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The lands where Muslims, Jews, and Christians have encountered each other are littered with the ruins of fortresses. Each faith community built barriers to keep out the enemies of their faith. The present studies look at the barriers erected by peoples considered resistant to the gospel, and the bridges God is using to carry the gospel to them.
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Barriers do exist to the gospel, but they are not without bridges. Reaching the Resistant is a magnificent volume edited by J. Dudley Woodberry that demonstrates the reality of the barriers to the gospel, while abundantly illustrating that these can be spanned. The papers that became the chapters of this book were first presented at a joint meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society and International Society of Frontier Missiology in November 1997. Each of the chapters' authors carries sufficient expertise to address the issue of resistance with relevance. Noteworthy are those who bring the case studies of the second part and who have had experience serving among some of the most resistant.
The book is divided into four sections. The first deals with foundational issues related to ministering among the resistant and the second illustrates some of the barriers found in these contexts through the afore mentioned case studies. The final two then delve into how to alleviate resistance to the gospel, how this is happening today and how to prepare for the same in the future.
Michael Pocock, Gary Corwin and Charles Van Engen handle the foundational issues. Pocock begins the analysis of reaching the resistant by raising and responding to a series of fundamental questions concerning the preaching of Christ's good news among those who resist. The most basic of these is why some refuse his offer of hope. Gary Corwin follows by championing the cause of balance, as reaching the resistant is evaluated. Too often proponents of apparently opposing views have chosen to resist the urge to work for a synthesis. He is not exhaustive. He only encourages the discussions surrounding this issue to progress toward a reconciliation between the opinions. For is not the message of the gospel one of reconciliation? Van Engen writes the longest chapter of the book. Alone, this article merits a place in the budget for Reaching the Resistant. Van Engen begins by summarizing the evolution of terminology within the church growth movement, for this is the missiological framework for this discussion. It was the church growth movement that first determined the necessity of identifying distinct people groups in order to compare the relative progress of the Church's growth among them. In the final section of his article a biblical explanation is developed concerning resistant and receptivity. This proves necessary as it helps the missionary to retain a realistic view of what can and what can't be accomplished. For all are resistant all the time, argues Van Engen from the Scriptures, but given the power of the Holy Spirit to open some, it is incumbent upon the messenger to do all to insure that he or she does not become the barrier. Biblically it becomes clear that some will thus turn from resistance to receiving, but never in a unanimous way.
Having laid such a foundation, the reader is able to delve into case studies drawn from ministries among Jews, Muslims, Japanese and post-Christian Europe. Some of the greatest barriers to the gospel are found among the peoples of these groups. David Brickner, who is president of Jews for Jesus, admonishes Christians that Jews are not resistant in a monolithic way. Some do turn to Christ. He demonstrates the institutionalized resistance of the Jewish Community and helps the servants of Christ to understand the available means to alleviate some of this resistance. Kevin Higgins argues that removing resistance to the gospel among the Muslim hinges on outsiders who will look for insiders who are better able to communicate the gospel in a contextually relevant way. The issues he raises concerning contextualization of the gospel are most instructive. Stan Conrad argues in his article that Japanese resistance is in fact, fiction. To make his point, Conrad lists the historical and the cultural factors that have contributed to Japan's well-known resistance to the gospel. Because these factors can be mitigated, bridges exist so that some Japanese will turn from refusal, toward Christ. The next case that is examined comes from post-Christendom Europe and was competently composed by David Bjork. His timely challenge is to examine whether the missionary's ministry in Europe is "church-centered" or "Kingdom of God centered?" Is it "formal" or is it "relational?" Bjork offers an analytical tool to help the messenger of the gospel to make such an evaluation. However, being a missionary in France, like Bjork, I read his chapter more critically. Among other questions, I would have liked a better examination of the differences between Christendom, which encompasses the external forms of Christianity, and Christianity itself. An understanding of this question served as Bjork's foundation for finding validity in European state-churches.
The third section of Reaching the Resistant presents several means by which resistance is currently being alleviated around the world. The first such agent is that of martyrdom and is the subject of the article written by Karen L. White, who has served in the Philippines. She insists that martyrdom will be the key to reaching the predominantly Muslim populations of the 10/40 window. This will be the case because barriers to the gospel are actually receding among individuals within these people groups while institutional resistance continues to intensify. The unavoidable result will be more arrests and more execution of those who refuse to turn away from Christ. Martyrdom both motivates the missionary force and offers an indisputable apologetic for the gospel. In addition to martyrdom there are two spiritual means for removing the barriers to the gospel for resistance is a spiritual state. These are through prayer and through the miraculous. John D. Robb argues that it is through the prayers of the saints that the spiritual roots of resistance will be eradicated and Sobhi Malek follows by asserting in his paper that God's miraculous interventions confirm his love for individuals, Christ's claim to be God, the truth taught by the Christian messenger and Christ's superiority over Satan. Resistance is not a thing of "flesh and blood," as is oft quoted. It is spiritual. So the centrality of these two chapters to the discussion must not be minimized. Finally, a means for overcoming the especially political barriers is tentmaking. The "tentmaker," Gary Ginter, helps those who serve like him to grasp the importance of how their time is used as professional Christians. For the sake of integrity, he advises that at least half their time should be spent in their vocation and for the sake of the gospel the rest of a tentmaker's time must be intentionally spent by telling others about Christ.
Then the reader opens the final section of Reaching the Resistant as Timothy C. Tennent, professor at Toccoa Falls College, and Luis Bush, general director of AD 2000, examine ways that the resistant will be reached in the future. Tennent's interest is in the area of training tomorrow's missionaries. He makes six suggestions for how to best prepare the next group of Christ's messengers for the barriers they will face and how to help them understand the means necessary to alleviate future resistance to the gospel. Bush underlines the importance that networks among the world's churches, missions, and missionaries will further facilitate the taking of Christ's message to the remaining unreached peoples. Such networking will facilitate the coordination of missionary outreach and the sharing of valuable information concerning these remaining distinct groups of peoples and the progress of the gospel among them. He concludes by proposing Joshua Harvest: All Peoples All Persons, a strategy for facilitating this.
More will be said on the subject. Several of the authors made suggestions about what further study should be made or lamented the limitation of space. Reaching the Resistant finds it's magnificence in this. It is thorough enough to advise Christians who are already working with those who still refuse the hope Christ offers. And it will serve as an indispensable starting point for future study and analysis. Barriers do exist to the gospel, but they are not without bridges. For were we not all at some time among the resistant?