The Priority of Evangelism over Caring for the Poor

Greg Gilbert over at 9marks.org posted a transcript of a discussion between Don Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller on priority of sharing the Gospel in our compassion ministries.  I have become strongly convicted that followers of Christ must care for the poor and helpless as an expression of our love for God and people.  In the midst of these ministries, however, there is a subtle temptation to serve the needy in order to improve their life in a temporary way without addressing their eternal destination and need for salvation.

Carson, Piper, and Keller stress the priority of the Gospel and it’s role in motivating us to help those in need.  We must never help someone with the shortsighted goal of improving their life.  We must be driven by the destination of their eternal souls and their great need to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Take a look at Gilbert’s transcription of the discussion here and let me know what you think.  You can follow a link to the original audio after the jump.

Source:  Church Matters: The 9Marks Blog

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