In the booklet “Sin of Silence”, William Fay strikes on some common, yet lethal mistakes made by the church and Christians alike in the sensitive area of evangelism. He displays disgust for the handling of the church’s current priorities and with the current church’s lack of enthusiasm to release the gospel through an active approach. Fay confronts the church on the “sin of silence” because in Philemon 6, the testimony is of Jesus, telling His disciples to be active in sharing their faith. Also, he believes evangelism is not as much as a gift as it is a command. A clear example of this is the gift of love. We are given the gift of love (compassion, empathy) and we are also commanded to love. As it is the fruit of the Spirit, as well as a command to “…love your neighbor as yourself…” Fay touches on how believers participate in their own Christian organizations quite religiously. They are more than willing to do the task inside the church itself, but resistant to take it a step farther, missing the whole point of true discipleship. He says a hesitant spirit to sharing the gift of salvation shows a lack of trust in the Father, and it is through building our trust in our Creator that we grow more intimate with Him. Again, sharing our faith gives Christians a better understanding of what it means to be a Christ-follower and how to walk in the light of freedom. It is a purpose of Christianity and of discipleship that we must go out and be the light to the darkness as Christ has appointed us to do. Jesus wants us to carry a burden for the lost, a definition in love, only given through Him. Sharing the gospel is a way we can give ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, for it is a mission that displays a true love for Jesus Christ.
Fay also teaches that when a person evangelizes, they must trust the Holy Spirit to do the work. We must cooperate with the Holy Spirit, listening and being obedient to what He says. We are the tool, all we must be is willing and available, and God will do the rest. A Christian must “remember and repent” (of the fear and lack of the trust we have) and let Jesus be the solider in the night, rescuing His children from fear, and saving the lost sheep in the darkness. Fay also helps us to understand that the church is made up of many temperaments and life experiences. God gave us everything we need in order to do the works He has given us to do. We can know this because of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Would not Christ equip His children to do the work He made for them to do? Sadly, there are many believers who feel embarrassed to set themselves apart as being ‘different”. They act ashamed of the gospel they have been given to share, even after all that Christ did for them.
There is urgency for sharing the gospel. This world will not last forever and the End Times are coming, even though no one knows exactly when. As those days draw nearer, we see an increase in people’s ability, even Christians, to strut around the evil and sin that brings them pain. Yet, the righteousness that Christians are given, a freedom from the conditions of sin and death, are often hidden. In this, those who are lost can not see God’s truth in us. True children of God have nothing to lose, for in evangelizing we are carrying out the work that Christ has given us to do. Whatever the earth throws back at us is irrelevant. They are not mocking us, but God. They are not running from us, but from God. There should be no timidity in us and no fear of offending or being labeled. What we do is for the glory of God and that is reason enough.