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Evangelism Explosion

Book Excerpt: Avoid Difficult Contacts - "Green Fruit"


Remember to distinguish between "prospects" and "suspects." A prospect will not be argumentative or close-minded about the existence of God. A prospect will not be emotionally hostile or unreasonably antagonistic.

A suspect is the opposite of a prospect. He will sometimes be doctrinally difficult - like, for example, a Jehovah's Witness who goes to Kingdom Hall eight times a week. Even if the suspect wants to continue a discussion beyond the questionnaire, don't. Try to make a future appointment. When you approached him, you asked for permission to get his response to some questions. You are not under obligation to continue beyond that point unless you feel God wants you to.

Also, remember that we have no right to try to force somebody to submit to our presentation of the Gospel if he does not want to hear it. Jesus told us, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest" (John 4:35). Do not try to pluck green fruit.

Evangelism Explosion by D. James Kennedy. Fourth Edition. Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, 1996. Page 198.

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