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← Is It Ok to Have a Beer With My Friends So I Can "Evangelize" to Them? - Bob & Tim

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Showing Revision 1 created 06/11/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. To be "all things to all men,"
  2. and I guess in light of some stuff
  3. that he happens to be a person
  4. that pushes some extremes,
  5. it seems that something
    that's becoming big now
  6. is the whole "pub theology,"
  7. going to bars and having Bible studies.
  8. And my personal stance
  9. based on the Scriptures
  10. is in opposition to stuff like that,
  11. and I have a buddy that I work with
  12. that he's the only other "Christian"
  13. in my workplace
  14. in a largely unbelieving workplace.
  15. And he is constantly pushing,
  16. promoting that kind of lifestyle
  17. to reach people,
  18. and then I'm the overly dogmatic person
  19. because I don't understand it -
  20. why you would go into the bars
  21. to actually drink with everybody
  22. and have a Bible study doing it
  23. to reach people.
  24. So I understand the
    "all things to all men"
  25. and I guess wisdom, insight?
  26. Am I pushing on the lines of legalism?
  27. Or is stuff like that too far?
  28. Going into bars, having Bible study there?
  29. You know, to try and reach people.
  30. The "being all things" where people
  31. are going to use that.
  32. Bob: Here's an illustration

  33. that I saw in my own
    life that I never forgot.
  34. Between my junior and
    senior year in college,
  35. I had a summer intern job
  36. in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
  37. And there were three
    or four others with me
  38. and we all lived in this apartment house.
  39. And there was another
    fellow living there.
  40. He was a policeman about
    10 years older than me.
  41. So, we would go downtown
  42. about every evening.
  43. And then, the next year, I was converted.
  44. And this company that I was working for
  45. had a regional meeting
    back up in Fort Dodge.
  46. So I thought to myself,
  47. I'm going to go look up Herb
  48. and tell him that I've become a Christian.
  49. So, I didn't find him at the house,
  50. and I thought maybe he's downtown
  51. at the old Cave In.
  52. And so sure enough, there was Herb
  53. sitting at the bar.
  54. And he was quite surprised to see me
  55. and he says, "Bob! Have a chair."
  56. "Have a drink with me."
  57. And I said, "No thanks, Herb,
  58. I've become a Christian."
  59. "What?"
  60. And so we talked awhile
  61. and he urged me again,
  62. "Have a beer with me."
  63. And I said no.
  64. And he went on.
  65. "You're telling me you can't just sit here
  66. and have a beer with me?
  67. Who do you think you are?"
  68. And he put the pressure on,
  69. and after about four or five times,
  70. I said, "Okay."
  71. And I had that glass of beer,
  72. and just as I got it to my lips,
  73. he said, "Look at that!
    I knew it wasn't real!"
  74. And it was just like a knife.
  75. So, you know, I think one big thing
  76. is are we going to where they're at
  77. with the atmosphere and the attitude
  78. of bringing them out?
  79. Or identifying with them
  80. and confirming them in their sin
  81. in whatever circumstance it is?
  82. Tim: Just adding to that,

  83. you know, in every situation,
  84. we're representatives of Christ,
  85. and we need to portray Him.
  86. And you know, when I talked about
  87. just breaking the taboos,
  88. you think about how Jesus
  89. related with people versus
    the religious leaders.
  90. Think about the things He did.
  91. He touched lepers.
  92. You didn't even get downwind from a leper.
  93. You didn't walk around them.
  94. He would stop and speak
  95. with a woman at a well.
  96. He would speak with the
    Syro-Pheonician woman.
  97. He did things, but it was always
  98. to show kindness.
  99. It was always as Bob
    said to bring them out.
  100. And you know,
  101. I personally, I like the guy
  102. that does the unusual thing.
  103. I like that.
  104. I like when people are
    testing the boundaries,
  105. but behind it you see
    that they're testing it
  106. because they really do
    have a burden for souls.
  107. And they really have a desire for purity.
  108. They're not trying to be
    as much like the world
  109. as they possibly can.
  110. They have a burden for souls,
  111. and they're willing to
    think outside the box.
  112. I love people like that.