Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Quote From Vernon Grounds


We can and must affirm that the Church’s primary task is that of personal evangelism.  Whatever methodology we employ…our task is that of bringing individuals one by one into a redemptive encounter with Jesus Christ.  We can and must affirm that personal evangelism and social concern are two sides of the same coin.  This is not a case of either-or; it is rather a case of both-and.  We can and must affirm that social concern and personal evangelism are not a dichotomy; they are a both-and duality blanketed as our Lord’s word in Luke 11:42: “But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenth of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass justice and love for God.  These things you should have done without neglecting the others.”(p. 60)
Vernon Grounds
From the essay “Evangelicalism and Social Responsibility”
In the book Tough-Minded Christianity (2008) B&H Academic

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