“Preach The Gospel At All Times; When Necessary, Use Words” falsely attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
It’s right up there with such classics as “Give someone your phone number; when necessary use numerals” or “Give someone a meal; when necessary use food.”
The saying is much loved by those who think that Christianity is more about what Jesus would do than that which Jesus has done. Borrowed from MGPCPASTOR.
The more I hear/read it, the more I want it erased from the memories of everybody who has had it inflicted on them.
What does it mean?
WORKS - ARE the Gospel. If I work hard enough, well enough, loving enough...the person for whom I am working, will find salvation without my using words. If you're doing it right, you won't need words.
salvation by osmosis.
My good deeds is your good news...and that means you're screwed.
News flash: the "good news" is not about what I can do, it's about what Christ has done.