Reviews

In summary, I have to say that I have mixed feelings about the booklet, Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face. Examining this booklet has been much like viewing a vast city at a distance through a camera’s wide-angle lens. From a distance, the city looks majestic with its impressive skyscrapers and enormous size. When you zoom in, however, you begin to notice unattractive details that were invisible beforehand, such as litter, traffic congestion, poverty, and so on. In a similar manner, Continue reading

The final sections of the booklet, Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face, cover the topics of what Jesus did (dying in the place of sinners), the resurrection of Christ, and the responsibility of the reader of the booklet now that he/she has learned the gospel.
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Section Three of the booklet, Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face, unfortunately continues the trend of incompleteness that it started in the previous two sections. As in those parts, so also here we see a tendency on the part of the authors to omit truths that would provide a fuller, more illuminating explanation of the topic at hand. In this section, it is the topic of divine judgment against human rebellion that receives inadequate coverage.
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As I noticed in Part One, a glaring problem with this booklet is not primarily what the authors say but what they do not say. In Section 1, they neglect to speak of the character of God, apparently content to present God as King and Creator while neglecting to mention his attributes of holiness, justice and wrath. These are vital attributes to include when presenting the gospel because Continue reading

The booklet Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face, written by Phillip D. Jensen and Tony Payne and published by Matthias Media (2003), is a 16-page evangelistic booklet designed to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. In all honesty, this booklet has a lot going for it, but it also suffers from some serious deficiencies in its presentation of the gospel. Continue reading

When a friend recently mentioned a booklet called Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face, expressed his concerns about its message and asked me to write an analysis of it, I thought it would be a good idea to do so because of the importance of the gospel. The good news of Christ is not an entertaining story; it is the only message of salvation given to sinful mankind, pointing to the only rescue from sin and its terrible punishment. We must, therefore, take that valuable message very seriously. Continue reading

My original intention was to review William Fay’s book, Share Jesus without Fear, chapter by chapter all the way through. After reading and reviewing chapter 6, however, I honestly feel that I have read enough, having obtained an adequate, clear view of what drives Fay’s ideas. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this book a rating of 1 star—or at most 1.5. Continue reading

Before I begin this fifth part of the review of William Fay’s book, Share Jesus without Fear, I do feel the need to forewarn you that what follows is quite critical, but not without reason. The sixth chapter, entitled “Bring to Decision,” presents what I consider to be seriously flawed, unbiblical teachings that all Christians who read this book should be made aware of. Since theology always informs and drives practice, it is imperative that we discern the theology underlying Fay’s approach to evangelism. If the theology behind it is questionable, then the method itself is probably questionable, too. Continue reading

Chapter 5 has some good things to say, but it also has its share of problems, at least in my opinion. Entitled “The Power of Scripture,” Fay emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in working through the scriptures to move people toward Jesus. This is refreshing in a day and age when the Bible, even among Christians, is often relegated to the “back burner” and confidence in the power of scripture is low.
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Fay starts chapter 4, “The Share Jesus Questions,” by providing some practical suggetions for how to change the topic in a conversation from the mundane to the spiritual. While most of these ideas are innocent, the last one he suggests is perhaps a little too devious to be connected with the gospel in any way. Fay says, Continue reading