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Did St. Francis of Assisi REALLY say, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words?”

May 2009
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How many times have we heard that message?  That we share the Gospel by the way we live and only tell people the Gospel “when it’s necessary?”  One man’s research shows that the attribution of that statement to Francis is indeed apocryphal.

I think it was Ray Comfort (UPDATE 5/31/09 – the actual Ray Comfort citation is below, with the entire original article in its entirety) who said this statement is comparable to saying “feed the hungry – if necessary, use food.”  The Gospel is a statement of fact – a proposition that needs to a) be presented/proclaimed and then b) understood and assented to by the hearer.

There are many people who live lives that are “in line” with Christian living.  Many pagans make wonderful neighbors and perform many humanitarian acts and show kindness and generosity – but is that the Gospel?  Are they “preaching” by the way they live?  Doesn’t Scripture say that without faith it is impossible to please God?  That whatever is not done from faith is sin?  But how does a pagan distinguish between acts performed by thr redeemed and those performed by his/her fellow pagans?  The acts would appear, to them, to be equal in motivation and “goodness.”  In reality, they aren’t.  That’s why the Gospel needs to be proclaimed through preaching – individual and corporate – and through distribution of the Word of God.

Ray Comfort on St Francis and the preaching of the Gospel:

From Worldview Times, August 14, 2007

One hundred and fifty thousand children had been on the brink of starving to death, but thanks to the kind gift of a very generous billionaire, every child now had enough food to keep him alive. That gift had arrived in the form of one big check. The horror was now over. It was finished. It was just a matter of distributing the food using the few relief workers we had. Without them to get the food to the children, there would have been many more deaths.

Some days later, a frantic worker burst into the camp and cried, “Some of the relief workers have stopped distributing food. Masses of children are dying!”

Why would the workers stop when there was plenty of food? It didn’t make sense. The distraught man said, “It’s because one of them held up a sign that said, ‘Feed the starving children. Where necessary, use food.’ That has caused some of the workers to simply befriend the starving children without giving them food. It’s insane!”

The first time I ever heard of Saint Francis of Assisi was back in 1965. It was during the surf movie “The Endless Summer.” Four surfers who were chasing the sun discovered the perfect wave, at a place in South Africa called “Cape Saint Francis.” The sight of the perfect wave excited me beyond words.

The Unspeakable Gift

The next time I heard of him was when I heard that he said “Preach the Gospel at all times. Where necessary, use words.” That statement upset me beyond words, because it was a philosophy that I knew sounded deeply spiritual . . . to those who were spiritually shallow. It made as much sense as “Feed starving children. Where necessary, use food.”

On 16 July 1228 Francis of Assisi was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. That’s a long time ago, so it’s a little late for questions, but if I could I would like to find out why anyone would say such a strange thing? Was it because he was fearful to use actual words to preach the truth of the Gospel? Or was it because he thought that people would see that he had good works and hear the message of salvation without a preacher, something contrary to Scripture’s “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

Whatever the case, 800 years since Francis we have many who profess faith in Jesus, and are no doubt using this popular philosophy to justify being speechless. To them salvation truly is an “unspeakable” gift.

Recently someone told me about a conference where 100,000 Christians gathered to worship God. When I asked if they were exhorted to go out and preach the Gospel to every creature, it was no surprise to me that they weren’t. Instead, they were exhorted to live a life of worship. Again, that sounds spiritual, but you can’t worship God without obedience to His Word, and His Word commands us to preach the Gospel to every creature.

I regularly meet those who think they can obey the Great Commission without using words. When they hear the Gospel preached that are usually offended and say things like, “I appreciate what you are saying, but I don’t like the way you are saying it.” With a little probing, they are the relationship folks, who think preaching the Gospel means building relationships with the lost, and never mentioning words like “sin,” “Hell,” and “Judgment Day.” They think that real love is to withhold the Bread of life from those that are starving to death. Remember that Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38, italics added).

According to the dictionary, a “sissy” is “a timid or cowardly person.” From what I understand of Saint Francis, he was no sissy. He was a loving man who was not afraid to use words when he preached. He wasn’t frightened to preach repentance to a sinful world. However, there have been times when I could have been called that name. I have felt the grip of fear and have wanted to drop words such as sin, Hell, repentance and Judgment Day when I have preached to sinners. I don’t want to come across as being unloving or judgmental, but I fear God more than I fear man. So when God’s Word tells me to use words, I use words, despite the consequences.

