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Editorial: Is Evangelism a Gift or Duty?

On various occasions, I have heard members of the church say, “I don’t have the gift of evangelism.” To that I generally reply, “That may be true, not everyone is cut out to manage great campaigns or do television and radio presentations, but all of us as disciples have a responsibility.” Then I hasten to add that we all need to remember that evangelism itself is not so much a gift as it is a duty. It is a universal obligation, and it is the most fundamental reason why the church exists.

Editorial by José H. Cortés, president of the New Jersey Conference

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Evangelism has so many different facets and approaches. All of us may do something meaningful in our community. As Jesus said; “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

People are waiting for somebody who can bring hope, love and compassion. You will find that even difficult, sophisticated and secular people have needs and will open to the touch of a compassionate hand. This is also real evangelism.

Let us seek to discover our talents and then work harmoniously within the body of believers. We are to become part of Jesus’ team. In the final analysis, we will come to recognize that all of our gifts, talents and resources were bestowed for the purpose of finishing the great commission of bringing sinners to the feet of Jesus so they will be ready for His second coming. The more time we waste on mere religious myths, human excuses and secondary matters, the longer it will take for us to enter the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem.

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