15 June 2009

The Goal of Evangelism

The goal of evangelism is the worship of the Holy Trinity.

Not the other way around.

6 comments:

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

The goal of the Holy Trinity is the worship of evangelism?

Hmmmm. Not sure my Methodist and CG people would say that. Sure, they sing songs Mormons and sometimes JWs could sing, but... :)

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

Well, Dan, that concoction would also not be true ;-)

But of course, what I meant was that evangelism is not the goal or purpose of worship. Even though it is often approached and treated and discussed as though it were.

The worship of the Holy Trinity is the Christian faith and life. Such true worship of the one true God is ever and always its own raison d’être. It is the content and character of our life with God in Christ, by His grace.

In fact, to undertake the worship of the Holy Trinity with ulterior motives or agendas is nothing short of idolatry. To do so, for example, with the goal and purpose of evangelism, actually would be "the worship of evangelism."

Rev. Rick Stuckwisch said...

Not only is the worship of the Holy Trinity its own raison d’être; it is our raison d’être.

Pr. Thomas E. Fast said...

Well put, Dr. Stuckwisch. And this is why the reorientation of worship toward the goal of evangelism is a more serious issue than is generally recognized.

Paul said...

this IS the catholic faith:)

Fr. Timothy D. May, SSP said...

Great post - so true and so succinct.