9Marks constantly encourages mission and evangelism while warning of being extra-biblical, or even unbiblical, in our methods and practices. This is another example as a pastor living in the middle east warns of pursuing the “silver bullet” in our evangelism and church planting.
Of course, methods aren’t wrong. They’re inescapable, and we all have them. But when finding the perfect method or “the key” becomes the focus, we’re in danger of sacrificing present-day, imperfect faithfulness on the altar of future, “perfect” success. We sometimes fail and even refuse to evaluate the downsides of this so-called “miracle” method. When this happens, we’re inhibited from discerning real fruit from faux results.