randylkemp wrote:My first response is to define "Open air or Confrontational preaching'. Are you referring to TV and radio evangelists? Well, if so, some I actually like - even if I disagree with them. They have a nice persona and are good are public speaking. Some I really love and watch each week. An example is Joe Osteen. And for the record, I also watch programs sometimes on the Catholic channel EWTN. So I guess I'm confused what you mean by "Open air or Confrontational preaching'. Can you site an example or two?
randylkemp wrote:Well, it's definitely not my cup of tea. But if they are in a free country (i.e. USA, Western Europe, etc.) and have the proper legal clearance and necessary permits, then I have no objections.
Joe121589 wrote:What do other people think of that preaching method? It seems like the biggest complaints are about their method is their heavy focus on judgment, without anything about salvation. Plus, many find their demeanor to be offensive. But I do wonder why open air preachers have to be so negative. But I wonder if there is a more positive way to evangelize.
Joe121589 wrote:I sometimes feel angry about many of the Street preachers, and how they can have such a zeal for such a tribalistic view of a completely punitive and bullying God. I dont know if thats their theology, but I cannot help but seeing it in their demeanor. I cannot help see many of the more Conservative approaches to religion being so grounded on a kind of "power over" method, and treating it like the only effective way to be Christian. Yet on the liberal side, they seem to easily reject power, which I can understand if power is no more than use of might, coercion, fear and a smug sense of superiority. This reminds me of a line in Lord of the Rings "The might of Elrond is in Wisdom not weapons". In a book by Richard Rohr "Hope against darkness", he speaks of a whole different type of consciousness beyond the Ego, and how the popular way is only creating more tension.
Eaglesway wrote:Paul was a "street preacher, but if you look at Acts 17, in his message to the assembled philosophers of the nations on Mars Hill, he was, while very clear- both tactful and "not condescending" or condemning in his speech. It is not necessary or profitable to be either, imo, or to move outside of the Spirit of reconciliation". Most such preaching(again, my opinion) is based in a misunderstanding of the nature of the gospel and its foundations- and I say this as one who walked the streets "confronting sinners" in my early years(35-40 years ago) until the Holy Spirit confronted me about it
Paidion wrote:Although I haven't been personally involved in street preaching, I think it unfair and unwise to assign negative motives to those who are involved in the practice. I think the majority of them are honest, sincere, and concerned.
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