Do We Have to Offend Unbelievers to Share the Good News?

John ArmstrongEvangelism

I often make the point on this blog that evangelism can be seriously carried out, albeit in personal and very direct ways, without making non-Christians angry or hostile because of the way we share our faith. There is a an offense to the gospel, I am well aware. But often the offense is more in our approach than in our message. A recent You Tube post by cable television's Penn Jillette demonstrates this point very well. Watch this five minute video and you will see how Penn Jillette describes his encounter with a “good” Christian who personally gave him a New Testament as a point of direct witness. You will also see how much this unbeliever actually respects Christians who sincerely want to convert him.

Penn Jillette (b. 1955) is an illusionist, comedian, writer and juggler. He has appeared in several movies, often makes wild allusions to sexual pleasure a part of his programming, and has had a feature on NBC-TV at one point in the past.

Jillette presently has a featured show, Penn & Teller: Bullshit, that appears on Showtime. Jillette, and his partner, Raymond Joseph Teller, analyze cultural phenomena, debunk myths and criticize people and aspects of society that he and his partner call "bullshit," thus the name of their program. Jillette is a libertarian who praises Ayn Rand's writings and is an avowed atheist. All of this only makes this video all the more instructive to us as Christians.