Listen to the Apostle Paul’s sobering warning to his hearers: “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20: 26-27). Perhaps he spoke about being free from their blood because he was familiar with God Himself warning Ezekiel of his responsibility to warn his generation: “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.” (Ezekiel 3:18, italics added).

When someone thinks that they can feed starving children and not use food, that’s their business. But when their philosophy spreads throughout the camp, it becomes an unspeakable tragedy. If we become passive about the Great Commission because we are more concerned about ourselves than the eternal well-being of others, we may be able to hide our motives from man, but not from God. He warns, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11-12).

There’s an interesting irony to this story. After a little research I came across a quote about the famous saying. It is from someone who had been a Franciscan monk for 28 years–and had earned an M.A. in Franciscan studies. He co ntacted some of the most eminent Franciscan scholars in the world to try and verify the saying. He said, “It is clearly not in any of Francis’ writings. After a couple weeks of searching, no scholar could find this quote in a story written within 200 years of Francis’ death.” (1.)

So if it wasn’t Saint Francis who said not to use words, who was it? Who is it that would like to see the truth of the Gospel hindered from being preached to every creature? That doesn’t need to be answered.

The time is short. The laborers are few. Please, cast off your fears and equip yourself to preach the Gospel with words. They are necessary.




  1. Did he say it? No, according to Mark Galli’s biography.


  2. Jacob says:

    Regardless if he said it or not, wonderful post! I might borrow that phrase from Ray Comfort…”Saying preach the gospel, when necessary use words is like saying, feed the poor, when necessary use food.” Thanks.


  3. FRED KREUDER says:

    I think that before one can discern the best way to preach the Gospel, one must first conclude what the Gospel message is. Yes, there are many messages, but, if we truly look at these messages, we will see that they are all part of Jesus’ commandment to love. This is the only commandment that Jesus gives us! How do we love God with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength? How do we love one another? It is through actions! This is the meaning of these words.

    John 13:35 “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

    Ray Comfort is totally twisted. Can any deny that feeding the poor, without saying a word, is indeed preaching the Gospel?

    James 2:18 “Demonstarte your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.”


    • How does one then differentiate when a Christian feeds the poor and when an atheist feeds the poor without speaking a verbal message? Does the recipient of such benevolent “love” know that the Christian Gospel is behind one and something totally different behind the other? All the hungry person knows is that they got fed and it was pleasing to them. Does that knowledge – the knowledge that the multitude fed by Jesus, say, for instance, in the first half of John 6 had, will then result in salvation? They sure loved Jesus when He gave them “bread,” didn’t they? Once He presented true Bread, they weren’t quite as interested.


      • lozeerose says:

        The True Bread is Christ Himself present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. It was hard to hear then and it is hard to hear now. One must take that miracle on faith and you demonstrate that faith with your works, e.g., living according to the Word and trying to remain in a state of Grace so as not to profane “the body and blood of the Lord (1 Cor 11:27).”

        The quote discussed here and attributed to St. Francis is more about humility. How many preachers run around proclaiming the Gospel at the top of their lungs yet to do seem to understand that we “ought to wash one another’s feet (Jn 13:14)” thus putting off others by their seeming hypocrisy?” Yet, how many people were impressed with the joy, humility and kindness of others and sought to find the root cause of which is Christ Jesus?

        Spreading the Gospel is more that words and more than actions it is the combination of both. The most effective evangelist speaks truth to power by living it first.


        • Your quote from John is from a passage that is addressing what happens within the family of faith – and that just “eating His bread” (in the ‘Sacrament’) isn’t enough to save, because if we read a few verses later we see that prophecy was fulfilled by Judas, who “ate the bread,” lifting his heel against Jesus.

          The Gospel is not about washing feet or feeding the poor – even the pagans can do that. The Gospel is – not just ‘about’ – the completed work of Christ – His perfect life, His sacrificial, substitutionary death, His resurrection and victory over death and His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He now reigns. Any “works” not produced as fruit of belief in that Gospel do not save – they only condemn.

