Hot and Cold Baptist Evangelism

Hot and Cold Baptist Evangelism July 7, 2016

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I saw this truck in front of me and had to take a photo. I am disappointed that they missed the opportunity to use Revelation 3:15 as their logo. Revelation 3:15, in case you don’t know it, says “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!”

Something from Daniel 3, about four men walking around inside the fiery furnace, would also have worked.

How do you react when you see trucks like this one?


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  • John MacDonald

    “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!” (Revelation 3:15)

    Reminds me of how I get treated by atheists and theists for being agnostic. Everyone hates a fence-sitter.

    I just tell people that just as Immanuel Kant did a critique of pure reason, I did a critique of theological reason and found that atheists and theist were making positive claims about theological matters (like the origins of life, and the universe, etc.) that went beyond the epistemological limits of human knowledge.

    So I’m staying on my fence. The world is more magical that way.

    • arcseconds

      There’s nothing an agnostic can’t do if they really aren’t sure whether they believe in anything or not…

      Didn’t Kant already cover this?

      • John MacDonald

        I just think that if God is hypothetically posited as an immaterial being, there is no way to test whether He exists or not because we only have access to material reality. We also can’t test whether The Immaterial Power Leprechaun exists or not. lol

        • If one is talking about gods in the sense of leprechauns, then there may well be evidence that is fairly conclusive, or the lack of evidence for them may be more than enough. But a key problem in many discussions is a failure to recognize that for many, the concept of “God” is of a very different sort.

          • John MacDonald

            It’s fallacious even in more erudite discussions. For example, pointing out that an “apparently contingent” universe would seem to imply a non contingent first cause/mover is just jumping from a gap in our knowledge to a dogmatic assertion just because no other materialistic alternatives are currently known. The answer may indeed be God, but there is no epistemological justification for thinking so. It is positing Helios ferrying the sun across the sky all over again.

          • John MacDonald

            It’s just as fallacious as saying “We’re not sure how Life originated, so we are justified in claiming God is responsible for it.”

  • Shiphrah99

    TBH, I roll my eyes a little. I really like your verse a lot and would have a positive reaction just for the humor. Many many years ago, an acquaintance created a Purim-Torah, parodying a page of Talmud on the mishnah, “Is it hot in here or is it just me?”

  • histrogeek

    It remains me of a bathroom plunger I once bought, that, I kid you not, had “John 3:16″ on it without any additional explanation. Aside from an odd evangelical opportunity (Honey, the toilet is backing up…Hey what’s this verse about?…”God so loved the world?”), I did wonder if maybe “John” would have a more usual connotation with a plunger.

    Still I did think of Revelation 3:15 when I saw that picture too. Seems like the most obvious reference, although since the object of climate control is to get things neither cold nor hot I suppose they were right to skip it.

    • I was interpreting it as the potential customer being the one addressed, as currently neither being hot or cold, with the truck owner offering to fix it!

  • jp

    My first thought is that those who break the commandment about taking the Lord’s name in vain, will probably break others too.

    • Most people would not consider the use of Jesus’ name in an evangelistic setting to be “taking the Lord’s name in vain.” And of course, contextually the commandment is about the tetragrammaton. Did I perhaps misunderstand what you meant?

      • jp

        I can see that perhaps this is an evangelistic message, and thus fine, but I have an aversion to businesses who use Christianity as a sales tool, and thus use the Lord’s name in vain as they use it for personal gain. And, unfortunately, I find many of those businesses often to poor work and expect to have it “covered by grace.”