Evangelistic Evangelicals

Tangent to the Haggard story: I just read a report in the LA Times with a video link to one of the local LA stations on the Ted Haggard story. They called Haggard an “evangelist”. Now, I confess to not knowing a bunch about the guy, but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t an evangelist. He is an evangelical though.

The media can’t seem to keep these terms straight. I remember hearing a story on NPR about the Pope (can’t remember which one) being evangelical. Ha! I wish. I think they mean that he was evangelistic as in reaching out to others.

Just for clarity sake. Evangelistic/evangelist: the process of or one who propagates the gospel and calls people to faith in Christ and has noteworthy success.

Evangelical: A broadly defined term that essentially includes all Protestants who believe in the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

Back to the media frenzy already in progress…

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  • About what you said on my board in comment to the post about what Kirk said, I couldn’t agree more. It reminds me of a quote by GK Chesterton –

    “I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

  • Tim, SP caught my comment as Spam…

  • I have GOT to read some Chesterton when I get done with school. What have I been missing?

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