          John the Baptist, who certainly seemed to be looked upon rather highly by Jesus, would not meet your standards. Perhaps then, the standards need revising.

          Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Dan says:

    To hurl scriptures misses the point. Perhaps a modern version of this statement is more relevant-“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one.” There’s a quote from someone (Billy Graham?) that “The greatest cause of atheism is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, but then go out and deny him with their lifestyle.” In our culture with its overwhelming cacophony of voices (which I may be contributing to with this note), the cliche-“talk is cheap” is so true and experienced by many. For me the meaning of life is summed up in the Latin phrase-Ad Majoriem Dei Gloriam-intrepreted as “to the greater glory of God” or possibly in current terminology it would be-“we are here to make God look good.” I love the tribute rock musician Zakk Wylde gave when asked by a reporter to describe a murdered friend said-“He was proof that God exists.” Whether Francis of Assisi said it or not, I for one have done my share of disproving the deity via actions that words would never counter. May we all strive that the harmony of our actions and our words are lived in a life that succinctly declares our creator.


  5. BIMUSAINC says:

    There is NO end to all the talk, talk, talk! People are getting sick and tired of all the talking without actions. Church seems to be a place where you go to see what everyone else has that you go without! MOST Modern churches are social clubs that worship the haves while the have not’s are just lazy people who don’t work! Love is an action word! The scriptures state “GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only SON”. The problem with this article is that it does not acknowledge the fact that words without actions are useless. (ever read the New Testament letter of James?)

    Most modern talk, talk, talk, (always debating and arguing while many suffer across the globe) Christians use only words and they pride themselves on preaching simple words … with no action! Words become powerful ONLY when action strengthens them! The problem with most words only Christians is that they allow everyone to starve to death because they only use words.

    The real anomaly in this story is that a rich man gave food. Most rich people don’t get rich because they give stuff away without return. They want Lazarus to crawl out from under their tables and leave their crumbs that fall from their rich tables alone because they even sweep the crumbs up to sell them for a profit.

    Even the Apostle Paul told the talkers that not many of them should presume to be preachers or teachers. Instead of trying to be clever without logic (food is food, it is meant to be eaten, words do not fill the stomach, give clean water, shelter the homeless or visit those in prison for their faith, they just put bored people to sleep during long sermons by over paid shepherds fleecing flocks with prosperity talk sermons on Sunday mornings in expensive buildings that cost millions) just preach the gospel of Jesus Christ by obeying it with faithful action as Jesus Christ said … “when I was hungry YOU FED ME!” As a last resort … and only as a last resort … use words!


  6. Mr. Bimusainc:

    Thanks for stopping by.

    What is your point, though, with regard to the premise of the post?


  7. BIMUSAINC says:

    Jeff … “Feed the starving children and where necessary use food” is just plain ignorant and would not apply to “preach the gospel and where necessary use words”. The premise of the post is that talking is required to convert people to any view point when all most Christians do is talk. Jesus did NOT say “When I was hungry you preached a great sermon!” HE said “when I was hungry you fed me!” Talk is cheap! That is the argument that is in contrast to the premise of the original post!

    Jeff … The world needs less preachers and lawyers and more servants who serve in love and peace makers who mediate and restore relationships. When I was hungry a Muslim fed me and my family for free at his business. When I was without transportation a Roman Catholic donated a car to my family for one dollar, and when I needed shelter an atheist rented my family a nice home for affordable rent and has kept it repaired and has been a saint to my family!

    Jeff … I have seen talk, talk, talk Christians taking advantage of the poor who rent their rundown shacks for unreasonable amounts and who preach the gospel of Christ while stepping over the poor to get to their new vehicles. How does all that talking help these unloving people who pontificate pedantically? I would rather entrust my soul to some atheists than to some talk, talk, always talk only useless talk religious people who help no one but their own selves. My point is that it is a valid point that one should not talk first but should put their actions where their mouths are FIRST and foremost!

    Thank you Jeff! I guess my point is simply that I would rather be fed , sheltered and clothed by a kind atheist than starve to death in front of an argumentative talk, talk, talk Christian!


