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“Christians fail in evangelism when they first proclaim all kinds of moral laws and regulations which they want to impose on others to change their behavior. Rather, the biblical way is to experience salvation first and only then to begin answering the questions about what the resurrection means for our daily lives.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)


“If the everyday witness of the laity is hesitant, it will not attract anyone to faith in Christ. If we restrain ourselves from speaking about the grace of God, salvation, and eternal life in Christ, no one will be drawn to seek the Lord. But if our manner of speaking echoes our mode of living and we speak and act boldly in the Name of Christ, then, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, they will influence others.” (Fr. Basil)


“When Christianity was proclaimed throughout the world, the proclamation (kerygma) was not ‘Love your enemies!’ but ‘Christ is risen!’ This was not a new ideal but a new event, that God became man, died, and rose for our salvation. Christianity is first of all not ideal but real, an event, news, the gospel, the ‘good news’. The essence of Christianity is not Christianity; the essence of Christianity is Christ.” (Peter Kreeft)


“And what is worst of all is to advocate Christianity, not because it is true, but because it might be beneficial…To justify Christianity because it provides a foundation of morality, instead of showing the necessity of Christian morality from the truth of Christianity, is a very dangerous inversion.” (Vigen Guroian)


“I believe that Christians make a serious mistake when we begin to speak first about God rather than first about Christ and His death on the Cross and resurrection from the dead. It is a mistake because it presumes we know something about God that is somehow “prior” to those events. We do not, or, if we think we do, we are mistaken. The death and resurrection of Christ are the alpha and the omega of God’s self-revelation to the world. Nothing in all of creation is extraneous or irrelevant to those events.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“It is through clinging to Christ in all we do that we sow genuine seeds, in our relationships and in the world around us. Sowing is all we can do, all that is asked of us. God reaps.” (Constantina R. Palmer)


“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” (Madeleine L'Engle)


“We have to live in Christ, and we have to acknowledge Christ, to bear witness to Him, to let others know that we know Him. This does not mean we need to stand on street corners handing out flyers, but it does mean living a Christ-centered life where others recognize Christ at work in you in some way large or small…Even if we are not overtly encouraging others by teaching about Christ, modeling Christian behavior will in itself help to get the message out.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)


“Here is what happens to us when we follow Christ…our afflictions are coupled with joy and a saving influence on the lives of others…Our influence on the hearts and lives of non-believers – if we walk faithfully and joyfully in Christ, enduring afflictions – is unpredictable. They may join the persecutors out of fear, or be moved by the witness of love to turn away “from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thes 1:9). What we do know is that when we follow Christ in a pure and Spirit-inspired manner, no one around us remains in a state of indifference.” (Dynamis 10/30/2018)


“To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.” (Emmanuel Cardinal Suhard)