回應:「唐崇榮:佈道家在哪裡?」(Rev. Stephen Tong: where are our next-gen evangelists?)

From:George Whitefield: a biography,
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Some substantial info that I jotted down:

  1. John Baptist, George Whitefield, and John Song (宋尚節) are the three greatest evangelists of all time. They are rough and tough, preach volumes [literally] about the gospel, and unswervingly in their faithfulness to God’s divine calling.
  2. The decade of 1900 gave birth to all the greatest Chinese evangelists. After their decease, there is no successor except of Rev. Tong himself (唐崇榮).
  3. The hope for this generation of evangelists lies in the reformed Christians of the age group of 25-35. Rev. Tong has personally met a few of these rising stars (including a young guy from New York). He—born in 1940 and 71 year-old now— will dedicate the years to come in tracking them down and discipling them. The basic (external) qualifications of them include: firm reformed stance, Chinese and English oral proficiency, well-versed in the Bible and good memory.
  4. The best value-oriented theological training now occurs in Indonesia. USD $6 a day, you have prominent faculty holding their doctor titles from Oxford University and Westminster Theological Seminary to teach and lecture.
  5. Refusing to read Paul’s statement on « the foolishness of God’s servants » literally, one of Rev. Tong’s convictions is that God will raise the brightest of this generation to be his messengers.
  6. Acessationist view (which I disagree): the stewardship of apostles and prophets belongs to NT and OT respectively, and they no longer exist except for the call to be evangelists, teachers, and preachers.
  7. Call for more Christians to be involved in this ministry through praying, training, and practicing faith and evangelism together.

Again, in the speech you will hear Rev. Tong’s expressive disapproval of John Wesley (Methodism), Karl Barth (whose he terms a Neo-Orthodox), Pentecostalism (he put early 孫大程/Christopher Sun in this ‘watch list’), and so on. As a Pentecostal-friendly Barthian Wesleyan (?), I feel unfortunate.

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