Recently at the Shepherd Conference a lecture called “Way (s) of the Master” was given by Pastor Jesse Johnson. You can listen to it here. The lecture started off fine talking about different methods in evangelism; hence the “way(s)” of the Master. Then it started getting off tract with a critique of the Way of the Master evangelism method. Basically, the premise seemed to be the 10 commandments are not relevant for gentiles and are not a good way to evangelize. Curious about who this guy was giving the leture I looked him up on facebook and one of the comments on Pastor Jesse Johnson wall after posting the link to Way(s) of the Master read.
“The problem is that now I cannot do the way of the master approach, after listening to your lecture. Now back to square one .”
I was horrified, but not surprised because his message basically was that using the 10 commandments in evangelism was wrong. Just speculating that “square one” is back to NOT evangelizing like many were doing before learning WOTM. That is the issue I have with Jesse.
The question remains is WOTM biblical? I would argue it is bibical because it is based on law and grace. When you get rid of either your off into either legalism or antinomianism (worldliness).
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
So breaking God’s law is sin “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4) and “where there is no law there is no transgression (sin) (Romans 4:15) So what law is this talking about? The Apostle Paul answers this a few chapters later “What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7 ESV)
What law is “You shall not covet”? It’s the 10th commandment (Exodus 20:17).
Paul is referring to the 10 commandments in Romans 7:7, which tie in with 1 John 3:4, and Romans 4:15. Okay not convinced?
Earlier in Romans we read “we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin (Romans 3:19-20) this is also referring to the 10 commandments go back to Romans 7:7 if you forgot how Paul knew what sin was, and in Romans 3:20 He says “through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
So who is this verse written to, followers of Christ in Rome yes, but more specifically the verse has some key words to help us figure it out it says “every mouth” and “the whole world may be held accountable to God” (Romans 3:19) Not sure how Paul could of been any clearer. Everyone is under the law in the respect that we have all violated it although we know that those in Christ are no longer under it as being crushed by it, because Christ was crushed for us. The law is what brings people to the cross, that is its intention.
The law was our school master to bring us to Christ (Galations 3:24) Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17 )
Paul explains at the end of Roman chapter 3 we are to uphold the law as believers.
Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (Romans 3:29-31 ESV)
We can concluded that the law mentioned in Romans chapters 3,4, 7 and 1 John 3, and Galatians 3 are in fact referring to the 10 commandments.
We wouldn’t conclude differently unless some really smart guy stood up on the pulpit and told us differently and we believed him, but if we let the scripture interpret scripture we see that Paul used the 10 commandments to bring about knowledge of sin, and he didn’t preach antinomialism that we could just ignore them when we are saved.
Jesus summed up the entire bible (“Law and the Prophets) in two commandments. ”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40.
Way of the Master is biblical in summing up what this means in practical terms “Loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind, by using the 10 commandments just like Paul to bring about knowledge of sin; and by loving others enough to share the truth with them that they need a savior.