TELL THE TRUTH – Will Metzger (2002 Revised)

Books on evangelism are a dime a dozen these days.  Much of what passes for “evangelism” is watered-down, pragmatic, and in the final analysis promotes a different gospel (Gal. 1:6).  Tell the Truth by Will Metzger stands head and shoulders above every other book I’ve read about evangelism.

The subtitle is a nice summary of this excellent book: “the whole gospel to the whole person by whole people.”  Metzger’s Reformed approach to evangelism is saturated in Scripture and confronts the man-centered approach to evangelism with a vengeance.

The heart of the book is to communicate a proper view of God and a proper view man.  Metzger rightly adds, “We cannot explain the work of Christ unless we present a true picture of God.”  The author prizes God-centered theology and roots healthy evangelism in the biblical reality of predestination.  But note: there is no fatalism here.  Metzger embraces the notion popularized by Jonathan Edwards: “God ordains the ends and God ordains the means.”  To that end, the author promotes a rigorous approach to evangelism; a kind of evangelism that pleads with sinners to repent of their sin and place their faith in Christ alone for salvation.

Readers familiar with Spurgeon’s approach to evangelism will be instantly drawn to this work.  The sovereignty of God in salvation is emphasized.  As such, “sovereign saving grace gives power to obey, as well as grants a pardon for disobedience.”  But the responsibility of man is equally emphasized.  Simply put, the sinner (who is unable to believe apart from sovereign grace) must believe.

Metzger calls Christians to speak the truth in love (Eph.  4:15).  This is the high calling of every follower of Christ.  He reminds readers, “Action should be the fruit of sound doctrine.”  Tell the Truth is a powerful primer on the mandate to evangelize lost people.  Highly recommended!

4.5 stars

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