Some Needed Factors In The “New Evangelism.” -- By: Charles H. Richards

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 062:246 (Apr 1905)
Article: Some Needed Factors In The “New Evangelism.”
Author: Charles H. Richards

Some Needed Factors In The “New Evangelism.”

Charles H. Richards

We are hearing much in these days of the “new evangelism.” A great expectancy is in the air. In all the churches there is a deep longing for that breath of Divine power which shall rekindle the fire of faith and holy purpose in their members, and bring into the new life multitudes who have never known it. Evangelistic committees and campaigns are being employed to secure this desired result. It is a good time to consider certain needed factors in the work which will help to make it successful.

Those who use the term “new evangelism” do not mean, of course, a new evangel. There is no such thing. The “old, old story,” which has charmed the ages, and brought life and joy to increasing millions through the Christian centuries, can never be superseded. The old gospel, which has Bethlehem and Calvary for its resplendent foci, is just as precious and powerful to-day as ever.

Neither do they mean that former evangelistic methods are to be altogether discarded. As in the apostolic age God “gave some to be evangelists,” so he has continued to do ever since. There will always be room for the exceptional man whom God has anointed for this special service. When a Whitefield, or a Finney, or a Moody arises, with the fire of a mighty conviction in his heart, and a resistless passion for souls driving

him into the field, he will always be welcome. When an Evan Roberts in Wales, or a Campbell Morgan in London, or a Dawson in the cities of America, brings a Pentecostal blessing, we shall rejoice with him in the harvest of ingathering.

It would appear, then, that those who use this term mean rather a new method of presentation of the old gospel, adapted to the conditions of our modern life; a separation of its essentials from the dead-weight of pious fancies and superfluous additions which some good men have fastened upon it; a new emphasis upon some of its neglected features; and a return to some methods of Christian service formerly found effective, but which have fallen into disuse.

It is with this understanding of the term that attention is here called to Some Needed Factors in the “New Evangelism,” a right use of which may enable every pastor and every church to secure something of the longed-for blessing, either with or without the aid of a special evangelist.

Unfettering The Gospel.

The first of these is the Unfettering of the Gospel, that it may have its full, proper, unhindered power over the minds, hearts, and wills of men.

What do we mean by unfettering the gospel? We mean breaking the shackles of a t...

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