What New Testament Evangelism Is Not


There is no true evangelism without the doctrine of sin, and without an understanding of what sin is. I do not want to be unfair, but I say that a gospel which merely says “Come to Jesus”, and offers Him as a Friend, and offers a marvelous new life, without convicting of sin, is not New Testament evangelism. The essence of evangelism is to start by preaching the law; and it is because the law has not been preached that we have so much superficial evangelism . . . evangelism must start with the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man and the eternal consequences of evil and wrong-doing. It is only the man who has been brought to see his guilt in this way who flies to Christ for deliverance and redemption.

—D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, quoted in The Old Evangelicalism (Banner of Truth, 2005), 69. [Original source: Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (London: IVF, 1959), 1:235.]


The Thirsty Theologian: What New Testament Evangelism Is Not.