10 Ways to Stop Feeling Guilty Your Friend Is Going to Hell

Editor’s Note: This poignant satire by Brian Jones points out some of the ways we put evangelism in the backseat. We hope you’ll read it with the tongue-in-cheek voice that Brian intended. We also hope it will serve as a bold reminder to share the good news today.  

1. Here’s the easiest one: Stop being a part of a church that truly teaches the Bible.

Especially the parts that make you feel bad for the low number of times you have personally shared your faith. After all, the purpose of going to church is just to make you feel good. Right?

2. Find a church that makes you feel like you’re doing evangelism, but never actually encourages you to do it.

Usually this falls under the heading of “getting involved in giving back to the community.” Because that’s why Jesus died on the cross. So we could “give back to the community.”

3. Never, under any circumstances, pray for your non-Christian friends to accept Christ.

At least not more than once. That would be creepy and fanatical.

4. Stop reading the gospels in your daily time with God.

Jesus constantly talked about the afterlife, especially hell. Let’s be honest: It’s pretty tiring to have to keep shielding your eyes from those verses while hunting for the gems that talk about how you can be happy and successful.

5. Lie to yourself when you feel a twinge of guilt for not sharing your faith by repeating this phrase:

“Evangelism is God’s (and my pastor’s) job. My job is to be a good example.”

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Brian Jones
I’m the founding Senior Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In 13 years the church has grown from a small group in my home to over 2,000 incredible people. Before that I served in churches of 25 to 600 in attendance. I love church planters and pastors of smaller churches, and totally understand the difficult challenges they face as they try to help people find their way back to God.

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