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Have you eve seen the statement, “Preach the gospel and when necessary use words” attributed to St. Francis of Assisi?

You might have heard this statement posted on a meme on social media. Sounds good, but there are several problems with this quote. First, let me say that there is an element of truth in it, before I criticize it in its entirety. On the positive, we should live out as followers of Jesus in a way that is consistent with the Gospel. Paul said, “Watch your life and your doctrine closely.” (1 Timothy 4:16) Also, if you are in a marriage, and you become a Christian but your spouse has not converted, Peter wrote that wives can actually win their husbands by the way they conduct their lives, and not by their words. (1 Peter 3) However, this quote is frequently used and posted on social media as an excuse not to evangelize. Did you know that only 3% of professing believers in America actively proclaim the gospel to unbelievers? So this is my critique of the statement: “Preach the gospel and when necessary use words.”

1. The First Problem is that St. Francis NEVER said it!
It does not look like St. Francis actually said these words in history, but it was attributed to him many years later.

2. This Statement is Self-contradictory, Because it Contains WORDS.
It’s like saying, “I can’t write a word of English, in English.” Notice, that this quote is proclaiming something about the gospel, using words.

3. It’s Unbiblical. The Bible says that the Gospel must be spoken IN WORDS.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:13-14)

4. It Can Actually be Self-Righteous, Focused On Our Works More than Christ’s Work.

Although it is true that we should let light our light shine before others and model what we preach. It is self-righteous to believe that our behavior is so morally superior, that the normative of Gospel proclamation should be about our life without words. Should we think that others will constantly come up to us and ask about the Gospel? This does happen sometimes, but most of the time, we must go out and initiate the conversation about Jesus’ death and resurrection, rather than depending on our lifestyle to be the gospel that converts others.

After all, the gospel is not about primarily our story and how good we are, rather it is first and foremost about HIS story. The Gospel is that that Christ died and rose again. Although he has declared us righteous, he is still sanctifying us and making us more like him. But the Gospel is about Christ’s work, not ours.

One of the most talked about films that will be released in 2017 is Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. When we think about stories like Beauty and the Beast, we are reminded that the best fairy tales will continue to attract new generations. Why is that? Perhaps these stories are timeless in the sense that they involve elements of imagination, romance, redemption, transformation and in the end, good triumphing over evil. Fairy tales sometime include a prophecy or an oracle that unlocks a bigger redemptive story in the universe. In Beauty and the Beast, there is an enchanted rose that blooms on the Beast’s 21st birthday to act as a ticking time clock which limits his opportunity to find a girl and prove that he can love.

 

Psalm 110, which Martin Luther called “chief of the psalms,” is a prophecy written about Christ, written almost a thousand years before his birth. Written by King David, hero, warrior, poet and a descendent of a Messiah to come, this psalm is quoted a total of 23 times in the New Testament.

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On Friday morning, the Obama administration sent a letter today to every public school district requiring that they give “transgender”  students the rights to use the bathrooms of their choice, or risk losing federal funding. How should Americans and specifically Christians respond? Dave Sterrett argues that Obama’s decree is contrary to natural law, biology, the constitution, and the Scripture. It is time for American educators, students and parents to stand up and disobey the government.

 

Dave Sterrett meets Cecille Richards, CEO of America’s largest abortion provider

On Sunday morning as I was flying back to Dallas, I sensed that I should carry a copy of one of my books in case I got into a spiritual conversation on my flight. Who knew that Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood would be on my very flight? I was able to talk to her and I tried to courageously “speak the truth in love.” Read this article here.

The story has gone viral reaching thousands of people.

I want to take a moment and thank you for supporting the launch of this new non profit organization this past year!

I am grateful for what God has done this last year through your partnership in the gospel. Think about what God has done. Think about the students in places like Connecticut, Virginia, Washington D.C. and throughout Texas who have been educated and inspired from We Choose Life.

There is much to praise God for through our ministry this past year. Thirty individuals prayed to receive Christ. I’ve been to Canada, Alabama, Virginia, New Hampshire, Yale, Wisconsin (twice), Washington D.C. and spoken to men’s groups here in Dallas. I have had countless one-on-one conversations that have pointed people to Christ.

Once again, I thank everyone of you who has supported Disruptive Truth this past year financially.

The Disruptive Truth ministry will continue to require funds – assisting with some travel expenses, literature and video production, web-site upkeep, etc. If any of you want to continue your support for my ministry see http://disruptivetruth.com/give/

My desire is to live out my life for the glory of God, to boldly proclaim disruptive truth, and to help bring many souls into the kingdom of God. I am as passionate as ever about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for standing with me.

Sincerely in Christ,

Dave Sterrett

A true story written by by Andrew Flanders

Many people think Planned Parenthood does other “wonderful things besides abortion”. I’d like to share a true story written by my friend, Andrew Flanders. Andrew said:

Jennifer and I started seeing one another in the winter of ’08. We’d met a couple years earlier through a common friend and there was an instant “spark”, but the timing couldn’t have been worse. She was in the middle of a long term relationship and even though I asked her out a dozen times that evening (in front of her boyfriend) she wouldn’t have it. Still, when I got home that night, I told my best friend and roommate that I’d just met the woman I would marry. I was (respectfully) relentless in my pursuit of Jennifer and by Oct/Nov 2008 her relationship had run its course and we started to hangout together. The first time we spent one on one time together, she took me to The Village Church in Highland Village.

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New campaign brings light into the enveloping darkness of the culture of death.

Dallas/Fort Worth – 43 years ago, the battle for the life of the unborn was brought to the forefront in the historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. Since that time, pro-life advocates have sought to have the decision overturned and return public opinion from choice to life. According to Dave Sterrett, founder of Disruptive Truth, the battle for the hearts and minds of Christians must be won first if this is to ever become a reality.

GO TO THE NEW WEBSITE NOW – WE CHOOSE LIFE.

“A passive approach to the Christian faith will only result in the Church reflecting the values of the culture in which it exists,” states Sterrett. “We are making an intentional effort to capture the heart and mind of today’s believer with sound instruction and to raise up a people who choose life as a matter of biblical conviction.”

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I want to share with you some exciting things about our new Disruptive Truth ministry and website.

Today, make the bold declaration that “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life” and receive a free copy of my book, Why Trust Jesus? (foreword Dr. Norm Geisler and afterword by Josh McDowell). Recently, we have been seeing a lot of tolerance towards just about anything except Christianity. Many times, when you boldly claim that Jesus is the Truth, you are often regarded as an intolerant, narrow-minded, bigoted extremist. But Jesus said you are blessed when this happens. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven!” 

We want to give you something free again next month. Today, when you sign up for the free Why Trust Jesus book, you’ll also receive free videos in the “We Choose Life” curriculum next month. This last week we have filmed three exciting stories that we will give you in early 2016:

1. Jordan Wooley, a courageous 7th grade student who continues to face religious discrimination from educators in Katy, Texas. (This is our second film about her and you don’t want to miss it.)

2. Melissa Ohden (in Kansas City) who shares a remarkable story of being an abortion survivor.

3. Lila Rose (in Washington D.C.) who talks about exposing the evil of abortion and bringing a message of life and hope.

 

Please join us today in boldly declaring “Jesus is THE TRUTH” and receive a free book as well the bonus of free “We Choose Life” curriculum and free videos on January 5, 2016.