Francis Chan, a popular Christian author, is urging Christians to think about sharing the gospel as an impossible task like raising the dead, because to be a good evangelist you need “a miracle.”
Speaking at the Exponential conference for church planters, which was recast via webinar Friday, Chan, author of the bestselling book Crazy Love, told attendees that too often Christians tend to come up with strategies to reach the lost when one ought to think of evangelism as going to a cemetery to physically resurrect people. For evangelism to be successful, a miracle must happen, he said.
Chan used to not believe in miracles doctrinally but his theology began to change about ten years ago when he starting believing and praying fervently for a friend named John, who was physically blind, to see.
“I knew that there was nothing physically I could do to make John see. It was going to take a miracle of God or nothing,” Chan said. “But I feel like sometimes we don’t think of evangelism in those ways. We almost feel as though there is something we can do to help it along.”
Such fleshly impulses to help evangelism along are not grounded in the Bible, he said.