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You know the ones we mean: WWYD - “What would you do?” Or the more inclusive one, WWCD – “What would Christians do?” Or the more thought provoking one, WWJD – “What would Jesus do?” The first one is easy to answer, since presumably you know what you would do in any given situation. The second one depends on your definition of “Christian,” and the third one would require some perusal of the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry.

But how about this version: WSED – “What should evangelicals do?” This is obviously a sub-part of the second one, and is deemed appropriate because as we look into the distinctive characteristics of the groups involved, it becomes apparent that evangelicals are the most likely members to be counted upon to do anything.

Members of the Christian world community can be classified in a broad sense in three categories: “Nominal” Christians who adopt the label almost in a generic sense – since they are not members of the Jewish or Islamic religions, or of one of the Oriental religions, they are by process of elimination: “Christians.” Then in a more restrictive sense there is the “Born Again” designation, those who have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, a relationship that is very meaningful to them in their daily life, and they are confident that when they die they will go to heaven because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The third group within the “Christian” family is made up of “Evangelicals” who are part of the “Born Again” group, with all of those same relationships with Jesus Christ, but these individuals believe they have a personal responsibility to share their Christian faith with non-Christians, basing their witness to non-believers upon the teachings of Scripture, and striving to help others become part of the family of God in accord with their Bible-based beliefs.

Ministering just prior to the mid-point of the 20th century was a Presbyterian minister, scholar, scientist, Dr. Harry Rimmer, conceivably the most brilliant mind among the nation’s evangelicals. Dr. Rimmer spoke disdainfully of what he termed “blessed believism,” perhaps best signified by the words of the hymn, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.” These would be “Born Again” believers, but who are content to be assured of their own personal salvation, rejoice therein and do little else about it.

“Evangelicals,” however, feel a strong compulsion to share their faith, to urge non-Christians to make the same decision they did, and to follow New Testament teachings concerning living the Christian life. They tend to give strict obedience to Jesus’ words at the close of His earthly ministry, called today “The Great Commission,” and recorded in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” It’s called witnessing, soul-winning or evangelism, and it is what Paul meant when he instructed Timothy, “Do the work of an evangelist,” [II Tim. 4:5] and when he said of himself, “Woe is me, if I preach not the gospel.” [I Cor. 9:16]

And although that instruction from Jesus is a step beyond the acceptance of salvation or being “Born Again,” Jesus added another dimension to His instructions as He closed His earthly ministry, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” [Matt. 28:19] Jesus clearly expected His followers not only to present the gospel to an unbelieving world, but also to teach the new believers, and see to it that they become members of His church that He said He was building.

There is a difference between merely presenting the gospel, or witnessing, and following through on that presentation. The word “Evangelism,” per se, does not appear in the Scriptures, and we have to look elsewhere for a definition. In 1918 the “Archbishop’s Committee of Enquiry on the Evangelistic Work of the Church,” produced for the Church of England a definition of evangelism which was formally published in 1946 in the volume “Toward the Conversion of England.” This definition, now quite widely accepted, encompasses the whole of Jesus’ “Great Commission.” “To evangelize is so to present Christ Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men shall come to put their trust in God through Him, to accept Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His Church.”

Assuming that definition to be correct and in accord with Scripture, the answer to the question WSED – “What should evangelicals do?” seems readily apparent: Evangelicals should evangelize, teach and baptize.

In today’s world, presenting the gospel, witnessing, soul-winning, means the same as it has always meant. That may be considered our "spiritual responsibility" as Christians, but there is also our "national responsibility" in the world in which we live. The teaching of the basic truths of the Christian faith takes on new importance in a day when the historic, Bible-based elements of Christian beliefs are under attack. Evangelical Christians must oppose those attacks on religion in general and on the Christian faith in particular. We are experiencing in America vicious attacks on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was founded. Sodomy, condemned in both Jewish and Christian beliefs, has been made legal . . . as has abortion, which has accounted for the killing of nearly 50 million babies, and is also totally forbidden in both Jewish and Christian beliefs. Marriage between same-sex individuals, likewise condemned in the Scriptures, is moving toward legalization. Prayer and any mention of God has been banned in our schools. Historic emblems of the Christian faith are banned from public display and traditional religious observances are being increasingly forbidden. These efforts are wrong, and although some of the liberal politicians who are staunch advocates of these positions claim to be Roman Catholics, these positions are not accepted or approved by their church. This is an area where evangelicals must fulfill their directive from Jesus to teach and defend our traditional beliefs.

As for the third element - the encouragement of belonging to the Church which Jesus said He was building – this must not be overlooked, and the Church must also strengthen itself from within by uniting in defending and maintaining the historical convictions which have existed since the beginning of the Christian century.

The phrase, “Restore the old foundations,” has become a rallying cry for evangelical conservatives. President Ronald Reagan during all of his political life spoke of America as a “shining city on a hill,” citing John Winthrop’s message in 1630, when he so described this new nation. President Reagan’s comparison was remarkably similar to the words of Jesus: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” [Matt. 5: 14,16]

If it were our prerogative to do so, this would be a call to action, for America’s evangelicals – the millions who hold these beliefs – to fulfill the three-fold “Great Commission” of Jesus Christ, to present the gospel to non-believers, to teach the elements of the Christian faith, and to encourage the growth of the Church which Jesus established.

Quote for the week: “For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.” - John Winthrop, Governor, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630.

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The top 9 e-mail hoaxes (from MSN Today)

Income taxes are optional, Neiman Marcus has an expensive cookie recipe and more financial fictions that crowd in-boxes. These e-mail hoaxes are designed for one thing: to drain your wallet.