  8. Tammy Hart says:

    For those that disagree:

    The talk that you say is so cheap, generally is, and that is because most Christians’ talk is fluff, it doesn’t really show sinners the condemnation that they are under. Most Christians end their “talk
    at verse 16 of John 3, and they aren’t even aware of verses 17 and 18: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

    and even worse, 19: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

    and the chapter continues in this strong “talk”.

    for those that agree:

    I stand with you. Christianity is known for being passive, but I say we should be offensive Christians. That is to be on the offense, and not the defense. What good is it to give a body food for sustenance, but deny the soul salvation. We can “do” until there’s nothing left to be done, but if we don’t teach, then our faith dies with our so easily forgotten works. Loving others and love God both encompass his commission to go and teach See Matt. 28:19,20 and Mark 16:15 – And he[Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach[to proclaim, to say] the gospel to every creature.


  9. Dan says:

    As I read Tammy’s thoughts, I became aware that what the term “The Gospel” means has changed for me. (Thankfully I never got that tattoo I was thinking about!)

    The story is told of the guru when asked by a disciple the question-“What happens when you die?, responded-“Why worry about what happens when you die, first learn how to live.” In a similiar vein of thought, I now believe I was misaligned when using the evangelical tool of “If you died tomorrow, do you know if you would go to heaven?” Is the gospel message that places its focus on salvation from hell simply just an eternal fire insurance policy? In the marketing world, one way to success is to “Create fear and then sell hope.” Personally I prefer a different approach that embraces a person without trying to circumvent their logic through emotion.

    When Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”, I believe he was welcoming everyone to live a god-soaked full life in the here and now of today, and not referring to some ultimate gated community I can look forward to after death. Through our actions and attitudes we can proclaim that gospel today, and reserve the use of words to when we are asked to account for those actions and attitudes. Unfortunately the converse of this is more common as many are quick to speak, but slow to act.


  10. Fred Kreuder says:

    One has only to read Matthew 25:31-44 to realize how important our actions will be in determining our judgement. The righteous “sheep” that inherit the kingdom do so because “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison on you came to me…for truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me.” These acts of mercy surpass any “preaching” of the Word in determining where we will spend eternity.


  11. Mary says:

    I can’t believe any Christian would have a problem with the simple but profound and challenging quote “Preach the Gospel always…”
    The bible and especially Jesus is constant in the idea that we will be judged by our actions. What would be a greater show of love – seeing an act of kindness or having someone preach to you about Kindness. We want to lead people to Christ – it is not our role to force them – Religion or God is foreign to non believers we need to show them how God changes our life and makes us joyful and loving.
    We are judged by our actions not our theology. People were moved by Mother Teresa not because of her speeches (which were profound and strong and challenging) but because she held and loved the discarded in India.
    Because of her beautiful actions people trusted her and would listen to her. Then her words had meaning and strength.
    St Francis does not say NOT to preach with words he is just expressing how important and influential our actions are.


    • Our actions are not the Gospel, which is the inherent problem with the catchy phrase under discussion.

      When Jesus says, “Repent and believe the Gospel,” does He mean believe the actions of men? Do the actions of men – no matter how much love and compassion is behind them – save anyone? No. It is only the work of Christ – His perfect life, His sacrificial death and His resurrection from the dead that saves and which is the definition of the Gospel.

      Those things a Christian does are fruit of the salvation that has been received but are not the message itself.



    • Tammy Hart says:


      The word “preach” means:

      to proclaim or make known by sermon (the gospel, good tidings, etc.).
      to deliver (a sermon).
      to advocate or inculcate (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) in speech or writing.

      @Jeff: right on!


      • The prison ministry I serve with is named “Keryx.” That is the Greek word for one who proclaims the message of his master/king in public. The verb form is “kerysse,” as Ms. Hart has pointed out.

        There are many who visit prisoners as acts of benevolence, love, etc. but such does not mean the Gospel has been preached. Unless they are told what the Gospel is, they have no idea what they are to believe in order to be saved. Merely walking into a prison or a soup kitchen or a flood/hurricane/earthquake zone and performing sacrificial acts is not preaching the Gospel. The Gospel is a real, historic fact that must be proclaimed through words – this proclamation is because of the change wrought in us by the living God but that change in us or the actions we perform is not the message – Jesus is the message.

