Gin and Juice Missionaries

 

 

 

Many Christians tend to hang out a lot with unsaved friends for the sake of  “winning” them to Christ. (Unsaved girlfriends, boyfriends, club-buddies, former smokin’-buddies, co-workers, etc.) They often say that their plan is to “let their light shine”.

 

 

They say that’s the reason why they meet co-workers at the sports bar; That’s the reason why they share shots.

 

 

I sincerely doubt that.

 

 

In all honesty,  I’ve seen very little gospel sharing. Just a whole lot of chillin’ and jokin’ around. But, if you ask a “gin & juice missionary” to  reconsider their approach, they’ll quickly quip:

 

Stop being religious! Didn’t Christ eat with tax-collectors and sinners??

 

 

well…let’s take a look at that passage about Christ eating with sinners…

 

“…as Jesus sat at the table in the house,…many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”…When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick…For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

 

 

Upon further review, it is clear that Christ was on a mission…not a vacation. While eating with the lost, He was about one thing: calling sinners to repentance.


 

 

“…I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13, bold lettering mine)

 

 

At these parties, the goal was to preach and wait for the Spirit of God to convict. Now, to the “gin and juice missionaries”, I want to ask you this:

 

When you’re hanging with your lost friends, are you also calling them to repentance????

– or –

When you’re spending time with former girlfriends/boyfriends who are lost, do you ever mention Hell?

 

 

Lets keep it real. Most likely, your answer to both questions is a resounding “NO”. You eat with them because its fun. You drink with them because of the “buzz”. All the while, you’re thinking: “At least my light is shining”

 

But, in all honesty, you are not “shining”. You are only “blending”.

 

 

Family of God, most of these endeavors end horribly, with the believer’s “old self” returning in full force. The believer often returns to dangerous old-habits or forms new ones. No one was won to Christ but carnality was re-visited.

 

I’ve seen this time and time again.

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9 Responses to “Gin and Juice Missionaries”
  1. likedamaster says:

    Many thanks for this. This type of ministry needed to be addressed. Amazing post, thanks.

  2. Andreas Thomas says:

    Your post is one sided and ridiculous.
    But honestly I understand that guys like you have to stay outsides from bars, because for you own spiritual security reasons.
    It’s better for you to feel good at home and church then to be in the front line where the sinners are.
    Just stay safe, but don’t cast first stones!

    • LivingStone says:

      You obviously just don’t get it do you? Maybe you should try reading the blog again but more importantly reading your bible if you are a Christian that is? Please pray to God to give you some wisdom and understanding bcos the end is near.

  3. abidingthroughgrace says:

    Excellent. Yes, yes, yes. Let’s be bold and call it what it is. Unbelief and sin rampant in the Church.

  4. Manfred says:

    My, my. You said “in all honesty, you are not “shining”. You are only “blending”.” Hammer, meet nail. You nailed it, brother! Lost folk who revel in their sin do not like the gospel – it convicts. People who want to blend need to be reminded we who are blood-bough children of God are aliens and pilgrims in this present age; hated by the world because it hates Christ. WHY would a saint want to blend in?

    Many thanks for this post.

    • Jay says:

      Thanks for the comment Manfred. I agree totally and the fact that we ought to live as pilgrims isn’t spoken of, nearly enough

  5. Tasha G says:

    So True… and at the end of the day you cannot even tell the difference between the sinner and the “so called Christian” in those type of situations / environments. Your articles are truly refreshing, inspiring and encouraging in this day. I thank Jesus Christ that there are true believers out there choosing to follow his way (the only way) and not there own. And also for preaching his word the whole truth (regardless). Please keep up the good work.

    Bless you and peace be with you.

  6. Pilgrim says:

    Fantastic post, Jay, fantastic.

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