“The Christian is sent into the world as God’s herald and Christ’s ambassador, to broadcast this message as widely as he can. This is both his duty… and his privilege… Our job, then, is to go to our fellow-men and tell them the gospel of Christ, and try by every means to make it clear to them; to remove as best we can any difficulties that they may find in it, to impress them with its seriousness, and to urge them to respond to it. This is our abiding responsibility; it is a basic part of our Christian calling.” JI Packer, Evangelism & The Sovereignty Of God



“Evangelism must start with the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the demands of the law, and eternal consequences of evil.” Dr. D. Martin Lloyd-Jones



“Step into the average church these days and you will likely see that the services are designed more to remove the fear of God than promote it.” Steven J. Lawson, Made in our image: What shall do with a user friendly God?



“The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from hell rather than a Saviour from sin.” Arthur W. Pink, Saving Faith: Part 1 Signs of the Times



“Before the work of grace the heart is ‘stony’. It can do no more than a stone to please God. A stony heart is obstinate and stubborn. But God says that he will take away this stony heart (Ezek 11:19). He does not say he will try and take it away, or give us some power so that we can take it away ourselves, but that he will take it away. ” John Owen, The Holy Spirit



“Faith in the living God and his Son Jesus Christ is always the result of the new birth, and can never exist except in the regenerate. Whoever has faith is a saved man.” – C.H. Spurgeon, Faith and Regeneration



“God—the great Creator of all things—upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least. He exercises this most wise and holy providence according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and unchangeable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.” Westminster Catechism, MESV



“We might live in a world that compromises and cheats. But something within us tells us that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. We want justice and fairness and goodness. The God of the bible is that kind of God. His most central quality is that of holiness – being absolutely good and right about everything He does. Doesn’t that sound appealing?”
Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism p.81


  1. Nick says:

    I am interested in any comments on A W Pink’s quote above, implying that we should be announcing a Saviour from sin rather than a Saviour from hell. It’s certainly difficult to separate these two aspects isn’t it? And many good evangelism courses (eg. Way of The Master) do seem to concentrate on ‘announcing a Saviour from hell’. How should we as evangelists apply this?

    I am not too familiar with Pink’s work – can anyone outline his argument in more detail for me? It would be greatly appreciated.


  2. The complete text is Studies on Saving Faith

    The actual quote comes from the first chapter Signs of the Times.

  3. In a quick scan of the article it is clear that Pink is responding to a strong weakness in his time:

    In most instances the modern “evangelist” assures his congregation that all any sinner has to do in order to escape Hell and make sure of Heaven is to “receive Christ as his personal Saviour.” But such teaching is utterly misleading. No one can receive Christ as his Saviour while he rejects Him as Lord. It is true the preacher adds that, the one who accepts Christ should also surrender to Him as Lord, but he at once spoils it by asserting that though the convert fails to do so nevertheless Heaven is sure to him. That is one of the Devil’s lies. Only those who are spiritually blind would declare that Christ will save any who despise His authority and refuse His yoke: why, my reader, that would not be grace but a disgrace—charging Christ with placing a premium on lawlessness.

    So Pink was desiring to preach in such a way as to get converts that were dreadfully aware of their sin – something that was not happening when he wrote this. Preaching a Saviour from sin goes much deeper that a Saviour from judgment, but I would assume that Pink would refer to hell in his gospel presentation.

  4. JK says:

    Preaching ‘salvation from Hell’ can also give a wrong impression that the benefits of the Gospel only begin after death – ie. in the next life. The New Testament makes it clear that salvation begins in this life at the moment that gifts of repentance and faith come to a person; believers are declared to be free, cleansed, purified, sanctified, full of unspeakable joy, filled to all the fullness of Christ…etc. even in the midst of great pain and wrestling with the world, the flesh and the Devil. Proclaiming ‘salvation from sin’ means declaring that a restored relationship with the Father through Christ begins in the present. One of the greatest subjective outworkings of knowing this salvation is that we are set free from slavery to the fear of death, which is actually fear of the hell and judgement we deserve as sinners. In that sense, salvation from Hell must be proclaimed, but only as the benefit/outworking/result of salvation by grace from sin. Christ did not became hell for us, but sin.

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