        Thanks, Ms. Hart.


  12. Mary says:

    I agree with you Jeff – it is one simple statement by St Francis. It is meant to emphasize the importance of our actions.
    He has plenty of writings on the Gospel and Christ’s message. I was just responding to someone who would dispute that very beautiful quote of his (and I believe it is his).

    The Gospels message is Jesus Christ, and if we are to bring people to Christ, if that is one of our goals, then our actions will have a great impact on our ability to persuade.

    No matter what we ‘say’ if our lifestyle is in contradiction to the Gospel of Love and Service than our words will have no meaning.

    Or course WE have to believe, but I cannot make anyone else believe in Christ – however maybe my actions will soften their heart or impress them so much as to be open to my message of Christ. I am not responsible for anyone else’s journey. I think I am responsible though, as a Christian, to be as good an example of what a follower of Christ is. I want to share God’s immense love with everyone I see.
    My journey is about MY faith and Yes my actions.

    But that is the big divide between the Catholic Church and other denominations –
    Christians think it is faith alone and
    We Catholics believe it is Faith and Action.
    No matter what we believe in our heart – truly and purely – if we do not care for our brothers and sisters and treat them with love than we have no salvation.


  13. Mary says:

    Tammy – let’s not be so literal. St Francis made a statement and obviously it had an impact it’s 500 years later and people are still quoting him.
    That is the point people get so bogged down in the literal meaning of something that you lose the power.

    HE DID NOT not say “DO not use words only use your actions”
    Everyone who hears it understands the message – that our actions are important – that is a very simple message and at the same time profound.
    It’s a reminder that we may go to daily mass but if we leave the parking lot and start yelling at someone for cutting you off… really what’s the point. (I’ve done it a thousand times believe me I’m not judging anyone more than myself!!!)


    • Tammy Hart says:


      Actions are absolutely necessary, but now that I’ve completed all these acts of kindness and love, what should the impacted person do? What is is that they see in me that they want? This is why I have to open my mouth a tell them the Gospel—the bad news and the good news.

      Too many Christians today have fallen into a comfort zone of just living it is enough, and not enough of us are preaching the Gospel, let alone standing up for it.

      Just like you are pointing out that that the saying doesn’t mean “never user words”, it’s also very clear that the Bible teaches “don’t only use actions.”

      I believe that our actions are just as much for our benefit and relationship with God as they are for others, and I equally believe our answering the commandment to “go and preach” (mark 16:15) impacts both.

      “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” Mark 16:20


  14. Mary says:

    I think Jeff we both agree.
    We both are saying the same thing.
    Actions without Faith or
    Faith without Actions.
    We need both.

    Some people are not comfortable preaching with words I do believe their actions are as important if not more as long as they are backed up with faith.


  15. Mary says:

    Yes that’s all I and St Francis were saying (you like how I put myself in his company!!)
    Words are hallow if they have no impact (the Bible obviously isn’t hallow – the words stand on their own no matter if Mother Teresa is saying them or Hitler) but the impact is what we are discussing.

    Your first statement “what should the impacted person do?…”
    Exactly – if you now have their attention by your actions maybe they will listen more freely, more openly… want what you have – and you can now tell them.. what you have is Christ.

    I completely agree that people go about their life with no soul -they do some volunteering they don’t rob or cheat, they give some money to a homeless person and they think that’s it.
    We need the presence of Christ in our lives and we get that by asking God to be with us, to walk with us, to hold us when needed, to help us see his face in everyone, to be kind when we are tired to do the right thing when it’s hard.

    BTW you’re so right – good deeds are so obviously for us – so are the “rules” God says to live by. He knew what we would need to be happy. People who believe the “rules” are punitive just make me so sad. Our society thinks ‘things’ and ‘fun’ are the keys to happiness.
    Christ is the key to happiness.

    Let’s go out and Preach that with our actions and our words Tammy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love you – Mary


  16. Youngy says:

    Hey, you’re the goto expert. Thanks for hniagng out here.


