship with an unsaved person in order to one day share the gospel with him/her. People have differing views on what friendship evangelism is. Here are three common views.” (Read more about this article, click the link above.)

The Frustrating Fallacy of Friendship Evangelism
By JWallace
“It’s been said that most people are introduced to Christianity through a friend, and this was, in fact, how I eventually came to visit a church. I had a friend named Bill who invited me for many years before my wife and I finally took him up on the offer. As I was training students at a recent evangelism camp, we talked about the fear that many of us have related to sharing our faith with strangers.” (Read more about this article, click the link above.)

The Problem with Friendship Evangelism
By Karina Kreminski
“I have a problem with what has been called “friendship evangelism. The idea of friendship is that you develop and nurture friendships with people in order to eventually proclaim the gospel and evangelize to them. So churches encourage people to get to know their neighbors, connect with their community and also even join local interest groups in order to infiltrate the community, ultimately then tell the gospel, and bring them to church.” (Read more about this article, click the link above.)

What is friendship evangelism”
“Friendship evangelism as a method of bringing people to Christ or sharing the gospel of Christ has several meanings and connotations. Some people believe that friendship evangelism requires Christians to become friends with unbelievers, establishing a relationship before attempting to address their need for a Savior.” (Read more about this article, click the link above.)

Online Videos

Episode 95: The Error of Friendship Evangelism

Questions: What is Friendship Evangelism
This is video #16 in a series called “Questions,” produced by cinematographer Matt De Jesus (New Horizons Film & Video), for Cross Encounters Ministries. In this video, Tony answers the question, “What is friendship evangelism?”

The problem with friendship evangelism
Friendship evangelism is a type of evangelism in which you have to become friends with someone first before you can share your faith with them. But there are several problems with this type of evangelism method. In this video, the speaker will share with you three problems with friendship evangelism, and the one solution to fix it.