By Bankrate. com http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Banking/FinancialPrivacy/P46840.asp?Printer

Ever wondered if anyone makes the money promised in those work-at-home advertisements? Or if each forwarded e-mail will really mean a donation of 10 cents from Microsoft to an orphan's organ-transplant operation? The answer is no. These stories are urban legends, e-mail hoaxes and scams. They are but a few of what we like to call financial fiction. The following are some of the most popular and most creative e-mail hoaxes waiting in in-boxes.

Neiman Marcus' expensive cookie recipe
Here's what happened. My Aunt Cynthia was having lunch at Neiman Marcus with my cousin. For dessert, they had these delicious cookies and my aunt asked the waitress for the recipe. The waitress said they the recipe sold for "two fifty." My Aunt thought that meant $2.50 said OK. But when she got her bill they charged her $250. She was furious but they wouldn't refund her money. So in revenge, she's giving away the recipe to anyone who wants it.

Can you believe that? You can? Sucker. It never happened. But this has been circulating for decades. A similar story about a $25 red velvet cake recipe has been traced as far back as the 1940s. If you want the cookie recipe, Neiman Marcus has gotten so sick of the bad press from this email hoax that the company posted the recipe on its Web site.

Forwarded e-mail for money or donations
Microsoft and Disney are both beta-testing an e-mail tracker and will send you money if you forward this e-mail. The Gap is testing an e-mail tracker and will send you a gift certificate. The Red Cross is using its e-mail tracker and will donate money for some poor kid's operation or to raise funds for an orphan of Sept. 11.

If you believe any of these stories, I have some bad news for you. There is no such thing as an e-mail tracker. Coke won't send you free cans. Gerber won't send you savings bonds. Cracker Barrel won't send you gift certificates. A Britney Spears' video won't pop up as the result of you forwarding an e-mail. And AOL has a public relations department that gets news out a lot more efficiently than any chain mail ever could. You get nothing but the embarrassment of knowing that everyone you forward this e-mail to will think you're a fool.

Nigerian scam letter
Greetings, sir. I got your e-mail address from a very confidential source -- the Internet. I am the prince, minister and Grand Poo-ba of one of many foreign nations that you stupid Americans have never heard of. There is a billion, kazillion dollars in an account here that rightfully belongs to my family and my people. Due to some horrid-bloody military coup in which my entire family, several accountants and various goats lost their lives, I cannot reach this money. But you, an American who has never heard of my country, can march right into the corner branch of God-Forsaken-War-Torn-East-of-Nowhere-Africa and deposit this money right into your fat American bank account. For your trouble, I'll give you a few million off the top -- because what's a few million between confidential best friends who have never actually even heard of one another?

OK, let's start from the top. Do not kid yourself. You are not so important that the High Priest of Anywhere will e-mail you requesting help. Rid yourself of your delusions of grandeur -- or as we say back home, you may sing "Like a Virgin" into your hairbrush every night, but that doesn't make you Madonna.

Here's what will happen when you give strangers your bank account information: They will take your money. Period. End of story. You get nothing, but you lose a lot.

Work at home
Old scam, new format. You should immediately run from anyone who promises lots of money for little work that requires no experience. While there are companies that allow their employees to work from home, they require job skills and interviews, just like regular jobs. Work-at-home scams will ask you to purchase supplies and equipment from them to perform the "job." That's how they make their money. You will lose -- not make -- money.

You won! And you didn't even enter! How can you take anything seriously that uses so many exclamation marks?!!!!! Guess what!!!!! You didn't win anything!!!! These people will try to finagle money out of you by saying you need to pay taxes or fees to collect your prize!!!!! Or they will give you a free trip that requires you to buy very expensive airline tickets through their agency!!!! Don't be a sucker!!!!!

You'll receive $5,000 for sending $25
Here's how it works. Send $5 to the five people on the list or to the address that will send you the "reports." In return for your money you'll get -- nothing -- because this is a scam. Well, maybe you'll get something -- a conviction for mail fraud because this is illegal.

Tricking the traffic court
The Web-watching site Truthorfiction. com reports that a rumor is currently circling e-mails accounts claiming that there's a sneaky way to keep a traffic ticket off your driving record: pay a little more than the amount on the ticket. The court will send you a refund check. If you don't cash the check, the computer won't mark your case as closed and the ticket will never show up on your record. This idea is great in theory, lousy in reality. It doesn't work. Here's a way to keep tickets off your record that does work: slow down.

Tax or long-distance charges on e-mail
You got a forwarded e-mail from your friend that says you will soon be charged for your long-distance e-mails, just like you are charged for long-distance phone calls. Oh, really? And what will the phone company use to compute your bill -- its e-mail tracker? Calm down. No one is going to charge you long distance for your e-mails. This is an e-mail myth.

Clinton got rid of the IRS --
no more taxes That sneaky Bill Clinton -- did you know that when he wasn't gallivanting about with interns he was busy getting Congress to pass secret legislation that would forgive all debts and abolish the Internal Revenue Service? Alan Greenspan was going to announce it on Sept. 11, 2001 but didn't because of the terrorist attacks. Oh, wishful thinking -- or maybe not. A move like that is the equivalent of tossing what's left of our economy into a vast financial toilet and flushing with the combined might of the National Football League. In the plausible department, this rumor, reported by Truthorfiction. com, is right up there with alien cattle mutilations and Cameron Diaz spending a Friday night alone at home, eating Ben & Jerry's because she couldn't get a date -- completely ridiculous.
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