  17. si matler says:

    hi again to you all, hope youre well,
    sorry to appear unlearned but what did francis assissi mean when he said salvation is in the sacrement of bread? is that the message he preached . if so some one should have preached the gospel to him. i guess he preached the gospel to himself through his good works like millions of others do…christians, get some guts. if your gospel is that amazing then tell folks about God the judge and saviour. tell the lost about condemnation and hell. dont just tell them the nice bits about jesus loving you and helping you to do charity work…even negative miserable people like me do loads of stuff in the community for the poor, druggies etc. churches sing amazing songs, and make millions from declaring how great God is, but when it comes to the simple gospel message, of christs all sufficient work they suddenly hide behind christian cliches, and corny phrases they got fron the “mess”age effort of a bible….i think non christians would probably appreciate someone telling them the honest truth about salvation and condemnation so theyve got a proper choice as to what the do with jesus christ.
    all the best


  18. Velma Mitchell says:

    The point is that any verbal witnessing of the Word must be guided by the Holy Spirit. Far too much ‘witnessing’ is hollow and ineffective to its hearers because it is not preceded by inner prayer and backed by releted actions of humility and love. Far too many of us evangelical Christians are prompted by misguided zeal at every turn to “preach the gospel” when we’re really more about making sure that we have the last word in an argument than truly speaking for the love of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit alone Who leads us when and where to witness verbally, but unfortunately, all too often we are led to ‘witness’ not so much by the Spirit but by our own spiritual pride.


  19. Velma Mitchell says:


    Re. the analogy of withholding food from a starving child:

    Preaching the gospel without the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit is like trying to force a steak dinner down the throat of a starving child, with the unfortunate result of the child throwing up. That is exactly what happens when the gospel is preached with the wrong motives, in the wrong way. The listener ejects it from his mind, left worse off than before. A word to the wise.


  20. Jeremy says:

    Don’t listen to this guy… He’s afraid to bare his cross in life. Paul first lived what he spoke and gave it to us as concrete, fresh and new… And by that it was good. This guy warps the true message of the cross and the inheritance of the saints in light… Remember some people are given more for the comforts of others…Via story or reality truth can be given….


  21. Arvind Desai says:

    I am not sure about Francis of Assisi’s words. But let me tell you the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He said “when the whites came to Africa, they (the dark people) had the land, and the whites had the Bible”. He adds, the Whites “preached” the Gospel. then the whites said “Let us close our eyes and pray (or should it have been “prey”). The Africans closed their eyes and prayed. When they opened their eyes, they (the Africans) had the Bible, and the whites had the Land. It is no wonder then that much of Africa resists and still follows all sorts of non Christians customs, despite so many “preacher” men and women.
    This is true for the people in India too. A great Indian leader (seeing the example of the Dutch, the English and others, and their sinful ways of life and the way they oppressed the locals, said “I love Christ, but I hate Christians”. No wonder though much of Asia was under foreign rule (including British, Dutch, French and others) for over 100 years, people hated these fake “preachers”. Many still do.
    On the other hand, where Christians have shown through their love, the example that Christ is asking us, many people have themselves wanted to know more about Jesus. Having lived in such countries I can personally testify to it.
    If only they (and you too my friend) had understood what Francis of Assissi was speaking, instead of showing off your ignorance about the truth in the world, through irresponsible statements.


  22. jana says:

    The difference between hearing or ‘seeing’ some message, and hearing the Gospel no matter who the deliverer, the Word of God is Truth. God can use whoever and whatever He wants to open the heart of the unbeliever because His WORD is Truth. The Holy Spirit only needs a vehicle and that can be anything He wants it to be.


  23. Derp says:

    I love all the people who preach the word of god but promote nuclear energy so my world will be uninhabitable. I love all the people the preach the word of god and drive a Hummer with 10 miles to the gallon, so they can leave me a world with 10$ gas and perpetual decline. I love all the people who preach the word of god but do NOTHING about the bankers raping us through Usury. The word of god won’t mean jack when the concept of money collapses and it’s back to sticks and stones.


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  25. judimalus says:

    How about this other interpretation: “When kids have dysentery you give them medicine first, then food when they can absorb it. Giving them food can be harmful to them until you plug the hole and show your compassion by picking up the crap and cleaning their wounds.”

    Mother Theresa did not insist on preaching to the dying so would you say that she did a bad job of her vocation to serve the poorest of the poor?


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